A family walking through Formby Woods

For 2021, we’ll be giving you some inspirational itineraries on how to spend a couple of days in Liverpool City Region – whatever type of trip you’re coming on, we’ve got it all. 

Whether your kids are still wide-eyed with wonder at everything new or have reached the age where they would rather be devouring TikToks than chatting with their parents, Liverpool City Region is a perfect backdrop for creating memories together.

From things to do to places to eat, we’ve got it all covered for you.

Before your visit we would always recommend checking ahead with each venue to make sure they are open and what booking systems they have in place. 



No day out to see the sights in Liverpool is complete without taking a tour of Liverpool’s most famous landmark, The Royal Liver Building. Taking pride of place on Liverpool’s Waterfront, the iconic building has opened its doors for you to explore its rich history with your very own tour guide, an immersive audio visual show inside the clock tower and incredible 360 views across the city from the 15th floor. It’s perfect for some family photo opportunities.

Find out more about the tour and book your tickets here. 


Once you’re back down to earth, hop on board the City Explorer Bus for a tour of all the city’s most famous landmarks and destinations. The open top deck provides the perfect viewpoint of all the sights and on a sunny day, what more could you ask for? You can also purchase a family pass so you can hop on and off at your leisure. 

Find out more about City Explorer Tours and book your tickets here.


One of the stops on City Explorer Tours is the beautiful St George’s Quarter where you’ll find the grand neoclassical St George’s Hall, amongst so much more. The stunning building is a must visit to take in the beautiful architecture inside and out. If you plan your trip with the revealing of the priceless Minton floor tiles you’re certainly in for a treat too. Film fans will also be impressed as the building has been used for a whole host of TV and film productions including, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them’, Peaky Blinders’ and the upcoming ‘Batman’ movie.

Find out more about St George's Hall here. 


Just a stone’s throw from St George’s Hall is the wonderful World Museum. Free to enter, this museum is perfect for the kids and highlights everything from ancient Egypt to the dinosaurs, the far corners of space and lots of wildlife too. This summer they are welcoming the blockbuster exhibition, AI: More Than Human to their gallery where the whole family can explore the fascinating world of artificial intelligence. 

Find out more about the World Museum here.


Right next to The World Museum you’ll find the Walker Art Gallery, (we told you there’s lots to do in St George’s Quarter!). Home to one of the largest art collections in England outside of London, there’s plenty to see including this year’s John Moores Painting Prize exhibition. ‘Big Art for Little Artists’ will give the kids plenty of inspiration for their own art works around the gallery to make sure to check this out too. 

Find out more about The Walker Art Gallery here. 


The art doesn’t just stay indoors in Liverpool, our streets are full of beautiful murals and art works to explore, especially down in the Baltic Triangle. You’ll find everything from those famous Liver Bird wings, the Abbey Road crossing, Jurgen Klopp and Everton murals and loads more too, you never know what you might come across. 

Find out more about The Baltic Triangle here. 


Welcome to a world where nothing is as it seems at Quirky Quarter. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly innocent bookshelves that line the entrance to this mind boggling experience, there’s a whole world waiting to be explored. From illusions to brain teasers, puzzling challenges and a special surprise at the end, it will be a hit for the whole family. Cameras are certainly recommended and curiosity is a must!

Find out more about Quirky Quarter and book your tickets here.  


We’re a region blessed with the best of both worlds, a wonderful city and a tremendous coastline - who doesn't love a day out at the beach? Jump on board Merseyrail’s Northern Line from Liverpool Central Station and within 20 minutes you’ll be able to feel the sand between your toes at Crosby Beach. Home to Antony Gormley’s breathtaking iron men statues that stare out to sea, Crosby Lakeside Centre for all sorts of watersports activities and loads of bars, restaurants and coffee shops, it's the perfect day out for the whole family. 

Find out more about planning your trip to the beach with Merseyrail here. 


If you stay on the train and continue up the coast to Freshfield Station you’ll be able to enjoy all the wonderful things on offer at the Formby Red Squirrel Reserve, one of the few places in the UK where you can see this native species in its natural environment. There are lots of lovely walking routes throughout the pine woods and sand dunes to be explored on the beach.

Find out more about planning your trip to Formby Red Squirrel Reserve here. 


If you’re in the car and looking to get up close and personal with some wildlife then you’ll definitely want to take a trip to Knowsley Safari - a stunning five mile safari drive, where you’ll get up close with lions, rhinos, wildebeest and several species you’ve probably never heard of! It’s a perfect day out for the whole family. 

Find out more about booking tickets to Knowsley Safari Here. 



Exploring Liverpool is hungry work and we’re a city blessed with so many family-friendly restaurants to make dining out easy for everyone. Take a trip to the Terrace at Liverpool ONE and you’ll find something perfect for the fussiest eaters. From familiar favourites to independents such as Smoke & Dough, Lunya, Maggie Fu, The Club House and Yard and Coop - there’s lots of choice.

