It’s time to light up the streets of Liverpool once again for the River of Light Trail! 

Taking place from 22 October to 7 November 2021 a number of installations will turn the city’s world-famous waterfront into a celebration of light, art and music. 

If you’re heading to Liverpool to explore the Rhythm of the Light then why not make a day out of it and explore the rest of the city’s art and cultural offerings. 

To help you plan your arty day out, we’ve put together an itinerary full of things to see and do, places to eat and more information on how to make the most of the River of Light Trail

For frequently asked questions regarding the River of Light Trail visit our dedicated blog here.


For more information on each of the artworks coming to Liverpool's Waterfront, visit our dedicated blog here. 



Lucian Freud was a British painter who was widely celebrated for his portraits and now you can see some of his finest work at Tate Liverpool. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see paintings, etchings and photographs featuring the artist’s most recognised sitters in the beautiful setting of Tate Liverpool gallery. Tickets must be purchased in advance of your visit. 


From 18 September to 27 February, The Walker Art Gallery will play host to Sickert: A Life In Art. The exhibition will showcase around 100 loaned paintings and 200 drawings making it the largest collection of his work in the world. Most of the pieces have never been displayed before so it’s a must see if you’re a fan. Make sure you book your tickets in advance of your visit. 


Sublime Symmetry: De Morgan Ceramics uncovers the pattern, shape and symmetry in De Morgan’s designs at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Wirral. This visually stunning exhibition will showcase around 70 ceramic objects, including an exploration of his early work and how the history of ceramics shaped his art. 


Head along to Bluecoat, Liverpool’s contemporary arts centre to explore their beautiful building, wander around an exhibition and enjoy a spot of lunch. If you visit before 31 October, you’ll be able to catch their latest exhibition ‘A Creative Community’. Journey through their 100 year history as a home for artists as they display fascinating artefacts from the archives and get a rare glimpse into the studios their residents call home. 


If you’re here for a few days then why not have a look at the programme of events being hosted by Homotopia festival. After months of being stuck at home, this year’s festival theme is Coming Out. Running from 28 October to 14 November there are comedy shows, short film screenings, performances, poetry sessions and so much more! 


On the final weekend of the River of Light Trail, Liverpool Print Fair will be taking place at Chapters of Us in the Baltic Triangle. The two-day market welcomes independent artists and designers to display their prints for you to pick up, it’s the perfect souvenir to remember your visit to Liverpool. 


If you fancy doing even more walking then why not have a walk around the city to spot some incredible street art. There’s Beatles tributes, the famous Liver Bird wings, football pieces and loads more around our creative streets. Have a look at our blog on Liveprool’s street art for some inspiration on where to head.




Duke Street Market is one of Liverpool’s much loved street food markets and it’s an ideal place to head for lunch if you’re in a large group. With 6 kitchens offering up everything from oysters to ramen, steaks, pasta and loads more! With long tables, a fully stocked bar, a coffee kiosk and desserts it’s perfect for a lunch break. 


For something light but also super tasty, take a visit to Madre at the Royal Albert Dock. The Mexican taqueria brings mouth watering tacos to the lunchtime menu and you can even wash them down with a beautiful margarita, you can’t really go wrong! 


If you follow a plant based diet then you’ll be very impressed with The Vibe for lunch. With all day vegan breakfasts on the menu, lunch options and fresh cakes and sweet treats, you’ll get all the energy you need to explore the River of Light Trail in the evening.



For American style diner inspired dishes, head over to Slim’s on Bold Street. It’s the perfect comfort food to warm you up after taking a walk along the River of Light Trail. With everything from loaded fries, wings, burgers and sandwiches on the menu, there’s something for everyone in here. You can also head downstairs into the basement to enjoy a drink in Pepper Cats Sports bar after your meal too. 


Maggie Fu is a popular spot in Liverpool and their brand new Hanover Street venue has been non-stop since they opened this year. Pop along for Asian street food inspired ramen bowls to big bowls, salt and pepper chicken, fried rice and the ever popular king prawn pad thai. It’s Asian street food Liverpool style.


If you’re feeling a bit peckish after exploring the River of Light Trail then Lunyalita at the Royal Albert Dock is the perfect place to grab something to eat. Their Catalonian inspired small plates will make for the perfect post-walk pick me up, pair them with a glass of wine and you can’t really go wrong.



From the team behind Maray, the One O’ Clock Gun is the most recent addition to the Royal Albert Dock. Bringing together the best of old-fashioned hospitality, a great drink offering and perfect pub grub, it’s the ideal place to rest your legs with a drink after a long walk. 


What was once a 19th Century prison cell is now the beautiful Bridewell pub. The cells have been converted into seating areas that transport you back in time as you enjoy a drink from their well stocked bar out of the cold. 


Wrap up warm and head over to Kazimier Gardens to enjoy a drink in their beautiful outdoor garden. Sit beneath the fairylights and warm your hands around the heaters in this hidden gem. 



One of the easiest ways to get into Liverpool city centre is with Merseyrail. With regular train services across the whole network, travelling with Merseyrail is easy and with a Day Saver ticket you can make as many journeys as you like throughout the day all for just £5.50 – buy your ticket online now. Moorfields, Liverpool Central and James Street Stations all within a short distance of the trail making getting there super easy. 

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Tate Liverpool
Ugo Rondinone Liverpool Mountain 2018 - a stack of rainbow coloured boulders next to the TATE warehouse building.

Welcome to the home of British and international modern and contemporary art in the North; Tate Liverpool. Aren’t we lucky?

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.

Lady Lever Art Gallery
Lady Lever Art Gallery outside with a view of the fountain

The Lady Lever Art Gallery is regarded as one of the finest art galleries in Europe. It's located in model village, Port Sunlight in Wirral, a place rich in architectural charm.

The Bluecoat
Arts Centre
The outside of Bluecoat with their colourful platform in the right hand corner.

A Grade I listed, 300 year old building in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, Bluecoat offers a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music, dance and family activities.

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.

The view through a brightly decorated window, to the Royal Albert Dock on a sunny day.

Lunyalita is a family owned independent Spanish restaurant, bar and deli.

The Bridewell
The Bridewell Courtyard

The Bridewell is an old Victorian lock up originally used to house over-excited seamen and dockers!