Sometimes, you just want to have a good time. Well, you don’t need money to have a good time, that’s for sure. If you’re looking for a trip away that doesn’t cost the earth, then Liverpool is your calling. A city with more museums and galleries than any other city outside of London, most of them free. 
 

We know everyone says it, so just to prove it to you, here’s 50 entirely FREE things that you can do in Liverpool.


1. STROLL AROUND SEFTON PARK

A magnificent 235 acre park which is Grade 1 listed is the perfect place of a leisurely walk, a picnic with the family or even a run, if you fancy it! It’s also home to the beautiful Palm House which has lots of events going on, a cafe, a children's playground plus so much more!


2. THE ALBERT DOCK LIVERPOOL

A walk around the Albert Dock on a hot summer’s day should definitely be at the top of your to-do list in Liverpool! There are plenty of free events on throughout the year to enjoy and the views across the Mersey are amazing!

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3. MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL

The Museum of Liverpool is the largest museum dedicated to a city in the UK - pretty impressive! This year it is also home to a very special exhibition, Double Fantasy, which celebrates the life of Yoko Ono and John Lennon.

#bluesky #nofilter #liverpool #museumofliverpool

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4. TAKE A SELFIE WITH THE BEATLES STATUE

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a picture with these 4 famous lads on the waterfront!


5. DIVE INTO A BOOK AT CENTRAL LIBRARY

This is no ordinary library… take a break in the cafe, let the kids play on one of the XBOX’s or get some of the best views of Liverpool on the rooftop! Liverpool Central Library also have a discovery room for children and often host storytelling and themed days.


6. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN MODERN ART AT TATE LIVERPOOL

Tate Liverpool are celebrating their 30th birthday in Liverpool this year! Free exhibitions at Tate Liverpool include: Glenn Ligon: Untitled 2006, Reconfiguring American Abstraction and Constellations: Highlights from the Nation's Collection of Modern Art.


7. WALK ALONG OUR UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE WATERFRONT

Dominated by Liverpool’s famous ‘Three Graces’, this has to be our favourite places in Liverpool! In the summer it comes alive with free events and things to do. Come winter time, it turns into a festive wonderland! We recommend starting at the Liver Building and taking a walk right down to the Echo Arena - see how many of our famous buildings you can see on the way!

That skyline 😍

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8. LEARN AT THE INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM

It’s the only museum of its kind to look at aspects of historical and contemporary slavery as well as being an international hub for resources on human rights issues. As well as being totally free to enter, there's lots of events going on throughout the year!


9. CATCH SOME RAYS AT CROSBY BEACH

Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and take the short train journey to Crosby Beach, which is home to Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ - a site so amazing you have to see it in person! Did you know the Liverpool City Region has over 50 miles of coastline?!

Life's a beach 🌅

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10. PET SOME ANIMALS AT RICE LANE CITY FARM

Situated in Walton just outside the city centre, Rice Lane City Farm is the perfect place to see some farm animals up close - all for free! There is even a petting farm where you can help take care of the animals.

Sunday 😍 #twins#gingers#family#cpwarrior

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11. DISCOVER OPEN EYE GALLERY

Explore the insightful and thought-provoking photography exhibitions at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery! Open Eye Gallery has consistently championed photography as an art form that is relevant and accessible to everyone.


12. ENJOY FORMBY BEACH

Formby Beach is a glorious beach with dramatic sand dunes surrounded by sweeping pinewoods. Enjoy breathtaking sea views or a picnic; head out on a bracing coastal walk or find out about Formby's fascinating history, with links to asparagus growing and the early days of aviation. Whether you want to walk, run or ride your bike there's something for everyone at Formby, the perfect place to get outdoors and active.

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13. BLUECOAT

The Bluecoat is Liverpool’s creative hub which showcases visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. It's one of the most historic buildings in Liverpool City Centre. It has four galleries, a relaxing garden at the rear and shops at the front which also run free family craft activities over the weekend.


14. WANDER AROUND ST GEORGE'S HALL

Take a tour around St Georges Hall, and discover their incredible architecture. Did you know that the Blockbuster film ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ filmed scenes here disguised as 1920’s New York! You can also find the beautiful St John’s Gardens behind the hall. 

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15. WORLD MUSEUM

Discover treasures from around the globe from Egyptian mummies to casts of dinosaur bones at the World Museum. You can see their varied collections such as the Aquarium, Bug House, Planetarium, Discovery Centre plus much more all for FREE!


