If you’re looking for a weekend getaway where you can be completely and selfishly engrossed in culture, then Liverpool is the city for you.
You could spend a week, even a month exploring the culture – from past to the present, to the cool and funky, but who has that amount of time on their hands!!
So to give you your culture-fix, here’s our jam-packed itinerary for your weekend culture binge:
Start with a wander around the Albert Dock taking in the iconic architecture of the regenerated dock with its museums, bars and restaurants. Visit Tate Liverpool to see the latest contemporary art exhibition; the Tate Café is an excellent tea break stop and the gallery shop is well worth a visit.
Take a short walk (approximately 20 minutes) through Liverpool ONE, the main shopping and leisure complex. Throughout the summer you might be lucky enough to witness live music on one of the six street pianos as part of the Tickle the Ivories festival where you can expect to see individuals, choirs and undiscovered talent – how’s that for some impromptu culture!
Head onto St George’s Hall opposite Lime Street Station and take in the magnificent neo-classical Grade I listed building. Visit the Heritage Centre and join a tour where you can enter a viewing gallery to see the wonderful Great Hall as well as cells, which would have held prisoners awaiting trial.
From here you can explore St John’s Gardens before crossing William Brown Street to two of Liverpool's museums and Central Library. All are free to visit and impressive in their own right; from the five floors of world cultural exhibitions at the World Museum to the world-class Walker Art Gallery. As one of most finest art galleries in Europe and home to renaissance masterpieces to name a few – you could easily overdose on your culture-fix.
After a busy day there are a number of options for cultured-dining, depending on the style of dining you are looking for.
The Philharmonic Dining Rooms on Hope Street are famous for being a lavish and ornate Victorian pub. Expect plenty of carved wood, stained glass windows and the most lavish toilets you will ever use… and remember to look up at the ceilings! Whilst a traditional pub, “The Phil” has an eclectic and unique character which makes the only thing traditional the range of real ales and tasty pub classics. You won’t find a more cultured-boozer in the city.
If fine dining is more your scene then head to The Art School on Sugnall Street where Paul Askew, one of the region’s top chefs showcases the culture of food with exquisite menus using local produce and seasonal ingredients.
From either venue you’re perfectly placed to visit the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for a concert – just remember to check out what’s on and tickets before you arrive.
There’s plenty of boutique and culture-inspired hotels in the city rest your head (and feet). Hope Street Hotel is an award-winning independent boutique hotel where solid wood and exposed brickwork which provides a chic yet urban feel. Located in an old run and tobacco warehouse, Titanic Hotel Liverpool is a stunningly restored hotel, which offers plenty of character along with a bit of luxury. Or head to 30 James Street for a maritime-themed stay. Once the headquarters of White Star Line, the hotel offers with themed floors and views over the waterfront.
After a hearty brekkie it’s time to start day 2 of your culture-binge and head to the southern areas of the city.
A great way to explore is to hire a City Bike - not only will it be much quicker to get around but they can be hired from as little as £3.00.
Either start the day at Sefton Park or cycle to it (Cycle Route 56 goes through the park.) The historic park is beautiful to stroll around in any season. With beautiful features and monuments, viewing points and ‘Old Nick’s caves there’s plenty to explore. A must-see whilst exploring 235-acre park is the Palm House. The beautiful Victorian Grade 2* glasshouse is home to the Liverpool International Plant Collection. The iconic attraction is free to visit with plenty of benches and spots for sitting and admiring the seasonal changes of the collection.
Head back along cycle route 56 along Hope Street and visit Liverpool Cathedral, which boasts Britain’s largest and highest gothic arches. At 500ft above sea level, the tower is the tallest Cathedral tower in the UK where the most stunning 360 degree views can be enjoyed – don’t forget to #tweetfromthetower and look out for the Blackpool Tower which can be seen on a clear day!
After all the cycling or walking, you will be gasping for something to eat and drink so head to Alma De Cuba on Seel street – a converted Catholic church which still has an 18th century nave as a focal point. They serve an amazing Sunday Service Gospel Brunch where you can enjoy a great tasting brunch whilst listening to the amazing live Gospel Choir (1.30pm – 5pm) – guaranteed to give you goose bumps!