Looking to stay in Liverpool but don’t want to break the bank? There’s plenty to do in the city that won’t cost you the Earth. PLUS, some of its free... Winner! 🙌

Here’s our recommendations on how you can have a unique break in Liverpool without spending too much.


Where to stay?

In a city rich with luxurious hotels, it’s good to know that there are plenty of friendly and comfortable places to lay your head for a reasonable price in Liverpool. Ibis Styles on Dale Street is located in the city’s Commercial District and offers a snug space, but without the huge price tag. It's centrally located, and just a few minutes' walk from attractions such as the Beatles Story, Albert Dock and famous Maritime Museum. Here for the nightlife? You are just a short walk away from some of the best bars and clubs in the UK, we'd recommend trying the famous Cavern Club

Liverpool has a great offering of affordable and centrally located hostels which are a big draw for young, independent tourists. Tune Hotel has 59 double rooms, and 36 twins. Featuring good beds and power showers in a central location with 24 hour security, it’s an ideal spot if you’re looking for somewhere to stay with friends. The grand Victorian frontage of Hatters Hostel, close to Lime Street station, might make you question whether it’s a luxury hotel, instead of a 3 star hostel. Suitable for groups, with free Wi-Fi, free continental breakfast and an easy walk to the city centre, it’s also open 24 hours for late night revellers.

For more budget options head to our dedicated budget accommodation page. 

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Where to eat 

Liverpool’s restaurant scene caters for all budgets, as well as tastes! Head to Bold Street, Liverpool’s mecca of independent culture, for a great meal at a low price.

Try Maray for cocktails, small plates and some truly delicious falafels. Dip into Mowgli’s menu of fresh Indian street food with small bites of a Tiffin Box with four tiers of meat, veg and rice. Across the street go from India to Lebanon with Bakchich, where you can opt for a mezze, shawarma or mashawi for a little mediterranean flavour. 

Bistro Pierre and Bistro Jacques located in the city centre offer a daily lunch menu from just 8.50. Revolucion De Cuba do tacos for 6.50 on a Tuesday and Olive Italian brasserie offer a huge 40% off to those who join their 'dining club.'

For pub grub, take a trip to McCooleys in Cavern Quarter or Concert Square with mains starting from just 7 quid. There's also Yates and Wetherspoons offering bargain meals.


Things to do 

Many of Liverpool’s cultural hotspots can be accessed for free. With more museums and galleries than anywhere outside of London, you’ll be surprised how much art you can access for nothing here. 

At FACT you can see the very latest in digital and new media art. Tate Liverpool’s ground floor features free access to the collection, while the Liverpool's Museums all offer plenty more to explore for free. Check out Museum of Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, World Museum are all free to enter. 

The Liverpool Cathedral is a sight to behold and is free to enter, however donations are accepted. For a small fee, visitors can take to the top of the tower for views across the city. 


If you want to travel outside the city centre to explore, a bus day ticket costs just £4.80, offering you unlimited travel on the date of purchase. Hop on and hop off! Top spots to explore include Sefton Park - be sure to pop into the Palm House - in the South, and the Football stadiums to the North.


Music

Liverpool is renowned for its music, so expect to come here and hear a few tunes! Plenty of music is played and performed for free in the city’s venues. Try pubs like the legendary Grapes or The Caledonia for live sessions, and late night bars like The Jacaranda, Kazimier Garden or Studio 2.

Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is annually held in Sefton Park in July, it boasts an impressive musical line-up of international stars to homegrown talent each year. And that’s not the only free festival to enjoy; Liverpool Biennial is the UK's largest celebration of contempary art held every 2 years showcasing specially-commisioned works from international artists in the city over 15 weeks. Brazilica Festival is held in July and see's over 800 performers take part in parades throughout the city centre, and Africa Oye is the UK's largest free celebration of African Music and Culture, held in Sefton Park every June.

Liverpool is a city with plenty to see and do all year round. Check out our ‘Whats On’ page to keep up to date with what free events are on in the city each month. Or Sign up to our E-newsletter to recieve updates on all things Liverpool based on your personal interests and preferences.
 


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This blog has been written by Caitlin Cunningham, Digital Marketing Executive at Marketing Liverpool. You’ll see her posting everything Liverpool on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts and on our blogs. Caitlin is 24 years old and loves music, dogs and a good gin and tonic. 

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