Liverpool is one of the UK’s most underrated cities.
Although it often gets overlooked in favour of the capitals, it’s filled with spectacular history and impressive architecture, plus a rich musical heritage – thanks in no small part to a certain Fab Four that you might be familiar with!
Whether you’re looking for tours, museums or shopping, this list will guide you on a magical mystery tour through Liverpool! First stop…
1. The Magical Mystery Tour
That’s right, Liverpool has an actual magical mystery tour! You might not meet Lady Madonna, Eleanor Rigby, or the walrus, but this bus will take you to locations you may recognise, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, as well as the childhood homes of all four Beatles.
The tour finishes up at the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played almost 300 times across two years. This famed venue has also hosted the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen and, in more recent times, Oasis, Adele and Jake Bugg. Grab a drink, sit back and absorb the stellar ambience.
2. The Beatles Story Museum
In the heart of the city where it all began lies an incredible monument to everything the four lads from Liverpool achieved.
The Beatles Story exhibition includes instruments played by the band, the uniforms from the iconic Sergeant Pepper album cover, and a tribute to the late John Lennon, where visitors can set eyes upon the piano where he was famously filmed playing ‘Imagine’.
3. Merseyside Maritime Museum
This list may have given you the impression that Liverpool is a Beatles theme park, but the world had already heard about Liverpool long before the Swinging Sixties thanks to its proud seafaring past. You can learn all about it at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which overlooks the Royal Albert Dock.
A valuable hub of nautical history, this museum’s major attraction is the Titanic Exhibition. Telling the stories of key figures and survivors, it’s a thorough and moving visual account of the ship’s tragedy.
4. Peaky Blinders Tour
One for TV fans, this tour shows you filming locations from the BBC series Peaky Blinders. Fans can visit Aunt Polly’s house and the home of Field Marshall Russell, the target of the Shelby’s letter bomb.
The guided coach tour will last about half a day, but for a full day tour you can check out Arley Hall, which fans will recognise as Tommy Shelby’s country mansion. Either tour finishes at the Peaky Blinders gin bar.
5. Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Named after the legend himself, this one is the last stop on this list for Beatles fans. Curious visitors can check out the airport’s guided tour from departures to arrivals, and even including an up-close-and-personal view of security.
If you’re in the city for a longer stay, it’s a great one to fly from. Driving to the airport is made simple, with parking services like looking4.com allowing you to park up, breeze through security and visit any number of the fantastic restaurants and shops, with several great independents to choose from as well as a few familiar chains.