Make a day out of visiting Liverpool for River of Light with the family and fill your day with exciting activities everyone will enjoy.
From famous ferries to activity centres, football stadium tours and museums explore our wonderful city in the day before taking in the beautiful sights of River of Light in the evening. Plan your day out when River of Light takes place from 27 October - 5 November at Liverpool's Waterfront.
River of Light Installations
Find out more about the full River of Light programme and download the installation map on the website here.
10 family friendly activities not to miss
Ferry ‘cross the Mersey
No trip to Liverpool is complete without a trip on the Mersey Ferry as the famous song suggests. Jump on board and head on a River Explorer Cruise to take in the sights of either side of the river, including the Three Graces, The Royal Albert Dock and Everton’s new stadium!
Eureka! Science and Discovery
If you decide to take the ferry across the Mersey, stop off on the other side of the river and visit Eureka! Science and Discovery centre. Designed for children and young people up to 14 years, the interactive centre allows children to discover how science, technology, engineering, arts and maths influence and shape our lives.
Discover incredible objects from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures at the World Museum. Dive into the aquarium, learn about the solar system and discover the ancient world at the museum perfect for a family day out.
Enter into a world where nothing is as it seems at Quirky Quarter. The whole family will love this medley of puzzling challenges, brain-teasing workouts and photo opportunities. We don’t want to give too much away but there is a special surprise at the end that will test everyone!
Gravity MAX at Liverpool ONE is the perfect venue to add to a family day out in Liverpool. The adrenaline-pumping entertainment venue offers everything from E-Karting, AR Bowling, Urban Street Golf, Esports, Batting Cages and so much more alongside tasty food and drink options and a FunBox Arcade!
Liverpool Stadium Tours
Football fans need to make a trip to Anfield to head on a stadium tour at the home of the Liverpool Football Club. Go behind the scenes in one of the most iconic stadiums in the country and see everything from the dressing rooms to the press room, sit in the dugouts and stand pitch side - if you’ve got some reds in the family then this one's for you.
Liverpool Beatles Museum
Fans of The Beatles need to take a trip to the famous Mathew Street to visit the Liverpool Beatles Museum. With three floors packed full of authentic Beatles items, a visit to this museum is a journey through the Fab Four’s lives and careers.
Liverpool Tour Bus
One of the best ways to see all the sights of Liverpool is on a hop-on-hop-off tour bus. Jump on board with Liverpool City Sights or The City Explorer. Stopping off at all the hot spots in the city, you can take in everything from the Cathedrals to the Royal Albert Dock, Beatles landmarks and lots more.
Western Approaches played a pivotal role in the Battle of the Atlantic and now you can explore its hidden rooms, discovering the stories locked down in the secret underground WWII bunker. Glimpse at the documents and tools used to monitor enemy convoys, experience the Map Room and immerse yourself in the original rooms the original bunker occupants worked in.
Go on a wild adventure
If wild animals are more your thing then there is no shortage of that in Liverpool. Go on an adventure at Knowsley Safari and get up close and personal with over 750 animals including baboons, camels, wildebeest and rhinos!
Or you can head to Chester Zoo where a world of wonder awaits. With over 27,000 animals from 500 species, there’s so much to see and do for the whole family.
Places to eat and drink
Liverpool ONE is home to a whole range of places to eat and drink perfect for the family to enjoy. With everything from The Club House to Smoke and Dough, Bread Street Kitchen, Lunya, Mamasan, Maggie Fu and all your high street favourites.
Bold Street is one of the most popular places to go in Liverpool when in search of some tasty dishes. Full of independent restaurants, you’ll find cuisines from around the world down here including Indian Street food from Bundobust, traditional Neapolitan pizza at Rudy’s, juicy burgers at Fat Hippo or traditional German dishes at Albert’s Schloss - there’s something for everyone.
Liverpool waterfront is at the heart of the River of Light trail and there are plenty of places you can grab something to eat or a warm drink around here. Have a look at Nova Scotia, Brasco Lounge, Moose Coffee, Malmaison or Ma Boyles whilst you’re exploring the beautiful lights.