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Review: Liverpool


Merseyside, United Kingdom

Following in the Beatles footsteps!

  • By SilverTraveller Rowsie

    136 reviews

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  • Apr 2014
  • Family including children under 16

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I was lucky enough to win some train tickets in a competition so I took my son, his partner and their 8 year old son to Liverpool for a couple of days. I had visited once before (briefly) and they had never been so they were quite excited. We got the Virgin train from Euston to Lime Street and it only took just over 2 hours. It was a comfortable journey even though, unfortunately, I had not won 1st class tickets!

We had booked a 2 bedroomed apartment in "The Block" in Kings Dock. It was about a 20 minute walk from the station but was right near The Albert Dock where there are numerous shops restaurants and museums. The Block is also right near the Echo Arena so is an ideal place to stay if you are going to see someone appearing there (Gary Barlow was there when we were there, so we had lots of middle aged women flowing past our balcony when the show closed). The cost of the apartment was £75 a night and we had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and a view looking out over the Mersey River.

My grandson, Andre, was eager to explore the Merseyside Maritime Museum. It is huge and had a special Titanic Exhibition and a slavery exhibition. Everything was fascinating and we could have stayed there all day but had to limit ourselves to a couple of hours. We also got a ferry across the Mersey to Seacombe. There was an interesting and informative commentary on the Ferry and we had great views of the Liverpool skyline. At Seacombe we visited the Space Port exhibition, this was a lot more interesting than it sounds! There were lots of information about space, a planetarium show , a Dr Who exhibition and a really fun simulator ride.

If you aren't really into museums and exhibitions there is a lot of other stuff to do in Liverpool. The open top bus can take you all round the city and you can see the two famous churches that tower over the city. The shopping is great as well, lots of the usual high street shops but also designer stores and little boutiques. There are too many bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from. You can even follow in The Beatles footsteps and enjoy a drink in the Cavern Bar (I was visibly crushed when my grandson did not even know who The Beatles were!!)

We visited on the day of the Anniversary of The Hillsborough disaster and there were posters up everywhere and numerous people in red football shirts. There was a real feeling of community spirit and I think the Liverpool people are generally friendly and helpful to visitors.

So it is the sort of city that anyone would enjoy. There is a lot for kids (keep it in mind for those long school summer holidays), lots to do for people who want to shop or just for people who want to stroll around and see the great buildings. We even took in a show, Fame, at the Empire Theatre. Definitely a place I would like to return to.

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