Liverpool has always been one of Britain’s major ports – a few hundred years ago almost half the world's trade passed through here. This history has helped make the city one of the most culturally interesting and diverse destinations in England.
Liverpool is synonymous with The Beatles – even the airport is aptly named Liverpool John Lennon Airport. You’ll want to make sure sights like The Cavern Club and the Lennon Statue are part of your visit.
Liverpool was dubbed the European Capital of Culture in 2008 - and with good reason. There are six UNESCO World Heritage sites here, including the Pier Head, also known as The Three Graces, made up of three impressive landmark buildings connected with the city’s shipping history that are now home to museums and memorials. The rich arts scene includes the Tate Liverpool, which houses one of the largest collections of modern art in England, and the Walker Art Gallery, full of 19th century art. There are also many theatres putting on both innovative and traditional productions, including the Liverpool Playhouse, the Royal Court and the Empire.
Sport is important to Liverpudlians and there are plenty of sporting events here to keep you entertained. Both Liverpool FC and Everton FC, two of the biggest football clubs in the world, are based here. Boxing is also popular. Aintree, on the outskirts of the city, is the home of the Grand National, the most famous horse steeple chase in the world.