This week, we were delighted to take Liverpool Cycle Tours up on their invitation to try out the fantastic City Tour. We’ve heard a lot about this tour already from the exceptional reviews it’s got, so it was high time we got in the saddle for ourselves.

The first thing to say is don’t be deterred if you’re not used to riding a bike. Everything is done at a very relaxed pace, is mostly flat or downhill, and your guide will make sure everyone is comfortable and safe. 

Once everyone was settled with their bikes, we started off from Liverpool Cycle Tours’ base in the Baltic Triangle. Our guide Jim, a font of knowledge with a great sense of humour, led the way (with accompanying music) to our first calling point in Chinatown.

From there, we headed to both cathedrals, via a break at A Case History on Hope Street. One feature of the tour is its regular stop-off points, ensuring everyone gets to leave the bike and take the sights in, as well as grabbing any photographs.

Now, heading downhill, we visited William Brown Street (the bike was very smooth even over the cobbles) and heard about the history of its museums, civic buildings and the Hillsborough memorial at the bottom.

Of course, no tour of the city is truly complete without a nod to its most famous sons, and we stopped at Mathew Street to go inside the Cavern and hear about the history of how this street played a pivotal role in Merseybeat and pop culture from the 1950s onwards.

 We then moved on to Derby Square to stand on the original site of Liverpool Castle, and trace the city’s original street layout dating back to the 13th Century. Outside the law courts, our guide also encouraged us to take a closer look at the statue of Queen Victoria and told a tale you won’t see in many history books!

Passing through the Royal Albert Dock before cycling along the waterfront back to Baltic Triangle, the tour gave us a comprehensive overview of the city centre, always told with great knowledge and humour. It also held some real surprises, even for those of us who have spent our entire lives in the city! 

While we took the city centre tour, it’s only one of Liverpool Cycle Tours options. There is also the Electric Beatles tour, which follows in the tyre tracks of the fab four (who all cycled as kids) and the places that formed them. Using top-of-the-range e-bikes which make the journey a lot easier for even novice cyclists, it’s a great eco-friendly way to see the Beatles trail. For the evening, have a look at the walking and drinking tour, which brings some of the best pubs in the city to life and is a great chance to meet new people too. There are three drinks included in the price, so what better way to treat yourself after a day of cycling?

Travelling around the city by bicycle is a brilliant way to see it, and we’d highly recommend taking one of the Liverpool Cycle Tours - regardless of whether you’re a keen cyclist or a beginner.

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Cavern Club
Public House/Bar
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The Royal Albert Dock
Heritage/Visitor Centre
A daytime shot of the Royal Albert Dock. The shot shows the original warehouse buildings with the iconic red pillars.

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.