Liverpool’s culture scene is bursting at the seams with things to do you might find you don’t know where to start on your weekend break to the city trying to fit everything in, the possibilities are endless!

To help plan your weekend adventure we have put together a whole culture itinerary for you to follow or to just take inspiration from. We’ve got ideas for breakfast, dinner, activities for the day time and the evening and everything in between!

If you don't want to do everything over two days you could always spread it out or add some activities to your list for the next time you visit but whatever you decide to do, you will no doubt have a great cultural trip to Liverpool! 

If you want to get around the city quickly dont forget you can use the Merseyrail loop line to get yourself from A to B. 


The Resident is in the perfect spot for exploring Liverpool’s rich and vibrant culture. The “smart luxury” boutique hotel is in the Ropewalks district of the city right in the centre of all the action and walking distance from everything you have planned for the day. It’s an ideal place for luxury comfort and a top location. 



Jump out of bed, brush your teeth and head over to The Brunch Club on Duke Street for a breakfast that will set you up for a day of exploring Liverpool. The great thing about The Brunch Club is that regardless of what time you manage to get out of bed they will still be serving their amazing Full English, pancakes, avocado on toast and everything else you expect to find on the table at breakfast. Wash it down with a coffee and you’re good to go!


With bellies full, stroll on down to The Royal Albert Dock and walk around the Grade I listed buildings that stand proud on the waters. Once you make it round to the end, be sure to step inside Tate Liverpool, home to some of the best British and International modern art in the North; you’ll come across some proper stunners.

When you’ve had your art fix, take a left out of Tate Liverpool and you’ll walk straight into the Liverpool Mountain. You would be hard pressed to miss the five glowing giant rocks stacked on top of each other that were created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. It’s definitely a selfie moment.  


Keep on wandering round the dock and head over to Mann Island for a spot of lunch on Liverpool’s Waterfront. The Brasco Lounge will be the perfect place to rest your feet and contemplate on your morning of Liverpool culture. They serve everything from sandwiches, salads, burgers and tapas that will easily refuel you for the rest of the day. 


Once you’ve finished lunch walk about 50 steps (don’t quote us on that) and you’ll be in The Museum of Liverpool. Not only is it one of Liverpool’s most stunning pieces of architecture it tells the story of our wonderful city and reflects on the significance of our history and culture. 

Across the road is also the British Music Experience so if you fancy something a bit more rock ‘n’ roll head in there to discover the history of British music. 


Head back up towards your hotel through town and stop off at Bold Street for your evening meal at Pho, the coolest Vietnamese street food place in town. Indulge in their national dish Pho (pronounced fuh), an aromatic & delicious rice noodle soup and soak up all of bustling Bold Street’s atmosphere. 


The evening’s in Liverpool are made for the theatre and we have plenty of them to pick from to find a show that is right up your street.

Head over to The Liverpool Empire Theatre for musicals and dramas straight off London’s West End. They have welcomed touring productions of Les Misérables, War Horse, Funny Girl and loads more show stoppers over the years so make sure you check to see what will be on when you are visiting. 

For something a bit more local, try The Royal Court Theatre for a scouse twist on a classic or The Everyman and Playhouse Theatres for intimate performances of some world famous shows with top talent. Finish the night off with a post-show drink in Fly in the Loaf and you will have successfully managed to spend your first day in Liverpool experiencing some of our best culture.

After your fun filled day head back to your hotel and get a good night's sleep ready to do it all over again tomorrow!

Tonight's venue

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After a relaxing nights sleep head down the road to Lock and Key Bar and Kitchen on Duke Street for a brilliant brunch! Grab a Full English, continental breakfast, stack of pancakes or a super healthy acai bowl; whatever you pick it will be the perfect way to start your day.   

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Take a lovely stroll through Liverpool ONE then head over to St George’s Quarter and be amazed by the Victorian architecture!

Over here you will find St George’s Hall, The World Museum, The Walker Art Gallery and Central Library meaning you have plenty to explore. Learn about the history of the world, admire stunning pieces of art and be wowed by the beauty of the Picton Reading Room at Central Library - you’ll feel like you've just stepped onto the set of Harry Potter!


For lunch you have to try Liverpool's favourite local dish, Scouse. There are plenty of places to try it but we would recommend heading to Maggie May's on Bold Street for a big bowl of comfort food. The traditional recipe made with beef, potatoes and vegetables is a staple on everyone’s dinner table in Liverpool.

Check out this blog on some of the best places to go for Scouse in the city


With bellies full and legs rested, head down towards Duke Street for a visit to China Town and the Chinese Arch. The Arch was a gift from Shanghai and imported over to Liverpool in 2000 to help us celebrate our rich Chinese culture. It's also the largest Chinese Arch outside of China so it's definitely worth a few pictures too. 

After that, why not check out FACT art gallery on Wood Street for some technology based art work. Their exhibitions are often commissioned in the field of film, sculpture and new media technology and they never fail to disappoint! You never know what you might find in there; floors covered in sand, mind blowing visuals or a Hollywood actor answering phones - we’d definitely recommend a visit. 

FACT also boasts three cinema screens so if you’re in the mood for a film then it’s the perfect place to stop off for a block buster night out.  


Maray on the bustling Bold Street will be the perfect place to go for dinner after the afternoon exploring Liverpool. Serving small plates inspired by flavours of the middle east alongside great cocktails and wine, you can't really go wrong! 

