Looking for free things to do in Liverpool? You're in for a treat!

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.


ARTS & CULTURE

Liverpool has the most museums and art galleries outside of London and the best thing about them is that most of them are free to visit! There will be places to head for art lovers, families, history fans and everything in between so pick your favourites and make a day of it!


1. Explore Liverpool’s history and culture

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.


2. Dive into a book

LIVERPOOL 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. You need to see the Picton Reading room too, it’s like being on the set of Harry Potter!


3. Immerse yourself in modern art

TATE LIVERPOOL 

Tate Liverpool has been at the Royal Albert Dock for over 30 years in 2019. Tate Liverpool regularly hosts free blockbuster exhibitions, in 2019 they're showcasing a dazzling display of artists from 1960s to present day with their free exhibition Op Art. 


4. Learn about historical and contemporary slavery 

THE INTERNATIONAL SLAVERY MUSEUM 

The International Slavery Museum is 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!

Such a harrowing experience at the International Slavery Museum.

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5. Discover thought-provoking photography

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.


6. Explore a local creative hub

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.

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7. Discover treasures from around the globe

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!


8. Delve into contemporary art and film

FACT

FACT on Wood Street has 2 galleries and a whole cinema for you to explore regular modern art exhbitions. It's one of the coolest places in town. 

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9. Wander around St George’s Plateau 

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. 


10. Discover our TWO Cathedrals

ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL and METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL 

Only the best cities have TWO cathedrals. 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! then, take a trip down a street named hope and be fascinated by the Metropolitan Cathedral and its story... you could even visit the city's 'THIRD Cathedral' underneath, at the crypt.


11. Marvel at historical art 

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.


12. Seek out some street art

LIVERPOOL STREET ART

From Klopp Art to becoming a Liver Bird, wander Liverpool's Baltic Triangle and snap some of the finest street art the city has on offer. Check out our blog on all spots to head to. 


13. See the skies inside a church

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.


14. Dance at a free music festival 

LIVERPOOL MUSIC 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. Check out our blog on Liverpool's music festivals. 

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15. Explore public art

LIVERPOOL MONUMENTS 

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


16. Visit our Chinese Arch

CHINA TOWN

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.


17. Take a look at some local independent art 

OUTPUT GALLERY

Output Gallery on Seel Stret is an independent gallery that puts on shows highlighting all of Liverpool's local creative talent and it's free to pop in. 


OUTDOOR SPACES 

There’s nothing better than spending a few hours out in the sunshine and we have plenty of parks and outdoor areas that are totally free to soak up some rays in the Summer or stroll around in the Autumnal months. 


18. Stroll around a Grade I listed park

SEFTON PARK

Sefton Park is 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!


19. Explore our famous dock

ROYAL ALBERT DOCK LIVERPOOL

A walk around the Royal 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!


20. Walk along our UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront

LIVERPOOL WATERFRONT

Dominated by Liverpool’s famous ‘Three Graces’, the Waterfront has to be one of 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 M&S Bank Arena - see how many of our famous buildings you can see on the way!


21. Catch some rays at Crosby Beach 

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 sight so amazing you have to see it in person! Did you know the Liverpool City Region has over 50 miles of coastline?


22. Head a little further to Formby Beach

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.


23. Do a bit of window shopping

LIVERPOOL ONE

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.


24. Marvel at a Stately home 

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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25. Visit an historic park

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. 

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26. Visit the National Trust 

FORMBY WOODS

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.


27. Meet some Iron Men

ANOTHER PLACE

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!


28. Take a trip to the woods

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?


29. Take a walk between two football clubs

STANLEY PARK

Stanley Park is 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!


30. Head over the water for a trip to the beach

NEW BRIGHTON BEACH

Just a short train journey from Liverpool with Merseyrail, 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.


31. Wander around an oriental garden 

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!


32. Stroll around a lake

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.


33. Take a walk along the prom

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.


34. Take in some of the best views of Liverpool

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!

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35. Go back in time

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.

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36. Visit the famous Strawberry Field

STRAWBERRY FIELD

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.

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37. Chill in a city centre park

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.


38. Build some sandcastles

SOUTHPORT BEACH

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


39. Stroll around some Victorian Gardens

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. 


40. See the park that inspired New York’s Central Park

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!

📍Birkenhead park 📸 @mikescaptures #thewirral

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THINGS TO DO 

If you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t cost a penny have a look at these for some suggestions to tick off your list. 


41. Take a photo with the Fab Four

THE BEATLES STATUE

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a picture with these 4 famous lads on the waterfront! You can't miss this larger than life statue.


42. Pet some animals

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.


43. Explore an historical dock

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.


44. Stroll around Lark Lane

LARK LANE 

Jump the train to St Michaels Station and have a wander around the trendy South Liverpool street. There are loads of independent shops, places to eat and it’s right next to Sefton Park too. 


45. Visit a giant greenhouse

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.


46. See our stunning architecture 

LISTED BUILDINGS

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?


47. Do some skating 

NEW BIRD SKATE PARK

If you’re into skateboarding then head over to one of Liverpool’s most popular skate spots in the Baltic Triangle. New Bird Skate Park attracts all sorts of skaters and street artists too. 


48. Explore underground tunnels

FRIENDS OF WILLIAMSON TUNNELS

Liverpool is full of hidden gems that you would never think existed like Williamson's Tunnels, which snake their way underneath the city centre. You can go on a tour of them totally free but donations are always welcome. 

Friends of Williamson's Tunnels

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49. Do some film set spotting

LIVERPOOL ON THE BIG SCREEN

Even if you haven't been to Liverpool you will have more than likely seen it on a television hit or big screen blockbuster without even realising it. From wizards flying down the Mersey Tunnel to fantastic beasts taking over St George’s Hall and a couple of peaky blinders lurking around Stanley Dock, visiting Liverpool is like being on your very own movie set! Check out our blog on all the top spots to see.


50. Get some photos for the album

INSTAGRAMMABLE LOCATIONS IN LIVERPOOL

Everybody loves a good photo opportunity, right? We’re lucky that Liverpool is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and has some pretty cool and impressive spots to grab the pictures that will be sure to rake in the likes on Instagram! Check out our blog on all the best photo spots in the city

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