Liverpool is less than an hour from me, almost local but far enough to be away for the weekend. It was the destination of choice for a girls birthday weekend away and a brilliant weekend it was for a group of working mums. If you’re looking for a weekend getaway check out Liverpool, it’s a great place to spend a weekend.
Liverpool holds the Guinness Book of Records title for being the Capital of Pop. More artists with a Liverpool origin have had a number one hit than from any other location. Liverpool is most famous as the birthplace of The Beatles but also its premier league football teams, Everton and Liverpool. With music and sport at it’s heart comes good times, celebrations and commiserations making Liverpool a great place to visit for an escape from the everyday, a romantic break, a hen do or a family break.
Where to Stay in Liverpool
For our particular girls weekend we stayed in an Airbnb apartment and that worked really well for us. There’s plenty of places to stay, other popular choices are:
Hard Days Night Hotel – the world’s one and only Beatles inspired hotel. Located in the heart of Liverpool, the hotel offers luxurious accommodation and high quality facilities to make your stay one to remember. Each room is unique and elegantly furnished with artwork inspired by the ‘Fab Four’.
The Hilton Hotel – a great choice if you’re keen to be near some of Liverpool’s biggest music landmarks, the Hilton Hotel could be the ideal spot. Here, you’re a stone’s throw from a number of the city’s popular venues, including the Echo Arena and within walking distance of attractions such as The Beatles Story and the British Music Experience.
Where to Visit in Liverpool
The Albert Dock is one of the UK’s finest heritage attractions – a walk around the quayside will discover little sweet stores, gift shops, coffee shops and world-class museums including Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story – yes, all things Beatles – and a number of bars and restaurants.
For more Beatles, the Magical Mystery Tour leaves from the Albert Dock and takes fans to the famous sites of Strawberry Field and Penny Lane and ends at the Cavern Club. With the National Trust, you can even step inside Lennon and McCartney’s childhood homes.
If you love shopping, then Liverpool is your Mecca; Liverpudlians like to look good and set trends. Shoppers in Liverpool are spoilt for choice between gleaming new city-centre shopping centres, boutique arcades, bohemian streets and farmers markets.
Liverpool ONE, located right by the iconic waterfront is an open-air shopping district that is home to more than 170 stores, bars and restaurants, including your high street and designer favourites and the only Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols in the country.
Eating Out in Liverpool
Liverpool doesn’t really have a culinary theme, there’s a bit of everything for everyone on any budget. Our Friday night evening begin with cocktails and supper in Alma de Cuba, one of Liverpool’s most spectacular restaurant and bar. Alma de Cuba is set inside the magnificent conversion of the former St. Peters Catholic Church we were able to eat, drink and dance the night away.
The Cavern Club is a popular choice whether you’re a Beatles fan or not, you can’t pass up the chance to visit the fabled Cavern Club during your trip to Liverpool. Famous for being the place where the band’s identity was formed, there is something happening at the club every night, from Beatles tribute acts to sets from local artists.
Las Iguanas is great starting point for a night out. Grab yourself some great 2-for-1 cocktails and enjoy a combination of Latin and modern music in Las Iguanas. It’s a great spot to meet ahead of a night full of dancing in Liverpool and is located amongst the lively Liverpool ONE restaurants and bars. If you’re looking for food too, there is a wide variety of South American dishes, and a great selection for vegetarians.
Aether is situated on Chavasse Park and is the perfect spot for those who like their cocktails and music. Pick and choose from a wide variety of spectacular mixologist creations whilst listening to their live music offering on weekends.
Head to The Club House if classic covers with quirky twists are your thing, whether just for a drink or stop by The Club House for a drink, a snack or a full Sunday lunch. The restaurant boasts live acoustic sets every day, including the weekends, offering the perfect way to spend an evening in the city.
A Weekend in Liverpool: Final Thoughts
We had a big Friday night out and blew the cobwebs away around The Albert Dock and the enjoyed some retail therapy at Liverpool ONE. Our Saturday night involved cocktail sundowners and a girlie night in loungewear with lots of fizz, games and chatting. Liverpool is a city whose image could not be more far removed from the reality so often reflected onto it. Our weekend made for a brilliantly memorable trip. Modern, glamorous, and undeniably fun – that’s both my girl squad and the city!