First time visitors to the UK might opt for London as their default sight-seeing city – and for good reason, but the north of England might just surprise you! With its abundance of history and culture, a friendly and chilled atmosphere – not to mention some pretty innovative veggie food, this compact city is perfect for a short break.
In a month I travelled up twice, once for a hen night and the other for a Lana Del Rey gig. Both times, I tried to make the most of the trip and go sight-seeing.
We stayed in two hotels. The first was the Maple Inn, which was quite a dated ex-hostel just on the outskirts of the city centre. The staff are super friendly and helpful, but if you’re looking for a luxurious room in a top location then I’d steer away from this place.
The second hotel we stayed in was The Dolby, which we paid half the price of The Maple for (as it was a weekday) and it was much cleaner with that Holiday Inn chain feel. It was located right on the docks, and we woke up to a truly beautiful waterside view.
Most places will give you a map of Liverpool free of charge, but accompanied with a good app – you’ll be about to get around the city no problem. Everything is in quite close proximity to the city centre, so you can easily walk everywhere, although the public transportation here is pretty good too.
Yard and Coop – and those ‘not chicken’ nuggets…
Out first port of call was for some bangin’ veggie food – and we found the perfect place. At first glance, Yard and Coop looks like a chicken lover’s dream, but take a closer look at the menu and you’ll find the ‘not chicken’ halloumi nuggets, which I can assure you veggies and meat eaters alike can’t help but go for.
We also tried the sweetcorn balls, halloumi wrap, deep-fried whole jalapeños and mac and cheese bites. All of which did not disappoint, and we didn’t have to eat anything else for the rest of the day either (no surprise there).
Embark on a Magical Mystery Tour
When most people think Liverpool, The Beatles are surely first to spring to mind. The city is packed of quirky reminders of their home-grown Fab Four, and you cannot go into any restaurant or coffee shop without a Beatles track playing or a picture of the boys hanging on the wall. For a super fan like myself, it was truly amazing.
If you’ve got some money to spend, then let Liverpool take you on a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour, and right on the docks is the Beatles Experience – with a pretty decent gift shop!
And you absolutely cannot forget to visit the Cavern Club and other Beatles themed bars on Matthew Street, where you’ll even find a John Lennon statue to take a quick selfie with!
Get your digital nomad on in Filter and Fox
If you want a quiet but cosy place to catch up on some work, then you simply must grab a mocha or almond iced latte at Filter and Fox. Oh, and they do great veggie snacks too – like this classic grilled cheese, which was absolutely loaded with strong melted cheddar and accompanied with a sweet onion chutney. Only £4.
Go Back in Time…
Head to the docks to see some remnants of Liverpool’s industrial history. In case you missed it, Liverpool was once an industrial power house, specialising in Imperial maritime trade and textiles from the 18th century onwards. You can also visit the Maritime Museum for free, which I was unfortunately unable to do.
If you like the sound of all that, then make sure Liverpool is on your list of places to visit when you come to the UK. And if you’re like me, a Brit with a free couple of days, take the time to visit, you won’t regret it.