Cheap flights to Liverpool are available throughout the year, and may depart from some regional airports around the UK. Flights to Liverpool will arrive at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The Sirlink 501 service shuttles between the airport and Liverpool South Parkway Railway Station. Train services are available from the railway station to Central Liverpool and other destinations. Arriva operates a number of bus routes from the airport to Liverpool city centre and the surrounding areas. The Airlink 500 service (run by Arriva) stops at several destinations within the city centre. Taxis can be hired from the taxi rank just outside the terminal building.
Merseytravel operates a broad network of bus services across Liverpool and its surroundings. The main bus stations are Liverpool ONE and Queen Street. Merseytravel also runs the Merseyrail train services, providing frequent train links across the city and to surrounding regions. Check the Merseytravel website for bus and train routes and timetables. Mersey ferries are an efficient method of crossing the Mersey River. Save money on multiple journeys by purchasing Saveaway one-day passes, valid for journeys on buses, trains and ferries. Those planning to spend some time in Liverpool can save some money by purchasing Trio season tickets, which can also be used on bus, train and ferry services. Taxis and London-style Hackney carriages can be flagged down in the city centre, or booked ahead of time.
The Beatles are probably the city’s most famous export, so it’s no surprise that many visitors make a beeline for The Beatles Story. The museum dedicated to the achievements of the mop-topped foursome contains some highly-detailed exhibits including a replica of the famous Abbey Road studios. Visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum to discover Liverpool’s original claim to fame. The has a number of maritime-centred collections within its galleries, and also offer tours around the city’s docks. Liverpool Cathedral stands imposingly over the city. A climb to the top of its tower affords visitors impressive views around Liverpool. Head beneath the city and explore the Williamson Tunnels, built by one of the city’s more eccentric philanthropists.
Shopping seems to be one of Liverpool’s great attractions, and visitors will find no lack of variety on offer here. The futuristic Liverpool ONE is home to high street stalwarts John Lewis and Topshop, as well as hipster chains Urban Outfitters and The Apple Store. Cavern Walks offers a greater choice of independent boutiques as well as a selection of high-end brands. There’s just as much choice on offer when dining in the city centre. Visit 60 Hope Street for elegant dishes such as foie gras ballotine and seared duck breast, and sample its signature deepfried jam sandwich. Kimo’s is a favourite among the student crowd for its cheap but hearty menu featuring standbys including fish and chips, kebabs and burgers. Albert Dock has a number of popular nightspots such as Circo and The Baltic Fleet.