When we went to Rome from Belfast for a wedding and there was no direct flight back to Belfast, we decided to spend a day in Liverpool and discover this city. We had no idea what we could do for a day in Liverpool but we ended up having a lot of fun!
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A day in Liverpool: Places to visit, Where to Eat, Where to sleep
Best way to see Liverpool sightseeings: Hop-on Hop-off Bus
We figured the best way to make the most of just a day in Liverpool would be to see the city from the top deck of the hop-on hop-off bus so we went to go and buy our tickets. We both got student tickets at 8£ each (11£ otherwise) so we felt it pretty worth it! The whole tour took 52 min and was very agreeable. It gave us a good idea of what the city was made of, you get to see a lot of the city and learn interesting facts, we really liked it. The incredible sunny weather definitely didn’t hurt! As it was short, we did the whole tour then hopped off at the stop closest to the Cavern Club, the must stop for Simone
The Cavern Club: THE place you cannot miss in Liverpool
The Cavern Club is particularly famous because The Beatles performed there countless times. Climb down a few flight of stairs and you’ll enter this pretty cool place — out of this world. It really makes you plunge into another time and atmosphere, even in the middle of the day. Great mood. You can have a drink, just hang around and listen to the cover band playing, buy a few memorabilia… Don’t rush and take the time to really enjoy the place.
Psssst! If you’re into the Beatles, you might want to take a Beatles and Sighseeing tour of Liverpool or live the whole Beatles Story Experience. | Check reviews and price on Viator
Places to visit in Liverpool – The museums
At that point, we had to decide what to do with the few hours that we had left before having to go to the airport. We ended up deciding to give museums a shot – especially the free ones – and headed towards Liverpool Museum. The setting immediately made us think of Ulster Museum in Belfast, but it was not as good. Actually, it’s probably a very fun museum for kids, but we found it
too « all over the place ». There’s a ton of things – everywhere. It actually makes it difficult to understand what’s going on where, and your senses are really assaulted to the point where you don’t want to be spending too much time in there. Make special note of the incredible « karaoke room
» in the middle of the museum, where you can exhaust yourself singing like idiots without any trouble (they probably assumed we were drunk – we weren’t – but who cares?!). The cherry on top of the cake!
The Tate Liverpool
Second Museum stop : the Tate
. Modern art isn’t really our thing, so it’s hard for us to give any real indication on the quality of the place. We went over the place in the quite fast pace, but we had a good time
. Some of the pieces we really liked, some we didn’t understand at all (see the faces of Simone below!), but it was a nice stop
Take a walk by Liverpool waterfront for a pretty sight
After that we didn’t have a lot of time left, so we decided to stroll by the waterfront. The weather was great so it was really relaxing. On our way back to the hotel to get our luggages, the city center seemed really busy and lively, with a fair number of bands playing in the streets. It was very pleasant and we wouldn’t have minded spending more than a day in Liverpool!
If you have more time: Book your ticket for the Mersey Ferry and enjoy 50 minutes of exploring the present and past of the Mersey river. | Check reviews and price of TripAdvisor
Where to eat vegan in Liverpool
Vegan-friendly Breakfast at Brasco Lounge
We started by having breakfast at vegan-friendly Brasco Lounge
on the water front. It’s a very cute place, with mismatched furniture, board games and a very nice counter. You can expect a full vegan menu
including pastries, and they also have a full gluten free menu.
Lunch at vegan-friendly Mowgli
Once we extricated ourselves from the club, we started to feel… hungry (we know, it’s not very surprising for us!). After a quick check on happy cow, we decided to give the vegan-friendly Mowgli a try. They have a full vegan menu (less long than the standard one, but with an amply satisfying number of options). We strongly recommend you give that place a try if Indian food is your thing, because we found it amazing. First, the place in itself is gorgeous – the « jungle » feel is well done and makes you feel right at home. Also, the food is delicious, surprising and filling. We both ordered what’s considered starters, and also a « main dish » each with a side of Puri for two, and were absolutely satisfied with the portions.
Vegan and heading to Italy soon? You might want to read our guide on how to eat vegan in Rome – even the traditional places!
A day in Liverpool: Where to sleep on a budget
We’re quite over hostels so Simone looked for a cheap but central hotel to sleep at for our only night there. He found a crazy deal on booking.com
with a 40% discount to stay at the Z Hotel Liverpool
. While our room was small, it totally did its job and we had a great night. It was clean and practical with complimentary water, tea, and coffee. What made it absolutely perfect though is the location
. Z Hotel is in the heart of Liverpool
, only a few meters away from the Cavern Club
and a few minutes from the bay.
How to get to Liverpool airport from Liverpool city center
To go to the airport, we took the bus 500 from the bus station Liverpool One. It cost us 2,20£ per person and took around 40min.
Is is worth it to go visit Liverpool in only a day?
Absolutely yes! Liverpool city center has super nice vibes, it’s cute and lively, and we really liked that the water was preponderant. We loved our day in Liverpool and recommend the city for any short break!