Liverpool, UK

A Visit to Liverpool: My Summer 2021 Travel Plans #AD

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Travel, you say? What's that again? With the UK's third national lockdown now firmly into its second month, dreams of packing a suitcase and exploring a brand new location can seem very far away. But staying at home needn't be a bad thing! It gives you plenty of time to research your next break, ensuring that you're ready to secure a booking as soon as it becomes safe to travel again. Since it seems a little risky to vacation abroad this summer, I'll be confining my holiday plans to the UK. A city that I'd especially love to return to is Liverpool. I last visited very briefly in summer 2018, so in today's post I'll be reminiscing over my favourite memories of that trip and putting together a bucket list for my next visit!


Accommodation

A quick browse of the web will highlight an enormous choice of cheap hotels in Liverpool, so how do you narrow down your selection? On my last visit, I decided not to limit my accommodation search to the city centre and as a result, I found some real gems! I discovered a great little hotel in the Toxteth area, south east of central Liverpool. Staying here had some big advantages such as the quiet suburban location, free parking right outside the hotel, and a much reduced price compared to inner city hotels. One thing to do if you look for accommodation off the beaten track is to investigate nearby public transport routes before you book. There was a bus stop just up the road from where I stayed which got me into the centre in around 15 minutes.


World Museum

Once your hotel is sorted, the next step is to plan your sightseeing! The reason why I decided to visit Liverpool in 2018 was to attend an exhibition at the World Museum. The exhibition focused on the terracotta army, a famous collection of sculptures representing warriors that were buried alongside the first Emperor of China in the third century BC. This was the first time that the terracotta army had visited the UK in over a decade, so I was really keen to go along. The displays were truly spectacular, showing not only the terracotta warriors but also other Chinese treasures. As well as the temporary exhibitions like this one, the World Museum has fantastic permanent galleries showcasing everything from ancient Egyptian artefacts to LGBTQ+ histories.

Find the World Museum at William Brown Street, L3 8EN


Tate Liverpool

As a self confessed culture vulture, I couldn't leave Liverpool without also visiting another of its most popular galleries: Tate. Located right on the waterfront, the Tate building was originally a dockyard warehouse! It fell into disrepair after imports of tea, silk, tobacco and spirits into Liverpool waned, and was converted into a gallery in the 1980s. Like its sister gallery in London, Tate Liverpool contains a mix of British art from c.1500 to today, and presents an unexpected mix of artworks. A piece that especially caught my eye was Michelangelo Pistoletto's Venus of the Rags, where a replica of a classical statue of Venus is shown alongside a huge heap of brightly coloured clothes, discarded on the floor. I thought it was a really interesting reuse of a motif from ancient history!

Find Tate Liverpool at Royal Albert Dock, L3 4AB


Royal Albert Dock

After a full day of museum-going, I exited Tate Liverpool as the sun was setting and took a wander down the iconic Royal Albert Dock. As well as being a great place for a stroll, the Docks are a truly historic area of Liverpool. They dominated trade not just in the UK but on a global scale during the nineteenth century. Today, they remain a much-loved cultural hub for the city, and are home not just to the Tate gallery but the Maritime Museum, a Victorian Carousel, and a plethora of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops. There's even a photo walk to encourage you to explore the docks in a whole new light!

Find the Docks at 3-4 The Colonnades, L3 4AA


Next time...

My time in Liverpool came to an end all too soon! I really enjoyed my visit to the city - all of the locals that we met were so friendly and the city had a welcoming vibe. Public areas were well kept and I didn't feel unsafe even when walking around at dusk. If COVID-19 restrictions allow travel this summer, I'll definitely be heading back to the city again. Here are a few things I'd love to do on my next visit:

  • The Liver Building 360 Tour: I can't believe I missed this on my first visit! You can climb the city's iconic Liver Building to enjoy panoramic views across the north-west. There's a historical tour to accompany your journey up to the fifteenth floor as well!
  • Liverpool Cathedral: This is Britain's biggest cathedral and took an incredible 74 years to build! For obvious reasons, the Cathedral is not currently open, but if you can't wait to see it, you can take in a virtual tour of the space on their website!
  • The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour: Have you really been to Liverpool if you haven't visited at least one of the city's Beatles hotspots? On this two-hour bus tour, you'll be able to see it all! I'd especially like to visit the Cavern Club.

 Liverpool really has so much to see and do, I struggled to narrow down this list to just three choices!


Liverpool from your living room

Of course, I'll only be making my way to Liverpool this summer if travelling for leisure is permissible under COVID guidance at the time, but neither you nor I need wait to get a flavour of the city! You can see some of Liverpool's best bits without leaving your sofa, as it's a popular filming location for many well-known TV shows and movies. Here are just a few to look out for:

  • Educating Rita: This film focuses on a working-class Liverpudlian hairdresser who decides to transform her life by studying for an Open University degree in English Literature. The 1984 version starring Michael Caine and Julie Walters is rated as one of the greatest British films of the twentieth century. 
  • Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool: If you're in the mood for a more recent release, this 2017 flick follows ageing Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame as she finds romance and happiness with a younger man in 1970s Liverpool, before she tragically succumbed to cancer.
  • The Crown: While filming this hit Netflix series in 2018, the Three Graces in Liverpool were transformed into 1960s Washington DC. Another fun fact is that season 1-2 star Claire Foy studied drama at Liverpool John Moores University!
  • Captain America, The First Avenger: Here's one for Marvel fans! Did you know that Stanley Dock in Liverpool was used to recreate Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in the filming of this movie? See if you can spot the landmark in your next watch.
Where would you most like to visit in the UK this year? Let me know in the comments below.

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