18 ways to enjoy culture in Liverpool

Before we delve into 18 ways to enjoy culture and total sophistication in Liverpool, do you remember 2008? It was the year that Usain Bolt set a new 100 metres world record at the Beijing Summer Olympics, Fidel Castro retired as the President of Cuba after 50 years and America welcomed their first African-American President in Barack Obama.

We remember 2008 too - we became the European Capital of Culture. Our city changed like never before - some might call it a rebirth - as developments like Liverpool ONE were created, organisations like Liverpool Biennial were born and the place nicknamed ‘The Pool of Life’ became just that.

We became a city to be reckoned with; our architecture, art, culture and music became an international powerhouse and the people of this city shouted about how much they love their city for all of the world to hear. 10 years on, we’re thriving like never before.

We’ve got the most museums in the UK outside of London, the largest amount of Grade I listed buildings in the country...and that’s just the buildings. Our art covers everything from the classical to the contemporary, the controversial to the crazy, plus we know a thing or two about how to dine and drink in style. You’ll never see us shying away from a big do and we’re always the first to bring the extraordinary into the ordinary.

So, we thought we’d give you a little taste of why you need to be here. Doesn’t matter how you do it, just get here - you’ll thank us later. Here’s our ways to enjoy the very best of culture and sophistication, in the city where things HAPPEN.

Celebrate the epicentre of contemporary art's 30th birthday

The largest collection of art galleries outside London is celebrating a very special year, and art lovers will be rejoicing when they see how they’re doing it. Works by Turner, Mondrian and Egon Schiele are on the bill - so basically Tate are going BIG, forget about going home.

Tate 🎨❤️ #my #happy #place #art #galleries #liverpool #fine #artist #make #art #not #war

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 ...and 20 years of cutting-edge and controversial art

Glow-in-the-dark skate parks, a lift exploding Bill and Ted-like from the pavement, caged lions, a Korean house wedged haphazardly between two buildings and 100 iron men...this has been the work of the one and only Liverpool Biennial over the last 20 years. Let’s just say 2018 is about to have its boundaries pushed with their question - ‘Beautiful world, where are you?’

See Evertro change, a fully skateable wheels park by day, a glow-in-the-dark public artwork by night #liverpool #publicart #skatepark

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But don’t just stay inside, art is around every single corner here.

Liverbird street wings in The Baltic Triangle, the Superlambanana sculpture in the commercial district - there’s even art afloat the River Mersey, thanks to Sir Peter Blake's Dazzle Ferry and on the beach, thanks to Anthony Gormley

Someone's enjoying the sunshine #superlambanana #liverpool

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Dine at the restaurants in the Good Food Guide 2017

There’s at least 10 in the city centre and they are all incredible in their own way. From the local, fresh and ambitious ingredients of 60 Hope Street, The Art School and London Carriage Works to the sushi made by chefs with over 70 years worth of experience at Etsu; you’ll get to know this city’s culinary prowess pretty quickly.

See how our architecture tells its own story

The Three Graces, the facades of Castle Street, the ‘streaky bacon’ building, St George's Hall and our two Cathedrals...it's no wonder why RIBA opened its doors in Liverpool to show you our architectural wonders. (it’s the first one they’ve set up in the North, so you’re really in for a treat).

To grab a blast from the past with a twist, just wait and see what French artist Olivier Grossetête has planned to recreate Liverpool's Lost Castles...

Savour the taste of Liverpool Gin

It’s kind of a no brainer. Distilled in true city spirit, our picks for a taste would be at the Underground Gin Society, The Belvedere Arms or aboard a Gin Journey; an exclusive exploration into Liverpool’s boozy history with a gin at every stop - aka the best history class you’ve ever been to. If wine is more your thing - 3 words: Bordeaux. Wine. Festival

Tonight, we are featuring the king of the watermelon serve, it’s the original Liverpool Gin! Liverpool is a city close to our hearts and with good reason. It’s got a wealth of UNESCO world heritage sites, it’s one of the friendliest cities in the UK and it’s got a thriving food and drinks scene. Liverpool Gin is yet another great Liverpool achievement and features botanicals such angelica, citrus and coriander, as well as hand-picked juniper-berries. Originally launched in 2013 and created by John O’Dowd and Mark Hensby, there are now three different gins under the brand including the original, Valencian Orange and Rose. Each is made with certified organic botanicals and pure grain spirit. Reverting back to the original, on the nose there’s citrus, spice and proud juniper. On the palate juniper continues to dominate, with equally prominent citrus tones and a touch of floral spice. And to finish it’s lovely and dry with notes of lemon. For those who like a traditional gin this is going to tick your boxes. It’s a got a purity that is most delightful, and an upfront and honest delivery. As a serve watermelon garnish and premium Indian Tonic is highly recommended. The watermelon adds a sweetness and freshness that works wonders with the juniper and spice, adding curb appeal to boot. Liverpool Gin deserves centre stage this evening….. so much so we’ve literally made a watermelon stage for its debut on ‘The Gin To My Tonic’. PS. If you love Liverpool as much as we do then join us for our very first 3-day show on 7th-9th September at Exhibition Centre Liverpool. It’s just the tonic for gin lovers, bringing together a wealth of gin and tonic brands under one roof and creating a real-life journey of gin discovery. @liverpoolgin #thegintomytonic #thegintomytonicshow #liverpoolgin #liverpool

