If you’ve visited Liverpool before, you know that we like doing things BIG. So, staying true to form, the biggest round the world ocean race is once again returning here in July, beginning its epic journey this summer and boy, we are EXCITED.

Travelling 40,000 nautical miles, with twelve 70-foot modern racing yachts taking to the high seas, it’s a decade since the famous race was in Liverpool and the fourth time it’s started and finished in the River Mersey. Setting sail from the Albert Dock on 20th August and return 11 months later in the summer of 2018, it looks like the perfect time to book that trip that you’ve been considering.  

If you’re coming to Liverpool to celebrate the brace for the weekend, leave your sea legs at the docks and get ready to explore the city. We’ve got some ideas: 

Where to stay?  

Luxurious Lie Ins

Who's Checking In To One Of Our Luxury Rooms This Weekend Then? #HiltonLiverpool

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For a touch of luxury a stone’s throw from the Albert Dock, try the Hilton Liverpool. In the heart of Liverpool ONE it offers stunning views across the city’s famous waterfront, right in the centre of the action, but still only 20 minutes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport. 

Beds good enough for The Beatles

Fans of The Beatles should look no further than the Hard Days Night Hotel, dedicated to the Fab Four and sporting imaginative décor at every turn. Splash out on the Lennon or McCartney Suites with cityscape balcony views and spend some time in the city’s ‘Beatles Quarter’ during your stay. 

A street of Hope

The stylish Hope Street Hotel is in one of the tastiest parts of Liverpool in what’s described as the ‘Georgian restaurant quarter’. Reinvented and renovated in 2003, the Hope Street Hotel is a boutique place to stay in a stunning building close to our two Cathedrals, theatres and Philharmonic Hall

Just like Home

Or why not choose somewhere that feels just like home? Bridge Street in Liverpool ONE, BASE serviced apartments in Duke Street or The Block on the city’s waterfront offer the chance to sample life in the centre of the city, just like a local.

Time for Breakfast

The most important meal of the day; it’s a good job we’ve got plenty of amazing brekkies around every corner. Set yourself up for the day at Leaf on Bold Street, one of Liverpool’s coolest spots. Serving delicious breakfast faves like eggs benedict, with hundreds of different teas on offer too (hence the name!). A few doors down, those seeking a coffee hit should visit Bold Street Coffee, whose team first started by serving the very best coffee to festival goers across the UK.

If you’re ambling towards the docks, head to Moose Coffee on Dale Street, to satisfy any hankering for an American breakfast or brunch, and another great spot for a cup of Joe.  For late-risers – no fear! Castle Street’s Neighbourhood has got you sorted with brunch and bottomless cocktails & prosecco from 10am – 1pm; but be sure to book!

What to see  

Culture Crawl

Because culture, art and music are our thing, why not visit one of the many on the waterfront dedicated to them all? Tate Liverpool, Museum of Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, The Beatles Story and British Music Experience are all a short walk from each other, so you can sink your teeth into whatever interests you the most. It’s your oyster!

On Your Bike

Alternatively, hop on a CityBike and explore the city from two wheels. Liverpool city centre is circled by Victorian parks like Sefton Park, Greenbank Park, Stanley Park and Princes Park. Breathe deep in the lungs of the city and see the Sefton Palm House, the stunning Isla Gladstone Conservatory or just enjoy the comings and goings of the city’s popular parks.  It’s also the best way to get around the city and see some of the best architecture (in that case, you might want to take a look at another of our blogs here).

Magical Mystery Tours

なんだか懐かしい感じがした

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Oh, and you can’t do Liverpool without a Magical Mystery Tour…and whether you opt for a Beatles tour in a taxi, or hop aboard the bus, you’ll visit all the must-see places that are recognised by Fab Four fans all around the world. Childhood homes, the schools where they met, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and of course the Cavern will ensure the city is in your ears and in your eyes.  

Lunch

Tastyyyy 😋

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Nestled between the edge of the central shopping zone and the business district, the Stanley St Quarter, Fonseca’s is the foodie place to be. Delicious small plates are head chef Marc Paley’s speciality (but the platters aren’t to be missed either).

To get glam, try Liverpool’s edition of Sugar Hut; the Essex favourite up north! Either take full advantage of their delicious express menu if you’re in a rush for more sightseeing, or tuck into their main menu that has everything from lobster to chateaubriand.

If pub grub is more your thing, visit the ornate Philharmonic Pub or Fly in the Loaf – literally around the corner from each other. Warm welcomes, plenty of beer and tasty food. Spot on.  

Look up!

Georgian city #itsliverpool #visitliverpool #liverpool #hopestreet #investliverpool #georgianquarterliverpool

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Liverpool is a beautiful city. If you’ve only seen it through pictures until now, you’re in for a treat. From the Georgian Quarter to the Three Graces, Chinatown and the warehouses of the Baltic Triangle it’s a city of striking architecture that you need to see in the flesh. Wile away the afternoon meandering through the city’s streets and see what you come across; there might be corners you find that would make the perfect hidden gem Insta post!  

“If you want a Cathedral, we’ve got one to spare…” 

Hope Street is possibly one of the few streets in the world with a Cathedral at either end. Good, eh? No matter what your creed, they’re a definite must-see. The Metropolitan Cathedral is affectionately known as ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ to locals due to its ‘wig-wam’ like appearance! It’s absolutely spectacular inside and out, and it’s just had its 50th anniversary; come and say happy birthday!

Then there’s Liverpool Cathedral; the largest cathedral in the UK and the fifth largest in the world. Just make sure you take the walk all the way down Hope Street to reach it so that you can feel the full presence of its enormity.  Our jaws still drop! Liv Cathedral doesn’t restrict its activities to just Sundays, it’s become a space that attracts big events like Cream Classics, and it's got a cracking tower view once you head all the way up there – anyway, you’ll find out why once you’re here.

Time for tea

Felt like I was on holiday tonight with @leylabolton_ @eleanorcope_

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Where do we even start? You could easily stay for a month and still not be done with finding new and exciting menus all over the city that you won’t be able to stop thinking about. You can eat around the world when you dine out in Liverpool. Head to Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in Europe, or go Catalan at Lunya. Try fine dining at Panoramic 34 - and stunning views from 30 floors high - London Carriage Works or 60 Hope Street for some fine cuisine with a contemporary twist. Stop off at India for street food at Mowglis or try Greek at Christakis. 

Delicious.

Evening Vibes

Had an AWESOME time. As the "Americans" sitting front and center, we were the butt of many jokes.

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Once your belly is content, why not head to a comedy spot for some more feel good vibes? After all, scousers are classed as some of the funniest people in the country and we’d love to see what you think. Check out our comedy blog here for some inspiration.

Late Night Vibes

One of my favourite places

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Whether it’s the Saturday night pre-Clipper, or Sunday night post-Clipper; Liverpool invites you to sample its world-class nightlife. From swanky clubs like Palm Sugar Lounge at Chavasse Park, to quirky Asian-inspired bars like Blind Tiger on Seel Street, Liverpool at night has many faces. Whatever your tipple, we can give you a hand at choosing, here.

Then...get ready for the biggest and best Yacht race you'll ever see! Head here for more info.

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