16. WINDOW SHOP AT LIVERPOOL ONE (OR SPLASH OUT)

Take a stroll around Liverpool ONE, great for window shopping and people watching. Take part in a game of ping pong on the tables outside Utility, enjoy a picnic inside one of the gorgeous picnic boats on Thomas Steers Way or just want to chill out on the new Green House Steps or Chavasse Park.

Perfect lunch spot ☀️ #GreenHouseSteps #Liverpool #SummersFinallyHere

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17. ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL

Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Britain and the fifth largest in the world. Take a stroll around the building and take in the breathtaking architecture and interior!

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18. CROXTETH HALL AND PARK

Enjoy a family day out at Croxteth Park. Discover the wildlife, take part in the orienteering walk or visit the miniature railway track.

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19. PRINCES PARK

Princes Park is a historic, grade II listed park. You can take part in the weekly free 5km run, or play a game of tennis. 


20. NATIONAL TRUST, FORMBY

Explore beautiful woodlands surrounding Formby in Merseyside, home to the rare native red squirrel. Rare wildlife, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks are just waiting to be discovered - part of Formby's amazing and ever changing landscape.


21. FIND A SUPERLAMBANANA

In 2008 our city was taken over by Superlambananas to help celebrate our year as European Capital of Culture. Today, there are still a few left in different places across the city, as well as the original on Tithebarn St - can you find them all?


22. EXPLORE OUR OLD DOCK

Liverpool's revolutionary Old Dock - the world's first commercial enclosed wet dock can be seen on a free tour from the Merseyside Maritime Museum. It was uncovered in 2001 when preparations were being made for Liverpool ONE and was preserved as an important reminder of Liverpool's historic status.


23. MARVEL AT ART IN THE WALKER ART GALLERY

Housing one of the largest art collections in England, the Walker Art Gallery features items such as Dante’s Dream, Tinted Venus and Pietà.


24. MEET SOME IRON MEN

100 spectacular cast-iron, life-size figures by Anthony Gormley are spread across three kilometres of the foreshore and stretch almost one kilometre out to sea at Crosby Beach!


25. CHILDWALL WOODS

The 39 acre woodland is a designated Local Nature Reserve in the south east suburbs of Liverpool, with views overlooking the Lancashire and Cheshire plain. While there why not take part in one of the nature trails?

Did pretty cold woods things today.

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26. STANLEY PARK

The park famous for dividing our two football clubs - Liverpool and Everton! It’s a 111 acre park which is Grade II* listed! Have a stroll around, let the kids play on the playground or even attend one of the many events that happen each year!


27. NEW BRIGHTON BEACH

Just a short train journey from Liverpool, New Brighton Beach offers miles of golden sand - perfect for a sunny day! Bring your bucket and spade and see how many sand castles you can build.

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28. FESTIVAL GARDENS

Festival Gardens is a beautiful tranquil space with oriental gardens, pagodas, lakes, waterways and waterfalls. Enjoy a picnic, look for wildlife or even enjoy an ice cream in the sun!


29. TAKE A WALK AROUND PORT SUNLIGHT VILLAGE

Port Sunlight was founded by ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever in 1888. The village was built to house Lever’s ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers, but today is home to a fascinating museum, beautiful architecture, a world-class art gallery, stunning parkland and a thriving community.


30. ATTEND THE LARK LANE FARMERS MARKET

Every fourth Saturday of the month why not venture down to Lark Lane to buy some fresh fruit, vegetables and meat from the Farmers Market?

Every 4th saturday of the month 👌 #larklanefarmersmarket #larklane #larklaneguide

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31. WEST KIRKBY MARINE LAKE

Enjoy West Kirby’s Marine Lake by taking a leisurely stroll around the border of the lake or along the stretch of beach from West Kirby to Red Rocks at Hoylake.


32. SEFTON PARK PALM HOUSE

If you are visiting Sefton Park, then the incredible Palm House is well worth a visit. It has been expertly renovated from the derelict shell of its former self, and is now an oasis of peaceful greenery.

Incredible 🌴

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33. BOMBED OUT CHURCH

Take a walk up Bold Street for a multicultural journey, a street which has become a must-see for visitors and renowned for its independent retailers. No visit to one of our favourite streets would be complete without heading all the way up to the Church of St Luke - also known as the Bombed Out Church by the locals. A much-loved landmark, iconic landmark at the very heart of the city, you can come here and bask in its green gardens, marvel at what remains, and embark upon one of the many amazing free events that are held here throughout the year.


34. OTTERSPOOL PROMENADE

Otterspool Promenade is a stunning riverside walk and accompanying area of parkland in South Liverpool.  With beautiful views across the River Mersey, the promenade is an ideal place to go for a stroll, walk the dog, cycle or kite flying.

