Liverpool

Whether you want culture, heritage or entertainment, you will find it all and more as well as a warm welcome in this vibrant, energetic city that Rough Guide has ranked 4th in the world for its friendliness. When it is said that Liverpool is a pulsating, vibrant city, it is said with honesty because with a reputation as being the World Capital of Pop and the birthplace of The Beatles, it can easily be inferred the pumping energy and creativity that radiates through the city.

Music fanatics around the world descend on Liverpool to pay homage to one of Britain's most beloved and iconic musical acts: The Beatles. Yes, Liverpool is the birthplace of the music magic and history that was created when Ringo, John, George and Paul came together, and it is therefore within this city that you can follow in their footsteps and learn about their story. Headlining attractions that have all the fans making the pilgrimage to Liverpool include The Beatles Story, which is a visitor attraction entirely dedicated to the Fab Four and showcases all manner of memrobilia. Moreover, for particular eager fans, the Magical Mystery Tour which consists of an invigorating two-hour tour showcasing iconic Beatles locations including Strawberry Field cannot be missed, nor can the opportunity to take a tour of John & Paul's childhood homes!

However, if it is not music that has visitors flocking in droves on Liverpool, then it is most certainly the powerful allure of Liverpool Football Club. Show your passion and pride by taking a stadium tour or by visiting the engaging Liverpool FC museum.

It is not just the spirit of music or football that radiates throughout Liverpool, there is also a strong sense of heritage due to Liverpool's unique UNESCO World Heritage status. When it comes to the cultural attractions that Liverpool hosts, the magnitude of Liverpool's museum and gallery scene can only be fully understood when you consider that as a collection, it is only second to the mighty metropolis of London. Between the seven headlining national museums, including the World Museum and the Museum of Liverpool, there is so much rich culture and history to be unearthed in Liverpool. However, as residence to the internationally renowned Tate Liverpool, which holds the finest in global modern art, it is clear its arts scene is not fledgling either.

Another cultural wonder in this mezmerizing city is the largest cathedral in Britain, Liverpool Cathedral, which is a source of permanent admiration. While free to enter, a Tower tour of the magnificent cathedral is certainly recommended; the views of the vivacious and dynamic city that lies 100m below are certainly worth it. A prestigious visitor attraction in itself, there is always one major event or another being held which is worth witnessing.

For the latest trends, style & fashion, look no further than the ultimate retail metropolis of Liverpool One. An open-air shopping district right in the heart of the city, it hosts over 160 of the nation's most beloved brands ranging from the affordable budget to the indulgent designer. For a truly luxurious shopping experience, check out the Merchant Quarter which is the decadent home to the finest restaurants and designer brands including the likes of  Hugo Boss. While Liverpool has its share of the usual shopping suspects in the city centre, it is also renowned for its collection of inspiring and unique independent retailers which line the magnificent Victorian Wayfarers Shopping Arcade and Bold Street; the illustrious home of independent retailers and restaurateurs.

If Liverpool is known for anything, it is for its energetic and pumping nightlife. Known as the World Capital of Pop, it is no surprise that music plays a crucial part in creating that buzz and bass that emanates from Liverpool. From the  mammoth Echo Arena which has been graced by world-class acts such as Dame Shirley Bass and Beyonce , to the iconic Cavern Club where the Fab Four began their illustrious careers themselves,  it is clear your ears are in for a musical treat. However, there is no shortage of drama either with the Everyman, Playhouse and Empire theatres being responsible for introducing the likes of the mighty talents of Julie Walters to the world. 

For both daytime and nightime entertainment, the Albert Dock is the place to hit as Liverpool's showcase area. There is no greater symbol of heritage than this animated yet historic dock which is one of Britain's top heritage attractions. Once a fully-operating dock in 1846, Albert Dock is now a top visitor attraction where all manner of fun and history can be found in the form of top museums and galleries (including the Tate Liverpool) alongside a plentiful supply of quirky and delectable cafes & restaurants; making it the ultimate place to visit for both day and night.

Moreover, a leading UK business destination due to its global perspective and its excellent amenities, it is no surprise that Liverpool is accustomed to hosting a vast array of major conferences and meetings. Nothing symbolises Liverpool's esteemed position in the global business ranks quite like its International Festival for Business which is an opportune place to engage in some lucrative business networking.

The magnitude of Liverpool's museum and gallery scene can only be fully understood when you consider that as a collection, it is only second to the mighty metropolis of London. 
 
Between the seven headlining national museums, including the World Museum and the Museum of Liverpool, there is so much rich culture and history to be unearthed in Liverpool. 
 
However, as residence to the internationally renowned Tate Liverpool, which holds the finest in global modern art, it is clear its arts scene is not fledgling either.

Therefore, whether you are a passionate Liverpool F.C. fan; looking for a piece of fine art in the Tate Liverpool; wanting to follow in the steps of Lennon & Co. or are wanting to soak up some knowledge from seven National Museums, Liverpool has it all and more. It certainly requries more than a day trip, so when you are in need of a place to rest your head in this buzzing cosmopolitan city, look no further than "The Apartment Collection - By The Spires".