7 things to do around lively Liverpool
Despite being the tenth largest city in England, this bustling area is large enough to house many diverse and wonderful indoor and outdoor attractions, and places to attract visitors to both, the city limits as well. than to its wider surrounding areas. From well-known country estates and parks to museums, ancient architecture and famous ferries across the Mersey, this is a city like no other.
A trip to an urban area might not be your first thought, especially if you’re more used to nature, the outdoors, or have booked a glamping vacation, but this cosmopolitan city has a bit of everything to do. to offer. It’s close enough to The Wirral to escape the city lights and the beautiful countryside beyond, but Liverpool is a city that draws you in with its rich but unpretentious cultural heritage. Here are 6 things to do in vibrant Liverpool on your glamping vacation.
1. The famous historical architecture of the city
What you might not know about Liverpool is that it is known to have beautiful buildings in almost every street starting from the city center. In fact, this beautiful city has more Georgian buildings than Bath! Along School Lane is an 18th-century wonder, the former charity school that was saved from the threat of demolition by the Bluecoat Society of Arts. The Bluecoat is now a Grade 1 listed building and offers a program of visual art, literature, music and activities throughout the year. It is a wonder tucked away in the modern streets of the city. The Royal Liver Building is much less timid; it stands proudly along the waterfront, defining the city skyline, a striking symbol of this city. The Grade 1 listed structure is 108 years old and now offers a fully guided tour of the tower, all the way to the top to see Bella and Bertie, the mythical Liver Birds, which adorn the top of this spectacular building.
If incredible architecture is your thing then Liverpool doesn’t disappoint with England’s largest cathedral – Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral is a world-class attraction that not only hosts religious ceremonies, but also concerts, gala dinners and more. important conferences. It is also the best place to watch a sunset over the Mersey with your loved one from the top of the tower – 500 feet above sea level!
2. Cross the Mersey by ferry – we will never turn you down
Gerry and the Pacemakers have immortalized Liverpool’s most popular musical experience with their catchy tune, but the Liverpool Mersey Ferries are truly a sight to behold and a bright and welcoming part of the public transport system. Taking visitors across the river that defines this city’s industrial heritage, the ferries have onboard commentaries explaining the history of the famous waterfront, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, best viewed from the upper deck… if you can sit down! The 50-minute trip includes all the famous landmarks along the water between Liverpool and Seacombe, on the Wirral, and also stops to visit the U-Boat Story, a real salvaged German U-Boat that has been dissected to show the inner workings of this fascinating warship. Taking the ‘ferry crossing the Mersey’ is an amazing way to explore the city – a true bucket list experience.
3. The Mercantile Maritime City
There aren’t many places in a city center that can claim to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but from the famous Albert Docks to the Stanley Docks is one of Liverpool’s most fascinating areas. , putting it on a list that includes The Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. It received its status due to the fact that Albert Dock has more Grade 1 listed buildings than anywhere else in the UK. The importance of the seafront as a culturally significant British trading port has not been overlooked.
Liverpool’s waterfront is home to the nearly majestic red-brick Merseyside Maritime Museum, where you can learn about the nautical history of this world-famous port. Learn about its connection to the Titanic, learn about shipwrecked objects and naval uniforms, and how this humble, hardworking city became the gateway to the New World. The impressive museum building is also home to more modern maritime exhibits, including the UK Border Force National Museum, located in the basement.
4. Hit the town and take a glamping break on the Wirral
Just 19 kilometers from the bustling city center, you really start to appreciate the calm and serene nature that the Wirral has to offer. In Little Neston, near Ellesmere Port, this is no more illustrated than at one of the most special glamping sites in the whole of the UK. Here you will find the Lazy Bear Hideaway. A short distance from all the hustle and bustle that Liverpool has to offer, yet nestled in a tranquil lakeside location, Lazy Bear is an off-grid glamping experience like no other. Newly featured in The Times, the Nordic-style Hunting Cabin is the perfect couples’ retreat that offers basic but experiential living, with quality amenities close at hand.
You can roast food on the outdoor fire pit, become one with the ducks that share the lake with you, wake up to stunning views, and shower outside in bespoke private facilities. On site you will also find a wood-fired hot tub and a special trailer during the summer months, which doubles as an extra bed, should you need more space! To think that you can find this just a few miles from one of England’s brightest towns is amazing, but it feels like it could easily be located elsewhere. This perfect juxtaposition truly reflects the diversity of North West England.
5. Have a crazy day
If you want to get closer to nature, look no further than Liverpool’s wildest adventure, Knowsley Safari. Located on Knowsley Estate on the outskirts of town, this family-friendly attraction has been home to wild animals since the 19th century. It is home to a mix of rescued exotic animals such as giraffes, rhinos and the park’s most famous inhabitants, its cheeky baboons, as well as a host of British wild animals. Take a walk to Mizzy Lake and observe the nesting of native waterfowl. You’ll find curious squirrels looking for sandwiches, as well as kestrels circling overhead. The park offers tours and demonstrations on how they take care of the animals that live there, and there are also rides to keep little safari adventurers entertained all day!
6. Learn more about the Fab Four
A trip to Liverpool wouldn’t be complete without learning a little more about the first British pop-prog-rock stars, the Beatles. The hometown of the Fab Four takes pride in their success, so much so that they have an award-winning museum dedicated to John, Paul, Ringo and George. The Beatles Story is located in Royal Albert Docks and is so popular that it operates on a slot system. Your ticket takes you on an immersive journey through the culture and music that propelled these talented boys through their industrial youth to become the world-renowned group that created music that spans decades. This place is a must see for any Beatles (indeed, music) fan, with the most impressive collection of memorabilia including the band’s instruments, handwritten lyrics and sheet music, and video interviews with the group over the years.
If you’re a music fan but the Beatles aren’t your thing, then why not take a trip to the British Music Experience at Pier Head, where you can blast your way through virtually any genre of music – from Spice Girls outfits to the microphone of Freddie Mercury, from statues of the British to handwritten song lyrics by world famous British artists, this is the perfect place to kick your feet up!
7. Green spaces in an industrial port
Don’t be fooled by the size of the city – it would be easy to think that it is full of roundabouts and expressways, but Liverpool is deceptively green. The city council owns all the green spaces and, from 2021, it has signed a deed of commitment that the various parks will be secured and protected, in collaboration with Fields in Trust.
One of Liverpool’s most famous parks, frequented by locals and visitors alike, is Sefton Park. This beautiful 200-acre park is a rural green haven in the center of town and is popular with bird watchers, joggers, and anyone who enjoys spring bluebells and lakeside nesting birds. The boating lake is popular in the summer, and, winding through the curving paths through native wildflowers and native trees, you’ll find the famous glass-paneled building, the famous Palm House.
Tim Rees is Founder and CEO of Quality Unearthed. Quality Unearthed is a leading glamping and alternative accommodation agency offering “forward to nature” vacations, established in 2010.
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