Liverpool for budget travellers is an exciting place to explore that's rich with history. Not only does it date back to the Bronze Age, but it was also the home of seminal moments in modern history. It is, after all, the city that produced the Beatles, who changed rock 'n' roll forever. 

    What many people don't know is that there are a lot of inexpensive attractions to enjoy in this lively city. If you're looking to explore Liverpool without breaking the bank, check out these great places you can visit to take your Liverpool experience to the next level of adventure, all while allowing you to save money.

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    Metropolitan Cathedral

    See magnificent religious architecture

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    Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool. Officially known as the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, the unmissable landmark carries the local nickname of Paddy's Wigwam. It's also the mother church of the Roman Catholic Liverpool Archdiocese. 

    The cathedral is a Grade II-listed building that's known for its unique and stunning architecture by Frederick Gibbard and was constructed between 1962 and 1967. The cathedral is highly unusual in its circular structure that allows for maximum viewing of the altar, and for the incorporation of the burial crypt of Sir Edwin Lutyens, the designer of one of the unrealized church concepts for the site from 1930.

    Location: Cathedral House, Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TQ, UK

    Open: Daily from 7.30 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 709 9222

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    Sefton Park

    Walk along elegant Victorian paths and gardens

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    Sefton Park is among the best-known parks in Liverpool and the most-loved by local residents. It's listed as a Grade I heritage location and covers 200 acres of land. The park was designed to maintain the appearance and surroundings of a natural landscape, but the elegant gardens and Victorian-era paths are immaculately maintained. In the spring, you'll see millions of daffodils casting a golden hue around the lake while a landscape carpeted with bluebells provides a sense of utter serenity. 

    The walking paths are lined with indigenous British trees, and you can boat on the lake, see statues of Peter Pan and Eros, and even enjoy a cup of tea at the local cafe. Don't forget to visit the completely restored, all-glass Palm House building as well.

    Location: Aigburth, Liverpool, Merseyside, L17 1AP, UK

    Open: 24/7

    Phone: +44 (0)151 233 2008

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    St George's Hall

    Explore 19th-century gardens and architecture

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    St George's Hall is easily accessible, sitting just opposite the Lime Street Station, and is at the heart of the city's UNESCO World Heritage site St George's Quarter. The hall is considered among the most stunning examples in the world of neoclassical architecture. Harry Potter fans will rejoice that it was also the site where parts of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016) were filmed, standing in for New York in the 1920s. 

    It hosts a wide variety of public (and free) events all year long, from guided tours to comedy shows and musical performances. The tours let you see hidden parts of the building that others rarely experience, combined with ghostly stories of cells and catacombs throughout.

    Location: St George's Place, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JJ, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 225 6909

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    Bluecoat

    Explore a creative hub of dance and art

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    The Bluecoat is the cultural and artistic hub of Liverpool. It's in a 300-year-old Grade I-listed building at the heart of the city centre and hosts a broad range of artists, craftspeople, performers and creative activities year-round. 

    Here you can view paintings from some of the most important local artists, view a heritage display tracing the building's history, pick up boutique clothing and local arts and crafts, and even enjoy a meal at the on-site bistro. You can walk the galleries or relax in the colourful gardens with coffee and cakes. It's a creative haven in Liverpool with activities the whole family will enjoy.

    Location: School Lane, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 3BX, UK

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 702 5324

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    Williamson's Tunnels

    Discover a historical subterranean world

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    The expansive subterranean caverns that form the Williamson Tunnels in Liverpool are a mystery even today. They date to the 19th century, around the year 1817, when eccentric trader and tobacco merchant Joseph Williamson undertook a massive construction project connecting multiple buildings with a series of elaborate tunnels. 

    Legend has it that it was part of an end-of-days cult, but some scholars think it was a simple public works project to keep staff employed during a deep recession. It's still not known exactly how many tunnels there are, as they are still being excavated and the entire system has yet to be mapped.

    Location: The Old Stableyard, Smithdown Lane, Liverpool L7 3EE, UK

    Open: Thursday–Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 709 6868

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    Liverpool Central Library

    Discover why this local library is no ordinary library

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    The first thing that sets the Liverpool Central Library apart from other public libraries is its size. It's the largest of Liverpool's 22 libraries. It's housed in multiple buildings along William Brown Street, and all of the buildings are rich in history. These buildings date as far back as 1860 and once housed museums, former libraries and reading rooms. 

    Before the library became public, it was known as the Lyceum and served as a subscription library. Liverpool Central Library was awarded the 2018 Bookseller's Library of the Year Award, and while the services it operates are ultramodern, all of the historical features and atmosphere remain intact.

    Location: 1840 William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EW, UK

    Open: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 233 3069

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    Baltic Triangle

    Uncover unique street art

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    Liverpool's Baltic Triangle was once an industrial region of the city but today stands as a bohemian and alternative-culture hub where you can walk through warehouses around Jamaica Street to see unique indie businesses, casual eateries, art studios, and outdoor arts events. 

    The area is also ripe with stunning art by the most important street artists of the generation, including Paul Curtis' works such as the Liver Bird Wings on Jamaica Street and the Abbey Road mural on the side of Cains Brewery, and the works of Akse such as the portrait of Jürgen Klopp on Jordan Street and the Stephen Hawking Portrait on Parliament Street.

    Location: Baltic Triangle, Liverpool L1 0AH, UK

    Open: 24/7

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    FACT

    Take in a film or modern art exhibits

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    The 2 galleries and cinema at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, are a hidden gem of Liverpool. They're located in the Historic Ropewalks Quarter a few steps away from the area's famed Bold Street. It's the leading location for the promotion, support and exhibition of innovation in the arts, especially in film, video and new media. 

    FACT houses a broad showcase of artists from all over the world and seeks to increase knowledge of how new technologies are affecting humanity socially. Entry is 100% free and includes the 3 state-of-the-art cinemas, the innovative Box space and the Garden by Liverpool tea company LEAF. You can easily spend a day or more exploring this space.

    Location: 88 Wood Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4DQ, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 11 pm (galleries open from 11 am to 6 pm)

    Phone: +44 (0)151 707 4444

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    International Slavery Museum

    Explore an unsavoury and tragic part of history

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    The International Slavery Museum in Liverpool exists to increase the awareness and understanding of all forms of slavery throughout the world by offering exhibits, artefacts, documents, photos, lectures, research, and ongoing public engagement campaigns. The museum is known for active engagement regarding human rights issues both across history and up to the modern-day by challenging intolerance, fighting ignorance, and building partnerships across the entire world. 

    The museum first opened on 23 August 2007, the bicentennial of the abolition of slavery in Britain. Check out the moving and striking exhibits so you can understand where society has been and appreciate where it's going.

    Location: Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ, UK

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 478 4499

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    Open-Eye Gallery

    See insightful free photography exhibits

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    The Open Eye Gallery has been around since 1977 and is an outdoor nonprofit photography gallery that's considered one of the leading photography galleries in the entire UK. It's the only gallery that's dedicated strictly to photography and related media in England's North West region. 

    The gallery promotes the understanding and appreciation of photography by offering everyone the opportunity to experience innovative and unique examples of the art form. It's in the very heart of the revitalized Waterfront area of Mann Island, right next door to the Museum of Liverpool, and showcases outstanding rotating exhibits of international photographers along with a permanent archive dating to the 1930s.

    Location: 19 Mann Island, Waterfront, Liverpool, Merseyside L3 1BP, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)151 236 6768

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