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.

Our top picks

Boxpark Liverpool

Boxpark Liverpool, Boxpark Liverpool, The Canning Hall, Baltic Triangle, L8 5RE - Visit now

Sitting in the heart of Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle district at Cains Brewery Village, Boxpark Liverpool brings together forward-thinking street food, drinks and entertainment under one roof, championing local businesses and creators in the community.

Boxpark Liverpool

The Reader Bar & Restaurant

The Reader Bar & Restaurant, 103 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool, L3 5TB - Visit now

The Reader Bar & Restaurant offers diners a bistro-style menu, inspired by continental European flavours and created using locally sourced seasonal produce.

The Reader

The British Music Experience

The British Music Experience, Cunard Building, Liverpool, L1 3DS - Visit now

Tucked away inside the iconic Cunard building  on the world heritage site of the Pier Head is the British Music Experience, the UK’s museum of popular music, a place where you can relive the moments that helped put British music on the map. The BME also hosts special events throughout the year, past events including Everything – The Real Thing Story with Chris Amoo, ‘In Conversation With’ musician, DJ and author Mark Radcliffe, and a series of classic 80s films.

OUTPUT in Liverpool

OUTPUT in Liverpool, 32 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BE - Visit now

OUTPUT is a small gallery in Liverpool city centre that works exclusively with creatives from or based in Merseyside. Through a programme of free exhibitions and events, it aims to encourage the development, mobility and strength of the local art scene and has a high turnover of shows in order to work with as many artists as possible.

OUTPUT gallery in Liverpool
Courtesy of OUTPUT gallery

LJMU Exhibition Research Lab

LJMU Exhibition Research Lab, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD - Visit now

LJMU Exhibition Research Lab is the first academic centre and art gallery in the UK dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of exhibitions and curatorial knowledge.

Jimmy’s Liverpool

Jimmy’s Liverpool, 130 Bold Street, Liverpool, L1 4JA - Visit now

Renowned for late night music, live gigs and DJ sets, as well as their own range of beer and a decent line-up on the restaurant side too, Jimmy’s is the ideal place for music lovers to enjoy an array of amazing food and indulge in its wide variety of unique beers. They also host a Bottomless Brunch menu every Saturday with unlimited Pornstar Martinis, Prosecco, pints and G&Ts, alongside epic brunch dishes, from pork benedict with poached eggs and hollandaise to a vegan full English, or waffles and pancakes.

Jimmy's Liverpool
Photo: Vicky Andrews

O2 Academy Liverpool

O2 Academy Liverpool, 11-13 Hotham Street, Liverpool, L3 5UF - Visit now

O2 Academy Liverpool boasts two performance areas that host live music and clubnights. The main room has seen the likes of Blondie, Arcade Fire, Primal Scream, The Killers, Biffy Clyro, Arctic Monkeys and the Wombats. O2 Academy Liverpool also has a long history of some of Liverpool’s best indie and rock club nights. A modern space with great sound, a must visit spot for music fanatics.

O2 Academy music venue in Liverpool.

Bluecoat

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

The Bluecoat is the oldest building in Liverpool city centre, dating back to 1716. Once a school, it’s 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.

Image courtesy of The Bluecoat

Where to go in Liverpool

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Restaurant
Hummingbird

Hummingbird is one of Liverpool’s most stylish and timeless cocktail bars.

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Tourist Attraction
The Cavern Club

This Beatles favourite music venue has seen not only the biggest band in the world, but much around it – from 1950s Jazz and 21st Century indie rock.

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Gallery
Arts Bar Baltic

A safe and creative space, with a mission to help support and develop Liverpool’s artistic scene.

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Bar or Pub
Hangar 34

Hangar 34 is a huge warehouse, dedicated to live music, nightlife, exhibitions and much more. It’s always worth checking out.

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Gallery
DOT-ART

This fabulous independent gallery is a venue providing exhibitions, classes and community spirit. Come and browse contemporary art of many varieties.

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Event venue
Eric’s Live

This lively music venue in Liverpool is situated on the famous Matthew Street, music lovers heaven.

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Restaurant
Bacino

Bacino pizza and cicchetti bring a slice of Naples cuisine to Liverpool. With tasty dishes and lots of drinks options.

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Bar or Pub
Frederik’s

Frederik’s neighbourhood kitchen & bar has been the hub of the Georgian Quarter since 2013. Award winning cocktails and a great Sunday roast!

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Restaurant
Silk Rd

Silk Rd Tapas serves up delicious Mediterranean small plates, named after the Silk Route, an ancient network of trade routes, bringing spices and silks.

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Bar or Pub
Azvex Brewing and Taproom

Azvex Brewing and Taproom, on Liverpool waterfront, make delicious beer that you can drink in house or get ordered straight to your door.

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