Liverpool 2018 is set to be a breath-taking year for all ages, so what better excuse than to get the family together and enjoy a fun break in Liverpool that you’ll never forget! From discovering something new in our museums to taking in the fresh air on the Mersey, we’ve put together THE BEST family break in Liverpool - we’ve even tried and tested everything to ensure it’s extra fun!


A home from home? Somewhere a little luxurious? Whatever your family’s taste, there’s definitely a hotel in Liverpool to suit your needs! We’ve listed three of our favourites, so the choice is yours!

Jurys Inn Liverpool City Centre

The Jurys Inn Liverpool City Centre is home to 310 rooms perfect for any family! They each contain large soft beds, free WiFi, flat-screen TV’s and air-con - everything you expect from a modern day family hotel. The hotel is also right next door to Echo Arena Liverpool, perfect if you decide to watch a show there later on. Oh, and look at those views! Book your room here.

BridgeStreet Apartments Liverpool ONE

The perfect home from home, BridgeStreet Apartments offer 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments to accommodate all the family! Situated right in the heart of the city, you’ll be a short walk from everywhere you need to be (meaning no moans and groans from the kids)! For extra convenience you’ll even have your own kitchen to cook a meal or some late night snacks. Check availability and rates here.

Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre

The Holiday Inn is just a short 5 minute walk away from The Georgian Quarter and the Empire Theatre meaning you’ll be right in the action if you stay here! This hotel has special family rooms to ensure you can all stay together and has a delicious on-site restaurant that is themed around Liverpool. Check room rates and book here.

Day 1
10am – World Museum

Sundays are for museums! #liverpoolworldmuseum #mylittleexplorer

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The excitement starts the minute you walk through the doors of this magnificent building – 6 floors of fun, fun, fun! Just a short walk from Liverpool Lime Street and Queen Square Bus Station, your family are in for a treat as they marvel at bugs, mummies, dinosaurs, fish and space!

This year there is also a very special exhibition - China's First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors! The exhibition will include a number of items that have never been seen before in the UK, making this a once in a lifetime treat. We advise booking tickets in advance online to avoid dissapointment.

11am – Central Library

Moving just next door, your exciting journey will take you to Central Library! This isn’t your typical library, it’s a stunning, modern building with a breath-taking atrium – just look at that photo! As well as thousands of books to choose from, there is so much to do – think iPads, XBOX 360 and lots of free, fun events throughout the year. For the adults, there’s a café inside where you can grab a coffee while the kids have fun in the ‘Discover’ area – a room dedicated to them! 

Best of all? Everything is totally free (minus the coffee and cake, of course) and you don’t even need to join unless you want to borrow books or use the computers!

12pm – Lunch at Liverpool ONE

After such an exciting morning everyone is bound to be hungry and we’ve got the perfect place for you to head – Liverpool ONE! Situated right in the centre of Liverpool City Centre and it’s just a 15 minute walk from Central Library. Liverpool ONE is home to many family-friendly restaurants including Nandos, Pizza Hut, Jamie’s Italian and Byron Burger., meaning no one goes hungry!

Make sure you save some room though, you’re in for a treat for dinner!

1:45pm – Ferry ‘Cross the Mersey

“So ferry 'cross the Mersey', cause this land's the place I love…” you’ve heard the song, now it’s time to experience it in real life! It’s time to head down to the Waterfront to catch the 2pm sailing of the world famous Mersey Ferry. Your magical journey down the river will ensure you get the best views of Liverpool and Wirral, so make sure you have your camera at the ready!

Taking 50 minutes, your trip will start at the Pier Head Ferry Terminal before heading east past the Three Graces and Stanley Dock. You’ll then take a 20-minute turn and head back down the river stopping at Seacombe and Woodside Ferry Terminal. There’s no need to book in advance, tickets can be bought on the day.

3pm – The Beatles Story

A museum and interactive space dedicated to the work of the Beatles, what could be better? Not far from the ferry terminal, your next adventure takes you over to the Albert Dock and The Beatles Story! Get ready to see behind the scenes of the famous Abbey Road Studios, take an underwater trip on the Yellow Submarine (not literally, sorry!) and even step foot in a beautiful replica of the Cavern Club.

For the kids there is the ‘Discovery Zone’ where they’ll be able to learn all about the Beatles’ music, influence, lives and history – there’s even a giant piano for them to try out! You can book your tickets here.

5pm – Dinner at Albert Dock

The Albert Dock Liverpool!❤️ #🇬🇧

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By now you’ll have experienced some of the best things to do in Liverpool for families and now it’s time to take some out to enjoy some delicious food. We can’t think of a better setting for dinner, especially if the sun is about to set, just look at that view! Albert Dock has some of the best restaurants for families in the city including Gusto, The Smugglers Cove and PANAM. Each restaurant boasts stunning waterfront views as well as their own unique identity – take a look at each menu and choose your favourite!

7pm –Time for a show

Liverpool has so many fantastic theatres as well as ACC Liverpool, home to Echo Arena, BT Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre Liverpool – all of which have some fantastic shows and events this year! Some highlights include Wicked at Liverpool Empire, The Jungle Book at the Playhouse and Disney on Ice at Echo Arena! We’d advise booking early as you don’t want to miss out.

Day 2

Bronx Brunch Green Line #mooseandmoonshine 😋😋

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We hope you get to enjoy a nice lie in because you’ll be tired out after your first, fun day in Liverpool. Deciding where to have breakfast can be a really hard choice, but it doesn’t have to be with our amazing breakfast blog. Liverpool is renowned for its good food and restaurants, and our breakfast’s are no different!

11:30am – Museum of Liverpool


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Did you know Liverpool is home to more museums than any other city outside of London? The Museum of Liverpool is dedicated to the culture, history and people of our great city and includes plenty of interactive exhibitions for you and the family to enjoy.

One of our favourite things to do is the Liver Bird Trail. Grab a map from the welcome desk upon your arrival and search the museum high and low for the iconic Liverpool birds - will you be able to spot them all?

The window at the Museum of Liverpool has also been voted the ‘Best Window View in the UK’ so make sure you have your camera at the ready!

1:30pm – Mattel Play! Liverpool

Based on everyone’s favourite characters - Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam, Mattel Play! will take your children's imagination to the next level with over 13,000 square feet of fun! Let the little ones grab their hard hat and tools as they head to Bob the Builder’s work yard and work on some projects, explore the Island of Sodor from the Steamworks to Farmer McColl’s farm with Thomas the Tank Engine and help Fireman Sam put fires out over in pontypandy! Oh, and there’s a cafe for the adults!

3:30pm – Open Top Tour Bus

Playing tourist #liverpool

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Every major city may have one, but we think ours is the best! Take in some of Liverpool’s top sights including the Pier Head, The Cavern Quarter and the Metropolitan Cathedral, with each tour taking approximately 50 minutes. Each tour also has an informative tour guide to help you out along the way, unearthing Liverpool’s top secrets and providing some scouse humour. Tickets are available online and on the day.

5pm – Dinner at Olive

By now everyone is bound to have hungry tummies and we’ve got the perfect place for you to eat. Who says the fun has to end just because you have to eat? Kids at Olive get to make their own pizzas - complete with their very own little chef’s hat! For the adults there is a tasty serving of fish, meat or pasta to feed your appetite, and maybe even a glass of wine

There is so much more to see and do in Liverpool, as well as the amazing Liverpool 2018 events programme… here are some of our favourites we're most excited to see!

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The Beatles Story
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