Image courtesy of Visit Britain Liverpool Playhouse / Brian Roberts

City Centre, Liverpool

Creative Tourist

Here’s the thing. Liverpool dates back to the 13th century but, in the city centre, you’ll struggle to find anything much older than 200 years. The creative hub that is the Bluecoat, a former school dating back to 1716, is one exception. Alongside an excellent gallery, café and courtyard garden, the complex boasts independent craft shops and the rated Bluecoat Display Centre. Another architectural OAP is the Town Hall, which dates to 1754 and stands at the centre of the seven streets that made up medieval Liverpool. Keep an eye out for the other beautiful structures in the area, including the Grade I listed Bank of England building, The Royal Insurance Building and the immense glass panes of Oriel Chambers.

Aside from architecture, the main attractions here are eating, shopping and theatre. Our top picks include Delifonseca, which boasts good food, fine wines and locally-brewed beer, the hard-to-find Jenny’s Bar, hidden beneath what appears to be a fish restaurant, and the Liverpool Playhouse, sister to the Everyman theatre on Hope Street.

Discover our top picks

Cinema 16–30 March 2020, from £7.7

Culture Shock/ David Lynch Mini Season at FACT

Picturehouse at FACT’s cult strand goes back to the 80s with a mini season of films by cult auteur, David Lynch.

Alexis Teplin: It’s My Pleasure to Participate – exhibition at Bluecoat. Part of the Family Weekend activities.
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

Alexis Teplin: It’s My Pleasure to Participate at Bluecoat

Encompassing performance, film, sculpture and installation, Alexis Teplin’s expanded painting practice bursts with a seductive theatricality. See her work on show at Bluecoat.

the night sky as explored in the planetarium shows
Education Until 31 March 2020, from £2

Planetarium Shows at World Museum Liverpool

Take your family on a trip through space and time in this fully immersive cinema experience.

you feel me_ exhibition at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 23 February 2020, FREE

you feel me_ at FACT, Liverpool

A new exhibition at FACT explores the utopian potential of the virtual realm as a space where we can begin to heal the power inequalities of society.

Frances Disley 'Pattern Buffer' at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 13 March–21 June 2020, FREE

Frances Disley: Pattern Buffer at Bluecoat

Bluecoat prepares to present a new solo show by Frances Disley.

Jonathan Baldock: Facecrime at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 13 March–21 June 2020, FREE

Jonathan Baldock: Facecrime at Bluecoat

Bluecoat in Liverpool presents artist Jonathan Baldock’s first solo exhibition, Facecrime. 

Education 25 April 2020 11:00 am, FREE

Dino Ranger Day at World Museum Liverpool

Live out your long lost palaeontologist dream by being a Dino Ranger for the day! Surely the best thing about having kids is getting to attend events like this?! 

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