Having grown up and gone to school near Liverpool in the 80’s I used to regard the place as a dump but having worked and lived there in the early 90’s at the start of the regeneration I would now say that it is my favourite city in England.
It’s undoubtedly one of the worlds great cities with a wealth of stunning architecture, history, art, culture and music to be savoured.
Some must do’s in my book include:
Visit the Beatles museum in the Albert Dock
Dinner at Gusto in the Albert Dock (preceded by drinks at the Pump House also at the Albert Dock)
Visit Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and Woolton Church to see the grave of Eleanor Rigby at the Church where John and Paul first met
Book the private National Trust tour of the Beatles homes - one of the best things I have ever done!
Visit the Anglican and Catholic cathedrals (both amongst the world’s greatest), make sure you get on the roof of the Anglican for stunning views and plan a lunch stop at the Philharmonic Pub near the Catholic which is just superb!
Visit St Georges Hall - one of the finest buildings in England, it makes the Acropolis in Athens look unimpressive.
Make sure you see the pier Head and Cunard India and Liver buildings - superb architecture, maybe combine with ferry across the Mersey.
Take a trip to the Cavern Club and walk up Matthew Street - ideally go to the club at night and be amazed at the atmosphere.
I wouldn’t be worried about my car in the slightest and Liverpool is an absolute joy to drive around compared to London, Manchester, Cardiff and many other cities. Little traffic, easy to navigate and easy to park.
Best of all you will find LIverpool one of the friendliest cities you will ever visit. I absolutely love the city and you are frankly in one of the world’s great musical cities so savour being in the birthplace of the greatest rock band in history!