About Alison C
Lives in Liverpool, United Kingdom
Since Mar 2015
Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums
Piers & Boardwalks, Scenic Walking Areas, Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks
For a great breakfast with a decent coffee, this is the place to be. Popular with tourists and locals alike for good reason, a bacon butty and filter coffee won't set you back too much here. There're other options on the menu too, including a vegan offering and some practically sinful French toast. Pick your poison and enjoy!
This museum has been a school trip staple for years in Liverpool, and with good reason. It's got an aquarium, mummies, a planetarium, a dinosaur skeleton hanging from the ceiling and a brilliant gift shop. You don't need to be a kid to enjoy this though, as there are enough interesting permanent exhibits and temporary options to suit even the most serious of scholars.
With a portrait of Henry VIII and some glorious Pre-Raphaelite works, The Walker houses an impressive collection of art that will inspire and uplift. A calmer alternative to the hustle and bustle of the World Museum, if you need some time out, this is surely the best looking place to have it. Surrounded by the stunning Victorian architecture of St George's Hall and St John's Gardens, this is a great place to while away a morning.
The Lush store in Liverpool is home to one of the few Lush Spas in the UK, which in itself makes it worthy of a visit. If you fancy some indulgence and relaxation, book in for a treatment over the phone before you arrive. It's a truly enjoyable experience that will leave you floating blissfully through the city centre for the rest of the day. If your budget doesn't quite stretch to a treatment, try a hand and arm massage from a member of staff, and get a bath bomb to use in your hotel after a tough day discovering Liverpool!
Part of the city's newest development, this is a huge shopping area that dominates the centre. With a respectable mix of independent and chain stores, and including the flagship Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar, it's pretty easy to spend a few hours here, browsing and buying.
Hotel Chocolat is a relatively new addition to Liverpool One, but has earned its stripes quickly by being the best at what it does. For a luxurious hot chocolate on a cold day, it may not be the only option, but it probably is the most fun.
When thinking about the best museums and galleries in Merseyside, the Open Eye does not necessarily spring to mind. Don't let that put you off however -— photography exhibitions shown here cover the history of Liverpool and celebrate the art form that is taking a great photograph. You won't be disappointed, and it's the perfect opportunity to take in some extra culture in the beautiful setting of Liverpool's Pier and Docks.
The Albert Dock could simply be a refuelling stop at this point in our itinerary, but whilst you're here, why not take a look at the beautiful architecture of the Cunard Buildings and the Three Graces? It's also home to the Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum, plus a kitschy sweet shop to indulge your inner child.
A quintessential part of the Liverpool tourist experience. If the sky is clear, get a ferry across the Mersey and take in the skyline. It's an experience not to be missed, especially as there is now more than one route, to add interest and variety.
When else are you going to get the opportunity to eat a great meal in a Victorian prison cell? You will need to book in advance to get one of these historic seats but it is well worth it — Charles Dickens himself visited here, and you can still see slogans painted by conscientious objectors imprisoned here during World War Two. They have a great selection of real ales and they are so proud of their service that their Twitter hashtag is #beststaffintown!