In Liverpool we are proud of our strong musical history and have every right to be! As a UNESCO City of Music and birthplace of the Beatles, we have our roots well and truly grounded in the music scene. With vibrant up-and-coming artists to the classical sounds of “The Phil”, Liverpool is a great city for music lovers to discover sounds from the past to the present day.
Here’s a 48-hour musical itinerary to help discover be best sounds during your stay in Liverpool…
Day 1 – A musical city
Start your day with a cooked breakfast or delicious pancakes with brunch at Soul Café on Bold Street, previously the home of ‘Soul F.M’ radio station.
Once fed and raring to go head to the Museum of Liverpool located a short walk away on Liverpool’s Waterfront. Here you can view unusual Beatles records, not ones you would normally find in your average jukebox! You’ll also discover life after the Beatles, showcasing the solo careers of the band after they split in 1970.
In the afternoon head slightly out of town for a stroll in Sefton Park and visit the Victorian Palm House. Enjoy the sights and acoustics of the Grade II listed building with regular musical events. If you’re booking your stay far enough in advance, we’d definitely recommend tying in a gig at the Palm House, a special and unique experience.
If you fancy an evening meal with a side of live music, then you’re spoilt for choice in Liverpool! The Hard Days Night Hotel in the city centre is the world’s only Beatles inspired hotel where you can relax and unwind after dinner in the Live Lounge with an exclusive cocktail and acoustic performers. Perhaps if you fancy a break from the Beatles in preparation for day 2, visit NYL Restaurant and Bar at Aloft, where they champion Liverpool’s local talented musicians.
If you time your visit right, you could treat yourself to an evening of culture at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Here you can enjoy performances from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as other live performances from solo artists, contemporary bands and instrumental legends.
Finish the evening off with some live music at The Zanzibar on Seel Street. Home to regular club nights and live music, it’s the perfect place for alternative music lovers.
Day 2 – Discover The Beatles
Start your day at the Albert Dock, (what better place to enjoy a morning coffee?)
Once you’re set for a day of explorations it’s time to discover more about Liverpool’s most famous four! Head to The Beatles Story - also located at the Albert Dock - to discover the history of this fabulous foursome. Born and bred right here in the city, The Beatles were propelled to fame in 1960 and are still one of the world’s most well-known bands to date.
You’ll be taken on an immersive journey where you’ll get to visit replicas of venues that helped make the band, hear stories of their lives and see exclusive photos taken during their most prominent times.
Time for lunch and you can continue your musical discovery in the Fab4 Café, where you can enjoy hints of Abbey Road and Revolver whilst enjoying a light lunch and even a beer or wine if you fancy it!
Take the weight of your feet in the afternoon and hop on the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. Departing from Albert Dock the bus will take you on a two-hour tour of all the places associated with the fab four, from childhood homes to the world famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street.
Finishing your tour at the Cavern Club sets you up perfectly for an evening of entertainment in the Cavern Quarter. This famous brick-walled venue is where The Beatles played in their early years. Open from 10am, 7 days a week, you will find daily live performances from mid-afternoon until late evening. Entry is free with your Magical Mystery Tour ticket.
If you’re feeling peckish, grab a bite to eat in the Cavern Pub, which serves a selection of Panini’s, sandwiches and wraps. If you would like something a little more substantial but want to continue your musical adventures, head to The Flanagan’s Apple also on Mathew Street, you’ll find your pub-food favourites and live music every night!
For those who are looking to continue well into the night, head to Lennons Bar for some more live music and a Beatles inspired atmosphere, then you can head back to the Cavern Club and dance the night away to live music until as late as 2am! You can even enjoy your late-night scran from Fab 4 Pizza!
If you’re all Beatled out, Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle is home to some if the city’s finest unique and quirky venues such as Camp and Furnace where a number of diverse musicians take to the stage inside the converted warehouse. Staying in town, you’ll stumble upon Heebie Jeebies on Seel Street a smaller venue that also loves a bit of live talent.
After a 48-hour musical journey through Liverpool your ears may be ringing but your heart will be filled with the magical sights and sounds that fill this fantastic city.
Come February, there’ll be even more musical exploration to be had, as the British Music Experience opens at Cunard Building on Liverpool Waterfront. The permanent exhibition is dedicated to the history of popular music in Britain.
And if you don't believe us, see for yourself.