Destination of the Month - Liverpool

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With unique attractions, exciting events, world class sport, unrivalled musical heritage and famously warm welcomes, Liverpool is the ideal destination to visit and explore. Culture and heritage are at the very heart of the city. 

Liverpool is a city steeped in maritime history and in July 2004, Liverpool received the UNESCO World Heritage accolade as a Maritime Mercantile City, reflecting the significance of the city as a commercial port at the time of Britain’s greatest global influence. The World Heritage Site stretches along the waterfront from Albert Dock, through the Pier Head, up to Stanley Dockand through the commercial districts of the Ropewalks area to St George’s Hall. These beautiful docks and warehouses are now home to a variety of exciting shops, restaurants, exhibitions and museums.

Ferries cruise the waterfront of Liverpool, where the iconic mercantile buildings known as the ‘Three Graces’ – Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building – stand on the Pier. One of the most poignant symbols of the Liverpool Blitz is the shell of St Luke’s Church, now known as ‘The Bombed Out Church’, which was hit by an incendiary bomb on 5 May 1941. The church was gutted but remained standing strong and is a stark reminder of what the city endured during this time.

Liverpool has more museums and art galleries than any UK city outside of London. The Walker Art Gallery rivals any in Europe and showcases renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the world.  The Museum of Liverpool is a modern landmark building on the iconic waterfront  and is where visitors can explore the city’s unique geography, history and culture. Spaceport is an inspirational journey through space and science. Tate Liverpool is the home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the north. The gallery stages a changing programme of special exhibitions throughout the year, which bring together artworks from all over the world. In recent years artists featured in Tate Liverpool’s special exhibitions have included Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, René Magritte and Claude Monet.  At the Merseyside Maritime Museum you can explore Liverpool’s maritime heritage and take some time to learn about Liverpool’s history of slave trade at the International Slavery Museum

Music became an escape for the people of Liverpool and in 1960, one of the Liverpool’s most famous exports was born, The Beatles. Located in the stunning Albert Dock, The  Beatles Story which tells the story of four of the city’s most famous residents who shook music and the world forever. Combine this leap into musical history with a trip on the Magical Mystery Tour which will take you to Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane.  The city became the centre of ‘The Mersey Beat’ thanks to The Cavern Club which opened in 1957.

Placed between Liverpool and North Wales is the Wirral Peninsula which is ideal for walks and  outdoor activities. One of the most beautiful areas on the Wirral is Port Sunlight.  A visit to this Museum will delve you into the unique story of why William Hesketh built this 130-acre village for the Sunlight Soap workers in 1888 and how his company formed the foundations of what Unilever is today. Port Sunlight is also home to the Lady Lever Art Gallery which has an impressive collection of the finest and most beautiful Chinese tapestries and ceramics.

Crosby Beach is a must-see on any trip to Liverpool where you can see ‘Another Place’, a sculpture creation by Anthony Gormley. Another Place consists of 100 cast-iron life size figures which are spread out along three kilometres of the shore and stretch one kilometre out to sea. This is a unique attraction well worth visiting but it is subject to tide times.

Liverpool is home to the Premier League Football Clubs Liverpool FC and Everton FC. For the football fan, take a stadium tour including a visit of an interactive museum depicting the past and present of football. The region is also home to England’s Golf Coast, with no fewer than three Royal Links courses which have hosted endless Open Championship and Ryder Cups. These include Royal Birkdale, Royal Liverpool and Wallasey Golf Club. For horse-racing, there are Aintree and Haydock racecourses where top-quality racing events are held, including the world famous Grand National Festival at Aintree each Spring.

In 2018 there are an abundance of ACTIVITIES and EVENTS scheduled in Liverpool:

The Terracotta Warriors Exhibition (February to October 2018)

Planned for a run of more than six months, from February to October 2018, visitors to the World Museum will be given a glimpse into the extraordinary story of Qin Shihuangdi, the First Emperor of China (221 to 206 BC). His vast burial site and tomb complex was discovered near Xi’an in North West China in 1974. The story of the tomb’s Terracotta Warriors will be displayed alongside important artefacts and research relating to the formative years of the Chinese nation, from the pre-unification Qin Kings (307 to 221 BC) to the First Emperor’s legacy in the Han Dynasty (206BC to 220AD).

The Tate,  30th Birthday 2018 (1st April 2018 – 17th March 2019)

Tate Liverpool marks its 30th anniversary with exhibitions by two giants of modern art: Egon Schiele and Fernand Léger as well as a number of free displays. The gallery will also play a central role in the tenth edition of the Liverpool Biennial.

The Tall Ships Regatta (25th-28th  May 2018)

An international fleet of tall ships takes over the city of Liverpool for Tall Ships Liverpool 2018, the start of the 2018 Biscay Tall Ships Regatta. This event will offer a fantastic opportunity for visitors to step aboard many beautiful tall ships from across the world while thousands of crew members meet and compete with their counterparts, bringing international friendship and culture to the forefront of what is sure to be an event like no other.   

International Mersey River Festival (June 2018)

Is a celebration of Liverpool's wonderful and historic waterfront in a completely free three day extravaganza of family fun, amazing music and entertainment along the iconic River Mersey.   The festival sees the visit of everything from narrow boats and tall ships, to polo tournaments, jet skiing demonstrations, have-a-go water sports sessions and thrillingly heart-stopping air displays.  There's also always a great music element to the festival with a great mix of household names and home grown talent.

‘Giants’ poised to return for Summer 2018 linking Liverpool with the Wirral

Jean-Luc Courcoults’ Giant Marionettes are possibly returning to Liverpool once again, as part of a series of events  to celebrate 10 years of European City of Culture. 

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