Get the most out of 48 hours in Liverpool: What to see and do in the city
If you are planning a trip to Liverpool and are wondering what to do in this diverse city, you need to wonder no more! We have put together a guide of our favourite things to do in Liverpool that will make the most out of a 48-hour visit.
Where to stay in Liverpool
Dream Apartments at Water Street
Dream Apartments at Water Street offer well equipped and spacious accommodation in Liverpool. One and two-bedroom apartments are available, and they boast a 24-hour reception and on-site fitness centre. These modern serviced apartments are in a ‘dream’ location, set between Liverpool’s waterfront and St Georges Quarter making them a great choice for exploring Liverpool’s sights.
Liverpool One Apartments
Bright and modern, Liverpool One Apartments combine a relaxing space right in the heart of the city centre. Literally located on top of some of Liverpool’s most popular shops they are perfect for those wanting to be amongst it all. The apartments themselves are surprisingly quiet and provide clean and tranquil accommodation in Liverpool.
Staybridge Suites Liverpool
Staybridge Suites Liverpool are high quality serviced apartments set on Liverpool’s scenic waterfront. The great location means you are only a short stroll from Liverpool’s Albert Dock, and all the restaurants and attractions it has to offer. Guests staying at Staybridge Suites can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast and use of the onsite fitness centre.
Day one in Liverpool
After a leisurely breakfast in your Liverpool apartment, it’s time to head out and enjoy all this vibrant city has to offer.
Start the day soaking up the impressive surroundings of Liverpool’s historic St George’s Quarter. Here you will find the iconic St George’s Hall standing tall with impressive neo-classical architecture, as well as the World Museum, St Johns Gardens, Central Library and Walker Art Gallery.
From here you are only a short stroll from Liverpool’s fantastic shopping district and Liverpool ONE. Right in the heart of the city, Liverpool ONE is the largest open-air shopping centre in the UK. With everything from quirky boutiques to high-end department stores, it is a must-visit for anyone who likes to shop till they drop.
The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool
No visit to Liverpool would be complete without spending some time at Liverpool’s famous waterfront and the historic Royal Albert Dock. Boasting a wide range of bars and restaurants it also makes the perfect destination for a spot of lunch. Here you will find everything from Thai and Italian food to good old British fish and chips.
Once you have refuelled on lunch it’s time to explore all the docks have to offer. Whether you fancy a boat trip on the Mersey, exploring the unique boutiques, or expanding your knowledge at one of the many museums. The Royal Albert Docks have it all and are a must-see when visiting Liverpool. Our favourite highlights include:
- The Merseyside Maritime Museum – Here you can discover Liverpool’s Maritime history and the key role the docks and the River Mersey played in the growth of Liverpool. Other highlights include the Titanic exhibition and several hands-on displays perfect for all the family.
- The Beatles Story – Find out all there is to know about Liverpool’s most famous sons; The Beatles. From humble beginnings in the city to performing worldwide in front of hundreds of thousands of fans, it really is an inspiring story.
- Tate Liverpool – Free to enter, the Tate Liverpool is an art gallery showcasing modern and contemporary art. Be inspired by the diverse exhibitions including everything from paintings, photography, sculptures and installations.
- The Adventure Dock Co – Not for the faint-hearted, this inflatable floating obstacle course has you climbing, jumping, swinging and sliding, and usually involves you getting wet in the Mersey.
Many of our Liverpool apartments are only a short walk away from the waterfront so it’s time to head back and change before exploring Liverpool’s famous nightlife!
If you are new to the city, Mathew Street is a must-see when visiting Liverpool. Set in the Cavern Quarter, Matthew Street is home to the Beatles’ old haunt; the Cavern Club. This vibrant pedestrian street is packed with bars and clubs. It can get very busy at weekends but it is a great place to soak up the lively atmosphere and music.
Liverpool also boasts some great themed bars: there’s a Peaky Blinders bar, the Yellow Submarine Bar (which really is inside a yellow submarine) and Smugglers Cove to name a few. Liverpool was also the birthplace of Bongos Bingo (imagine bingo combined with 90s rave and lots of cocktails!) which will make a memorable night out if you are organised enough to source tickets as they can sell out months in advance.
Day two in Liverpool
Let’s start the day slowly and begin exploring Liverpool at the waterfront and the Museum of Liverpool. This free attraction tells the tale of Liverpool’s diverse and colourful history in a range of displays, exhibitions and events. Covering everything from Liverpool’s football culture, World Wars, black history, and of course The Beatles.
For lunch with a difference head over to Bold Street. A foodie’s dream; Bold Street is packed with independent cafes and restaurants, offering delicious dishes from all over the world. From bakeries and coffees shops to tapas and vegan cafes. There really is something for every taste and budget on this quirky street.
Next up is one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings; the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Designed by architect Giles Gilbert Scot, it took 75 years to build and was completed in 1978 making it a rather ‘modern’ British Cathedral. It is one of the largest Cathedrals in the world and the tallest in the UK. The Vestey tower is over 100 metres tall and provides stunning 360 views of Liverpool. Once inside the Cathedral you realise how vast and impressive it is. Filled with intricate details and stunning stained glass windows you can see why it makes the list of the top things to see in Liverpool.
If you still have some energy left how about a game of Ghetto Golf? This cooler version of mini golf is set in a bright graffiti-covered building with music and cocktails.
While you are in this part of town, the Baltic Triangle is a great place to grab some dinner. Liverpool has a fantastic range of great restaurants across the city so you’re bound to find something to tickle those taste-buds. One of our favourite places to go is the Baltic Market. This street food market has an array of vendors and a buzzing vibe. Open Thursdays to Sundays it is a great place to pick up an affordable yet delicious meal in a relaxed setting.
Before our trip to Liverpool comes to an end why not check out what’s on at the Theatre to end your evening. Liverpool has a range of first-class show venues and some notable theatres. The city also has some popular comedy clubs that are bound to get you giggling including Hot Water Comedy Club and Liverpool Comedy Central.
So that’s how to make the most of 48 hours in Liverpool. We hope you enjoy your stay in this vibrant city. To browse more accommodation options in Liverpool visit Citybase Apartments here.