Who’d have thought that a cosmopolitan city like Liverpool could be so close to wide open green spaces like Sefton Park? Or that just 20 minutes away are, little model villages like Port Sunlight, look something of a fairy tale?

Liverpool is a city of culture in 2018

A day at the theatre watching a classic hit, the ballet or even hearing the oldest active philharmonic orchestra in the Art Deco surroundings of the Liverpool Philharmonic hall. 

Out and about at the Albert Dock, sipping tea surrounded by finery or tiring out the youngsters at one of the city’s many museums. 

2018 is a monumental year - we’ll celebrate 10 years since Liverpool became European Capital of Culture. Since then, the city has been on a journey up. If you haven’t been in a while, or perhaps you’ve never been at all. We challenge you, to find a reason not to. 

Here’s 18 reasons to visit. 

1. To see not only one fantastic cathedral, but two. On a street called Hope Street, housed by Georgian Town House finery you’ll find that it’s bookended by two iconic structures. Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral - the 5th largest in Europe and totally awe inspiring inside, explore it further with a group tour that can be planned around Sunday Worship. At the other end you’ll see Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral, a modern circular structure, featuring glorious multi-coloured windows. Listen to a recital - or book on a guided tour and see inside the cathedral and Liverpool’s ‘third cathedral, Luytens Crypt.’

You can still see the Anglican Cathedral from the steps though 👀 it turns out Saturday mornings here are pretty quiet ⛪️

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2. To appreciate the sounds of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra at it’s very own venue - the Art Deco Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Or to even watch a classic film, accompanied by the orchestra. 

This is a great place.

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3. To just sample the truly British delight of tea and cake. Loose leaf teas, freshly baked cakes or even afternoon tea. There’s plenty of places, from Cuthberts Bakehouse - a family run independent bakehouse, to the Maritime Dining Rooms, located on the top floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum with views across the waterfront. 


4. For a break in a hotel room with a view just like this? Hope Street Hotel is literally over the road from the Philharmonic Hall located up above the noise of the city. Hope Street Hotel is an award-winning boutique hotel with restaurant London Carriage Works located on the ground floor. You'll be welcomed by friendly team, a smooth smell of chocolate and oak and excitement that this unique venue offers. 

5. A trip to the theatre. Liverpool Empire Theatre plays host to a number of travelling West End Hits. From the inspiring Cilla, to classics like Footloose and Wicked to the mind blowing, War Horse. 

Our Empire Theatre is really something

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6. To sample the local delicacy, Scouse. The stew of Liverpool. In fact, kill two birds with one stone and sample the delicious stew while at the Liverpool Cathedral. Could there be better scenery to accompany your lunch? You may also want to head to the top of the largest Cathedral in Britain and explore the views of the city below.


7. In the summer, the Tall Ships regatta coming back to the city for the fifth time. Over 3 days, a completely free extravaganza will celebrate Liverpool’s maritime history.

 
8. To taste wine, and sample foods from across the globe in places like Vinea and Veeno

Holiday prep #meandhimtime #veenoliverpool

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9. Take a day trip on the oldest running passenger steamboat, The Daniel Adamson or attend a ‘Museum Day’ an exciting interactive experience, using actors, real stories and memories from past workers, guided tours and more. If you're a bit of a history buff, you'll love what French Artist Olivier Grossetête is planning to recreate Liverpool's lost castles this year... 

10. To visit Southport and stroll along the Pier - not forgetting to end with fish and chips by the sea. 

Beautiful and bracing morning walk before work today.

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11. Head to the delightful little village of Port Sunlight, a beautiful model village lined with charming cottages, all built in ranging architectural styles, originally built for the workers of the Lever Brothers Factory. The village boasts 130 acres of parkland and gardens, a museum and art gallery, book onto a guided tour so that you don't miss anything of this beautiful hidden gem.  


12. Delve into the 16th Century at Speke Hall - originally built in 1530. There’s the Great Hall and Priest Hole that date all the way back to the Tudor Times and the Oak Parlour and smaller rooms that prove to mirror the Victorian trend for privacy and comfort. Explore the outdoors, enjoy afternoon tea or pop over to Home Farm with the youngsters. 

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13. See the Terracotta Warriors at the World Museum. The collection of terracotta sculptures that depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang that form a funerary art will be visiting Liverpool’s World Museum in 2018. Be it not in its entirety, this is something worth seeing. But that’s not all you’ll see at World Museum - bring the kids and take them to see the weird and wonderful in the aquarium, the creepy crawlies in the bug house and loads more worldie sights!

#upcloseandpersonal with #terracottawarriors

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14. Appreciate the arts at the Everyman Theatre - known for its radical ground-breaking theatre .


15. Sample England’s Golf Coast - oh yes, Liverpool city region is a world-class destination for golf with 12 of the finest golf courses in Britain. 
 

Venue for my morning meeting #englandsgolfcoast #formby #liverpool #merseyside #golf ☀️🏌

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16. The Walker Art Gallery collection spans over 600 years and houses some of the finest paintings, sculpture and decorative arts. You’ll find works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough.

17. But it’s not only the Walker gallery you’ll find works in - Tate Liverpool will be celebrating 30 years in 2018 with more outstanding art from Egon Schiele and much much more.

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18. See Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site - Whether this be the stunning waterfront, or William Brown Street or The Ropewalks. This year, we celebrating with Europe's most loved wine festival - the Bordeaux Wine Festival, which we think you'll absolutely love. See the whole of the UNESCO World Heritage site here or find out more at RIBA North, Liverpool. 


There's plenty more reasons why Liverpool is the perfect getaway in 2018. To explore them all, head here and be part of it.

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