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Liverpool Guide

Getting in and Out


It’s easy to drive to Liverpool and from London, drive time is estimated to be around 3 and a half hours using the M1 and M6.


Liverpool Lime Street station is a busy interchange which serves the city of Liverpool well and services run from London once an hour throughout the day, taking around 2 hours. Wherever you’re all travelling from in the country, it’s easy to end up in the same place.


It’s possible to travel to Liverpool by plane and can sometimes be faster and cheaper if you’re travelling from a long way out. John Lennon airport is around a 20 minute drive away from the city and you can get there easily by taxi or bus.

Entertainment Venues

The city of Liverpool most certainly knows how to party, so it’s hardly surprising that there’s plenty of places to catch a gig, show or stand up routine. As the world capital city of pop, there could hardly be a better place to enjoy live music!

The Cavern Club

This is one of the most famous venues in Liverpool if not the UK and the whole world! It’s seriously important for British music and The Beatles performed there over 300 times 50 years ago. Pick up some memorabilia and maybe do a little impromptu karaoke in place of the fab four.

Echo Arena

This fantastic venue was opened to commemorate Liverpool’s status as European capital city of culture in 2008 and has since become one of the best places to see a show in the city. Big names like Russell Howard, Miranda Hart, Jack Whitehall and championship boxing are all coming up.

O2 Academy

Like loads of major UK cities, Liverpool can boast an O2 academy too and it’s a fantastic place to see live music. The atmosphere is electric and they even hold club nights there too on various set days. Rizzle Kicks, Newton Faulkner and Maximo Park are all coming up.   

Top of the Shops

Shopping’s great wherever you are but we thought we’d put together a list of great independent shops that you can only find in Liverpool.


Taking local and independent to a whole new level, Made-here sells gorgeous gifts, fashion and homewares – but only if they’re made in the surrounding area. You’ll be able to pick up some seriously unique and fun stuff that will make fantastic presents which really reflect the true spirit of Liverpool.


The names unusual but the products are gorgeous. Headed by an ambitious fine art student, everything is unique, beautiful and features screen printed emblems like cameras, moustaches and birds and is perfect for picking up a present or two as a reminder of your trip! A must-see for lovers of all things kooky!

Nook and Cranny

This quirky and cute gift shop is choc full of stuff you don’t really need but definitely want like a place mate you can draw on, a bookmark that looks like a plant and cute printed art. They stock items borne from Liverpool’s artsy talent pool and can be found in the Bluecoat art gallery.  

Two Tone Retro

This charming vintage shop is packed full of genuine retro furniture and homewares from the 1960s and the 1970s like eye-wateringly bright glass ashtrays and mustard yellow fittings. Even though scouse girls might not exactly be well known for their fashionable style, Two Tone will have your home looking vintage cool in no time at all.

Because the best things in life are free…

We know how important it is for you to get the absolute most out of your weekend and your money so here’s a collection of great stuff to do when you’ve got an hour or two spare in the city of Liverpool. 

The Bluecoat Gallery

This hub of all things trendy and arty in Liverpool is 100% free to enter and is well worth a look. It’s housed in the city’s most historically important building and is a great place for local artists to meet, work and exhibit – works on show are therefore consistently new and fresh and interesting. Over the years, massive names in art, music and poetry have all visited the Bluecoat.


No, that’s not a typo, one of the most interesting sights to visit in Liverpool is undoubtedly this bizarre sculpture which is indeed intended to represent a giant lamb combined with a giant banana. There’s method in the madness though – Japanese artist taro Chiezo built it to warn of the dangers of GM food production.

Penny Lane

It’s an obvious one but it has to be done when visiting the city, especially for Beatles fans. The barbers shop, fire station and the bank are all still there and you can get a shot with the iconic sign when you head to Penny Lane near Sefton Park.

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