Last weekend home for a while🌺🌻🌹🏡

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35. ATTEND ONE OF OUR MANY FREE FESTIVALS

Liverpool is hosting an abundance of festivals this year, many of which are free! From Africa Oye to Biennial to Liverpool Irish Festival… there’s plenty of events to get involved with without breaking the bank.


36. FIND OUR LISTED BUILDINGS AND MONUMENTS

Did you know that Liverpool has the largest collection of Grade II-listed buildings outside London? The city has 2,500 listed buildings and 250 public monuments. Can you find them around the city?


37. TAKE IN THE VIEWS AT EVERTON BROW

Head up Everton Brow to see a stunning panoramic views of the city. On a clear day you can even see the Welsh mountains in the distance! 

Liverpool looks so special from this angle.

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38. GLOW IN THE DARK SKATEPARK

Spinning wheels in skateparks has always looked cool, but in Liverpool it’s art. Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial, Evertro at Everton Park, uses luminous concrete to give a glowing effect and is the UK’s first glow-in-the-dark skate park.


39. EXPLORE OUR PUBLIC ART

There are hundreds of public art dotted around Liverpool.... Can you find the Super Lambanana’s? Or maybe John Lennon on Mathew Street?


40. DISCOVER LIVERPOOL'S LIBRARIES

Step back in time and discover rare collections of books in the incredibly beautiful Picton Reading Room. Perfect if you want to find some peace and quiet with a book away from the busy city centre.


41. VISIT THE GEORGIAN QUARTER

Take a stroll around the beautiful Georgian Quarter. You can find Hope Street at the core of the Georgian Quarter, winner in the Academy of Urbanism Awards for ‘Best Street’. The streets that radiate from Hope Street and Rodney Street are all lined with beautiful Georgian terraced town houses.


42. FIND LIVERPOOL'S FAMOUS FILM LOCATIONS

Liverpool is a popular location for the filming and setting of films and television series. The city’s rich architecture means it is frequently used as a double for major cities such as London, New York and Moscow. Sites that have been used are St. George's Hall by the Hollywood Blockbuster ‘Fantastic Beasts and here to find them’, and ‘Captain America’ around the nineteenth century warehouses by Stanley Dock. Find out more about this here.

Another day ... another film crew #FilmLiverpool #locations #Liverpool #talent

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43. STRAWBERRY FIELD GATES

Visit the famous Strawberry Field gates in Woolton which became a point of pilgrimage for thousands of Beatles fans from around the world. Strawberry Field gates hold a special place in the history of The Beatles, with John’s experiences in and around the children’s home providing inspiration for the unforgettable song.


44. CHINA TOWN AND THE CHINESE ARCH

Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese community in Liverpool. Take a visit to Chinatown and discover the beautifully crafted traditional Chinese arch at the entrance. It is to commemorate the twinning of the two cities - Shanghai and Liverpool. The structure was imported piece by piece from Shanghai, and then reconstructed by craftsmen from China. There are 200 dragons on the wooden and marble structure with a mixture of stunning gold, red, green and the Chinese Royal colour of yellow. The archway stands at 15m high, which makes it the largest Chinese Arch outside mainland China.


45. DISCOVER OUR STREET ART

Discover all of the incredible street art around the Baltic Triangle... Including the very insta-famous Liver Bird wings on Jamaica Street!

Obligatory Baltic Wings photo 🦋 #balticwings #liverwings

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46. LOUNGE ON CHAVASSE PARK

A park in the middle of the city - perfect! Head up to Chavasse Park for a picnic. Try out the Tennis Courts and chill out in the dinky wooden boats or on the deck chairs while admiring the view of the city below.

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47. BUILD SANDCASTLES AT SOUTHPORT BEACH

Just 40 minutes on the train from Liverpool and you’ll be in our very own seaside resort! No planes to catch, no euros - just good old British fun in the sun!


48. BOTANIC GARDENS

Opened in 1874, these Victorian gardens are bursting with all sorts of colourful floral displays! Enjoy a stroll around or admire the stunning garden lake. 

June 1 2018 #botanicgardens #botanicgardenssouthport

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49. BIRKENHEAD PARK

The park that helped inspire the design of Central Park in New York City - need we say anymore? There’s lots to do including a large adventure playground for children, 2 cricket clubs, tennis courts, bowling greens, football pitches and 2 large fishing lakes!

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50. LADY LEVER ART GALLERY

Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight contains outstanding British eighteenth and nineteenth paintings, wedgwood, tapestries, embroideries and roman sculpture. If you’re a lover of art, this has to be a go to place on your list!

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Want a more tailored day? Take a look at our itineraries put together by our in-house Liverpool experts!

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