The ship in Liverpool Sound City

Waterfront, Liverpool

Creative Tourist

The waterfront, which takes in the Albert Dock and the Pier Head, is an integral part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site – and is the best place to get a feel for the city’s former grandeur. It features The Three Graces, a trio of buildings that were designed to illustrate Liverpool‘s immense wealth, the Baroque Port of Liverpool Building and the iconic Royal Liver Building, topped with two its cormorant-like Liver Birds. The female is said to look out over the sea for returning sailors, while the male looks over the city, to check the pubs are still open.

The Albert Dock right on the water boasts the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the UK and is home to numerous shops, restaurants and hotels in its red brick warehouses – as well as Tate Liverpool. This superb gallery is not a lone cultural highlight here, however; the waterfront also features the Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, the Museum of Liverpool and Open Eye Gallery, a small photography gallery with a big reputation.

Discover our top picks

Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 23 November 2018–17 March 2019, from £10.50

Fernand Léger: New Times, New Pleasures at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool presents the first major UK exhibition in 30 years of renowned modern artist Fernand Léger’s work, exploring how the iconic French painter, sculptor and filmmaker redefined the value of art to 20th century society.

Families 10 November 2018–6 January 2019, from £6

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head is transformed into a winter wonderland for the return of the much-loved Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival

Ren Hang: Wake Up Together at Open Eye Gallery
Exhibitions 16 November 2018–17 February 2019, FREE

Wake Up Together and Where Love is Illegal at Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool presents ‘Ren Hang: Wake Up Together’ and ‘Robin Hammond: Where Love Is Illegal’ – two exhibitions championing the rights of every person to love who they want and respectfully live as they wish.

ARTIST ROOMS: Alex Katz at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 23 November 2018–17 March 2019, FREE

ARTIST ROOMS: Alex Katz at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool presents work by Alex Katz, one of the most important and respected living American artists of the past 50 years.

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: News from Nowhere at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 23 November 2018–17 March 2019, FREE

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho: News from Nowhere at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool presents the first museum exhibition in the UK of South Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho. ‘News from Nowhere’ explores the artists’ use science fiction to reflect on today’s society and asks, ‘What is the social function and role of art in the contemporary world?’.

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

Sol Calero at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool presents a new commission by Berlin-based artist Sol Calero, whose work takes the form of brightly coloured, large-scale immersive installations. Her playful compositions transform the gallery into spaces of social interaction and exchange.

EXPLORERS – Project Art Works at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 4–28 April 2019, FREE

EXPLORERS – Project Art Works at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool is collaborating with Project Art Works, the UK’s leading, artist-led organisation working with neuro-diversity, an approach to learning and disability that embraces neurological uniqueness.

Liverpool District Guides

Lark Lane, Liverpool

A little way out of Liverpool City Centre, and a short and leafy walk from…

southport guide

Southport

Southport is a large seaside town in the county of Merseyside, which also takes in…

William Brown Street, Liverpool

As city centre districts go, this one is relatively small: a cluster of buildings along…

Ropewalks and Chinatown, Liverpool

The Ropewalks is a part of Liverpool that combines old and new. Once crowded with…

Hope Street, Liverpool

One of Liverpool’s most graceful quarters can be found along Hope Street. Named after the…

City Centre, Liverpool

Here’s the thing. Liverpool dates back to the 13th century but, in the city centre,…

Things to do right now

Powered by culturehosts
Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall
Exhibitions 8 September 2018–28 July 2019, FREE

Serena Korda: The Bell Tree at Speke Hall

Everyman Rock 'n' Roll panto The Snow Queen
Families 24 November 2018–19 January 2019, from £15.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: The Snow Queen at Liverpool Everyman

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season
Theatre 25 September 2018–12 January 2019,

Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Season

ARTIST ROOMS: Alex Katz at Tate Liverpool
Exhibitions 23 November 2018–17 March 2019, FREE

ARTIST ROOMS: Alex Katz at Tate Liverpool

Families 10 November 2018–6 January 2019, from £6

Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival