With two direct trains an hour from Manchester to Liverpool, it’s never been easier to have a 48-hour getaway in this rewarding city. Jumping off at Liverpool Lime Street Station, you’re right in the thick of it. And it’s breakfast time, so we recommend taking the short walk to the superb Moose Coffee on nearby Dale Street, for American-style pancakes or waffles breakfast topped with bacon and maple syrup.
Liverpool Town Hall, built around 1749, is just a minute away and offers fabulous examples of late Georgian architecture. Liverpool had some of the world’s best neo-classical architecture and St George’s Hall, built around 1841, is also worth a visit.
Although she sailed from Southampton, The Titanic had strong links with Liverpool, Captain Smith was based in Merseyside for 40 years and at least 90 members of the crew were from the area. You can get the full story at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
For a spot of lunch try Bakchich, it serves Levantine street food, which is a mix of shawarma wraps, falafel and char-grilled meat. Alternatively do as the local creatives do and head to Baltic Bakehouse for a high-quality sandwich – there’s a lovely mix of grilled cheeses, chicken and cold-proved white sourdough on offer.
The delights of the Liverpool Waterfront area await, with Tate Liverpool and the Albert Dock to explore along with a host of shops. Don’t forget Liverpool’s Chinatown – it was the first in Europe and with a Chinese community of over 10,000, it’s a vibrant and exciting area. At 15 metres high, its Imperial Arch is the tallest outside China.
Completed in 1978, Liverpool Cathedral is the largest Anglican cathedral in the UK and must be seen to really comprehend its sheer scale. Its Norman architecture is wonderfully juxtaposed by its Roman Catholic counterpart, the very modern-looking and crown-like Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
If you feel more like soaking up a little of Liverpool’s glitz and glam, head over to the London Carriage Works on Hope Street. It’s a lovely place to grab a posh coffee. The Cavern Quarter offers not just the famous Cavern Club but is also home to some premium shopping. Cricket provides fashion advice as well as selling the season’s hottest collections, and Vivienne Westwood and Weavers Door are well worth a look.
Cake and tea is in order afterwards and Cuthbert’s Bakehouse is a local favourite. Coffee Walnut, Crunchy Tiffin, Triple Layer Red Velvet, Billionaire Shortbread – the list is long and scrumptious. The perfect way to conclude a perfect weekend.