Places to Visit in Liverpool in A Day

by Alice
Simone in Liverpool

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.

simone with the beatles

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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

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Places to visit in Liverpool – The museums

Liverpool Museum

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!
Simone in liverpool museum

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.

the tate liverpoolArt piece with Alice at the Tate LiverpoolSimone at the Tate LiverpoolSimone wondering at Tate Liverpool

Game of words at Tate LiverpoolAlice at the tate liverpool

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

Waterfront Liverpool boat in front of Tate Liverpool

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.

vegan menu at brasco loungebrasco loungecounter at brasco lounge

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. food at mowgli liverpoolThey 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
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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 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.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport

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!
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Megan 24 May 2017 - 21 h 38 min

Wonderful post! It’s never really occurred to me to make a stop in Liverpool, but this looks really interesting. The interior of the Mowgli looks amazing, and the Cavern looks like a really cool stop, too. Thanks!

Simone Cardillo 29 May 2017 - 19 h 01 min

Believe me, i want to get back to spend a couple of good days ’cause the vibe was very positive.
Also because i’ve got to buy a Beatles t’shirt!

LC 10 June 2017 - 13 h 33 min

Aaaaaah Liverpool does look cool. I quite fancied the Tate, but then modern art can be fun (or, fun to make fun of!). I know what you mean about being over hotels too. And there is something real nice about places on the water. It’s really quite fortuitous that Liverpool became a tourist hub so it didn’t suffer a similar fate of other port cities in the UK.

Alice Cardy 10 June 2017 - 14 h 09 min

It is really cool! Same, the Tate was a fun experience for us, even though we’re not well-versed in modern art! Totally agree with you about the fact that it didn’t suffer as much as other port cities, it really is a place where you have a easy-living feeling 🙂

Caroline 10 June 2017 - 15 h 01 min

I’m so glad you enjoyed your brief visit to my city! There’s a lot to do but it looks like you managed to see plenty in a day.

Alice Cardy 10 June 2017 - 23 h 40 min

We really did, it was a great day and we’d love to come back another time to see more!

Emily 10 June 2017 - 19 h 42 min

Really glad you enjoyed your time in Liverpool! I went to University there and I must say it was a great city to be a student in! I love the culture and the vibrancy of the city. Plus the people are super friendly too!

Alice Cardy 10 June 2017 - 23 h 40 min

I imagine it must be a great place to study!

Jill at Reading the Book 10 June 2017 - 22 h 36 min

Liverpool is a great city for a day trip! I really like open top bus tours, too – they are a great way to get your bearings and find out what you want to explore in more detail. And you have to love any city that has a yellow submarine outside its airport!!

Alice Cardy 10 June 2017 - 23 h 42 min

Yes, right?! I had even forgotten about the yellow submarine outside the airport because I only saw it when we arrived, and I was half sleeping already….. Open top bus tours are definitely great, I should do them everywhere!

Marsha Derevianko 11 June 2017 - 16 h 21 min

Awww love how you use HappyCow too! I’m also vegan and love discovering all the vegan places all over the world! Sounds like a good day you’ve had, and saw so much!

Alice Cardy 11 June 2017 - 16 h 43 min

Yes, HappyCow is such a great tool! Sounds like we love the same kind of traveling 😉 It was definitely a great day!

Melissa 13 June 2017 - 4 h 05 min

It looks like you had an awesome time! The weather looked beautiful, and I love your photos of Liverpool.

Alice Cardy 13 June 2017 - 14 h 05 min

Thank you Melissa, we did have a great time!

George, St Petersburg tours 14 June 2017 - 11 h 39 min

Beautiful city, beautiful photos! Thank you!
You’re lucky )

Alice Cardy 14 June 2017 - 11 h 42 min

Thank you George !

Voyage au Vietnam 19 June 2017 - 5 h 40 min

Très bon choix. J’ai bien visité Mancherster mais j’ai un faible pour Liverpool. On aimerait y retourner un jour pour les découvrir plus en profondeur.

Alice Cardy 19 June 2017 - 17 h 19 min

J’aimerais bien visiter Manchester, aussi. Tu me la conseilles? Et nous aussi on retournerait bien à Liverpool!

Victoria 5 February 2018 - 16 h 12 min

Liverpool looks like a great city. I’ve not ever actually been there but would love to visit one day. You’re pictures look so god too! Thanks for sharing!


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