Planning a weekend in Liverpool?
If you haven't visited Liverpool in the last decade, you may be surprised by the changes that the city has undergone - very pleasantly surprised indeed. The city has managed to maintain is down to earth charms while developing a rich cultural scene and entertainment options to rival London's trendiest nightspots.
Getting to Liverpool
If you're travelling by train, Liverpool Lime Street Station will probably be your port of entry to the city. From London the journey takes around two hours, and there's a train roughly every hour. From Birmingham, the journey time is around 1 hour 30 minutes; from Manchester around 50 minutes; from Leeds 2 hours and from Sheffield, 1 hour 30 minutes.
Liverpool is also well connected by bus. National Express has a station at Norton Street, a short walk from the city centre. The journey from London takes around 5 hours.
Top things to see and do in Liverpool
The Royal Liver building has become a symbol of Liverpool, so it's definitely worth checking out even if you don't have a prior interest in architecture.
World Museum Liverpool has an excellent range of exhibits, including the UK's best Egyptological collection outside of London.
The Beatles Story is the only museum in the world dedicated to the Fab Four, and while you're in Liverpool you can also check out the former homes of the Beatles, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and commemorative statues.
Hop on the Mersey Ferry to enjoy views of the city skyline from afar.
And if you're in town on match day, try to snatch up a ticket to Goodison Park or Anfield - the atmosphere at both stadiums is hard to beat.
Top hotels in Liverpool
- base2stay Liverpool
- Premier Inn Liverpool Airport
- Colville Liverpool
- Staybridge Suites
- Hotel Indigo Liverpool
- Days Inn City Centre Liverpool
- Premier Inn Liverpool Albert Dock
- Heywood House Hotel
- Premier Inn Liverpool City Centre
- Throstles Nest Hotel
- Hampton by Hilton Liverpool/John Lennon Airport
- 62 Castle Street
- Novotel Liverpool
- Premier Inn Liverpool (West Derby)