Travel Information about Liverpool

Liverpool is now a city full of art and music. It’s home to the Philharmonic Orchestra and is the birthplace of The Beatles. It offers many free museums, parks, and inexpensive restaurants. If you’re here in August, go to the Matthew Street Festival to enjoy one of the biggest music events in Europe. Most people come here for either the football or the Beatles, but there is much more to the city than that. The city has really thrown off its past reputation and reinvented itself as an eclectic modern city. You can feel the energy in the here as you visit. It’s a city in change for sure!

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Liverpool

1. The university has beautiful grounds that make for a lovely afternoon stroll. You can also take guided tours of the campus, which last a couple hours. Maps are available for self-guided tours, too.

2. This museum is near St. George’s Hall and contains a vast assortment of British rocketry exhibits as well as one of the best Egypt exhibits around. Like all the museums here, it is free.

3. Football is life here, and there’s no better way to see how the locals value the sport than to attend a match. You can see either Everton or Liverpool, but make sure to never root for the opposite team — the locals won’t like it, and you don’t want to cross soccer hooligans! They are tough!

4. This is the only museum that is totally Beatles-themed, and well worth the visit to learn and see a part of music history. It includes some of their instruments as well as a ton of interesting facts. Admission is 15 GBP, with discounts available for seniors, students, and children.

5. This is considered to be one of Liverpool’s biggest tourist attractions. It is a ring of enormous cast-iron columns surrounding a five story warehouse and is the country’s largest collection of protected buildings. There are several museums to check out as well as bars, restaurants, and an extension of London’s Tate Gallery.

 

Typical Costs

Hostel prices – You’ll pay between 15-25 GBP for a dorm room. All include WiFi, and there are a handful of decent hostels in the city where breakfast is included. If you want a private room in a hostel, expect to pay around 70 GBP per night. If you have a tent, there are several camp grounds outside of the city that cost between 8-18 GBP (though none in very convenient locations if you don’t have a vehicle). Hostelworld.

Budget hotel prices – A typical double room in Liverpool costs between 45-95 GBP per night. There are not many budget hotels available, however, so be sure to book early if you need one. Use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates. Airbnbis available in the city, with shared accommodation (of which there is few) costing around 18 GBP per night. An entire apartment or home will cost you around 50 GBP per night.

Average cost of food – Liverpool has many good budget options for eating. Fish and chips will only cost you 5 GBP. Delis will give you a good variety of cheap sandwiches for 5-7 GBP, and some Indian restaurants have a big lunch portion for 6 GBP. Eating out a nice restaurants will really eat into your budget though. Expect to pay around 21 GBP for a meal at a sit down restaurant, including a drink. If you want to cook for yourself, a week’s worth of groceries will cost around 40-50 GBP; this is the cheapest way to save money during your visit.

Transportation costs – Buses are reliable, and a day pass will cost 3.70 GBP (for a single zone). Since fares will depending on the distance you travel, buying a day pass is your best option. The trains run every fifteen minutes and cover everywhere in the city you want to go. Getting to Liverpool from London is quite straightforward, and will only take a few hours via bus or train. Tickets can be as cheap as 17 GBP, though they can also be close to 150 GBP. The local bus and train reach the Liverpool airport, with one-way fares costing around 3 GBP (depending on where you are going).


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