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 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 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 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.

Theatre 21–24 February 2018, from £16.00

Gecko: The Wedding at Liverpool Playhouse

In their most ambitious show to date, Gecko imagines us all as brides – wedded to society and bound by a contract.

Exhibitions 30 March–17 June 2018, FREE

Ken’s Show: Exploring the Unseen at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool celebrates its 30th birthday in a rather unusual (notably brilliant) way, with Ken’s Show.

Families 13–17 March 2018, from £10.00-30.00

The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales) at Liverpool Playhouse

Emma Rice’s Shakespeare’s Globe production of powerful and topical truths inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s tales for our times today. Woven together and to be witnessed afresh.

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 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.

Above Pier Head, From 'The Pier Head' Series, Tom Wood, 1985 ©Tom Wood
Exhibitions 12 January–25 March 2018, FREE

The Pier Head – Tom Wood at Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Pier Head, captures a slice of Liverpool-Merseyside history in rich anecdotal detail, through a selection of rarely seen images by the acclaimed British photographer Tom Wood.

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…