With a host of useful tips and recommendations to the best sights and sounds in Liverpool our Liverpool guide can help you find your way through this magnificent city. From the best family activities to a great range of mouth watering restaurants, historic sites and superb shopping the city of Liverpool has something to suit all tastes. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2008 and Best UK City in 2011 Liverpool is renowned for its maritime heritage, rich musical influence and striking Cathedrals. A UNESCO world heritage site Liverpool is recognised worldwide as the home of the Beatles and is a city brimming with world class attractions.<br /> <br />Whatever you do on your visit our Liverpool Guide can help you plan your ideal short break. Spend a day shopping at the fabulous Liverpool ONE, where you can rest your feet afterwards with a drink or meal in a choice of superb restaurants. Enjoy some culture at the Tate Liverpool or explore the striking architecture of the Albert Dock, the infamous Liver Birds and the city's two cathedrals. In the evenings discover the famed Cavern Club, take in a concert at the beautiful Grade I listed St Georges Hall or enjoy some classical music at the Philharmonic Hall.<br /> <br />With hidden gems and beautiful parklands <a href="http://www.superbreak.com/liverpool-hotels-CN4.htm">Liverpool has plenty for you to discover</a>. Tour the Williamson Tunnels, a network of tunnels running beneath Liverpool, stop for a coffee or some unique shopping on Lark Lane or enjoy a day relaxing in SeftonPark. Get close to nature at the nearby Blue Planet Aquarium and Knowsley Safari Park where you can explore the wild side of Liverpool. No matter what you plan for your break or who you are travelling with the Liverpool Guide is here to help. There are many ways to arrive in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Liverpool, however you plan on travelling. Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Manchester Airport are both within easy reach of the city centre and the airports provide flights to and from a range of International destinations, meaning you can easily get to Liverpool from anywhere in the world. Liverpool is well connected to the national motorway network and you can easily reach the city centre by taking the M62, M58 or M56. What&rsquos more, you can travel to Liverpool from London in just over two hours and you can get there via ferry as the city is well serviced by the sea Getting around Liverpool is easy thanks to the city&rsquos excellent public transport network. You can travel around the region by rail, bus or ferry on the Merseytravel transport service network. One of the most cost effective ways to travel around Liverpool is by bus. From the two main city centre-based bus stations you can travel virtually anywhere in the city and an all day ticket will only cost £4.60. Travelling by rail is just as efficient and allows you to travel to many inner city destinations as well as those slightly further afield. Plus Liverpool is served by a fleet of black cabs which can be hailed down in the street Home to high street stores, one off boutiques and designer favourites, Liverpool is notorious for being one of the best UK shopping cities. Head to City Central for anything you could possibly need, you will find five shopping centres, 2 department stores and over 400 shops housing party wear, gifts and homeware a plenty. The Metquarter is the go-to destination for designer shopping and for vintage and retro fashions be sure to head to Pillbox Vintage Fairs. Liverpool One is perhaps the regions premier shopping destination and is home to high street stores, independent boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Plus both of the city&rsquos football teams have shops in Liverpool One where fans can pick up the latest strip and associated memorabilia When dining out in Liverpool, you&rsquoll be spoilt for choice. The city offers a wealth of fine dining options, perfect for celebrations and special occasions. There are plenty of quirky one-offs that you won&rsquot find anywhere else in the country from circus themed restaurants, floating diners and Anfield&rsquos very own eatery, these experiences should not be missed. If you&rsquore travelling with children, there are also plenty of family favourites to keep them happy. From well known chains like Las Iguanas and The Olive Press to fuss-free choices like What&rsquos Cooking? There&rsquos something to please even the fussiest eaters By night, Liverpool is as colourful and vibrant as ever. There&rsquos no shortage of things to see and do whether you want to see a show, catch some live music or continue to explore the city&rsquos history. The Cavern Club and O2 Academy put on an array of live music throughout the week with something to appeal to all audiences while the Royal Court and Liverpool Playhouse are the perfect places to see some drama. To add something a bit different to your short break, try the Shiverpool Historic Ghost Walk, guaranteed to send a shiver down your spine Packed with stylish venues, homely pubs and relaxed café bars, you won&rsquot be short of choices for places to drink in Liverpool. The city's lively bars provide a great nightlife experience, but if you'd prefer to visit a traditional pub you'll find one on virtually every street corner. Over the years Liverpool has certainly embraced the café bar culture. Liverpool is now home to a wealth of trendy venues where you can enjoy art events, music and club nights while you sample your drink of choice Liverpool is home to many fascinating attractions and there's something to appeal to all of the family. The Liverpool Cathedral, Museum of Liverpool and The Beatles Story are all great ways of exploring the city's history as well as its musical heritage. The Mersey Ferry is an absolute must, and no trip to Liverpool is complete without visiting the Cavern Club – when it comes to exploring this great north-western city, your options are endless With millions of visitors every year Liverpool is one of the UK&rsquos biggest cities. It is easily accessible across the country and from overseas via an extensive network of road, rail, and air and sea links. Liverpool Lime Street train station is ideally placed to start exploring Liverpool. Set at the heart of the city the station offers easy access to Liverpool and is well linked with direct connections to Manchester and access to London in 2 hours. Situated in the North West of England Liverpool is within easy reach of major motorways including the M62, and M6. The city can be reached from London in 4 hours and is just 2 hours from many areas including Birmingham, Leeds and the Lake District. If you are travelling by air Liverpool John Lennon Airport is only seven miles from the city centre. Liverpool Airport connects Liverpool to 750 worldwide destinations via KML airlines. Liverpool bus network is managed by Merseytravel. With two main city centre bus terminals and travel centres at Liverpool ONE and Queen Square it&rsquos easy to get out and about in the city <span>Liverpool has its own inner city rail network, Merseyrail, which provides a great way of getting around the city. Services on the City Line are predominantly operated by Northern Rail and service areas including Liverpool to Wigan and indirect services from Liverpool to Manchester. You can catch Northern Line trains to the likes of Ormskirk and Kirby from Hunts Cross and each service has a train every 15 minutes from Monday to Saturday. Trains on the Wirral line will take you to destinations including Chester, New Brighton and West Kirby</span> With a compact city centre Liverpool is easy to navigate, plus with regular ferry crossings, superb train network and plenty of buses it&rsquos easy to get around this fabulous city. There are plenty of taxis throughout Liverpool to get you where you want to go. With 400 taxis Mersey Cabs are one of Liverpool largest taxi companies. Davy Liver Taxis al
so has 200 vehicles so there are plenty of cars to get you around the city. Merseyrail offers a great service for getting around the Liverpool area. With stations throughout Merseyside including 4 city centre underground stations it&rsquos the ideal way to travel through the city and beyond. Experience the famed Cavern Club on Mathew StreetDiscover about the Fab Four at The Beatles StorySample the classics at the Philharmonic HallExplore the variety of sights at the Albert DockCrack a smile & enjoy a joke at one of the city&rsquos comedy clubsVisit Liverpool&rsquos two outstanding CathedralsThe mainline train station, Liverpool Lime Street, is ideally located in the very heart of the city centre, and you can travel to Liverpool on a direct high-speed Virgin train from London Euston in just over two hours. On average this service runs every 30 minutes. Liverpool&rsquos other major railway station is Liverpool South Parkway, which is conveniently located within easy reach of Liverpool JohnLennon Airport. First Transpennine Express provides a direct service from Manchester, Leeds, York and Middlesborough to Liverpool Lime Street <span>The black cabs in Liverpool are plentiful and can be hailed down in the street, so they&rsquore perfect from getting you from A to B and you won&rsquot struggle to find one. Private hire cabs can&rsquot be hailed down in the street but if you call and book them in advance they will work out significantly cheaper than the city cabs. A cab ride is a good way to see some of Liverpool&rsquos famous sights while you travel from A to B</span> The Liverpool bus network is managed by Merseytravel, with two main city centre bus terminals and travel