We’ve suddenly gone from ‘the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’ to the most ‘un-wonderful’ time of the year in seconds. Unless you were smart and booked your January … or February getaway, you’ll probably be suffering from a bout of January Blues.

Everyone’s saving money, everyone’s trying to stay in and ‘behave.’

Firstly, moping around will achieve nothing but heightened blues. Secondly, travel is the best cure for the blues.

We’re backing up our last statement with more encouraging facts – Flights to Liverpool or Manchester from Germany, France, Ireland and Spain including major cities Malaga, Berlin, Paris to name a few this January and February start from £15, or €17.54, take a look at Skyscanner.

They’re even cheaper in March… *wink emoji*

Also, if you’re coming from the UK – you’ll know we’re pretty well connected by rail. But, if you’re really scrimping and don’t mind the extra travel time, you could get a coach with National Express. Return tickets from Birmingham cost as little as £4!

So that’s getting here sorted.

Cheapo stays

We say cheapo, but be assured Liverpool is home to the best of the budget. In January you might even grab a high-end luxury room for bargain basement price.

We've also got any amazing post-Christmas pamper on to offer you at the beautiful Suites Hotel Knowsley. The Sunday Sleepover includes an overnight stay, one 25 minute treatment, two course evening meal, use of leisure facilities and SO much more for just £80pp. 

Book it now, before the VisitLiverpool team does! 

Hatters Hostel – Mount Pleasant

Available from £35 Per night

#liverpool #mountpleasant @visitliverpool_

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This is what’s called a Poshtel – a posh hostel at 3 star! Its big, spacious, gothic and right in the centre of Liverpool just 5 minutes from the main train station, Lime Street. It’s right in the middle of city’s Georgian Quarter, neighbouring the Metropolitan Cathedral, Everyman Theatre, The Phil – Philarmonic Hall and loads more Georgian beauty, trendy wine bars and restaurants... and another cathedral.

The SANDEMANs FREE, three hour tour is also organised by the hostel and runs daily from St George's Hall.

Choose from a range of private rooms to dormitories, each with en-suite bathrooms.

Euro Hostel – Stanley Street

Dorms available from £14 per night

Private available from £30 per night

Euro Hostel, right in the centre of the city on Stanley Street advertises itself as perfect for group accommodation, backpackers, concert go-ers and couples. So, we can’t see much to complain about there? You’ll find yourself a 30 second walk from the LGBT nightlife scene, 30 second walk from Liverpool ONE, 10 walk minutes from the waterfront.

The Shankly Hotel – Victoria Street

Overnight stay in luxury double room with Jacuzzi bathroom, breakfast in the Bastion AND a 2 course meal just £99 per couple Mon – Wed £119 per couple Thurs – Sun

Weekend Accom – Overnight stay in Luxury double room with Jacuzzi bathroom and breakfast at the Bastion for 4 or more people £30 pp Friday only, £40 pp Saturday only

Dreaming of night in a room like this? Book your stay now. #Shankly #LFC #ItsLiverpool #Liverpool

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If you’re an LFC fan, then this is the place for you. A hotel dedicated to the legendary LFC coach, Bill Shankly. The hotel is filled with memorabilia, themed rooms and bar and restaurant. Equally if football isn’t your thing, this hotel is for you. It’s glamorous and luxurious interiors make you feel like a celebrity yourself, in rooms that are more than double the size of your average hotel room!

Be quick, The Shankly is a favourite. However, you can always check out their sister hotel, 30 James Street.

Cheap Days Out – in Quarters

Down on the waterfront

Here is where you’ll find the iconic Three Graces and the Fab Four, joined by the Museum of Liverpool - unfortunately this is closed for essential works until Feb 2017 – booo! Fortunately, there’s loads more down there, even just exploring the area and its beauty including the Albert Dock. Wearing the UNESCO World Heritage crown, there’s so much to admire around this part of Liverpool, including the Beatles Statue and the world-famous Liver Building.

Top FREE

Tate Liverpool at The Albert Dock – Free Entry

International Slavery Museum at The Albert Dock – Free Entry

Merseyside Maritime Museum at The Albert Dock – Free Entry

The Mersey Ferry – the BEST way to see the skyline £9 adult, £5 child - Ok not FREE, but you have to do it. 

