‘Aside from my love of the accent, it’s one of the friendliest cities in the UK. It’s also packed with culture and history. These are the best free attractions in Liverpool…’
Museum of Liverpool
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 spend 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 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.
Sefton Park is 235 acres of outdoor recreation space, just a short distance from the city centre. English Heritage has designated the park as Grade 1, meaning it’s amongst the best in the country. Sefton Park is famous for its Palm House, which house the city’s Botanical Gardens. The Palm House is a fully-restored, Victorian era glasshouse and is popular for its collection of plans (hence the name), as well as its stunning range of orchids and other rare species.
Sefton is very popular with locals for its easy access from the city centre, its walking, running and cycling. It also has a great outdoor play area for kids.
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You can’t fail to be impressed by Albert Dock’s transformation over the years. It’s a fantastic place to eat, drink, and generally be merry. The sights and sounds of the waterfront are wonderful and the Dock is the largest collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK. Here, you’ll find The Tate, The Maritime and the Slavery Museums, and The Beatles Story.
A short walk from the dockside is the famous Liver Building. This 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.
Liverpool Central Library
Believe me when I tell you this doesn’t sound anywhere near as good as it is. As magical as libraries can be to the right people, Liverpool’s has a few surprises up its (book) sleeves. If the tens of thousands of books aren’t quite enough for you, take a short elevator ride to the rooftop and enjoy a birds-eye view of the city.
Harry Potter fans will enjoy the Picton Reading Room, which has a total Hogwarts vibe.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral
With the exception of Westminster in London, Liverpool has more public art that anywhere else in the UK. It’s impossible to stroll around the city without stumbling upon something amazing or unusual – or both. Superlambananas aside, you can have your photo taken with a Yellow Submarine (they don’t got them in Westminster…), bronze statues of The Beatles, a statue of John Lennon outside the Cavern Club, or the beautiful Liver bird wings mural on Jamaica Street.
If you’re a footie fan, the city’s respective rivals, Liverpool and Everton have their own public art. Legend Dixie Dean has a statue at Everton’s Goodison Park, while Liverpool hero, Bill Shankly can be spotted at Anfied.
Walker Art Gallery
Situated in the William Brown Street Conservation Area, this location in the city has more galleries and public buildings than any other street in the UK. Walker Art Gallery is one of the largest in England and features works from artists, such as Rembrandt and Degas, to 20th Century masters, Hockney and Freud.
Liverpool Tate Gallery