Music, sport and pop culture pilgrims are very welcome in the vibrant and popular city of Liverpool.
Get 50% off Dreamworks Lights tickets with TransPennine Express. Arriving in the UK for the very first time, join us for an Ogreriffic walkthrough experience at the iconic St. George’s Hall in Liverpool. With illuminating surprises awaiting you around every corner, come along and meet Shrek, Alex, Po and friends at DreamWorks Lights this Christmas. For T&Cs and to buy tickets, check out here.
Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival
Everyone's favourite Ice Festival returns for another year! Join in this winter for the return of the enchanting Ice Festival at the new venue of Liverpool's Pier Head, which will be transformed into a winter wonderland.
Grab your skates! The open air Ice Rink is the ideal destination for some winter fun. Don't worry; if ice skating isn't your forte, there's some handy penguin skate aids to help you glide a little more gracefully across the rink! Open to over-3s.
Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival is proudly home to the UK's largest ever real Ice Slide! This year the fun has been supersized with an extra run, so there's three super speedy 30m runs, 6m above the park. Experience the buzz of skimming along at an exhilarating pace, while taking in the whole view of the Ice Festival (tip: it's prettiest in the evening!).
From 1 December – 3 January, Liverpool city centre will be transformed into a festive spectacle by the return of the Snowflake Trail; the city’s very own winter festival of spectacular light and sound that will capture the imagination of young and old alike. Read the story specially created for you to follow the trail to find sculptural snowflakes and see local landmarks transformed by dazzling lights, swirling soundscapes and interactive illustrations.
Now in its 11th year, Liverpool's Christmas Market is to have a spectacular new home outside the iconic St George's Hall. Get into the holiday spirit and enjoy chestnuts roasting on an open fire, mistletoe, mulled wine and many more festive fancies as Liverpool’s Christmas market moves to St George’s Plateau.
Boasting a recent award-winning rebuild, Liverpool's famous 'for the people' theatre stages productions throughout the year, ranging from daring takes on Shakespeare to modern greats such as Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale. Julie Walters, David Morrissey and Jonathan Price are among the stellar talents to tread the boards over the years. With two bar and restaurant areas and regular live music, the Everyman is a night out in itself and something that should be a priority on your ‘things to do’ list. Don't forget the Liverpool Playhouse, the Everyman's sister theatre for more classical fare.
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There are so many things to do in Liverpool. If you love real ale or craft beer, the city’s beautiful Georgian Quarter – all university buildings, old pubs and period townhouses – is the place to go. There are half a dozen excellent pubs on these streets and most provide a range of local brews, irresistible cheap eats and frequent live music. Peter Kavanagh’s, The Belvedere and Ye Cracke are popular choices, but The Caledonia is possibly the best of the lot. Commended by CAMRA, The Caledonia is a great pick-me-up in between sight-seeing or a place to finish the day with a pint and live music.
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Liverpool’s Chinatown, extending beyond its eye-catching arch into cosmopolitan Berry Street is a vibrant area packed full of bustling bars and street-food hang-outs.Eat Italian, Japanese, Chinese - or even Spanish at the newest eatery on the block. Roja Pinchos takes its cue from the Iberian style of eating street food on skewers. Choose from a buffet-style menu that changes every day, delight in the hearty flavours packed into delicate morsels, tot up your skewers and pay accordingly.
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Rub shoulders with students, bohemians and artists at Mowgli, the newest addition to Bold Street - Liverpool’s alternative shopping area. It’s run by authentic 'curry evangelist' Nisha Katona and offers tapas-style Indian street food with the X-factor, including yoghurt bombs that explode with flavour when popped in the mouth and crackling, spicy gunpowder chicken. With its exposed-beam and tattooed-staff ambiance, it's one of Liverpool's top attractions if you’re looking for the coolest places to eat.
Head up to Liverpool’s Ropewalks area for the best independent shops, the most innovative restaurants and the trendiest bars in the city. Visit for the live music, events and markets. Take in FACT, a museum dedicated to new media and art. Or just go for the bustle of a resurgent city in its alternative shopping area - Bold Street. Just 20 years ago the area was mainly derelict: now it’s a thriving hub for Liverpool’s artists, artisans and caffeine fiends. Try Bold Street Coffee and Leaf for the best examples of Liverpool’s popular cafe culture.
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Realise your dream of being an astronaut (and don't pretend you didn't!) at Liverpool's amazing and incredible space travel experience. Take the kids and try to remember that you're a grown-up!
Liverpool Cycle Tours
If you are keen to explore the Liverpool sights whilst burning calories and lowering your your carbon footprint, Liverpool Cycle Tours offer a great way to get around and provide a bike free of charge for the duration of the tour! www.liverpoolcycletours.com
If you start humming the Gerry and the Pacemakers classic at the mere mention of the Mersey Ferry then you must go on it to get it out of your system!Buy tickets