St George’s Quarter

It’s covered under the UNESCO World Heritage Site accolade Liverpool proudly holds and is the area located next to St George’s Hall, hence the name – and just on the doorstep of Lime Street Station. You’ll find beauty, culture and history right here. William Brown Street especially is one to admire, it’s a street home to ONLY cultural attractions and they’re all FREE.

Top FREE

St George’s Hall and Heritage Centre – Free Entry

Walker Art Gallery – Free Entry

World Museum – Free Entry

Central Library – Free Entry

Cavern Quarter

The name says it all. This is the place that the Fab Four began and it’s still going today, The Cavern. Open from 10.30am with live music daily, its free to go in and soak up the atmosphere Monday – Wednesday and a small charge Thursday to Sunday, from £2.50 - £5.

Explore underground vaults, names inscribed throughout and enjoy a night in the Cavern like they did back in the 60s.

Outside the Cavern, educate yourself on the relationship of Liverpool and Ireland at Flanagans Apple. It won’t hit you in the pocket either with Craft ale big bucket sharers of 12 beers for just £30, or 2 4 1 cocktails 5 - 8pm.

Wander over to The Grapes, a pub favoured by The Beatles or head over to The White Star.. all on or just off of Mathew St.

Georgian Quarter

So elegant, pretty and popular with filmmakers, the Georgian Quarter. It’s linked by a street named Hope, bookended by two Cathedrals and it’s where you’ll find Poshtel, Hatters we talked about before. Liverpool Cathedral or the Anglican Cathedral as it’s known is the fifth largest in the world and is of breath-taking beauty. We’ve been countless times and it never fails to amaze.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King is also breath-taking, but looks a lot different to the Anglican Cathedral. The Cathedral is free to enter, however there is a small charge of £3 to enter the Crypt.

This is an area that you’ll just want to wander round and explore. A walking tour could be perfect.  

Top FREE

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

Ropewalks

Happy new year to you all x

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Some call it the ‘Bohemian’ heart of the city. Filled with culture, music, independents, art … you get the picture. There’s a huge number of independent shops on ‘the coolest street in Liverpool’, Bold Street next to some of *the best* independent restaurants we’ve ever step foot in.

Don’t forget to admire the ‘Bombed Out Church’ and look-up its history and story.

Top FREE

The Bluecoat Contemporary Art Centre

FACT – Foundation for Art and Technology

Cheap Eats - Just for January

The Rum Sale at Smugglers Cove at the Albert Dock

50% off food. 2-4-1 cocktails Do we actually need to say anymore? Oh yeah, the boring bit… make sure you book online right here.

New Year, New Menu at NYL Restaurant and Bar

50% off their brand new menu that includes ‘Lobster Dawgs, Ham Hock, 6 steaks, a ‘Chateaubriand’ to chare, Dr Pepper Panna Cotta and we’re going to stop here because we are literally so hungry just thinking about that lobster.

To book, call 0151 294 4069 and quote VL50

Let the year be-gin

50% off at The Club House Liverpool ONE. 2-4-1 gin menu, plus tastings, quizzes, masterclasses. Sounds good to us. Book online.

99P MENU SALE & 50% off – Busaba Eathai

On January 16th, the modern Thai restaurant is offering a menu that includes 9 main dishes including pad thai, crab fried rice, stir fry and more. Don’t forget to pre-register.

Or download their app for 50% off.

Malmasion say NO to Dry January 

Two for £10 on winter classic cocktails Mon - Thursday

Cheap Eats – All year round

Lunchtime = Jenga time

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Ziferblat on the Albert Dock, or St Paul’s Square is like an extension of your home, you can do as you please. You simply pay for your time; everything else inside is FREE. This includes coffee, cake, fruit teas, toast, pretzels, hot chocolate and MASHMALLOWS, WiFi (of course) and loads of other tasty foods… Try the banana loaf, it is to die for!

Casa Italia is one of Liverpool’s longest established eateries and has been enjoyed by some famous names such as Liam Gallagher and wait for it, the Beatle himself, Paul McCartney. The authentic Italian restaurant serves all your favourite meals, from the amazing price of just £5.95 for a main meal! Just be prepared to queue, it’s extremely popular!

Revolucion de Cuba Taco Tuesday! Everyone loves a taco and with all you can eat tacos for just £10 plus a free drink make sure you head to Rev de Cuba at the Albert Dock for Taco Tuesday.

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