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 Until 28 August 2022, from £8.00

reDiscover/ Wim Wenders at Picturehouse at FACT

A six film retrospective dedicated to acclaimed New German Cinema icon, Wim Wenders.

The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics
Exhibitions Until 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.

Cinema 20 August 2022 8:11 pm, from £5

Heat at Chapeltown Picture House

Two of America’s finest, most charismatic film actors come together for the first time on screen in Michael Mann’s highly intelligent, stylish, violent thriller.

Exhibitions Until 8 January 2023, FREE

Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool at Walker Art Gallery

‘Refractive Pool: Contemporary Painting in Liverpool’ at Walker Art Gallery celebrates local talent with an exhibition of paintings by 21 Merseyside artists alongside a publication.

Exhibitions Until 18 September 2022, FREE

Are You Messin’? at the Bluecoat

The Bluecoat’s new display ‘Are you Messin’?’ is a place of inspiration, art and most importantly play, for the youngest visitors and their families.

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