Here's to two whole days of music in Liverpool...

Liverpool is one of the best cities in the world when it comes to music and we’re allowed to say that because it’s definitely true! As a UNESCO City of Music and the birthplace of The Beatles we have our roots firmly grounded in the music scene 365 days of the year. 

With a music calendar that is always jam packed with gigs, events and festivals to whole areas of the city dedicated to The Beatles and nightlife that you will want to stay up all night for - 48 hours in the city just might not be enough to fit it all in.

To help you plan your musical trip to Liverpool we have put together a guide of loads of things to do to keep you busy! You can follow it to the T or mix it up a bit but whatever you do you’ll be leaving with a whole new playlist to listen to! 

Don't forget, if you need to get around the city quickly you can use the Merseyrail loop line so you can make the most of your trip to Liverpool.  


If you want to be right in the center of all the action then we would recommend staying at Seel Street Hotel by Epic. Nestled in the heart of the Ropewalks District, the hotel combines modern luxury with the convenience of staying in the city centre. It’s super stylish and surrounded by all the best in musical venues.



There is no better way to start your music filled trip to Liverpool than with a breakfast at Soul Cafe on Bold Street. Starting life as Soul F.M radio station, Motown and Soul music were and still are at the heart of everything they do. Serving up a mix of tunes and breakfasts to die for, it's a great way to prepare for the day!


Start your musical journey with a trip to the Museum of Liverpool to learn all about the city’s music roots. If you visit before 3rd November 2019 you’ll be lucky enough to catch ‘Double Fantasy - John and Yoko’, an amazing exhibition about the life of John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

If you have time, run over to The British Music Experience at the historic Cunard Building to dive into some music history. Here you will be able to explore the history of British music and gaze at some impressive memorabilia including an outfit worn by Freddie Mercury, the original door from Apple Corp and handwritten song lyrics from Adele! 


For lunch head over to Mathew Street for something to eat at Festival Food and Drink. Sitting right opposite the entrance to the Cavern Club this music inspired restaurant is a collaboration between the Cavern and Bem Brasil. You get a bit of Liverpool music history and a great lunch in one!


A trip to Liverpool to explore our musical roots wouldn't be complete without a visit to The Beatles Story. Find the award winning attraction nestled into The Royal Albert Dock and dive into the history of the lives and career of The Beatles. You’ll be taken on an immersive journey of Beatlemania as you enter into a recreation of The Cavern Club, see Lennon’s piano and explore the band’s famous trip to India. It’s a must for any music fan!

They also have the Fab Four Cafe if you fancy a little snack...

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For something to eat surrounded by live music we would recommend heading out to the Baltic Market in The Baltic Triangle, the new trendy part of town that is always alive with people and live music. The Baltic Market is Liverpool’s first street food market and plays hosts to an ever evolving selection of the regions best independent food outlets. There is everything from stone baked pizzas, halloumi fries, mouth watering burgers and everything else in between!

What makes this place perfect for music lovers is that there is nearly always a local band or musician gracing the stage in the evenings. If there isn't, their music selection is always on point so you won't be disappointed regardless of the entertainment.  


Whilst you’re in The Baltic Triangle you must check out some of the other venues for loads of music entertainment. Camp and Furnace is one of the most exciting venues in the city and offers loads of events from Bongo’s Bingo, Sounds Familiar Music Quiz, Ya Nan’s Big Quiz and Sing-a-Long, The Late Wake Club and loads more. Make sure you plan in advance for these events because they always sell out!

You should also check out venues like 24 Kitchen Street, District, On Air and The Baltic Social for loads of different music events from huge gigs, to DJ sessions, open mic nights and whole festivals.



After a busy day and a good night's sleep, an amazing breakfast at LEAF on the bustling Bold Street will set you up for day two of your musical trip. They have everything from the traditional Full English which you can get as a vegetarian or vegan option to all the usual brunch favourites and a very impressive tea selection. 

LEAF is a great place to return to in the evenings too as they also put on a host of gigs, open mic nights and spotify sessions in their beautiful venue. Swap the tea menu for their amazing gin selection and you’ll be in for a great night. 

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Take a stroll around town and explore all the vintage and vinyl shops for that latest music bargain. We have loads of cool music shops to spend the morning digging through; try out Probe Records on School Lane, Dig Vinyl on Bold Street, Jacaranda Records on Slater Street, Jacaranda: Phase One on Seel Street or 3B Records on Slater Street. You never know what musical gem you might find!

If shopping isn’t your thing then why don't you take on the dizzying heights of St John’s Beacon home to Radio City? At 400ft the tower offers 360 degree views of the city so it makes for a great way to see Liverpool from above in a bit of Liverpool’s music history. 


