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

Sickert: A Life in Art at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 27 February 2022, from £5

Sickert: A Life in Art at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool

From sombre nudes to darkly-hued architecutre, the retrospective of Walter Sickert’s art at The Walker Art Gallery is a raw glimpse into Victorian-era life.

Cinema 11–13 February 2022, from £11.50

Cinema in the City at LUSH Liverpool

Set in the heart of the city centre, at LUSH Liverpool, Cinema in The City is back this February, with another weekend of contemporary feature films alongside shorts from emerging filmmakers plus food and drink from local traders

Future Ages Will Wonder at FACT in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 20 February 2022, FREE

Future Ages Will Wonder at FACT in Liverpool

FACT presents an ‘alternative museum’ of artworks that question our past and offer new ways of understanding who we are.

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics
Exhibitions 12 May–29 August 2022, from £6.00

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics at Walker Art Gallery

A treat for the eyes and curious minds, the Walker Art Gallery’s spring exhibition of Tudor portraits is sure to delight audiences.

Fog In My Head, 2021 (film still), image courtesy Suki Chan
Exhibitions 12 March–12 June 2022, FREE

Suki Chan: CONSCIOUS at the Bluecoat, Liverpool

The Bluecoat will offer an in-depth look at Suki Chan’s project CONSCIOUS, which tackles questions of collective consciousness and memory through films, photography, sculpture and virtual reality.

Yellow Furry Lullaby at FACT
Theatre 4 February 2022 7:00 pm, FREE

Yellow Furry Lullaby at FACT

London-based Korean diaspora artist duo Breakwater present a powerful storytelling performance examining the historical trauma of Chinese indentured labour.

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