Fancy getting away from London for a day or two? Checking out a great city like Liverpool, which is just over two hours away by train, can provide experiences that rival anything found in the UK’s capital. Whether it is music, sport, art or history, Liverpool has something singular on offer. Below are five things you can do in Liverpool, not found anywhere else in the world:
Visit the Cavern Club (pictured above This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC- SA):
Liverpool was the city where it all started by one of the most influential bands of all time – the Beatles. The Cavern Club was the home of the Fab Four from 1961-1963, where they played an astonishing 292 times. Today, it is effectively a shrine to the Beatles, where you can spend your time listening to tribute bands on stage or checking out cool Beatles memorabilia. There are brilliant events and festivals too, such as the International Beatleweek Festival (22-28th August).
Experience the Grand National:
There is no horse race in the world quite like the Grand National. For a few minutes on 14th April 2018, the whole British nation stops to watch 40 runners and riders tackle the toughest course in racing. The National has been run for nearly 180 years now, making legends of horses like Red Rum and Golden Miller. This year, those looking to make history include the likes of Total Recall (12/1) Blaklion (14/1) and Cause of Causes (20/1). You can find free bets with the latest 2018 Grand National betting offers, which might help you make it a free trip. Regardless if you win or lose, the breath-taking action at the Grand National is not to be missed.
Check out Liverpool’s Historic Waterfront:
Liverpool’s Waterfront was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. It provides an insight to the city’s mercantile past, echoing the glory years of Liverpool as one of the great maritime centres of the world. It shows that Liverpudlians have a deep connection with their roots, but also points to the future of this thriving city. There are plenty of hotels, bars and restaurants in the area. Be sure to check out the Titanic Hotel on the Stanley Dock, a fitting tribute to the old world with all the comforts of the new.
Watch Liverpool FC at Anfield:
When opposing teams are about to step on to the pitch at Liverpool’s home ground, they must read one last message before the game starts. The simple inscription in the tunnel states: This Is Anfield. Its purpose is to remind opposing players they are about to enter the home of one of the world’s greatest football teams. Few sides leave the historic stadium with a win, but if they do it has been hard earned. Even if you are not a football fan, hearing legions of loyal fans sing their haunting anthem, You’ll Never Walk Alone, is one of the most spine-tingling experiences in world sport.
Liverpool has always been a hub for both culture and counterculture. That is to say that it has always been a city for art, but it is not always what you might expect. The 2018 Biennale invites artists to reflect upon the turmoil, both economic and social, happening around the world today. The Biennale is entitled, Beautiful world, where are you? With Liverpool’s history of working-class protest, social upheaval and the resilient nature of its people, they may have found the perfect city in which to ask such a pertinent question.