centres at Liverpool ONE and Queen Square. From these stations you can travel to many destinations across the city. You can buy an all zone Saveaway ticket for £4.60 which can be used in the whole of the Merseytravel area on buses, trains and ferries. For extra convenience, Saveaway&rsquos can be bought from manned train stations and most newsagents. Both bus stations have on site travel centres if you require any advice Liverpool John Lennon Airport is only seven miles from the city centre, making the city easily accessible by air. You will find roughly 160 flights per day from around the UK and Europe and the airport is well serviced by budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair. Transport into the city is easy as taxi ranks and bus stops can be found directly outside the airport. A taxi from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Liverpool city centre takes approximately 20 minutes and costs roughly £12. The number 500 Airport Express bus runs every 30 minutes and will arrive in the city centre after 45 minutes. The journey costs £3 for adults, £1 for children and £5 for families Liverpool is within easy reach of major motorways including the M62 and M6 due to its great location in the North West of England. It takes approximately 4 hours to travel from London to Liverpool and only two hours from many areas like Birmingham, the Lake District and Leeds. Once you arrive in the city itself there are plenty of places to park. For instance, the Capital Car Park is located near the famous Three Graces and is close to the Radisson Blu, Malmaison and CrownePlaza hotels Top 5 Shopping Centres in Liverpool Top 5 Shops for Quirky Finds Top 5 Gift Shops in Liverpool Top 5 Fine Dining Restaurants in Liverpool Top 5 Family Favourites in Liverpool Top 5 Unique Restaurants in Liverpool Alma de Cuba is set inside the magnificent conversion of the former St Peter&rsquos Catholic church. The bar provides an eclectic mix of Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American entertainment Alma de Cuba is set inside the magnificent conversion of the former St Peter's Catholic church. The bar provides an eclectic mix of Cuban, Hispanic and Latin American entertainment Liverpool ONE is highly regarded as one of the northwest&rsquos premier shopping destinations where you&rsquoll find 160 high street stores, independent boutiques and restaurants Located in a Grade II listed Victorian building, Wayfarers Arcade house over 30 individual shops and cafes No trip to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to the superb Beatles shop. Selling a great range of memorabilia, collectables, and clothing and of course a full range of Beatles music This popular restaurant and bar is famous for its steaks, burgers and ribs as well as popular international dishes, so you&rsquoll find something to please the whole family There are over 60 pick up/ drop off coach points throughout Liverpool as the city centre is a very ‘coach friendly’ destinationLiverpool Football Club&rsquos very own restaurant is located at Anfield and open seven days a week. Named after the famous Boot Room this family friendly restaurant serves everything from steaks and pasta to burgers and pizzas A prestigious, well renowned restaurant serving modern and international food using locally sourced ingredients. The innovative menus are complimented by a carefully selected choice of wines There are over 60 pick up/ drop off coach points throughout Liverpool as the city centre is a very ‘coach friendly’ destinationThe Philharmonic Hall is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is famous for being one of the UK&rsquos top arts and entertainment venues Providing a decadent mix of the Far east and classic New York, Palm Sugar Lounge is one of Liverpool&rsquos most luxurious bars. You will find an extensive drinks selection including cocktails, wines and spirits Take a different approach to sightseeing and experience Liverpool from the deck of the Mersey Ferry. You will see some spectacular sights and learn about the city's history and character Situated in the heart of Liverpool, Metquarter is home to numerous luxury brands including MAC, Hugo Boss, Armani Exchange and Diesel Las Iguanas is a popular Latin-inspired restaurant with imaginative children&rsquos options. From tapas and fajitas to Brazilian classics, you can broaden your gastronomic horizons Home to speciality shops and designer boutiques, the scenic setting of Lord Street is perfect for some luxurious retail therapy A 6,000ft store with all an Everton fan could desire, from Replica Kits and sportswear to a huge array of gifts and souvenirs. The shop also features an exhibition of Everton history Panoramic 34 is Britain&rsquos tallest restaurant, offering stunning 360&rsquo views of Liverpool and its surrounding areas which can