Liverpool is the sixth largest city in the United Kingdom. Liverpool’s economy is mainly based on services and industry. Nevertheless, the city is known for its port, its rich variety of architecture, and more than anything else, for one of the most famous bands in the world: The Beatles. Here are the best things to see during a day-trip to Liverpool.
Admire the diversity of Liverpool’s incredible architecture
Liverpool is an old city; its architecture spans from the Tudor era to the current modern style. Around 2,500 buildings are listed, meaning they are considered to be special architectural, historical, or cultural gems. Additionally, the port has been classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The oldest building standing is Speke Hall, which is a wood-framed manor house from the Tudor era finished in 1598. It now hosts a restaurant.
The famous Royal Liver Building (see the accompanying photo) is a 20th century building, opened in 1911. It is one of the most recognisable structures of the city as it measures 322 ft (98 m) tall. Just underneath the Royal Liver Building, we can see the very contrasting, modern Mann Island Buildings, constructed a century later. This diversity of architecture and the mix of the styles gives a unique charm to the city.
Do some shopping at Liverpool One
After having strolled around the city and discovered the beautiful classified buildings, you should take some time to shop in Liverpool One. This is one of the favourite destinations to shop in the UK. The open-air area offers a large range of fashion stores such as Primark, Forever 21, Levi’s, and Michael Kors. Football fans can also enjoy a souvenir from their favourite team as there are official stores from the Liverpool and Everton. Shopping lovers will not be disappointed!
Take a stroll along Albert Dock
Albert Dock is a dock and warehouse complex. The dock was used as a gateway to trade with the rest of the British Empire, bringing exotic goods such as cotton, tea, tobacco, silk, and etc. This red brick building is nested above the River Mersey; therefore, it seems to come directly from the Industrial revolution. Nevertheless, the structure now hosts numerous restaurants and museums such as the Tate Museum or The Beatles Story.
Eat at Panam on Albert Dock
Panam is a contemporary restaurant located in one of the former warehouses of the Albert Dock. It is a fancy restaurant and cocktail club. It also hosts the MTV music awards and many concerts. Panam serves varied cuisine; you can find sandwiches, burgers, soups, pasta, and British meals such as fish and chips. You can choose à la carte menus but for Sunday lunch and pre-concert orders there are special offers: between 14.95 to 17.95 GBP (from 21.80 to 26.20 USD) for two courses. On the à la carte menu, there is a large range of choices for starters, main meals, and desserts; you can easily eat for less than 15 GBP (22 USD). I ordered the meal of the day and with the cold weather the leek soup was a perfect choice.
See the tallest Chinese Arch in Europe
The Chinese Arch of Liverpool is set in Chinatown, an area of the city that is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. The quarter hosts lots of restaurants and grocery stores, and also an impressive Chinese Arch. The arch was built in 2000 and officially opened for the Chinese New Year. This arch stands at 13.5 meters (44 feet) tall, which makes it the tallest Chinese arch in Europe and second tallest in the world outside China (the first one being in Washington D.C). The arch is made of wood and marble and on it we can see 200 dragons. In China, the dragon is the symbol of the Chinese civilization, representing the emperor.
Pack your bag and come to the Pool
Located in northern England, Liverpool, often called the Pool, is very different from other British cities, maybe it is due to its magical atmosphere. Strolling around, you will probably hear songs from the Beatles, even if it is 10 degrees Celsius (50 °F) the ice cream parlour located near the docks will be open, and if you need to ask your way, do not be shy, Liverpudlians are super nice. Do not wait anymore and see for yourself!
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