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

Jonathan Baldock Facecrime
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020, FREE

Jonathan Baldock: Facecrime at Bluecoat in Liverpool

Inspired by ancient forms of written communication, encounter Jonathan Baldock’s towering ceramic sculptures that stand whispering among themselves in Bluecoat’s main gallery.

Cinema Until 22 November 2020, from £8

Cancelled: Vintage Hitchcock at FACT

Picturehouse at FACT presents a season of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest hits, as they invite audiences to submit to the slick charms and dark obsessions of cinema’s master of suspense.

Frances Disley 'Pattern Buffer' at Bluecoat
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020, FREE

Frances Disley: Pattern Buffer at Bluecoat

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

And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 13 December 2020, FREE

And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT, Liverpool

And Say the Animal Responded? at FACT provides a fascinating window into the lives of the other animals that form part of Earth’s total population.

Linda McCartney Retrospective at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 1 November 2020,

Linda McCartney Retrospective at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

This major exhibition of Linda McCartney’s photography includes more than 200 iconic images, from the music scene of the 1960s, to family life with Paul.

Augmented Empathy at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 13 December 2020, FREE

Augmented Empathy at FACT, Liverpool

From face filters to world lenses, Augmented Empathy at FACT in Liverpool explores how AR technology can be used to create a fluid space of possibility.

The Singh Twins at OUTPUT Gallery in Liverpool
Exhibitions Until 25 October 2020, FREE

The Singh Twins at OUTPUT Gallery in Liverpool

OUTPUT in Liverpool presents The Singh Twins’ acclaimed short film that tells the story of Liverpool’s 800-year-old through a kaleidoscopic lens.

Miss Mona Said Black Lives Matter, Amber Akaunu
Exhibitions Until 25 October 2020, FREE

Sumuyya Khader: Celebrating Liverpool’s Black Artists at Bluecoat

As part of Bluecoat’s Black History Month programme, artist and activist Sumuyya Khader presents an outdoor exhibition in response to a lack of visibility for Liverpool’s Black artists.

Sean Edwards: Undo Things Done at Bluecoat in Liverpool
Exhibitions 5 December 2020–21 February 2021, FREE

Sean Edwards: Undo Things Done at Bluecoat in Liverpool

Undo Things Done, a poetic inquiry into place, politics and class intertwined with personal histories, takes as its starting point Sean Edwards’ experience of growing up on a council estate in Cardiff in the 1980s.

Tony Phillips: 12 Decades at Bluecoat in Liverpool
Exhibitions 20 March–6 June 2021, FREE

Tony Phillips: 12 Decades at Bluecoat in Liverpool

Tony Phillips’ 12 Decades continues a survey of modern history that has occupied him over the last 40 years. The series will go on show at Bluecoat in 2021.

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