Attractions in Liverpool

Creative Tourist

There’s plenty of things to do in Liverpool, with a world-class visual arts offer alongside theatre and great museums. Here’s our 5-favorite attractions in Liverpool.

  • 1. World Museum Liverpool

    World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 8EN - Visit now

    It’s all here at The World Museum with treasures from around the world, the bottom of the ocean and even outer space. A hybrid of old and new: outside, it’s all Corinthian columns and neo-Classical architecture. Inside, five floors of natural history exhibits: dinosaur displays, bugs and insects, planetarium, aquarium and on the world cultures floor – Ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian artifacts rub shoulders with contemporary ethnography. This museum is unashamedly family focused and as you might expect it is mobbed on weekends and school holidays.

  • 2. Tate Liverpool

    Tate Liverpool from across the docks
    Image courtesy of Tate Liverpool.

    Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4BB - Visit now

    This northern outpost of arguably Britain’s most important arts institution opened at Liverpool’s Albert Dock in 1988. Tate Liverpool is housed inside a Grade I-listed former warehouse, a redbrick beauty designed by Jesse Hartley in 1840 that was once an integral part of Liverpool’s gargantuan port industry. The warehouse was converted into a gallery by architect James Stirling; it now has four floors dedicated to modern and contemporary visual art, with previous blockbuster exhibitions including Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol.

  • 3. Bluecoat

    Image courtesy of The Bluecoat

    Bluecoat, Bluecoat Chambers, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX - Visit now

    The oldest building in the city centre, the Bluecoat was once a school, and is now one of the city’s liveliest arts hubs, an art gallery showing work by major national and international artists that also stages regular performances, readings and more. Clustered around its front courtyard are independent craft and design shops, while at the back you’ll find the highly-rated Bluecoat Display Centre.

  • 4. FACT

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    FACT, 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4DQ - Visit now

    Since opening in 2003, Liverpool’s FACT (AKA the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) has supported artists working with new media, commissioned countless (and occasionally seminal) artworks and dedicated itself to digital media. Three arthouse cinemas screen both popular and cult films, two galleries show new work, and other spaces within the building are regularly used for digital and new media events. It also has an excellent ground-floor cafe with a vegan/veggie vibe – operated by the super-cool folk behind nearby Bold Street’s LEAF – and a first-floor bar.

  • 5. Liverpool Everyman Theatre

    Liverpool Everyman / Philip Vile

    Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5-9 Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 9BH - Visit now

    The Everyman reopened in March 2014 after extensive renovation to its stage, restaurant and backstage areas; the newly opened version is sustainable, accessible and really rather swish. Inclusiveness runs through the new design – its frontage, dominated by a new “portrait wall”, shows 105 different Liverpool residents, cut into a metal facade. Twinned with Liverpool Playhouse in Williamson Square.

Visitor guides

Literary places

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Music Venues in Liverpool

There’s more to Liverpool’s music venue landscape than the Cavern Club, as the city’s cafes, bars, concert halls and former warehouses offer a rich variety of live music – from chamber to freakscene, and everything in between.

Museums in Liverpool

Our guide to museums in Liverpool ranges from gargantuan offerings like the World Museum to the small but perfectly-formed.

Art Galleries in Liverpool

Liverpool isn’t short of great galleries – here’s our guide to discovering art in the city.

The exterior of Liverpool Everyman

Theatres in Liverpool

You’ll find a varied programme across our guide to Liverpool’s best theatres.

Culture Guides

Exhibitions in Manchester and the North

Exhibitions

It barely needs stating; absolute top of our list of exhibition highlights this summer has to be Liverpool Biennial 2018, which opens on 14 July. But that’s by no means all there is to look forward to.

Theatre in Manchester and the North

Theatre

School’s out for summer! And there’s plenty for the family to enjoy in our theatre guide. With the pick of park open-air performances and thrilling circus shows – we’ve got you covered.

Music

While this summer’s festivals – including bluedot, The Good Life Experience and Festival No. 6 – provide a welcome distraction, the likes of the RNCM and The Stoller Hall continue to provide adventurous programming.

Cinema

Pop-up cinemas, outdoor screenings and movie marathons — we’ve got it all this summer.

Just So fish festivalgoer courtesy Teneigh

Families

The best outdoor and indoor adventures to keep us all busy. Journeys of the Imagination at Quarry Bank, festival fever at bluedot and Just So and astonishing circus capers with Contact in the City.

Helen Mort. Photo by Jonathan Pow

Literature

Despite the traditional summer break of many of our favourite nights, there’s still plenty of poetry and prose to catch, from indie publisher fairs and national magazine launches to a brand-new series of relaxed lectures and an exhibition dedicated to banned books. And if you don’t like sitting still for too long, there’s even a literature trail or two to check out…

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