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Things to Do in Liverpool

Creative Tourist

Liverpool exploded into life in the 18th century, rapidly turning from a small town into one of the world’s most important port cities. For 200 years, it eclipsed most of Europe in the trading stakes – nationally and internationally, Liverpool was where it was at. What does that mean for the visitor today?

You’ve only to look up: a skyline that’s part of a World Heritage Site, a waterfront that never fails to impress, and Georgian streets that are as graceful as they are grand. It is these architectural cheekbones that, along with the grand sweep of the River Mersey, make Liverpool such a visual treat. Sure, the city was for years on its uppers, its post-industrial decline as swift as it was comprehensive. But Liverpool has reinvented itself, as the UK Capital of Culture in 2008, as the home of the leading visual arts event Liverpool Biennial, as the place where artists make work and where a new, creative future is being written.

It is this combination of grace and ambition, wit and occasional decay that it typical of Liverpool; all this and the fact that it is one of the friendliest cities we know. Like the Liver Birds sitting atop the city’s most famous building, one turned to the sea, one turned to home, Liverpool is a city with a world view, yet a place with a personal, personable one too.

Discover our top picks

Exhibitions 2 December 2017, from £3

Winter Arts Market 2017, Liverpool

It simply wouldn’t be Christmas without Liverpool’s annual Winter Arts Market, set in the city’s iconic Anglican Cathedral.

Cinema 12 November–19 December 2017, from £5.00

The Enchanted Screen at FACT

Explore a magical world of folklore and fairy tales as Picturehouse at FACT present a fantastic array of classic and modern films from around the world.

Theatre 7–9 December 2017, from £9.00

The Skriker at Liverpool Everyman

Obtuse yet acute, clear and confused, The Skriker is Caryl Churchill at her provocative best.

Exhibitions 22 September 2017–10 June 2018, FREE

ARTIST ROOMS: Roy Lichtenstein in Focus at Tate Liverpool

An exhibition dedicated to the America Pop Art legend, Roy Lichtenstein, brings a Whaam! of colour to Tate Liverpool.

Exhibitions 13 October 2017–25 March 2018, FREE

In the Peaceful Dome at Bluecoat

The UK’s oldest arts centre – fittingly housed in one of Liverpool’s oldest buildings – is drawing its 300-year birthday celebrations to a close with a very special exhibition.

Exhibitions 17 November 2017–18 March 2018, from £8.00

Surrealism in Egypt: Art et Liberté 1938-1948 at Tate Liverpool

The first major UK exhibition to address a much underrepresented, yet fascinating chapter in the history of Surrealism.

Exhibitions 3 April 2017–2 September 2018, FREE

Constellations: Refiguring American Abstraction at Tate Liverpool

A free new display made up of works by towering post-war American artists including Mark Rothko, Hedda Sterne and Andy Warhol.

Exhibitions 14 July–28 October 2018, FREE

Liverpool Biennial 2018

Taking place 14 July – 28 October 2018 is the tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial, an event that has brought newly-commissioned contemporary art to the city and the region since 1998.

Exhibitions 7 October 2017–18 March 2018, FREE

Lubaina Himid: Meticulous Observations and Naming the Money at Walker Art Gallery

2017 Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid explores how, especially as a black artist, one can deal with the everyday.

Families 25 November 2017–20 January 2018, from £10.00 to 30.00

The Rock ‘n’ Roll panto The Little Mermaid at The Everyman

The Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll panto is the plaice to be this Christmas as The Little Mermaid swims into town.

Liverpool District Guides

Lark Lane, Liverpool

A little way out of Liverpool City Centre, and a short and leafy walk from…

Photo of Southport Pier

Southport

Southport is a large seaside town in the county of Merseyside, which also takes in…

William Brown Street, Liverpool

As city centre districts go, this one is relatively small: a cluster of buildings along…

The ship in Liverpool Sound City

Waterfront, Liverpool

The waterfront, which takes in the Albert Dock and the Pier Head, is an integral…

Ropewalks and Chinatown, Liverpool

The Ropewalks is a part of Liverpool that combines old and new. Once crowded with…

Hope Street, Liverpool

One of Liverpool’s most graceful quarters can be found along Hope Street. Named after the…