Liverpool is a popular port town with a long and rich history, but it's arguably most widely known for its influence on the world of music. It was the original home of the Beatles, but that's just the beginning of its numerous musical offerings. Since the Beatles' time, several notable musicians and labels have risen from within Liverpool's city limits. You can explore this rich history and musical splendour by visiting the 10 best musical attractions in Liverpool. Check out the top musical destinations this city has to offer.

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    The Cavern Club

    See live performances in the Beatles' top club

    The Cavern Club is an iconic music venue, pub and lounge that hosts up-and-coming and established artists on the stage that gave the Beatles their break. When you visit this club, you'll find yourself in the cradle of British pop music where you might see a new artist before they make it big. This venue is split into 3 different sections. You'll find the Cavern Club, the Cavern Live Lounge and the Cavern Pub. All of them offer live performances, though the Cavern Live Lounge is a bit more laid back, and the Cavern Pub is located across the street. You'll find it all just south of Moorfields Station.

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    Location: 10 Mathew St, Liverpool L2 6RE, UK

    Open: Friday–Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm (closed Monday–Thursday)

    Phone: +44 (0)1512 369091

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    The Beatles Story

    Explore the history of Liverpool's most famous band

    • History

    The Beatles Story on the Royal Albert Dock is a popular museum that showcases the history of this popular band including recreations of popular points throughout their career. Additionally, you'll find several important artefacts like John Lennon's glasses and George Harrison's first guitar. Several locations were recreated within the museum, such as the Cavern Club, the Casbah Coffee Club and Abbey Road Studios. Among the exhibits, you'll also find information detailing the solo careers of each member as well as the British Invasion overall.

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    Location: Britannia Vaults Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1517 091963

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    British Music Experience

    Venture through the history of British music

    • History

    The British Music Experience is a comprehensive museum that houses costumes, instruments and memorabilia showcasing the history of British music. You'll find several items from icons like Freddie Mercury and Dusty Springfield along with the Spice Girls. The museum is located within the Cunard Building, one of Liverpool’s Three Graces. Within this museum, you can enjoy a hands-on experience in the Gibson Interactive Studio section. Several instruments are available including guitars, drum kits and keyboards. The museum has a dance instructor who can help you make your own dance video. To top it all off, you can see a state-of-the-art hologram performance.

    Location: British Music Music Experience, Cunard Building, Liverpool L3 1DS, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1515 190915

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    Liverpool Philharmonic

    See a professional symphony orchestra

    The Liverpool Philharmonic is a royal orchestra society based in the Knowledge Quarter that offers an extensive programme of events and live concerts with more than 400 each year. These events aren't solely performances by the orchestra, so expect a bit of variety in their offerings. Artists from all over the world flock to this venue to perform on the location's impressive stage with its iconic acoustics. You'll find several genres on display including jazz, folk, pop, rock and even comedy and film at times.

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    Location: Philharmonic Hall, Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BP, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1517 093789

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    The Everyman Bistro

    Enjoy dinner and a show

    The Everyman Bistro is a celebrated restaurant just southwest of the University of Liverpool that’s known for its delicious food, impressive drink selection and live musical performances. This bistro doesn't host typical live music that you can find in a variety of different restaurants, however, as it has its own theatre. This theatre hosts a variety of different kinds of performances, but its youth arts programme is particularly impressive. No matter what kind of show you see, you can expect some of the best technical performances, productions, directing and acting.

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    Location: The Everyman Theatre, 5-11 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BH, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1517 094776

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    Studio2

    Grab a drink with some live music

    Studio2 is a popular and historic establishment for those looking for a relaxing night with delicious drinks and food complemented by live music. It’s located just north of Chinatown and has been graced by legends like The Smiths, Black Sabbath and Björk before they started booking stadiums. The live music these days tends to focus on jazz, swing and blues, but you may find a bit more variety on certain nights. The cocktails are also quite iconic, as the drink selection is impressive with something to satisfy everyone no matter what your tastes are.

    Location: 33-45 Parr St, Liverpool L1 4JN, UK

    Open: Sunday from 7 pm to 2 am (closed rest of the week)

    Phone: +44 (0)7793 463199

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    The Zanzibar Club

    Visit a club that focuses on rock music

    The Zanzibar Club is a nightclub and live music venue that focuses primarily on rock and alternative music rather than the standard electronic dance music of most clubs. Most of the performers here are unsigned bands, but quite a few popular bands played here before they made it big. Within the club, located just south of Liverpool Central Station, you'll find 2 main areas. You can head to the long and narrow dance floor, or you can relax in the raised seating area. This venue also has a cloakroom service for your convenience, and the price on the door is relatively low compared with other clubs in town.

    Location: 43 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4AZ, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1517 070633

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    Arts Club

    Visit a one-stop shop for your live music needs

    The Arts Club is an East Village venue with a comprehensive array of offerings that showcase not only live music but also art and dining. Be sure to check the calendar to see what's on, as the sheer variety of offerings can create very different experiences. No matter what kind of experience you're looking for, one of the constants here is a night filled with unforgettable fun. You'll find the music and art mainly focused on local artists, letting you get a taste for the essence of Liverpool, a city that has birthed so many musical legends.

    Location: 90 Seel St, Liverpool L1 4BH, UK

    Phone: +44 (0)1515 394110

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    The Jacaranda

    Stop by a legendary Allan Williams creation

    The Jacaranda is a popular music venue, record store and bar that continues the legacy of Allan Williams, the first manager of the Beatles. Live performances here are hosted nightly, and the club still manages to retain its Merseybeat atmosphere even after evolving with the times. When you visit this venue on the western edge of the Knowledge Quarter, you can relax as you enjoy the live music. Given its Merseybeat roots, most of the performances here are relatively laid back and relaxing while still being upbeat and fun. Additionally, the record store's selection is quite comprehensive, so you're sure to find something to your tastes.

    Location: 21-23 Slater St, Liverpool L1 4BW, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 1 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1517 082942

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    Invisible Wind Factory

    Explore an unforgettable warehouse venue

    The Invisible Wind Factory offers unique experiences, as they've transformed an old warehouse into a venue hosting a mix of unique musical and stage performances. The lighting is particularly impressive, as they implement the latest tech for stunning visuals you can't find elsewhere. Given the capabilities of the space, located just south of Nelson Dock, performing artists tend to take full advantage. You can enjoy musical performances that make use of props, special lighting, sleight of hand and other effects to create an unforgettable atmosphere and add a bit of magic to the night.

    Location: 3 Regent Rd, Liverpool L3 7DS, UK

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +44 (0)1512 363160

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