A packed 2 day itinerary of Liverpool including a place to stay, places to dine, enjoy culture and all pulled together by the hour.

This itinerary could be spread out across 3 to 4 days if you'd prefer to take things at a slower place. 

We’ve tried, tested and sampled to our heart’s content just so we know that we are only recommending you, the very best. Aren’t we lucky. 

From wonders of the world, to local Merseyside gastronomy we guarantee that Liverpool will smash all the preconceptions you’ve ever had.


A BEAUTIFUL STAY 

@ Hope Street Hotel 

Architecturally award-winning and hailed one of the 'world's coolest hotels' by luxury travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveller, Hope Street Hotel is a place for luxury. 

On one of the most culturally rich streets in Liverpool, Hope Street will welcome you with its Georgian charm. Step into Hope Street Hotel itself and be greeted by the beautifully rich smell of oak and chocolate. 

The hotel has a total of 89 rooms, 7 suites and if you're really looking for a treat, we can personally recommend one of the two available penthouses. 


DAY 1
9.30AM 
BREAKFAST AT MOOSE & MOONSHINE

Come and join us for breakfast! #moosecoffee 🍳 📸 - @megankatescott

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Prepare yourself for a day filled with culture. You’ll need a good breakfast to get you prepped for all the steps you’ll be doing. 

Step out of Hope Street Hotel, cross over the road and you’ll find Moose and Moonshine. Famous for a certain actor named Tom Hardy visiting their cafe on Dale Street, but also just as well-known for their insane all day breakfasts. Choose from the Mighty Moose all day breakfast classics, Moose American pancakes, eggs benedict, waffles you’ll certainly leave satisfied. 

After that breakfast, you’ll fancy a walk through the charming Georgian Quarter, towards another cultural hotbed, St George’s Quarter on William Brown Street. 


10.30AM 
TERRACOTTA ARMY

Visit the wonder of the world - The Terracotta Warriors at World Museum. 

Liverpool’s World Museum will become home to nearly 200 artifacts found in China’s vast burial site near X’ian, the ancient capital of China. 

This is the first time that one of the world’s greatest archaeological finds will go on display outside of the UK’s capital, London.  

There’ll be life-size warrior figures, joined by other Chinese national visitors to enthral visitors in this time-capsule exhibition. Immersive technology will also magically bring this exhibition to life. 

The World Museum has a number of floors to explore, if you’re excited at the Terracotta Warrior findings, then you’ll also be captivated by the Ancient Egypt exhibition that features real mummies and human remains. 

Don’t forget to book your tickets for Terracotta Warriors in advance here.


11.30AM
EXPLORE WILLIAM BROWN STREET

I love art galleries and I cannot lie. There’s something about these gloriously large spaces and the people that mill about silently with site maps in their hands and admiration for the art in their eyes. I love how you can just stand in front of an art work and lose track of time and space and everything happening around you, just trying to soak in all the overwhelming little details. I love how each painting tells a story - tales of love and loss, trust and betrayal, madness and chaos, grandeur and its lack thereof, life and death. I love how these pieces narrate stories of the times they were created in and quite literally paint us a picture of the world back then. I love our ever-changing dynamic world, that I believe is made up solely of love, stories and stardust 💫 #renaissance #romanticism #impressionists #postimpressionism #travelblogger #travelbloggersofinstagram#artlover #artfart #walkerartgalleryliverpool #walkerartgallery #liverpool #famousart #britishart #europeanart 💎

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Lucky for you, William Brown Street offers a number of cultural delights all on one street. But now, you’ll have to make a decision… do you visit the neighbouring Walker Art Gallery to admire some of the finest examples of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from artists such as Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough. 

Or, do you visit St George’s Hall, one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world? 

Between January 9 and June 3 visit ‘Presence: A window through time’ an exhibition to coincide with the Terracotta Warriors offering a window into work bys some of the most exciting and renowned artists from China. 


13:00
GET WRECKFISHED

Take a short walk to Seel Street and you'll find Wreckfish Bistro. From the team behind AA Restaurant of the year and multi-award wnning restaurant Sticky Walnut in Chester, Wreckfish is the latest to join three successful restaurants ran by chef, Gary Usher and his team. 

Wreckfish serves 'simple bistro food' it was once a derelict building in Liverpool city centre.

The story behind the group's numerous bistros is definitely worth getting into, with their second bistro, Burnt Truffle in Liverpool's neighbouring Wirral entirely funded by a Kickstarter campaign. 

Anyway, remember to book in. 


14:30
PERUSE TATE LIVERPOOL

In 2018, Tate Liverpool is celebrating 30 years of being open at the Albert Dock with two special exhibitions. Life in Motion: Egon Schiele and Francesca Woodman taking place May 24 to September 23 and Ken's Show: Exploring the Unseen - an exhibition put together by art handling manager, Ken Simons, displaying his favourite pieces at Tate in its 30 years at the Albert Dock. 