The Everyman Bistro is a brilliant place to head for lunch and take in some musical surroundings. Based in the Everyman Theatre on Hope Street, the bistro not only offers a range of lunch options but also loads of gigs and theatre productions to get excited about too! 


You can’t really get away with not seeing Mathew Street when you’re in Liverpool, it’s a piece of music history! Tread the cobbles of the famous street and explore everything it has to offer from the famous Cavern Club, The Grapes, John Lennon’s statue and all the food and drink places to rest your legs and grab a drink. 


After all the walking you’re going to want to have something pretty filling for dinner and Sound Food and Drink is the perfect place to head. They serve up everything from pizzas and burgers to salads, sandwiches and a good old portion of halloumi fries! They even have loads of vegetarian and vegans option available too. 

What's great about Sound Food and Drink is that by day it's a cool place to grab something to eat but at night the basement comes alive with gigs, shows and performances by all sorts of acts. It’s one of the coolest venues in town to check out the local music scene. 

You could also head to Nightcrawler Pizza on Slater Street for a slice of classic New York Style pizza whilst listening to a local DJ on the decks in The Merchant next door, we’d definitely recommend a visit here for something a little different (their gin and tonic is also amazing). 


The evenings in Liverpool are made for live music; whatever day of the week you visit there will always be someone gracing a stage with amazing music from all genres. 

Check out venues like Jacaranda: Phase One or The Arts Club for some local and touring acts, wander round the Ropewalks Area and head into bars like Heebie Jeebies or Level for some banging playlists, search for Berry and Rye for some smooth jazz or settle yourself into the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall for gigs and fantastic classical music. 

The possibilities are literally endless when it comes to finding music that suits your taste in Liverpool, check out this blog for some of the best music venues to look out for on your visit to the city.

If you’re planning your trip to Liverpool in advance then make sure you check to see if any of our amazing music festivals are on at the same time as your trip. Some of them require tickets but we also have loads of free ones that you can head down to for a weekend in our musical city. 

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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. 


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.

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
Theatre / Venue
An Art Deco deco building reads 'Liverpool Philharmonic' in bright lettering

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.

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 Beatles Story
A mock up Cavern Club stage. The middle of the stage features the iconic 'The Beatles' bass drum and 3 guitars.

The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame.

Cavern Club
Public House/Bar
The exterior and entrance of the Cavern Club. The neon red entry sign reads 'Cavern Club.' There are two women leaving the club sminling.

The legendary cellar that has seen seven incredible decades of music; the Cavern Club remains the beating heart of Liverpool’s iconic music scene.

Cavern Pub
A cabinet inside the pub filled with memorabilia relating to the Beatles including 4 different guitars, a picture of Hindu god Ganapati and the Hindu

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Cavern Pub will close from 17th March evening until 3rd April. For further updates please visit their Twitter account.  The Cavern Pub, opposite the Cavern Club in Mathew Street, features an exterior wall with the names of all the artists who have played at the Cavern Club since it opened in 1957.

British Music Experience
British Music Experience Exhibition entrance point. The  building inside is Italian Renaissance in style with a new lighting rig and projected images.

The British Music Experience tells the story of British Music through costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia. Whatever age you are, and whatever you are into, there is something here for you.

Double Fantasy
Double Fantasy will tell the story of John and Yoko in their own words

Double Fantasy - John & Yoko, at Museum of Liverpool from 18 May 2018 to 3 November 2019, is a free exhibition, celebrating the meeting of two of the world’s most creative artists who expressed their deep and powerful love for one another through their art, music and film. They used their fame and influence to campaign for peace and human rights across the world, transforming not only their own lives, but art, music and activism forever.

Baltic Market
Cafe / Bar
Small coloured food vendors inside an airy warehouse. There is festoon lighting and people sat at tables and benches.

Liverpool's first ever street food market, Baltic Market situated on the redeveloped Cains Brewery site.

Leaf on Bold Street Café
Tea Room/Coffee Shop
Looking through the large cafe windows. A girl sits on a green Chesterfield style couch

A unique, independent teashop and bar located on Bold Street in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

St John's Beacon (Radio City Tower Viewing Gallery Experience)
A drone shot of the radio city tower above the city. The shot looks towards the waterfront and the buildings can be seen below.

Radio City, one of the UK's most successful radio stations, gives you a unique opportunity to view Merseyside's ever changing skyline over 400 feet above the heart of the city centre.

Probe Records
Probe Records

Probe Records on School Lane is the perfect place to head to for the latest vinyl releases and a huge collection of classics. This small independent record store has an incredible collection of albums and singles from all genres of music.