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No city can be fully experienced in one day, but this itinerary will give you a great cross-section of the best of Liverpool's shopping, food, culture and character.

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

Bold Street Coffee

Restaurants

World Museum

Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums

Walker Art Gallery

Art Galleries

Lush Spa

Spas

Liverpool ONE

Shopping Malls

Hotel Chocolat

Restaurants

Open Eye Gallery

Art Galleries

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

Piers & Boardwalks, Scenic Walking Areas, Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mersey Ferry

Boat Tours

Liverpool One Bridewell Bar And Restaurant

Restaurants

Alison C's City Tips

  • If you need inspiration, ask a local. The Scouser's pride in their city means you will get some great recommendations!
  • Whatever the weather, it gets very windy around the Pier Head and the Docks. Carry extra layers with you if exploring there.
  • If you're staying in the city centre all day, you won't need to use public transport. If you want to venture further afield or have to travel into the centre, buy a "Dayrider" ticket when you board the bus.
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    Bold Street Coffee
    Restaurants (Cafe, British)
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    Alison C Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • There's a little bench outside that's a great place to sip coffee when it's warmer out.
    • It's worth an early start to sample the single origin filter coffee before the hipster crowds arrive!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #114 of 1,556 restaurants in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the (VERY LONG) wait 14/08/2018
    • No coffee after 3.30 21/07/2018
    • Bold Street Coffee
    Address:
    89 Bold Street
    The Merchant
    Liverpool L1 4HF
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 707 0760
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:30 - 15:00
    Mon - Fri
    09:00 - 15:00
    Sat
    09:30 - 15:30
    Other:
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    World Museum
    Historic Sites, History Museums, Natural History Museums
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    Alison C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The museum's only fee is an optional donation, but the gift shop is a money trap if you have kids!
    • Skip the cafe here and go to the superior version next door at the Walker Art Gallery.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 243 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Terracotta Army 22/09/2018
    • Terrific Terracotta Army 22/09/2018
    • World Museum
    Address:
    Liverpool Museum William Brown Street
    Liverpool L3 8EN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 478 4393
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Walker Art Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    Alison C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Stay for lunch in the cafe, surrounded by beautiful art, and enjoy the bowl of "scouse" (a typical lamb or beef stew) — an art form in itself!
    • The Walker has plenty of classical art, but has also featured more up-to-date content like Rankin and Grayson Perry in recent years.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 243 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visual satisfaction 22/09/2018
    • Superb 21/09/2018
    • Walker Art Gallery
    Address:
    William Brown Street
    Liverpool L3 8EL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 478 4199
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Lush Spa
    Spas
    Alison C Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Lush Liverpool has some amazing staff who are happy to provide samples of anything you need — just ask and they will suggest something.
    • If the spa is quiet, you can request a tour. Of course, it is much better to book in for a treatment!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 38 Spas & Wellness in Liverpool
    • Fabulous treat 20/07/2018
    • Lush Spa Facial 31/05/2018
    • Lush Spa
    Address:
    9-11 Whitechapel
    Liverpool L1 6DS
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 236 6952
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 18:00
    Mon - Fri
    09:30 - 19:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Liverpool ONE
    Shopping Malls
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    Alison C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • There is a huge range of cafes and restaurants on the upper level, including an impressive terrace that hosts seasonal attractions.
    • As an antidote to WAG culture, check out Pretty Green and Doc Martens on Manesty's Lane, opposite Waterstone's.
    • For higher end products, check out Peter's Lane.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #35 of 243 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great place 18/09/2018
    • Good 16/09/2018
    • Liverpool ONE
    Address:
    5 Wall Street
    Liverpool City Centre
    Liverpool L1 8JQ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 232 3100
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 17:00
    Mon - Fri
    09:30 - 20:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Hotel Chocolat
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Alison C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • The three-packs of truffles are great as small gifts.
    • The outdoor seating area does not permit smoking, so you may need to look elsewhere if you like nicotine with your chocolate!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #445 of 1,556 restaurants in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Finally decent hot chocolate 27/08/2018
    • Worst 1st time visit 23/08/2018
    • Hotel Chocolat
    Address:
    2-4 Peters Arcade
    Liverpool L1 3DE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 708 8644
    Other:
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    Open Eye Gallery
    Art Galleries
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    Alison C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Open Eye is closed on Mondays, but open till 5.30pm the rest of the week.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #97 of 243 things to do in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Ok 08/09/2018
    • small hidden gem 18/08/2018
    • Open Eye Gallery
    Address:
    19 Mann Island
    Liverpool Waterfront
    Liverpool L3 1BP
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 236 6768
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
    Piers & Boardwalks, Scenic Walking Areas, Gift & Speciality Shops, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Alison C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • This is the most magical place in Liverpool to be at sunset, if you get the opportunity. Just take a seat on a bench with a hot drink and take in the beauty of the skyline and the river.
    • As well as the Beatles Story Museum, there's also a Billy Fury statue in this area.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 53 Shopping in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • It was rather deserted when we visited during the day 23/09/2018
    • Regular family visit 22/09/2018
    • Royal Albert Dock Liverpool
    Address:
    Riverside Walk
    Liverpool L3 4AZ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 708 8854
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
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    Mersey Ferry
    Boat Tours
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    Alison C Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can get a ferry around the Mersey to see the famous skyline, but there is also a tour that takes in the Manchester Ship Canal.
    • The last ferry leaves the Pier Head at 4pm.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 9 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Liverpool
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fine 21/09/2018
    • Lovely sunny tour on ferry 17/09/2018
    • Mersey Ferry
    Address:
    Pier Head
    Georges Parade
    Liverpool L3 1DR
    England
    Phone:
    +44 151 330 1444
    Other:
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    Liverpool One Bridewell Bar And Restaurant
    Restaurants (British)
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    Alison C Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Liverpool One Bridewell has been featured in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide for two consecutive years.
    • "Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood was written in the courtyard of this Liverpool institution.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • quirky 11/12/2016
    • Its like eating in an old prison! 10/06/2016
    • Liverpool One Bridewell Bar And Restaurant
    Address:
    Argyle Street 1 Campbell Square
    Liverpool L1 5FB
    England
    Phone:
    0151-709-7000
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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