Find out more about dining at Liverpool ONE here.


The famous Royal Albert Dock is not only packed full of museums, galleries and beautiful views there are also plenty of places to eat and drink too. From tacos at Madre to a pirate experience at Smuggler’s Cove, lunch at Tate Cafe or some beautiful pastries to go at Rough Hand Made - the fussiest of eaters will be happy down here. 

Find out more about where to eat at the Royal Albert Dock here. 


If you’re down in the Baltic Triangle and feeling a bit peckish then there’s no better spot to head than the Baltic Market. The warehouse turned street food heaven has a whole host of independent stalls serving up some of the best of Liverpool’s food scene. 

Have a look at their website to see who are currently on the menu at the moment. 


Duke Street Food and Drink Market is another perfect food hub that will cater for the whole family. With six varied food kitchens, an annexe bar and coffee kiosk there will be no fighting over where to order from here. 


Castle Street is just a stone's throw away from the waterfront and Liverpool ONE and is a perfect spot to grab lunch. With their new outdoor seating areas, there’s plenty of room to enjoy pizza from Rudy’s or Maluco, Indian Street food from Mowgli, a meat feast at Viva Brazil or beautiful tapas at Bacaro.  


Head over to Bold Street after a day exploring Liverpool and be spoiled for choice with all the incredible food on offer on one of Liverpool's much loved streets. Take a seat at Bundobust for some Indian Street food, enjoy a classic pie at Pieminister, traditional scouse at Maggie May’s, burgers at Honest Burger, coffee to go at Bold Street Coffee and so much more, the list goes on forever! 

Due to venues having different guidelines, booking systems and opening hours we would always recommend checking ahead with each one before your visit. 

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Royal Liver Building 360
Two people stand on the roof of the Royal Liver Building

Royal Liver Building 360 Tour and experience is open with social distancing measures, reduced guided tour numbers and additional sanitising facilities in place.

The City Explorer
Bus/Coach Tour
City Explorer Liverpool

City Explorer brings the best of Liverpool to you at an unbeatable price. The tour has been carefully designed to give you the freedom to explore many of Liverpool's top attractions.

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.

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.

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.

Quirky Quarter
Quirky Quarter people standing on the ceiling upside down

Seeing is believing … or is it? Welcome to a world where nothing is quite what it seems.

'Another Place' by Antony Gormley
A weathered metal statue of a male is in standing in the sand looking out towards the sea. Walking towards the sea

These spectacular sculptures by Antony Gormley are on Crosby beach. Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.

Formby Red Squirrel Reserve
Country/Royal Park
Formby Red Squirrel Reserve

Red squirrels, natterjacks, prehistoric footprints and miles of coastal walks are just waiting to be discovered - part of National Trust Formby's amazing and ever changing landscape.

Knowsley Safari
Safari Park
A child looks through glass tunnel and puts their hands up to a tiger

Where rhino stomp and lions roar, the safari by the city, and so much more. Knowsley Safari is open for online bookings only - All visitors, including members and those with gift tickets need to pick a time slot and book your slot online.

Smoke & Dough
Cafe / Restaurant
Stone exterior of Smoke & Dough on the terrace at Liverpool ONE

The essence of Smoke and Dough is sharing food. It is almost the same way that you can eat out with friends, your partner or family in the same way you would eat together at home.

Inside the Lunya store filled with wines, meats and other deli goods.

The UK’s only Catalonian fusion restaurant sourcing and serving the highest quality artisan food from Spain and the UK.

The Club House
A large white beach house style building with trees, a mezzanine and maritime features.

A timeless family getaway transformed into a recreational retreat, still holding on to its original interior and distinct personality.

Smuggler's Cove
Inside the Smugglers Cove restaurants. It is decorated in a nautical theme, there are people sat at tables and it is dark outside. Looking through the

A timeless family getaway transformed into a recreational retreat, still holding on to its original interior and distinct personality.

Tate Café
Inside Tate Cafe with a large mural on the wall

With views of the magnificent Albert dock, Tate Café is open during gallery hours for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.

Duke Street Market
Cafe / Restaurant
Duke Street Market from above showing people in their main dining area.

Duke Street Market is Liverpool's newest food and drink market which is set in a 100-year-old building that has been sensitively restored and transformed into a beautiful all day dining destination and culinary hub for the community.

Rudys Liverpool
Pizza at Rudys

An independent Neapolitan Pizzeria in the heart of Liverpool serving award-winning pizza.

Inside of Bundobust with a poster on a wall and empty tables.

After a host of pop-ups and kitchen takeovers, Bundobust found bricks and mortar in July 2014 and they've been serving up the tastiest Indian grub and craft beers ever since, and now they've come to Liverpool’s vibrant Bold Street.

A bed of mashed potato with a pie on top, there are mushy peas on top and a metal gravy boat next to it.

Located in the heart of the city on Bold Street, Pieminister is the place to go for award-winning pies in Liverpool.