be enjoyed whilst sampling the fine hand crafted food on offer Co-owned by Paul Adams and Stevens Gerard, Warehouse has made a name for itself as a cool and chic restaurant. Award winning chefs have created an internationally inspired menu, using local produce wherever possible Add a spooky twist to your short break by braving Liverpool&rsquos most famous and reputable ghost tour. Delve into the city&rsquos famous locations and hidden histories There are regular bus links between LiverpoolJohn LennonAirport and Liverpool South Parkway station, ideal for helping you to complete your journeyThere are regular bus links between LiverpoolJohn LennonAirport and Liverpool South Parkway station, ideal for helping you to complete your journeyThe Fly in the Loaf is increasingly popular with locals and visitors alike thanks to the wide selection of beer on offer and the upbeat atmosphere The Liverpool Cathedral is a world class visitor attraction and Sir John Betjeman once dubbed it "one of the greatest buildings of the world" Liverpool&rsquos only Boutique Arcade Cavern Walks include a great range of designer shops including Vivienne Westwood, Christopher James Jeweller, Boudoir Boutique, Boudette and Weavers Door These fairs are held monthly around Liverpool city centre and if you&rsquore a lover of vintage and retro fashion you&rsquoll be in your element A great range of items for Liverpool football club, ideal for the Liverpool fan. With clothing, accessories and much more it&rsquos a great
place to find a gift This city centre restaurant serves traditional dishes made from locally sourced and international produce. Delifonseca offers smaller portions of its mouth-watering meals, perfect for children Thought of as one of Liverpool&rsquos most unique venues, the Leaf on Bold Street offers more than food. The venue also hosts art exhibitions, music and club nights Chaophraya is home to decadent interiors, providing the perfect surroundings for enjoying the exquisite Royal Thai cuisine on offer Standing at the heart of Liverpool Waterfront, this venue hosts a wide variety of events from international pop superstars to sports championships For a scenic travel route on your way into Liverpool, take one of the coastal roads through SouthportFor a scenic travel route on your way into Liverpool, take one of the coastal roads through SouthportSited in a historic, listed building, The Monro has agreat selection of cask ales and organic wine. The bar is named after the merchant vessel the James Monro, which sailed from Liverpool to New York in 1817 Cricket is a legendary boutique which was established almost two decades ago. It specialises in selling small collections of exclusive high end womenswear Dedicated to all that is Liverpool this shop offers a great selection of Liverpool souvenirs and mementos to remember your break in this great city The largest covered shopping centre in Liverpool, St John's has a wide range of stores and is a great place to pick up fashion bargains and go gadget shopping. The Olive Bar & Restaurant offers rustic Italian dishes and an extensive range of deserts. Children are always welcome and have the chance to make their own pizzas Described as the city&rsquos real life Big Top, this circus-themed restaurant has to be seen to be believed. Enjoy New York style dishes including hearty steaks, burgers and seafood overlooking the water Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine in lavish surroundings. San Carlo is a high profile restaurant with an extensive menu of carefully created dishes The Beatles performed at this venue 50 years ago and it has been one of Liverpool&rsquos top music venues ever since. It has two stages offering live performances daily from a range of musical genres The Museum of Liverpool is the world's first national museum dedicated to the history of a regional city it demonstrates Liverpool's contribution to the rest of the world The Restaurant Bar has become well renowned in Liverpool for its selection of cocktails. The cocktail bar takes centre stage and this is the perfect setting to relax with a classic cocktail Treat yourself in the Crystal Clear spa and salon where you can enjoy an array of treatments and stock up on some state of the art beauty products A must visit for art enthusiasts, this shops sells a range of art materials, children&rsquos gifts, stationary and homeware, perfect for souvenirs to remember your trip In the heart of Liverpool city centre the Clayton Square shopping centre is home to 30 shops including Boots, Early Learning centre, Game, Mothercare and the Bodyshop The Quayside Café is open daily from 10:30am-4:30pm making it the ideal place to grab a quick bite during the day. You can choose from a selection of hot and cold snack, drinks and filled baguettes Situated in Liverpool's historic Georgian