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Basic information

  • Area: 111.84 km² (43.2 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +44151
  • Currency: Pound Sterling - GBP (£)
  • Population (EST): 434,900
  • Official language: English
  • Time Zone: GMT (UTC+0)

Liverpool – Overview

Liverpool has emerged as one of the best city break destinations in the whole of the UK offering a unique range of things to do for visitors. A centre of maritime, artistic and sporting excellence, Liverpool's successful crowning as the European Capital of Culture in 2008 led a cultural renaissance that was underpinned by its unrivaled architecture and heritage, including its world-famous waterfront, itself named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The magnificent architecture of the waterfront is complimented by more listed buildings and monuments than any other UK city outside London reinforcing the city's reputation as a place of true aesthetic excellence.

Liverpool is arguably best known for The Beatles and their unique legacy can be seen all over the city. Places like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields are established on a popular tourist trail which attracts thousands of fans from around the world. You can take a Magical Mystery Tour, visit the Beatles Story museum, or even go to the Cavern Club.

A trip to the city by the River Mersey will reveal there's more to it than The Fab Four, however. Liverpool has a unique claim to fame as home to more museums and galleries than any other UK city outside London. Attractions include Tate Liverpool, located at the beautifully restored Albert Dock on the waterfront, which is one of the UK's largest galleries of modern art.

Just as impressive is The Walker, the national gallery of the North, and the unique Merseyside Maritime Museum, where the region's rich maritime heritage is marked in a series of stunning displays and exhibitions.

Liverpool also has more than its fair share of cathedrals, with two huge places of worship dominating the city's skyline.

The city's nightlife is also an extraordinary feature of the city, attracting party goers from around Europe. Elsewhere in Merseyside, numerous other attractions abound including some of the best golf courses in the UK, Country & Coastal Parks and breathtaking Historic Houses.

Just like its maritime trade in the 19th century and The Beatles in the 20th century, the European Capital of Culture title and World Heritage Status have helped put Liverpool on the international map, so why not come and discover what makes this a place you'll never forget.

Compiled with the kind assistance of
The Mersey Partnership - www.merseyside.org.uk