Liverpool was previously named European Capital of Culture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Liverpool may be most famous for the Beatles and its two high-flying football clubs but scratch the surface and you will swiftly realise that there is more to Liverpool than sport and music.
Regeneration has led to Liverpool’s transformation into a glamorous city, however its industrial past is also part of its charm – not least in the shape of the UNESCO listed port area that straddles the Mersey. The Albert Dock and the Port of Liverpool Building are both striking examples of 17th and 18th century industrial architecture, as are Stanley Dock, the historic commercial districts and the bustling cultural quarter around William Brown Street.
Culture is a big part of Liverpool’s appeal, with the city claiming to have more national museums and galleries than any other UK city outside of the capital. Among these are the award-winning Museum of Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story.
The nightlife scene is also legendary with many traditional pubs rubbing shoulders with sophisticated lounge bars packed with glamorous clubbers. As with music, sport continues to exert a hold on Liverpool, whether in the crowds that cram into the stands to watch Liverpool or Everton play, or the throngs of colourfully-dressed race-goers that turn out each year for the Grand National.