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Things to Do in Liverpool

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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.

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Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus
Exhibitions 16 September 2016–3 September 2017, FREE

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

An exhibition focusing on the work of Tracey Emin and William Blake to reveal surprising links between the two artists.

Simon Munnery
Theatre 1 October 2016, from £12.00

Simon Munnery – Standing Still at Unity Theatre, Liverpool

The problem with stand up comics is that the best ones tend to shun the spotlight. That is certainly the case with Simon Munnery, a man whose eclectic tastes and eccentric jokes mean he is simply too good for the mainstream.

Installation shot of laser art work
Exhibitions 9 July 2016–16 October 2016, FREE

Liverpool Biennial 2016

Liverpool Biennial 2016 is organised as a series of six episodes: fictional worlds that draw from Liverpool’s past, present and future.

Mustang - Image courtesy of Liverpool Small Cinema
Cinema 4 September 2016–28 September 2016, from £3.00

Film Season: #DirectedbyWomen at Liverpool Small Cinema

Liverpool Small Cinema continue their work showcasing female filmmakers with a series of films #DirectedbyWomen for Scalarama. The lineup includes everything from cult faves and art-horror masterpieces to underseen American gems and recent releases.

The Nutcracker
Families 29 November 2016–3 December 2016, from £13.90

The Nutcracker at Liverpool Empire

Add The Nutcracker to your Christmas tradition and you won’t be disappointed: it really is a special piece, with enchanting dancing and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.

Open Eye for Liverpool Biennial 2016
Exhibitions 9 July 2016–16 October 2016, FREE

Open Eye for Liverpool Biennial 2016

The only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the North West, Open Eye is host to three different artists during the Biennial.

Tate Liverpool for Liverpool Biennial 2016
Exhibitions 9 July 2016–16 October 2016, FREE

Tate Liverpool for Liverpool Biennial 2016

Visit Tate Liverpool during the Biennial and you step into a world where contemporary artists collaborate with Ancient Greece.

FACT for Liverpool Biennial 2016
Exhibitions 9 July 2016–16 October 2016, FREE

FACT for Liverpool Biennial 2016

During the Biennial, FACT is home to work by artists Lucy Beech and Krzysztof Wodiczko – both have intriguing preoccupations.

First Draft – Scratch Night
Literature 28 September 2016,

First Draft – Scratch Night

An evening hosted by Film Book Club’s Gary Lunt, which gives you the opportunity to see the latest work from some of the best creative talent in the city before anyone else.

At the End of Everything Else
Families 4 November 2016–5 November 2016, from £8.00

At the End of Everything Else

When her best friend (a little yellow bird named Tito) goes missing, Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds…

Liverpool District Guides

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Lark Lane, Liverpool

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

Camp and Furnace Liverpool Baltic Triangle WIDE

Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

The Baltic Triangle is a curious part of Liverpool. Out on a limb and bordered…

Playhouse (c) Brian Roberts Liverpool WIDE

City Centre, Liverpool

Here’s the thing. Liverpool dates back to the 13th century but, in the city centre,…

Hope Street Liverpool visit britain

Hope Street, Liverpool

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

FACT, Liverpool. Courtesy FACT

Ropewalks and Chinatown, Liverpool

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

The ship in Liverpool Sound City

Waterfront, Liverpool

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

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Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus
Exhibitions 16 September 2016–3 September 2017, FREE

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

Installation shot of laser art work
Exhibitions 9 July 2016–16 October 2016, FREE

Liverpool Biennial 2016

Mustang - Image courtesy of Liverpool Small Cinema
Cinema 4 September 2016–28 September 2016, from £3.00

Film Season: #DirectedbyWomen at Liverpool Small Cinema

Open Eye for Liverpool Biennial 2016
Exhibitions 9 July 2016–16 October 2016, FREE

Open Eye for Liverpool Biennial 2016

FACT for Liverpool Biennial 2016
Exhibitions 9 July 2016–16 October 2016, FREE

FACT for Liverpool Biennial 2016

Shakespeare, his Wife and the Dog
Theatre 27 September 2016–1 October 2016, from £12.00

Shakespeare, his Wife and the Dog