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 is turning the city’s world-famous waterfront into a celebration of light, art and music. 

If you’re heading to Liverpool for a bit of a staycation to see the River of Light Trail you’ll have plenty of time to explore the rest of the city too. From places to stay to things to do and where to head for something to eat, we’ve sorted it all out for you. 

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. 



INNSiDE Liverpool is the city’s brand new hotel right in the heart of all the action. The 207 room hotel features the brand new Gino D’Acampo Old Hall Street restaurant, a panoramic 360 sky bar, state-of-the-art fitness gym and upscale modern rooms with incredible views out across Liverpool. At just a stone’s throw away from Liverpool’s waterfront it’s the perfect place to stay for your River of Light Trail experience. 


Conveniently located right next to Liverpool’s Waterfront, StayCity Aparthotels is the perfect location for your trip to Liverpool. With a mix of studios and one and two-bed apartments it will be your home away from home as you explore the city and the River of Light Trail. 


Stay right on the Waterfront at the Pullman hotel and enjoy everything Liverpool has to offer right on your doorstep. The 216 bedroom hotel has stylish rooms, panoramic views of the famous River Mersey and is right next to the M&S Bank Arena, The Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool ONE.



If you’re taking a stroll around St George’s Quarter to see St George’s Hall, make sure to stop off at Liverpool Central Library to have a look around the beautiful building. From the Picton Reading Room that looks like it’s come straight from a Harry Potter film to the incredible staircase and the roof terrace, it’s the perfect way to spend a bit of time relaxing. 


The British Music Experience tells the story of British Music through costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia. Whatever age you are and whatever music you're into there will be something here for you. See outfits worn by Freddie Mercury and Little Mix, instruments played by the Sex Pistols and hand written song lyrics from Adele amongst so much more. 


If you’re a Beatles fan then you’ll want to make sure you take a visit to Mathew Street. Home to the famous Cavern Club, the legendary cellar that kick started the rise of The Beatles. Head down to enjoy a bit of live music and a drink in the most famous club in the world. Whilst you’re there stop off at the Liverpool Beatles Museum too. With four floors and over 1000 items of Beatles memorabilia, the biggest Beatles fans will love it here. 


The International Slavery Musuem at Royal Albert Dock is the only one of it’s kind that looks at the aspect of historical and contemporary slavery. Through their collections, public engagement and research you’ll be able to learn more about their impact and legacies. 


Previously the site of a Salvation Army children’s home where the young John Lennon played in the grounds. Strawberry Field has been transformed into a space to explore, unwind and dream in the place that inspired Lennon to write The Beatles hit, Strawberry Fields Forever. Home to an interactive visitor exhibition, cafe, shop, calm gardens to relax and the original red Strawberry Field gates, it's the perfect destination for any Beatles fan. 


If you're a fan of LFC or just a football fan in general then you’ll want to head over to Anfield for the Liverpool FC Stadium Tour. Take a tour of the world famous stadium and explore everywhere from the home team dressing room to the press room, see the This Is Anfield sign, walk through the players tunnel and stand pitch side. The tour includes entry to The Liverpool FC Story where you’ll be able to see the six European Cups. 


If you fancy doing a bit of shopping then there is no better place to head than Liverpool ONE. From high street to high end, all your favourite stores such as Zara, Apple, New Look, John Lewis and Beauty Bazaar are in one place for you to shop away.  


If you’ve got enough time to head further a field then jump the train with Merseyrail on the Southport line to Waterloo to explore Another Place at Crosby Beach. 100 cast-iron, life-sized statues of artist Antony Gormley line the coast and it's certainly a sight to see. 




Head over to the Georgian Quarter for breakfast in The Quarter. This popular breakfast spot has outdoor seating for you to watch the world go by on the cobbled streets or if it’s a bit chilly you can head inside and enjoy their beautiful full English breakfast.


If you’re into your tea then LEAF on Bold Street is the place to go. With a whole host of speciality teas, breakfast and brunch options, it’s the perfect place to kick start your day ready for a walk around the River of Light Trail. 


For something to have on the go whilst you take a walk around the Ropewalks area of the city then Bold Street Coffee will have you covered. Their Egg Buoys are incredibly popular and you’ll see why when you tuck into one with a cup of their beautiful coffee. 



For lunch you can’t really go wrong with a food market. If there are a few of you it means that everyone’s food tastes will be covered. GPO at the Metquarter is Liverpool's newest and largest street food market. With 11 independent kitchens serving over 400 dishes there will be something for everyone in here. 


