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Music, sport and pop culture pilgrims are very welcome in the vibrant and popular city of Liverpool.
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