Things to Do in Liverpool

Creative Tourist

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. There’s plenty of things to do in Liverpool too, with a world-class visual arts offer alongside theatre and great places to eat and drink. 

Discover our top picks

Holly Hendry, Cenotaph, 2018. Image courtesy of Liverpool Biennial. Beautiful world, where are you? at Exchange Flags
Exhibitions 14 July–28 October 2018, FREE

Beautiful world, where are you? around Liverpool

For this, the 10th edition of Liverpool Biennial 2018, its ever-popular programme of outdoor public art commissions and works presented in unusual spaces throughout the city looks unlikely to disappoint.

Taus Makhacheva, Tightrope (film still), 2015. Beautiful world, where are you? at Victoria Gallery & Museum – Liverpool Biennial 2018
Exhibitions 14 July–28 October 2018, FREE

Beautiful world, where are you? at Victoria Gallery & Museum

Part of Liverpool Biennial 2018, Beautiful world, where are you? at Victoria Gallery & Museum presents an epic body of miniature postcard-sized paintings by the masterful Francis Alÿs, alongside work by a number of other contemporary artists and the festival’s innovative sub-strand: Worlds within worlds.

Naeem Mohaiemen, Two Meetings and a Funeral, 2017. Beautiful world, where are you? at St George's Hall – Liverpool Biennial 2018
Exhibitions 14 July–28 October 2018, FREE

Beautiful world, where are you? at St George’s Hall

Step inside the former underground prison cells and original courtroom of the Grade I listed St George’s Hall, where Liverpool Biennial 2018 presents a body of works dealing with issues of power, authority and social justice.

Beautiful world, where are you? at FACT – Liverpool Biennial 2018
Exhibitions 14 July–28 October 2018, FREE

Beautiful world, where are you? at FACT

Sending great ripples of excitement across the world of contemporary art and cinema alike, 3 Movements by the legendary French New Wave filmmaker and visionary Agnès Varda looks set to be one of the absolute highlights of this year’s Liverpool Biennial.

Brian Jungen, Warrior 3, 2018. Beautiful world, where are you? at Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Biennial 2018
Exhibitions 14 July–28 October 2018, FREE

Beautiful world, where are you? at Tate Liverpool

Beautiful world, where are you? at Tate Liverpool presents work by a group of artists predominantly originating from America, Australia and Canada, dealing with issues of indigenous identity and the often-violent legacies of colonialism.

Beautiful world, where are you? invites artists and audiences to reflect on a world of social, political and economic turmoil.

Everyman Rock 'n' Roll panto The Snow Queen
Families 24 November 2018–19 January 2019, from £15.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: The Snow Queen at Liverpool Everyman

The Everyman’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto is as much of a festive tradition as matching Christmas jumpers and a trip to Father Christmas’ grotto.

Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall
Exhibitions 8 September 2018–28 July 2019, FREE

Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall

The Bell Tree by award winning contemporary artist Serena Korda responds to England’s alternative history of fairy-tale folklore, the ancient forest at Speke Hall and the legacy of hidden rebellion that surrounds the historic Tudor home.

Exhibitions 19 October 2018–3 March 2019, FREE

Quentin Blake and John Yeoman: 50 Years of Children’s Books at Lady Lever Art Gallery

Bookworms rejoice! The first exhibition to celebrate illustrator Quentin Blake’s decades-long partnership with author and childhood friend John Yeoman promises literary larks and crazy characters for all.

Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else
Exhibitions 29 September 2018–17 March 2019, FREE

Leo Fitzmaurice: Between You and Me and Everything Else at Walker Art Gallery

Curated by Newport-born artist Leo Fitzmaurice, ‘Between You and Me Everything Else’ at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool is an invitation to approach the age-old genre of portraiture through fresh, curious eyes.

Everyman and Playhouse Autumn/ Winter Season Guide
Families 2–3 November 2018, from £10.00

The Missing Light at Liverpool Everyman

Fusing puppetry, film and live animation, The Missing Light is an enchanting family performance about hopes, dreams, togetherness and true friendship

Liverpool District Guides

Lark Lane, Liverpool

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Southport

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William Brown Street, Liverpool

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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…