When you are planning on visiting a city for the first time it can cause a huge headache trying to plan everything as you want to ensure that you are getting the most out of your time there, and of course, your money. From finding the right hotels in the best areas, without having to re-mortgage your home in the process, finding the best spots to eat and drink and most importantly, making sure you find the best attractions to visit to ensure you get the best experience and make the most out of your short time there.
Renowned around the world for its music and culture scene, Liverpool is the perfect destination for a weekend break in the UK. Liverpool really does have it all, whether you are looking for a short break with the family, a romantic break with your better half or a fun girls or boys weekend!
I love Liverpool and have done quite a few breaks in the vibrant city, so to help you organise your Liverpool City Break and take some of the stress of planning away, I have compiled a list of my favourite hotels (to suit all budgets) and my top list of attractions (including some cheeky freebies) so you can spend less time planning your trip and more time getting excited about the amazing time you will have whilst your there!
Liverpool really does have a great variety of places to stay, from Airbnbs, hostels to hotels and apartments. With so many options available it can be confusing and mindboggling as to which one is right for you, I have chosen my favourite five places to rest your weary head after a long day (and night) exploring the vibrant city.
The Titanic Hotel
The Titanic is the perfect hotel option for those of you looking for some luxury and pampering on your Liverpool city break, yet still only a few minutes drive from some of Liverpool’s main attractions. The luxury hotel has elegant and beautifully designed guest rooms and suites and is also home to the dockside Stanleys Bar and Grill and Rum Bar.
Guests looking for that extra bit of pampering after a long day exploring the cities sites can check out the hotels stunning subterranean sanctuary, The Maya Blue Wellness Spa. Maya Blue Wellness offers a unique thermal suite as well as ten treatment rooms which offer the ultimate in relaxation.
A night in a Classic Room at the beautiful Titanic Hotel costs on average around £85 per night, which is amazing value for money for such a luxurious property. If you are looking for something extra special then a night in the hotels amazing Presidential Suite will set you back, on average around £370 a night.
Hard Days Night Hotel
The amazing, Hard Days Night Hotel…you guessed it…is a tribute to the fab four from Liverpool, the world famous, Beatles. Located in the bustling Cavern Quarter and just a few minutes walk to Albert Dock and the busy city centre. The 4* hotel is housed in a magnificent, Grade II listed building and is of course, Beatles themed with exclusive artwork and original Beatles memorabilia throughout.
The Lounge Bar and Bar Four (which are also Beatles themed…shock!) serve fabulous cocktails with live music on a weekend. Guests can also dine at the hotels beautiful Blakes Restaurant which services seasonal British cuisine.
All of the 101 rooms and suites at the Hard Days Night Hotel are beautifully and individually decorated with luxury, modern amenities and exclusive Beatles artwork.
A night in a Luxury Double Room at the fabulous Hard Days Night Hotel will cost on average around £95 per night, which is an absolute steal, especially for any Beatles fans amongst us. If your feeling flush then book a night in the hotels top suite, The Lennon Suite, which features a baby grand white piano , two large prints of John himself as well as numerous artefacts and will set you back around £225 per night (which I think is pretty damn good for a room as special as this one is!)
The Shankly Hotel
The fabulous Shankly Hotel is the go to hotel for those who want to have fun in Liverpool and enjoy its vibrant nightlife. With rooms that sleep up to 24 people, the hotel is perfect for those visiting the city in larger groups and is ideal for those looking for a fun girls or boys weekend away. The stunning hotel is ideally located in the very heart of the city centre which is perfect, as there isn’t a long way to stumble back to your hotel after a heavy night on the town!
The individually designed guest rooms are definitely the talking point of the Shankly Hotel but guests also have access to the fabulous, Bastion Bar and Restaurant which is the perfect place to grab some tasty food and some amazing cocktails to suit all tastes before heading out into the city centre to paint the town red (see what I did there?!).
The super stylish hotel is also home to the jaw dropping, Laurent Perrier Pool Room, which sleeps up to 24 guests across two floors with a 25 foot pool which is perfect for hosting your very own pool party, which isn’t something you come across very often in a UK city break!
On average, a night in a Superior Double Room at the Shankly Hotel will cost you around £130. If you wanted to book the amazing, Laurent Perrier Pool Room then this on average would cost around £1440 an night…which spread over 24 of you is only around £60 a night which is an absolute bargain for such a amazing suite in a fabulous hotel, smack bang in the city centre!
Aloft Liverpool By Marriott
The Aloft Liverpool by Marriott is a hip hotel housed in an iconic Grade II-listed property right in the heart of Liverpool’s vibrant centre. It is the perfect base so that you can enjoy your Liverpool City break without breaking the bank or having to scrimp on style in the process.
The Aloft gets fabulous reviews on trip advisor and is a great option for those seeking a centrally located, stylish hotel from which to explore all that the vibrant city has to offer.
If after a long day, you want to relax and enjoy a great meal without having to venture back out in to the city then the NYL Bar and Restaurant is the perfect place for you to enjoy a New York inspired meal or cocktail before heading back to your fabulous room to rest your weary head.
The Aloft Liverpool by Marriott is a great, budget friendly option with rooms at the hip hotel costing on average around £70 per night. Making the hotel perfect for those that do not want to break the bank on your accommodation but still have a wonderful room with great facilities to come back to after a long day exploring the city.
Staybridge Suites Liverpool
The wonderful Staybridge Suites Liverpool is a great, highly recommended, aparthotel right in the heart of the bustling city centre, making it a great base to explore all that the fabulous city has to offer. Ideally located, next to the famous Albert Dock, the Staybridge Suites offers fully furnished, modern suites with fully equipped kitchens, making for the perfect home from home weekend away.
The wonderful aparthotel also has a Grab and Go Pantry which is ideal for grabbing a quick bite to eat for breakfast before heading out to enjoy the city and also offers complimentary drinks and nibbles on a evening between 6:30-7:30pm in its relaxed lounge area. If you still have plenty of energy left after a day exploring, then the Staybridge Suites also has a fully equipped gym that guests can use free of charge.
With Studio and One Bedroom Apartment options available, the Staybridge Suites is the perfect option for those travelling as a couple or as a larger family who want the convenience and comfort of having their own kitchen facilities and lounge area to kick back and relax in after a long day.
With Studio Suites costing on average around £90 per night and the One Bedroom Apartment around £130 a night, the Staybridge Suites is ideal for those looking for a comfortable, well priced, home from home stay for your next Liverpool City Break.
If you are only in Liverpool for a short break, then you want to make sure that you get the most out of it by visiting the top attractions and sites. With something for everyone we think that our Top 5 Liverpool Attractions will be sure to help you get the most out of your time, and money in the vibrant city of Liverpool.
The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story is one of the most popular attractions in Liverpool and is a great, fun day out for everyone to enjoy. Be transported on an incredible immersive journey as you explore the story of how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of fame and fortune from their humble childhood beginnings.
Take a step back in time with plenty of memorabilia, artwork, original band costumes and equipment to replicas of some of the most famous spots that helped The Beatles on their journey to becoming one of the Worlds most loved bands.
The Beatles Story brings to life that journey in technicolour for you to experience and enjoy.
The Museum of Liverpool
No visit to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the fantastic Museum of Liverpool, which is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city and the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.
With over 6000 exhibits and items showcasing the history and culture of the amazing city, including a full life-size Liverbird and The King’s Regiment Archive. The younger visitors are also catered for and will love Little Liverpool which introduces children to the wonder of the museum with interactive games and displays to keep them happy and engaged!
The museum is completely free of charge to visit, which is ideal for those looking to get the most out of the city without spending a small fortune in doing so. Tickets must be pre-booked due to current government guidelines, so to reserve your spot then please click on the link below which takes you to the Museums website where you can book slot to experience the fun & fabulous day out:
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Enjoy a day out at the Merseyside Maritime Museum and get 3 amazing museums in one! The museum is located in the heart of the Albert Docks and is also home to the Museum of Slavery and the Border Force Museum, and even better, entry to the museums and exhibits is completely free of charge!
The amazing museum takes you on a immersive journey, looking into the history and discovering the city’s pivotal role as the gateway to the new world. The Titanic Exhibition within the museum also takes a look at the untold stories of the Titanic and has some artefacts which survived the ill fated, world famous ship. The museum is great for the entire family with plenty of interactive displays and games to keep the younger family members happy and entertained.
Tickets to the Merseyside Maritime Museum are free of charge but must be pre-booked due to current government guidelines. To book your tickets, please click on the link below which will take you directly to the museums website:
Royal Albert Dock
You cannot complete a trip to Liverpool without visiting the historical Albert Dock, the iconic dock is one of the prime locations to visit during your Liverpool City break and offers guests a huge choice of retail outlets, world class museums and attractions.
The Dock is home to major attractions such as The Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Tate Liverpool, plus many more.
The Albert Dock is also home to a large selection of dining options with cafes, bakeries plus a great selection of dining in options to suit every taste, occasion and budget. Those looking for a tipple will also be spoilt for choice at the Docks, whether its a casual drink or a night out on the town, The Albert Dock has something for everyone!
To plan your visit to the Albert Dock and take a look into what is on offer there then please click on the link below:
The Cavern Club
No trip to Liverpool is complete without stopping by and having a drink at the world famous Cavern Club. The club is where it all started in the 1960’s for the cities most famous four, The Beatles and they have played at the Cavern Club over 300 times.
The club isn’t just famous for helping propel the fab four to fame but also some of the worlds best musicians and rock stars have performed at the iconic venue, from The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, The Who and Oasis in more recent years.
The Cavern Club is still a thriving live music venue to this day, with live artists and bands playing on most days and evenings. The club is free to enter and has a huge amount of historical, musical memorabilia on display which is why The Cavern Club is a must visit on our top lists of attractions to visit during your next Liverpool City Break.
I hope you have enjoyed reading our top picks and attractions for your next Liverpool City break. All of the hotels and attractions are my personal preference and I have of course taken into account the reviews and reputations of each hotel and attraction on the list.
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