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Liverpool is a reminder that when it comes to cutting edge art and a lively cultural scene, there's more to the UK than London. You can take in historic and contemporary masterpieces, and then of course there's the city architecture and iconic quarters like the Waterfront area, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Art galleries

 

Art lovers will discover a rich range of galleries across the city, from grand showrooms displaying old world masterpieces to modern industrial buildings housing the latest in creative ideas.

 

Tate Liverpool

 

Based beside the shimmering waters at the Albert Dock, and situated inside an old, imposing red-brick warehouse, the Tate Liverpool hosts one of the biggest collections of contemporary artwork in the country. With a regular turn-around of temporary exhibitions - displaying works from the likes of Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol - and a strong permanent collection, the Tate is sure to scratch everyone’s arty-itch.

 

Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB. Tel:+44 151 702 7400

 

Tate Liverpool website
Walker Art Gallery

 

On the more traditional side, the Walker Art Gallery - established in 1877 and based in an immense Neo-Classical building - displays work of the Old Masters, including Rembrandt, Poussin, and Degas. There’s also a strong focus on Pre-Raphaelite works, and a vast sculpture gallery full of smooth-white marble statues and busts. As a stately trip back in time, it has few rivals in the region.

 

William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL. Tel:+44 151 478 4199

 

Walker Art Gallery website

 

Museums

 

Whether you want to get to grips with Liverpool’s sporting history, maritime heritage, or musical legacy, you’ll find it all in the city’s spectrum of museums.

 

Museum of Liverpool

 

Established in 2011, this museum is based by Pier Head and situated in a striking, jagged, postmodern. It houses over 6,000 objects which tell the tale of Liverpool, its people, and its global importance. Divided into themed zones, the exhibits will take you through ancient neolithic settlements to the industrial revolution, using everything from costume and decorative art to oral testimonies and archaeological finds.

 

Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG. Tel:+44 151 478 4545

 

Museum of Liverpool website

 

The Beatles Story

 

You can't visit the city that gave us the world's most famous rock band without checking out this celebration of John, Paul, Ringo and George. This immersive experience takes you through the history of the Fab Four, reminding visitors of the hits, the artworks, and the sheer hysteria of Beatlemania.

 

Kings Dock Street, Liverpool L3 4AD. Tel:+44 151 709 1963

 

The Beatles Story website

 

Historic sights

 

If you want to appreciate impressive architecture or marvel at historically significant landmarks, Liverpool has you covered - from the elegant Neo-Classical St. George’s Hall to the near-sacred Anfield football ground. This is another must-see…

 

Liverpool Cathedral

 

Liverpool Cathedral is the largest in the UK and the 5th largest in the world, stretching into the sky with striking, intricately-designed Gothic revival towers. Wander through the vast halls, appreciating the colossal sandstone columns, the smaller offset chapels, and the mighty, gold-washed high altar. Of particular interest is the west window - a mass of vibrant colours that steadily reveal a picture the further you step away from it.

 

St James Mt, Liverpool L1 7AZ. Tel:+44 151 709 6271

 

Liverpool Cathedral website

 

Performing arts

 

Liverpool takes its proud cultural heritage and plugs it into its contemporary performing arts scene - not only in larger theatres like the Empire, but in its diverse mix of small independent venues and community-orientated programmes.

 

The Lantern Theatre

 

Situated near the Waterfront, the Lantern Theatre provides an exceptional array of performing arts right in the centre of Liverpool. This small, family-run spot is set in a converted warehouse, bringing a cool, bohemian vibe to the venue, and making it the perfect place to view new and genre-defying theatre. The cosy stage and seating space adds an intimate gloss to the performances, and the friendly, fully stocked theatre bar is an ideal area to meet and mingle with the directors and actors.

 

57 Blundell Street, Liverpool L1 0AJ. Tel:+44 151 703 0000

 

The Lantern Theatre website