Another street food option that is popular with the locals is the Baltic Market. The old warehouse in the Cains Brewery Village was the first venue to be turned into a street food market in Liverpool and has been offering up local independent dishes ever since. With 10 stalls serving everything from Greek dishes to fried chicken, pizza and desserts, you’ll be back again for more. 


Treat yourself to a bit of pizza for lunch at Rudy’s. With two venues in the city, one on Castle Street and one on Bold Street, you can take your pick on places to head. Following the traditions and artistry of pizza from Naples, the birthplace of pizza, you know they are going to be good! 



For the ultimate Chinese dining experience then book a table at Lu Ban in the Baltic Triangle. Specialising in cuisines from the Tianjin region of China, the dishes by renowned chef, Dave J Critchley are out of this world. 

You can find out about everthing on offer at Lu Ban in our diedicated blog here. 


For a special treat head to The Art School in the Georgian Quarter for a food experience from renowned chef, Paul Askew. Having worked all over the world, Paul founded The Art School 5 years ago and has been serving his beautiful dishes ever since. From the prix fixe menu to the excellence or tasting menus, there is plenty to enjoy here.


Six By Nico is a must try if you’re visiting Liverpool. The six course tasting menu changes the theme every six weeks with incredible dishes that will have you returning every time the menu changes. At the moment the menu is Guilty Pleasures which means six courses of pure indulgence. Taking inspiration from classic dishes such as spaghetti bolognese, lamb kebab, a fish supper and nutella and waffles, these won't be like any dishes you’ve had before. 



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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The Art School Restaurant
The Art School restaurant is an intimate 50-cover restaurant

The Art School Restaurant is a fine dining addition to Liverpool’s rapidly growing food and drink culture.

Rudys Liverpool
Pizza at Rudys

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

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.

The Quarter
Inside the Quarter with people sitting at tables underneath low lighting.

A buzzy, vibrant restaurant & café set amongst the cobbled streets of Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter.

'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.

Liverpool ONE
Shop/Shopping Centre
Christmas time at Liverpool ONE. A giant reindeer in lights is in the background. There are people dressed as elves in red and green outfits marching

Offers more than 170 famous high street stores, fashion brands, cool independent boutiques, cafés and restaurants to the city centre.

Liverpool Football Club
Sports Ground/Stadium
Two people walking down the Liverpool tunnel.

See the player’s dressing room, press room, This Is Anfield sign, tunnel, pitch, manager’s dugout and the Kop – plus much more.

Strawberry Field
Historic Site
The Red Strawberry Field Gates and gate posts looking through towards the modern centre and lush gardens.

Strawberry Field is a space to explore, unwind and dream in the place, which inspired one of the 20th century’s greatest songwriters.

International Slavery Museum
The exterior of the warehouse building that the Slavery Museum is located inside.

The International Slavery Museum is located within Liverpool's Albert Dock, inside the Maritime Museum building.

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.

Liverpool Beatles Museum
Two people are walking down a stairway which has lots of Beatles related prints and posters on the wall and guitars.

The Grade 2 listed building that houses this breath-taking collection of over 1000 items is situated in the heart of Liverpool on the world-famous Mathew Street only yards away from the Cavern Club.

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.

Liverpool Central Library & Record Office
Historic Site
Outside of Liverpool Central Library featuring the tiled floor with the names of famous books on.

Liverpool Record Office, housed within the Central Library, collects, preserves, and makes available archives and printed material relating to all aspects of the history of Liverpool.

Pullman Hotel Liverpool
The new Pullman Liverpool is located at Kings Dock on Liverpool's world famous waterfront.

The Pullman is located at Kings Dock, on Liverpool’s world famous waterfront.

Staycity Aparthotels Corn Exchange
Serviced Apartment
Staycity Corn Exchange Liverpool

212 brand new apartments comprising of a mix of studios, one and two-bedroom apartments. Featuring 24-hour reception, a Staycity café, in-house fitness room, guest laundry and on-site car parking offering 56 car park spaces among many other facilities.

INNSiDE by Melia
Blue chairs and lights.

Liverpool’s brand-new INNSiDE by Meliá hotel, INNSiDE Liverpool has officially opened in the heart of the city’s commercial district. The 207-room lifestyle hotel offers an eclectic home-from-home feel for guests to explore Liverpool’s city centre.