Top 12 Things Liverpool Is Famous For - Updated 2024

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Located in Merseyside, England, Liverpool nestles at the spot where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. The iconic city of Liverpool was a major trade port from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Its main claim to fame is that Liverpool is the hometown of the rock group, The Beatles. However, the city has many other attractions, including its waterfront with ferry trips, its iconic architecture, the Liverpool Cathedral, the city’s museum, and the famous Royal Albert Dock. Sports fans appreciate that the city is home to the Liverpool Football Club, a team that competes in the Premier League. If you’re planning to stay for a few days, the city offers a wide range of accommodations like houseboats and boutique hotels. For your upcoming trip, scroll down to find a list of the top things Liverpool is famous for.

1. The Beatles (from USD 25.0)

When visiting the hometown of The Beatles, people should definitely delve into a bit of the legendary group’s history. While there are a number of attractions relating to the Fab Four, including the famous Cavern Club and Paul McCartney’s childhood home, the Beatles Story exhibition comes up tops. The exhibition is spread over two locations and offers information about the band and its impact on the history of music. Along the way, view rare photos, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits while listening to an audio guide narrated by John Lennon’s sister. A shuttle service between the two sites is included in the price.

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2. Liverpool Blitz

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Liverpool played a pivotal role in World War II, as it served as a crucial maritime and industrial hub for the United Kingdom. The city’s strategic location on the west coast made it a prime target for German bombing raids, leading to a devastating chapter in Liverpool’s history known as the Liverpool Blitz. From 1940 to 1941, Liverpool endured relentless aerial bombardment by the German Air Force, causing extensive damage to its docks, buildings, and infrastructure.

The city’s resilient spirit and the heroic efforts of its citizens and emergency services were on full display during this dark period. Liverpool played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic, facilitating the movement of troops, supplies, and ammunition to support the war effort.

Museum of Liverpool

Address: Pier Head, Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1DG, United Kingdom

Website: Museum of Liverpool

Opening hours: Tue - Sun: 10am - 5pm (closed on Mon)

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3. Bubble and squeak

-2021-12-03 Pan fried Bubble and squeak, Trimingham, Norfolk (4)
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If you are wondering what food Liverpool is famous for, then look no further than Bubble and Squeak, a beloved British dish made from leftover vegetables, typically a mix of mashed and fried potatoes and cabbage. This dish came up as a frugal and inventive way to use up leftovers, particularly from Sunday roasts.

Liverpool is famous for its association with bubble and squeak due to its link to the war. During challenging times such as World War II, when food was rationed, bubble and squeak became a popular and practical dish in Liverpool households. Its name is said to originate from the sizzling and popping sounds it makes while frying in a hot pan. Today, bubble and squeak remains a cherished comfort food in Liverpool and throughout the UK, symbolizing both thriftiness and culinary creativity.

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4. Horse racing

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Those who love to place a bet on the horses shouldn’t miss a visit to Aintree Racecourse, located on the outskirts of Liverpool. The racecourse is world-famous for the annual Grand National Steeplechase which takes place each April over three days. Get dressed up for your visit, as the racecourse is a colorful spectacle all year round. The easiest way to access Aintree Racecourse is by rail and Aintree Station is directly opposite the racecourse.

Aintree Racecourse

Address: Ormskirk Rd, Aintree, Liverpool, UK

Website: Aintree Racecourse

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Liverpool Tour Guide

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Marc Hughes

Hi I'm Marc! I was a tour guide for 6 years at Liverpool FC and I also spent 2 years as a guide on the LFC city explorer bus. I am very proud of my city and I love sharing my passion for Liverpool with new people. Liverpool is famous for its hospitality and I am no exception to that. While you're here you're one of us! Whether it be The Beatles, football, ships or historic buildings, Liverpool... Read more

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5. Castle Street

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Steps from the iconic waterfront, Castle Street used to be known for banking. However, in recent years, the street has become a food mecca in the city. A full range of international and local cuisines can be enjoyed including Spanish tapas, pizza and other Italian specialties, Korean dishes, Brazilian barbeque, vegetarian and vegan options, and tasty fast food. Visitors can enjoy a drink at a variety of pubs, wine bars, and cocktail bars in the street.