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Feel our multicultural spirit

Did you know we’ve got the oldest Chinese community in Europe? Estimates show that around ¾ of us have Irish ancestry, and we held the first black community in Europe? Whether it’s understanding the darkness of our colonial past at the International Slavery Museum, dancing the night away at our Irish Feis, celebrating Chinese New Year at our Chinatown or perusing your way down the global food offer on Bold Street (we’ve even got a blog on eating your way around the world in Liverpool) - you’ll come to see how the faces of Liverpool are the faces of the world.

Gateway to Chinatown ⛩

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Rest your head at Liverpool’s best boutique hotel, and soak up these views

Embark upon a culture crawl of epic proportions at LightNight

One night of the year, art, culture and crowds pour out onto the city’s streets, as our cultural hubs open their doors to the world for a free celebration of the world’s creativity. Every year it's special, but 2018 is about to be extra special.

See the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in action

There’s nothing quite like live classical music, and there’s nothing quite like hearing it in Liverpool.

Liverpool warmups for tonight #KevinandKarenDanceLive

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Seek out bars that you never knew were there

Crack codes, find the pink neon signs and knock on the right door to find the best kept drinking secrets in the city. The only problem is you might not remember where you found them if you wanted to return…

Finally, I found this secret bar!!!🤣

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...and find them high in the skies too

We always think that a drink is better paired with a spectacular view, don’t you?

With 360 degree views at Panoramic 34 and the Liver Building practically at touching distance at Goodness Gracious Roof Garden, ground level drinks are a thing of the past here.

Liverpool at night. 34 floors up. Thank God for the lift. #liverpool #cannyhighlike #drinkwithaview

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Peruse your way around St George’s Quarter

The jewel in our UNESCO World Heritage Status crown, St George's Quarter boasts some of the finest Victorian architecture in Britain and the best bit is - it’s all free to experience. Walker Art Gallery, Central Library, St George’s Hall and the World Museum open their doors every day to show you the wonders that they’re filled with, meaning phones/cameras need to be charged, and you’re going to make all your friends pretty jealous.

Experience radical, ground-breaking theatre

Our Everyman and Playhouse Theatres are renowned for it. Both set in equally awe-inspiring venues, anyone that has banked on coming to Liverpool to be taken on a theatrical journey to remember must make a stop. Our fave picks for 2018 so far are an adaptation of A Clockwork Orange and a re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.

The Tin Drum 🥁 - 5* - absolutely loved it!

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Get to know our Georgian Quarter

Known as the physical embodiment of Liverpool’s former wealth, this quarter is one which tells a story at every turn. We’ve got the city surveyor John Foster Snr. to thank for this historical and beautiful area. Start at Rodney Street; once a prominent street of Liverpool’s elite merchants, venture towards the bustle of Hope Street - the winner of the Academy of Urbanism Award of ‘Best Street’ and find your way over to Faulkner Square, where Peaky Blinders descended for filming in 2014 - and that’s just for starters. Make a point to seek out Peter Kavanagh’s - the most audacious pub you’ll find - for a pint, as well as the neo-classical church of St Bride’s, a local secret in itself. The real beauty of the Georgian Quarter is that even if you head ‘off the beaten path’, it’s confirmed that you’ll always find hidden treasure.

Take advantage of us having the most museums in the UK outside of London

Get to grips with Liverpool’s unique and interesting history, see the world’s most important collection of teeth and explore our links to maritime and our dark past of slavery; we have one of the most impressive collections of museums in Europe and we spend 364 days a year showing you it all.

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Find that special event that makes you feel incredible

Liverpool’s reputation for putting on a good show is Giant and every single year, thousands line the streets to see what’s in store. 2018 will of course be a monumental year for unforgettable cultural moments. From free music events like Liverpool International Music Festival to our annual festival of local, national and international LGBT+ arts & culture, Homotopia; celebrations for our waterfront and a once-in-a-lifetime glimpse of the warriors made of terracotta - the only question left to ask is, when are you getting here?