Quarter, The Side Door is a bright, vibrant and friendly bistro that's perfect for a pre-theatre dinner A friendly neighbourhood restaurant serving exceptional British and European gastronomy. Spire was named in the Good Food Guide Northwest as Restaurant of the Year 2011 Liverpool's premier comedy club, don't miss their excellent comedy nights for the best in new and established stand-up comedy acts Housing one of the best collections in the country, Liverpool's Walker Art Gallery if free to enter and is well worth the visit A lively, bustling New York style bar which is sure to get your night off to a great start. Mojo offers an array of cocktails, wines and beers and often puts on live music The theatre company Lovehistory specialise in spectacular productions which delve into the rich history and heritage of Liverpool. The team of professional actors bring history to life Sefton Park Palm House a stunning Victorian glasshouse which is open seven days a week and displays plants from all around the world The Wro is an award-winning bar, elegantly furnished and the winner of Merseyside's best bar three years in a row The themed galleries at Spaceport take you on an inspirational and educational journey where you can learn all about outer space This landmark building offers long-running plays and one-off shows. Past performances include Russell Howard, Dylan Moran and Ben Elton A traditional pub, serving real ales and high quality pub grub, the beautiful, 100 year-old building makes it one of the most ornate pubs in Britain and perfect for a pre-concert drink Operated by Cavern City Tours, this bus tour will take you to the birthplaces of The Beatles as well as destinations that inspired some of their biggest hits including Penny LaneFACT is located in the historic Ropewalks area of Liverpool and houses upcoming artists work in the fields of film, video and new media Stylish bar The Living Room has gained a fantastic reputation in the local area thanks to its cocktails. The bar puts on live music by night to create the perfect atmosphere At Bluecoat you will find a year-round programme of visual art, live art, literature, music and dance. Plus it&rsquos located in a 300 year old Grade I Listed building in Liverpool City Centre The O2 Academy Liverpool offers club nights and gigs and has made a name for itself since opening in 2003. It even has its own stand-alone venue, O2 Academy 2 Liverpool, showcasing unsigned talent These majestic landmark buildings define the Liverpool skyline and are made up of The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building Since joining together with Liverpool&rsquos Everyman Theatre in 1999, the Liverpool Playhouse has taken the city&rsquos entertainment scene by storm, putting on an array of popular productions including Blood Brothers The Blue Bar is a stylish café bar overlooking the waterfront and is regarded as the best alfresco spot in Liverpool  Nestling in Rodney Street in Liverpool&rsquos Georgian Hope Street Quarter, this hidden gem has a warm and welcoming atmosphere and serves up modern British dishes Trading for over forty years, Probe Records is a gem of a record store – stocking new releases and classic vinyl side by side, the shop has long been a favoured haunt of musicians and Pete Burns, of Dead or Alive fame, once worked here too. Located on Mathew Street the Hard Days Night Hotel is a superb hotel inspired by the Beatles. The hotel is ideally placed just a minute from the renowned Cavern Club and within easy reach of The Beatles Story at Albert Dock. Set in a Grade II listed building the hotel has been elegantly restored with a touch of luxury in every room. At 160 years old, it’s the one of the most famous horse steeplechase events aroundAs one of the most vibrant cities in the UK, Liverpool has plenty to offer its visitors. From great food to amazing attractions, Liverpool is a great city to visit. Enjoy nautical events, impressive ships and boat races at the popular albert Dock<span>With plenty of restaurants from the favourite chains to award winning dining Liverpool has an array of delectable flavours to choose from.</span> From comedy events to street entertainers, this city centre festival is a blastWhether in search of live music in the Cavern Quarter, comedy, theatre or a good pub there is plenty to entertain you in Liverpool after dark. With a vibrant club culture, eclectic mix of pubs and bars there is something to suit all tastes in Liverpool city centre If you’re a fan of the Beatles then you’ll be a fan of Liverpool’s Beatle WeekDress up as Santa, run 5 kilometres and do it all for charity!Liverpool Guide – A City Guide to Liverpool – SuperbreakBrowse our Live
rpool Guide and make the most out of your break. You'll find tips and inspiration on the best attractions, events, restaurants and hotels in Liverpool.