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6. Royal Liver Building

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The Royal Liver Building stands at the Pier Head in Liverpool. Next to this popular site to see in Liverpool are famous buildings such as the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. The structure is one of the city’s Three Graces which line the waterfront. The Royal Liver Building is also a part of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City. It was first opened in 1911 as the home of the Royal Liver Assurance Group. Visitors can experience the Royal Liver Building 360, a fully guided tour of the historic clock tower with views over the city while viewing a digital projection show. The structure is adorned by two liver birds, the city’s emblem, which is found in many buildings in Liverpool.

Royal Liver Building

Address: Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, UK

Website: Royal Liver Building

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7. Pier Head

Pier Head and the Three Graces
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Pier Head was formerly a railway station located on the Liverpool Overhead Railway. It was opened in March 1893 and stands close to the Mersey Ferry landing stage. It is also adjacent to the Royal Liver Building, mentioned above. Together with the Three Graces, Pier Head forms part of the iconic skyline of Liverpool. The Three Graces were constructed as symbols of Liverpool’s international prestige.

Pier Head

Address: Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, UK

Website: Pier Head

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8. Liverpool Waterfront

Liverpool Waterfront
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Liverpool Waterfront is a UNESCO Heritage Site and offers everything many attractions in an iconic setting. Walk along the lovely riverside or stop by The Beatles Story along the way. Among the magnificent architecture along the waterfront is the Liver Building, the Tate Liverpool art gallery, the Open Eye Gallery photographic gallery, International Slavery Museum, and the Merseytime Maritime Building.

Liverpool Waterfront

Website: Liverpool Waterfront

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9. Chinatown

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Due to its multi-cultural nature, Liverpool has many Chinese residents. Liverpool Chinatown was the first of its kind to be established in Europe. Currently, there are approximately 10,000 Chinese residents in the city. This area of the city has a number of excellent Chinese restaurants and takeaways, as well as grocery shops and supermarkets selling Chinese produce. You’ll find that Chinese culture has been well-maintained by the residents of this area.

Chinatown

Website: Chinatown

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10. Cultural diversity

People along Church Street
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Due to Liverpool’s history as a port city, its population is culturally diverse. The city is home to the oldest black community in the UK, dating from around 1730. Many of these early settlers were children of traders, freed slaves, or seamen. The city also has the oldest Chinese community in Europe, living in Chinatown, mentioned above. They first arrived as seamen in the city in the 19th century. Liverpool also boasts a large Irish and Welsh population. Many Irish moved here during the famine between 1845 to 1852 and many later left for the USA. Among the other nationalities represented in Liverpool are Latin American, Indian, African-Caribbean, Malaysian, Somali, Ghanaian, and Yemeni.

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11. Geographical position

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Liverpool is a major seaport in northwestern England and is at the heart of Merseyside in the county of Lancashire. The city sits on the north shore of the Mersey estuary, close to the Irish Sea. Due to its position, Liverpool became a major trading port with the world. The docklands of the city and a number of historic areas have collectively been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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12. Liverpool FC (from USD 17.76)

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When visiting Liverpool, football fans naturally head to Anfield Stadium to catch the latest game. However, while visiting, they can also see the Liverpool FC Story and Steven Gerrard Collection, home to Liverpool Football Club’s awards and memorabilia. A multimedia handset is given to each visitor, on which they can enjoy a personalized commentary by Phil Thompson. In the commentary, Thompson shares his experience as a football fan, player, captain, assistant manager, and finally, manager of the top football club. Learn about the history of Liverpool FC with exhibits relating to the team, as well as interactive activities on the handset. Gaze in awe at the Steven Gerrard Collection, where the former captain donated personal football memorabilia, including Liverpool FC shirts and awards. After the tour, visitors can enjoy a drink at Boot Room Sports Café, with more memorabilia displayed.

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Experience a visit to the historic city of Liverpool

While most people in the world think of The Beatles when they think of celebrities from Liverpool, this iconic and historic city has a lot more to offer. Enjoy its architecture, culture, cuisine, art, and music while learning about the top things Liverpool is famous for. Don’t forget to check out the best Sunday roast and street food as well!

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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