🌊| Spectators watching the wakeboarding

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This blog has been written by Lydia Hampson-Delamere, Marketing Executive for Marketing Liverpool. You’ll see her posting everything Liverpool on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts and on our blogs.

She graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a 1st in English, after travelling around South East Asia.

In her spare time you’ll probably find her looking at food on Instagram, playing with her boyfriend’s dog and looking for her next potential holiday.


Liverpool ONE
Shop/Shopping Centre
Liverpool ONE Christmas Tree

Liverpool ONE offers more than 160 famous high street stores, ultra-hip fashion brands, cool independent boutiques, cafés and restaurants to the city centre. a multitude of high profile stores shoppers.

Liverpool Biennial: Beautiful World Where are you?
Haegue Yang, Long Neck Woman Upside Down at TATE Liverpool.

Liverpool Biennial at 20 Liverpool Biennial is celebrating 20 years of commissioning cutting-edge and controversial contemporary art by posing the question – Beautiful world, where are you?

Dazzle Ferry
Dazzle Ferry

Sir Peter Blake, one of the major figures of British pop art, has been commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW WW1 Centenary Art Commissions and Tate Liverpool to 'dazzle' a Mersey Ferry.

'Another Place' by Antony Gormley
Image: Ron Davies

Spectacular sculptures by Angel of the North artist Antony Gormley, Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along Crosby Beach.

The Art School Restaurant
The Art School restaurant is an intimate 50-cover restaurant

The Art School Restaurant is a fine dining addition to Liverpool’s rapidly growing food and drink culture.

60 Hope Street
60 Hope Street

Popular restaurant housed in a Grade II listed building offering the finest cuisine, with a 60 Hope Street contemporary twist. Seasonal offers all year round. Sister restaurant of Host and the Quarter.

The London Carriage Works
The London Carriage Works on Hope Street

Serving modern international food, with an emphasis on the use of local, organic and fresh seasonal produce.

RIBA North
Heritage/Visitor Centre
RIBA North

RIBA NORTH, the Royal Institute of British Architect's new national architectural centre on the historic Liverpool Waterfront is a contemporary and striking environment designed to inspire creativity and to encourage the exchange of knowledge.

St George's Hall
Historic House/Palace
St George's Hall

Delve into the very heart of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage St George’s Quarter and you’ll find one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world.

Pier Head & The Three Graces
Historic Site
Pier Head & The Three Graces

They define one of the most beautiful skylines in - well we’d say the world - the Three Graces consist of the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building

International Slavery Museum
International Slavery Museum

the International Slavery Museum is located within Liverpool's Albert Dock, inside the Merseyside Maritime Museum building.

Bold Street
Bold Street
Hope Street Hotel
Hope Street Hotel

Built around 1860 in the style of a Venetian palazzo-a fashionable look of the day. Reinvented and renovated in 2003 into 89 simple, stylish, contemporary and comfortable hotel rooms with a restaurant. Privately owned and independently run.

LightNight Liverpool
Arts and Culture
Light Night 2017 at Red Brick Vintage in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle

Enjoy some of the best arts and culture Liverpool has to offer as venues large and small keep their doors open until late.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Theatre / Venue
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic is one the world’s oldest concert societies at the centre of which is the award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and its associated ensembles and concert series.

Tea Room/Coffee Shop

OH ME OH MY is a grand teahouse situated within West Africa House - an accessible, affordable and breathtakingly attractive space to meet, think, eat, drink or hold an event.

Panoramic 34 Restaurant and Bar
Panoramic Restaurant

Panoramic is Britain’s tallest restaurant, located on the 34th floor of Liverpool’s West Tower, reaching 100m above sea level.

Liverpool Central Library & Record Office
Historic Site
Liverpool Central Library & Record Office

Liverpool Record Office, housed within the Central Library, collects, preserves, and makes available archives and printed material relating to all aspects of the history of Liverpool.

World Museum
World Museum

From the sea to the stars, a visit to World Museum reveals millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands-on activities.

Liverpool Everyman
Theatre / Venue
Liverpool Everyman

The famous Liverpool Everyman is back after a two year redevelopment, bringing radical ground-breaking theatre to the city, as well as offering a host of food and drink.

Liverpool Playhouse
Theatre / Venue
Liverpool Playhouse

The Liverpool Playhouse housed one of the first and one of the oldest rep theatres in the country. More stately than the Everyman, yet intimate in its own way, the Playhouse is the Liverpool home of classic drama.


Homotopia is Liverpool’s internationally renowned homegrown queer arts festival.


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