Very lovely day on Bold St today ✨📍 #boldstreet

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End your day with a laugh and pull up a chair at the Hot Water Comedy Club for a night of side splitting comedy from local and travelling comedians. Resident MC Paul Smith has become a huge hit up and down the country and special guests often grace the stage, look out of a surprise visit from John Bishop! It’s always a fun night and a great way to end your two days of culture in Liverpool. 

We have packed full two days of things to do for a cultural trip to Liverpool but there are still plenty more things you could do. Why not check out The Bombed Out Church, The Open Eye Gallery or if you fancy a train ride, head down to Crosby Beach to see Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’.

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This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC. 


Liverpool Everyman
Theatre / Venue
Liverpool Everyman

At the Everyman and Playhouse, we’re fuelled by big stories, big ideas and big ambitions. We bring artists and audiences together in a celebration of what great theatre can achieve.

St George's Hall
Historic House/Palace
The outside of St George's Hall with grass in the front and trees round the side.

The Grade I listed St George’s Hall sits within the heart of Liverpool in more ways than one; it is a place of congregation and celebration, offering a central location and a true sense of the city amidst incomparable surroundings.

Liverpool Cathedral
Inside the cathedral showing the impressive vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral is Britain's biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe

Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Outside shot of the Cathedral with blue skies and a few clouds.

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the awe-inspiring Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This dramatic icon of faith, architecture and human endeavour is spectacular in both scale and design.

The Royal Albert Dock
Heritage/Visitor Centre
Royal Liver Bird with twinkling lights

Located on Liverpool’s incredible World Heritage Site waterfront, the Albert Dock structure features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the whole country.

The Resident
The Resident Entrance

Like a true Northerner, The Resident Liverpool exudes character. Behind the striking red brick exterior, guests are treated to spacious interiors that effortlessly merge modern art and interior design with the 1850’s industrial origins of this historic building.

Liverpool Mountain
Ugo Rondinone, Liverpool Mountain, 2018. Photo: Rob Battersby

Liverpool Mountain by internationally renowned artist Ugo Rondinone is a major new public artwork for the city region which will be launched in October 2018. The 10-metre high sculpture is situated on Liverpool’s historic waterfront and consists of vertically-stacked rocks painted in bright fluorescent colours. Reminiscent both of ancient totems and of land art, Liverpool Mountain is inspired by naturally occurring Hoodoos – spires or pyramids of rock – and the art of meditative rock balancing. The sculpture appears to defy gravity in its teetering formation, poised between the natural and the manmade. Liverpool Mountain is Ugo Rondinone’s first public artwork in the UK.

Museum of Liverpool
Museum of Liverpool's 'Window with a View' Winner. A huge glass window that looks out across the Pier Head. On the wall next to the window is a life-s

The Museum of Liverpool has now opened following the lockdown period. The Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city and the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.

Vietnamese colourful dishes including ramen, noodles, ice teas and pine leaves

In the heart of Liverpool City Centre on the famous Bold Street surrounded by an eclectic mix of coffee shops, world food stores, bars and bistros. Our restaurant has about 85 seats with a mix of high and low counter seating, cosy booths and benches.

Liverpool Empire Theatre
Theatre / Venue
Front of the Liverpool Empire Theatre lit up with lights.

The Liverpool Empire Theatre is situated on Lime Street, the busy gateway road to Liverpool. It's ideally located within metres of Lime Street Station.

Royal Court Liverpool
Theatre / Venue
Exterior shot of the Royal Court Theatre in the evening.

Liverpool’s Royal Court is a unique theatre success story. Alongside our mission to breathe life back into every corner of our much-loved city centre building, we’ve also created a truly Liverpudlian theatre venue with loyal audiences who adore a big night out.

Fly In The Loaf
Fly in the Loaf Exterior showing people outside in the sun

The Fly in the Loaf offers fine ale and comfort food alongside a fantastic wine, cocktail and spirit selection.

Lock & Key Hotel - Bar & Kitchen
Cafe / Bar
Lock & Key Hotel - Bar & Kitchen

A tranquil and elegant atmosphere with stripped back exposed brick walls, parquet flooring complimented with contemporary furniture. Offering unique cocktails and an innovative food offering. Our friendly staff off table services standard and have a genuine passion for making our customers feel as welcome as possible.

Liverpool Central Library & Record Office
Historic Site
Outside of Liverpool Central Library featuring the tiled floor with the names of famous books on.

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.

Walker Art Gallery
Sculptures within the Walker Art Gallery.

The Walker Art Gallery holds a stunning collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative arts spanning over six hundred years. Home to outstanding works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and Gainsborough, the Walker is also one of the finest art galleries in Europe.

World Museum
Entrance to the World Museum from above featuring yellow, red, green and blue hanging banners and a giant skeleton of a flying type dinosaur.

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.

Chinese Arch
Historic House/Palace
A crowd gathering in front of the Imperial Arch

With its 200 Dragons, five roofs and sheer complexity it is well worth taking the time to view this huge structure. Don't forget the wide angle lens if you wish to take photographs.

Arts Centre
Front entrance to FACT with an orange door, grey brickwork and a large LED screen on the front of the building.

FACT Liverpool could be described as a hidden gem with its tucked away location in the historic Ropewalks Quarter of Liverpool, just a few steps from Liverpool's famous Bold Street.

Maray, right in the heart of Liverpool's independent quarter at the top of Bold Street.

The flagship site of Maray, right in the heart of Liverpool's independent quarter at the top of Bold Street.