Earlier this month we had reason to visit the UK’s 5th largest city. Home to an estimated half a million people, Liverpool, historically lays within the ancient hundred of West Derby in the south-west of Lancashire. Located on the Mersey Estuary, it is best known for being a major port, home to both Cunard and the White Star Line, as well as being the hometown of the Beatles, premier league Liverpool and Everton FC and Aintree Racecourse.
Liverpool celebrated its 800th anniversary in 2007 and was European City of Culture in 2008, from which it is still reaping the benefits, both financial and cultural, with 85% of residents agreeing Liverpool is now a better place to live. Having never visited the city before, we had nothing to compare it to, however, despite the Arctic blast coming in from the north, the welcome was warm, the streets clean (we even saw men hoovering the grass!) and the people happy and friendly, with a general buzz of commercial and cultural activity happening all around.
The reasons for visiting were a mixture of work and pleasure; to experience first hand the impact of cultural regeneration and associated activities and also to experience some of the lifestyle options now available, especially the Gin! Ok so we all like a G&T, but more than that, as we discovered in last months edition, Gin is experiencing something of a renaissance in popularity and what better place to experience this than in the hometown of Liverpool Gin.
So here are our top 3 reasons why we think you should also consider visiting Liverpool:
- Eating & Drinking
The restaurant scene in Liverpool city region is booming, with more places to eat and more international cuisines than ever before. One of the best districts to eat out is Hope Street; home to renowned restaurants the London Carriage Works, 60 Hope Street and The Art School, plus Host, the Quarter and Frederiks.
For more information: www.visitliverpool.com
Gin is the tipple of choice for many Liverpudlians and the city has a plethora of venues catering to their passion, including;
Berry & Rye Bar, Berry Street
Red Door, 21-23 Berry Street
Jenever, 29a Hope street
Ceder Gin and Fire, 62 Duke Street
Filter & Fox, 27 Duke Street
The Hub, 16 Hanover Street
Thomas Rigby’s, 23-25 Dale Street
The Botanical Garden, New Bird Street
Old Blind School, 24 Harman Street
Jenny’s Bar, Fenwick Street
For true gin aficionados, you can also take Liverpool’s chauffer driven Gin Journey city tour. A weekly event that takes place on Saturday’s and visits 5 bars, sampling gin cocktails on route.
For more information and online booking: www.ginjourney.com
From world-class architecture, magnificent museums and music legends, Liverpool is a city with culture and creativity in its DNA.
Tate Liverpool is home to the national collection of modern art in the north, while The Walker Art Gallery, part of the National Museums Liverpool (NML), is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. Also part of NML is the Museum of Liverpool, devoted to the history of the city and Merseyside Maritime Museum, which is located in the Albert Dock and contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool, including Slavery, Borders and Customs.
For more information: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
Grade 1 listed Liverpool Cathedral is the Church of England Cathedral of the Diocese of Liverpool. Built on St James’s Mount and the seat of the Bishop of Liverpool, it is the largest Cathedral in England with past incumbents including the current Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd. and Rt. Hon Justin Welby. Other significant Grade 1 listed buildings include the Liver Building, Oriel Chambers, Albert Dock and Speke Hall.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is Grade II* listed. Officially known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool. To distinguish it from the Anglican Liverpool Cathedral, locals call it the “Catholic Cathedral.”
Half a century after The Beatles exploded on to the world stage, Liverpool is still making all the right noises musically. Whether it is blockbuster gigs at the Echo Arena; pitch-perfect classical performances at the Philharmonic Hall; The Beatles inspired Mathew Street scene or the understated cool of Camp and Furnace and Invisible Wind Factory, there is something to suit almost every musical taste and preference.
If you are a Beatles fan especially, you can also take a Magical Mystery bus tour of the Beatles Liverpool. You’ll see all the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm.
Tours start at the Albert Dock and you get to see the Beatles childhood homes, schools and colleges and get up close to places that inspired some of their most memorable songs, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.
For more information and online booking: http://www.cavernclub.org/the-magical-mystery-tour/