16:00
COCKTAILS AT CASTLE STREET TOWN HOUSE

After an artistic afternoon, take a walk along 'The Strand' and up towards Castle Street. Here you can admire some of the finest and richly ornamented architecture in Liverpool, don't forget to stare in awe at the Liver Building too. 

Castle Street Townhouse is one of the many up-market bars on Castle Street that are perfect for a sophisticated tipple stop. 


18:30 
GRADE I LISTED TOILETS AND TRADITIONAL BRITISH FOOD 

Either take the half and hour walk up towards the Philharmonic (opposite your hotel) or jump in a cab, it'll probably cost you a fiver. 

Opposite the Philharmonic Hall is the Philharmonic Pub, where you'll find the most famous mens toilets in the UK - They're Grade I listed. 

Enjoy traditiona British Pub food in the comfort of the ornate Victorian building. 


20:00
SHOWTIME

Head to the Philharmonic Hall. Enjoy the sounds of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, or take a look at their eclectic mix of artists taking to the stage this 2018 season. 

Look out for their 2018 season 'Smash the Keys.' 


DAY 2
10:00
GRAB A PASTRY FROM THE QUARTER

Ok, so you're ready and raring to go for day two of cultural happenings. So this morning, you're going to take a short walk to The Quarter and pick up one of their delicious pastries. 


10:30 
WOWED AT LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL

The largest in the UK and the fifth largest in Europe. You won't fail to see the architectural wonder during your entire stay, but this morning you'll step inside and be wowed by the sheer scale. Take a look for the beautiful stained glass windows and Tracey Emin commission that adorns the Cathedral wall below the Benedicte Window.  

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Arrive at Liverpool Cathedral, the largest in the UK and 5th largest in Europe. Inside you’ll be blown away by its sheer scale and beauty. Take note of the Tracey Emin artwork that sits over the ‘West Doors’ and just below the ‘Benedicte window.’

It gets better, take a trip to the top of the tower and admire the views of the city below. 


💡BONUS💡

If you've got any free time around the Georgian Quarter, take a trip to 'Paddys Wigwam' - The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King that acts as a second bookend to Hope Street. It's also right next to where you're off to next. 


12:00
TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS SMALL PLATES AT PEN FACTORY

Exposed pipework, brickwork and the most delicious small plates and humous you'll ever taste. Real ales, kreik beer, a tingly glass of fizz, whatever you fancy. Pen Factory is a modest bar and restaurant that doesn;t comprimise quality. There's a totally adorable oyutside courtyard that you'll want to sit in all day and soak up the British rays in, all day come summertime. 


13:30
CULTURAL COMEBACK - HEAD NEXT DOOR TO THE EVERYMAN

Ideally, the Everyman Theatre is just next door to Pen Factory, this is where you'll go next. 

With a reputation for showing, radical, groundbreaking theatre. In 2018, so far announced productions include 'The City and the Value of Things', 'Paint Your Wagon', 'Clockwork Orange', 'Othello' and 'The Big I Am.' 


16:00
MOVER, SHAKER, ARCHITECTURAL RISK TAKER

From a RIBA Stirling Prize winning building to RIBA North Museum at the Albert Dock. 

RIBA North is the national architectural centre for the Royal Institute of British Architecture. Home to the models of the six finalists of the Stirling Prize 2017, including the winner and a number of thought-provoking exhibitions throughout the year. 


17:30
A SECRET SCOOP

After day two of all this culture, how about a fish supper? ... I mean, cocktail at Jenny's. Jenny's Fish Bar is a secret hideaway. It might look like a fish and chip shop on the exterior, but inside its low lighting, beautiful decor and wide range of spirits and cocktails, makes it the perfect place to relax with a cold one. 

Spend a few hours, samping the fruity shakes of Castle Street in some of the cities best bars, from the Alchemist, Neighbourhood, Rox or Gino's Prosecco Bar!

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20:00 
SOAK UP ITALIA

After a few tipples, its time to soak it up a little at San Carlo.

San Carlo, also on Castle Street is a favourite with lovers of Italian Cuisine, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients, flown in from Italy to ensure authenticity. 

If you're looking to continue on the night after your meal, we'd recommend taking a look at Frederiks or Jenever, nearer to your hotel on Hope Street. 


EVENTS YOU MIGHT LIKE

If you're coming in 2018, you'll be silly not to check what events are happening while you're here. Here's a few we'd recommend and when they're here. 

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This blog has been written by Jess Cavendish, Digital Marketing Executive at Marketing Liverpool. Jess looks after all things website and content related for VisitLiverpool/its liverpool, Marketing Liverpool and Liverpool Convention Bureau digital channels. 

Jess is originally from Chester and started out at Visit Chester. 

She is 22 years old, loves music, travelling, singing and a good night out. 😉

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