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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

Peer to Peer at Open Eye Gallery & St. George's Hall, Liverpool
Exhibitions 17 October–22 December 2019, FREE

Peer to Peer at Open Eye Gallery & St. George’s Hall, Liverpool

Featuring 14 artists deemed on the verge of major international recognition, Peer to Peer at Open Eye provides a snapshot of the state of art in the UK and China today.

Capturing Chambré Hardman – Developing History at the Hardmans' House, Liverpool
Exhibitions 13 March–26 October 2019, FREE

Developing History at the Hardmans’ House

As one of Liverpool’s lesser known gems prepares to reopen its doors for 2019, we look forward to encountering a rare series of photographs only recently discovered by chance in the cluttered darkroom of the Hardmans’ former, perfectly-preserved home.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool Everyman
Families 23 November 2019–18 January 2020, from £15.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool Everyman

Well, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to see Liverpool’s jukebox-sensational Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto, would it?

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 24 September 2019–18 January 2020,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

A busy and brilliant season, expect award-winning musicals, stage adaptations of revered literary classics and celebrated cult films, alongside high-quality family shows. There is plenty to enjoy in Liverpool’s theatres this autumn.

Literature 7 November 2019, 7:30 pm–10:30 pm, from £15

Roger McGough at Liverpool Playhouse

Roger McGough launches his new collection joinedupwriting in his home town of Liverpool. Described as ‘exuberant’, the poems within range from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics.

Alexis Teplin: It’s My Pleasure to Participate – exhibition at Bluecoat
Exhibitions 26 October 2019–23 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 1 January–30 December 2019, from £2

Planetarium Shows at World Museum Liverpool

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

Suli Yoga
Activity 11 September–30 October 2019, FREE

Yoga and Mindfulness with Suli Yoga

Join Suli Yoga for a relaxed class, free of the intimidating or competitive nature of other yoga spaces. Let Gayle guide you through the class in a way that lets you develop your own practise.

you feel me_ exhibition at FACT, Liverpool
Exhibitions 1 November 2019–23 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.

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Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 14 June–10 November 2019, FREE

Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 24 September 2019–18 January 2020,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

Suli Yoga
Activity 11 September–30 October 2019, FREE

Yoga and Mindfulness with Suli Yoga

the night sky as explored in the planetarium shows
Education 1 January–30 December 2019, from £2

Planetarium Shows at World Museum Liverpool

Exhibitions 14 June–10 November 2019, from £12.5

Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool