Famous throughout the world for its vibrant culture and heritage and those iconic Liver Birds standing guard over the city, Liverpool is truly like no other. Home to The Beatles, a rich industrial history, the Grand National, a wealth of famous landmarks and not just one but two Premier League football teams, Liverpool's status as 2008 European Capital of Culture was a thoroughly deserved one.
This lively city has much to offer in the way of shopping and fine dining, and the day doesn't end when the sun goes down, for the city is world famous for its nightlife. The Cavern Club, birthplace of Beatlemania, still stands to this day and is one of hundreds of places to be entertained in the city. And with festivals and celebrations taking place all year round, there's always something to do.
From guided trips across the Mersey to the brand new Museum of Liverpool, this city is more than just a sum of its parts, and has to be experienced first-hand to appreciate it fully. Its people are renowned for being generous and friendly, and with a host of places to go and things to see, there are plenty of opportunities to get more acquainted with them.
As you'd expect from such an historic place, the city also has plenty of architecture and heritage dating back many hundreds of years, from its spectacular cathedral to its many museums and galleries. Its industrial heritage is still clearly on display at its docks and commercial centres, but today the city is one of the largest economies in the UK, with everything from freight and shipping to e-commerce and finance keeping this dynamo of a city turning.
Outside the city centre there's also much to see, including places like Southport with its 22 miles of impressive coastline and beaches, as well as the Wirral Peninsula, a hidden gem that allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle whilst enjoying the scenic countryside. Further afield you can access the thriving city of Manchester, or head up to the stunning scenery of the Lake District.