The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
Adventure time! I love the idea of hopping on a train and new cities, and I got to do just that. Liverpool is a city I’ve never visited before, and I don’t know much about, so the first thing I had to do was research. I was looking up everything – from hotels in Liverpool to cool cafes, museums and the best photo spots. If I’m going to spend 24 hours in one place, I need an itinerary that can fit as many activities as possible into the time I have. I like a challenge.
A two hour train ride away, Liverpool is in the northwest of England, the hometown of The Beatles and full of many iconic buildings and tourist spots. I’m a true tourist at heart, so I was in my element as soon as we pulled into the station.
Stepping out of Liverpool Lime Street landed us in front of St. George’s Hall, an iconic concert hall in the city. We then travelled to Chinatown and the Liver Bird Wings on Jamaica Street. Chinatown is guarded by this enormous gate right in the city centre. You can’t miss it, and the colours, patterns and designs are so beautiful. The arch has been standing for almost 20 years, and makes the perfect landmark. The Liver Bird Wings are only a short walk away and the entire area photographs so charmingly. Walls upon walls are decorated with inspiring graffiti and street art. The designs are so intricate and colours totally transform the area. They essential bring that one street to life.
Pretty much everywhere in the centre of Liverpool is in walking distance. I spent a grand total of £0.00 on transport around the city because it’s so much easier to walk. Plus, I feel like you get a better sense of a place when you take the time to really explore. An easy stride lead us to the Georgian Quarter, a huge residential area of elegant townhouses. There are some roads that still have the original cobbles, and the houses remind me of those super posh ones you see on Made in Chelsea. They’re enormous, perfect for photos and so stylish! It felt like a fashionable moment.
When I arrive anywhere, I’m usually thinking about food, and brunch seemed like the most “adventure goals” meal for the trip, so we headed to The Florist for a very blogger-esque photo shoot. It was the perfect place for afternoon tea, and I would easily go back to Liverpool, just to visit this stunning restaurant. The staff are lovely, it’s spacious and clean, but also just so pretty. The entire building is floral themed, and hands-down the perfect destination for a spring event. I miss it already.
One thing I love to do in a new city is walk around its most popular and busy streets to see it in action. People-watching is entertaining enough, but I really like being able to admire historic buildings in the area (and browse a couple of the shops on the high street). It’s nice to spend as much time as you can just wondering around while the city continues to fly by.
Hunger lead us to Oh Me Oh My for bacon jam on toast (yep, bacon jam) and a chance to look over the rest of the photos. It sits opposite the Liver Building and has the tastiest smell as soon as you walk in. Although the décor didn’t match up the The Florist, the bacon jam was easily one of the most delicious lunches I’ve had. The latest meal of the day was at Red Dog Saloon, a spot I found online. I’m a sucker for American food in pretty much any form, and the burgers had five star reviews online so it was a must. The chips were absolutely heavenly, I know it wasn’t just the hunger speaking. What I really liked is that you get to choose how well your burger is cooked, among many other things you can add to it!
The rest of the day was full of museums, tourist spots and photo ops. I spent quite a bit of time at the Mersey Ferries building and the surrounding docks as it was so peacefully quiet. You’d think in a big city like Liverpool, this place would be overflowing but it was really easy to walk around. You can also see the Liver Building from this spot, as well as the Port of Liverpool building which all basically sit on the waterfront. There’s an awesome statue of The Beatles in-between these buildings, and if you can manage to get a clear photo in front, I definitely would!
The Museum of Liverpool was an essential on the list because I love to learn about the history of a city. Most of the major cities in the UK were famous for one thing or another, and Liverpool’s was all about trade (including slave trade) and migration.
There was also a John and Yoko exhibition called Double Fantasy that will be there until November 2019. It was full of candid photos, exclusive items and inspiring quotes from the couple. It essentially celebrates their love and story – I really recommend it.
The second museum I had to go to was the Tate. I always find modern art museums to be so fascinating, it’s like looking inside the mind of other artists, and I love that the opinion of every person will differ. For instance, some of the things I spend a good ten minutes gasping at didn’t interest my sister in the slightest. We all interpret art differently which is part of what makes it so special.
I didn’t include any photos from inside the museums because the exhibitions are quite wonderful, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone planning to go!
The final destination of the day was the rest of the Albert Dock and the ~outside~ of The Beatles Story museum. It’s £17.00 to get in, I just couldn’t do it. I’m sure it’s lovely inside but there are so many more free spots to explore. Please don’t hate me!
I loved sightseeing around the dock and watching boats sail by. Naturally, after being on my feet all day, I was looking for the perfect spot to rest before spotting the gigantic John Lewis logo about half a mile away. Quick tip: if you’re ever looking for somewhere just to sit down, look for a department store, they always have sofas.
Overall, I really liked spending the day in Liverpool. It’s a city with a youthful vibe but plenty of history. There are students and people of every nationality there, which I really like. It feels metropolitan but it’s not overwhelmed to go through in one day. Perfect place for a day trip!
Have you ever been to Liverpool?