‘Aside from my love of the accent, I think Liverpool is one of the friendliest cities in the UK. Everyone always seems to be happy. I dunno if it’s the water, or what, but they’re a right cheery bunch…’
Museum of Liverpool
|Museum of Liverpool|
Made famous by The Beatles song on the same name, Penny Lane is situation, well…in Penny Lane. Who knew? The street was the bus terminus that Paul McCartney changes at when visiting John Lennon (and vice versa), so it was an area that both songwriters knew well.
Many of the sights mentioned in the song remain today, including the fire station at nearby Mather Avenue, and the white Barber’s Shop, which is now Tony Slavin’s store. Throughout the years, Liverpool Council has had to spent a small fortune replacing street signs for Penny Lane, which are frequently stolen by fans.
If you’re on the lookout for more Beatles stuff, then the city is full of it. Other sights in include childhood homes, The Beatles Story in the dock area, and the famous Cavern Club in the city centre. Abbey Road isn’t in Liverpool, though, so probably best not to try searching for that one. The zebra crossing made famous by the band on the cover of the album is in North West London.
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You can’t fail to be impressed by Albert Dock’s transformation and it’s a fantastic place to eat, drink and generally be very merry. The sights and sounds of the waterfront are wonderful and the Dock is the largest collection of Grade 1 listed building in the UK. Here, you’ll find The Tate and The Maritime and the Slavery Museums, as well as The Beatles Story.
A short walk from the dockside is the famous Liver Building, which is one of the most iconic and most photographed in the city. On top of the spire of the tower sits a liver bird, which is the symbol of the city (you thought it was the SuperLambBanana, didn’t you?) Albert Dock is just one of Liverpool’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which is an incredible achievement for any city to hold.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral
Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool Tate Gallery
Coffee in Central Perk
OK, so this is *technically* free as there’s no admission charge, but you should probably buy a coffee when you visit to save the staff wondering what the hell you’re doing there. It is a fantastically quirky place to relax after a hard day’s sightseeing and it’s a must for all Friends fans.
The large flat screen TV runs constant episodes of the legendary comedy show and you can plonk yourself down on a comfy chair and take a load off. Unfortunately, unlike in the programme, this Central Perk is way to popular to allow you to grab the same seats every time you visit… The coffee is excellent, though.