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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.

Discover our top picks

Penny Arcade at Unity Theatre
Comedy 10 November 2016, from £12.00

Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer at Unity Theatre

Penny Arcade was born to be on stage. In her new stand-up show expect gender norms to be transformed, sacred cows to be slaughtered and your sides to split just a bit.

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.

Literature 28 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £5.00


A Young Everyman Playhouse Production in association with the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Literary Festival.
Adapted by Philip Pullman
Directed by Ellie Hurt.

Things I Know to be True
Theatre 2 November 2016–5 November 2016, from £9.50

Things I Know to be True at Liverpool Playhouse

Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.
Presented by Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia.
Directed by Scott Graham and Geordie Brookman.

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…

Theatre 7 November 2016–12 November 2016, from £9.50

Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. This gripping production, directed by Robin Herford, is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.

Theatre 16 November 2016–19 November 2016, from £9.50

Institute at Liverpool Playhouse

Welcome to Gecko’s Institute, where forgotten stories and recycled memories pour out of filing cabinets and endless corridors. Four gripping journeys collide in an extraordinary world of breath-taking movement and exquisite storytelling.

Theatre 5 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £9.50

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

A riotous new production led by a joyful ensemble of players who will delight with songs, romance and chaos, and hurl Shakespeare’s anarchic comedy into the 21st century.
Presented by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe.

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.

Ringu & Hausu – Japanese Horror Double Bill
Cinema 29 October 2016, from £8.00

Ringu & Hausu – Japanese Horror Double Bill

This Halloween weekend Liverpool Small Cinema celebrate Japanese horror with a terrifying double-bill.

Liverpool District Guides

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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William Brown Street, Liverpool

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

Photo of Southport Pier


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

Image courtesy of Arts Hub 47

Lark Lane, Liverpool

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

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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,…

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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

Theatre 5 October 2016–29 October 2016, from £9.50

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Festivals 19 October 2016–24 October 2016, from £3.00

Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival

Image of David Gaffney copyright Kezia Tan.
Literature 11 October 2016–22 November 2016, from £30.00

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