Liverpool – known for football, maritime and the Fab Four. But this north-west city offers so much more than that, and here’s what I did with just 24 hours…
This post was sponsored by Liverpool ONE and my stay at ibis Styes Liverpool Dale St was complimentary, but all words and views are my own!
Nestled in the north-west of England, Liverpool is a maritime city known for its football team, ferries and a certain four-piece boyband who caused quite a mania in the 1960s. You’ve probably heard of them.
What people might not associate with Liverpool is a great city break – but I assure you it offers just that. And here’s what I manage to cram in when I visited the Merseyside city for 24 hours with ibis hotels…
Ambled around the Royal Albert Dock
Back in the 19th century, Liverpool’s docks dominated global trade, and the Albert Dock was at the heart of it all. After becoming a target for German bombers in the 1940s and receiving substantial damage, Albert Dock was almost set to be demolished. Instead, it was protected and regenerated.
Today, more than six million visitors find themselves wandering around the Albert Dock each year and enjoying the everything it has to offer.
The perfect place for someone interested in music, culture and food, you’ll find a colourful variety of shops, museums, restaurants and bars. Team these with some nice weather and time to kill, and it makes for the perfect place to take a slow meander, taking in the sights and sounds as you go.
Had The Beatles songs stuck in my head the whole time
I’m gonna go ahead and say it’s damn near impossible to wind your way through the heart of Liverpool and not catch a Beatles token somewhere en route. Statues, artwork, museums, souvenirs – you name it.
You can truly immerse yourself in all things Beatles. Discover their history, treat yourself to some memorabilia or pose with sculptures of the boys around the city. Just be warned: you’ll find nothing but Beatles songs rattling around your head all day, no matter how hard you try to get them out of there.
Took in panoramic views from Radio City Tower
Standing at over 450 feet, Radio City Tower (which is formally St John’s Beacon, though you may receive blank stares if you refer to it as that!) has risen high above Liverpool’s cityscape since it was built in 1969, and is arguably one of the best places to take in the views of the city, and sometimes as far as Blackpool, the Lake District and Snowdonia on a particularly clear day.
Being entirely accessible and with no stairs to climb, Radio City Tower provides an easy ascent for everyone, and with prices starting at just £4.50, it’s a bargain way of taking in panoramic views of all Liverpool has to offer from up high.
And yes, the tower is a working radio station, so you might even spot Radio City DJs doing their thing during your visit!
Indulged in some window shopping at Liverpool ONE
Whether you want to treat yourself to something from Armani Exchange, indulge in a good ol’ Nando’s, catch a movie at the cinema, or simply walk around ogling at the various shop displays and dreaming of what you’d by, Liverpool ONE boasts 170 shops, attractions, restaurants and bars, all in a stylish open-air complex.
The best part? It’s nestled in the heart of the city and just a short walk from the waterfront, meaning it’s home to a hustle and bustle and there’s a great buzz, really adding to that look-at-me-waltzing-with-my-shopping-bags vibe.
Spent some time on the music scene
Liverpool is no stranger to good music, and it won’t take long to find bars with a variety of impressive live music acts to accompany your pints, cocktails or whatever else you might be drinking. Of course, Liverpool has produced some incredible bands you may have heard of – The Beatles, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Zutons – but there’s also a whole host of local talent performing around the city centre.
If that’s not enough, how about a spot of karaoke at Woodys?
Watched the world go by on the waterfront
As much as I love cramming in as much as possible on a fleeting city trip, I can’t resist just stopping and watching the world go by, at least for a little while. And Liverpool’s waterfront offers a perfect – albeit windy – spot to do just that.
Sit back and relax by one of the quirky pop-up cafes and listen to the sounds of the River Mersey, watch the people board the Mersey Ferry, indulge in a glass of gin, and marvel at the magnificent surrounding architecture.
And if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, there are usually some fairground rides hanging about that you can hop on!
Sleep like a baby with ibis
Mooching around the docks in the crisp fresh air, nursing somewhat of a sore head after making your way around the nightlife, becoming the owner of a slightly croaky throat following too many unprompted renditions of Paperback Writer and Yellow Submarine – it all takes its toll and you’ll soon find you need a warm and welcoming place to rest your head.
And where better to do it in Liverpool than at the ibis Styles, a hotel that’s utterly inspired by the Beatles?
As you wander into the reception and down the hallways to your room – following a swift and easy check in, might I add – you’ll find various Beatles lyrics sprawled across walls and numerous nods to the boys in the form of 1960s inspired art and decor. (And, yes, those lyrics will carry on running around your head long into the night whilst your head is resting on a fluffy pillow.)
My sore head following a few too many cocktails and ciders was soon rectified with a in inclusive continental breakfast in the morning that boasted an abundance of colourful fruit and plenty of flaky pastries, and my purse didn’t take too much of a taxi-beating as the sights of Liverpool were just a short stroll away. What else could you want?
Have you visited Liverpool before?
How would you like to spend 24 hours there?