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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 7–30 September 2017, FREE

If We Are Going To Heal, Let it Be Glorious at The Royal Standard

An exhibition that puts the concerns of black women at the forefront and provides a space for healing and comfort.

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.

Cinema 20 August–24 September 2017, from £5.00

Musical Sundays at FACT

Picturehouse at FACT provide some much needed cheer with a series of musicals to round off the summer.

Theatre 4–7 October 2017, from £10.00 to 30.00

The Suitcase at Playhouse Theatre

Based on a true story, The Suitcase is a modern day theatrical thriller with a distinctly South African storytelling style.

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.

Theatre 17–21 October 2017, from £10.00 to 26.00

Reasons to be Cheerful at Everyman Theatre

Ian Dury was a pioneering figure for disabled people, but he wasn’t without his dark side.

Exhibitions 28 July–5 November 2017, FREE

Coming Out: Sexuality, Gender and Identity at Walker Art Gallery

Tarot card readings, ‘nail transphobia’ and 60 decomposing gerberas. The UK’s largest exhibition dedicated to exploring sex, gender and LGBT+ history through modern and contemporary art, opens in Liverpool.

Exhibitions 23 June–15 October 2017, from £6.00

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool’s upcoming exhibition Portraying a Nation documents the glamour and misery of the Weimar Republic through the work of painter Otto Dix and photographer August Sander.

Cinema 29 September 2017, from £5.00

Charade at Hoylake Comminuty Cinema

Scalarama is a celebration of cinema, for everyone, by everyone, everywhere, taking place every September. This year Hoylake Community Cinema present Stanley Donen’s fizzy 1960s thriller featuring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

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Cinema 30 September 2017, FREE

Song of the Sea at Merseyside Maritime Museum

This free family screening is a Celtic treat about love, acceptance and the resilience of children.

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…