Music, sport and culture – Liverpool has it all. With our affordable coach tickets to Liverpool, you can sample the sights and sounds of this great port city without breaking the bank. Better yet – enjoy money-off with our Coachcards and extra discounts if you book ahead.
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One of England’s great cities, Liverpool has plenty of things to do all-year round, no matter if you're with friends, family or on a romantic break, there's something for everyone.
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With holidays by National Express, you can combine our great value coach travel with hotels and attractions in Liverpool. There is so much to see and do during a city break or short break in Liverpool, here is a suggested holiday itinerary:
As part of our 48 hours in 48 seconds series, take a look at the video above to see how you and a friend can make the most of a weekend in Liverpool.
Explore this amazing city as soon as you arrive at Liverpool ONE Coach Station, with the Royal Albert Dock less than a ten-minute walk away! A World Heritage Site on Liverpool’s epic waterfront. It’s home to a number of unmissable tourist sites, from Tate Liverpool, for internationally-acclaimed art, to The Beatles Story for the low-down on the Fab Four.
Embrace the former city of culture with a stroll around the Museum of Liverpool, showcasing a host of exhibitions and amazing pieces. Or if all that walking has proved too much, take a break at the amusements with a carousel or big wheel ride to take in the Merseyside views.
Finally, treat yourself to some of Liverpool's excellent nightlife with a meal out, drinks and a trip to the world-famous Cavern Club, home of The Beatles, for music and more.
What can you do in 48 hours?
Docklands Fish and Chips
For an authentic taste of Liverpool’s food scene, you can’t go wrong with Docklands Fish and Chips. This no-nonsense establishment is located right on the famous Albert Dock, so expect delicious fresh fish for a cheap eat on the go. Even better – it’s conveniently located near The Beatles Story and Tate Liverpool so you can grab some lunch before seeing the sights.
The Art School
Liverpool is fast developing a reputation as a foodie hot spot, and The Art School is feted as one of the city’s best restaurants. The vision of long-established north-west chef Paul Askew, The Art School is situated in a stunning Victorian building on Sugnall Street and is a favourite dining spot among locals. With a range of fixed price and tasting menus, The Art School serves modern veggie and meat dishes to suit a range of budgets.
Mowgli Street Food
With so many cultures calling Liverpool home there's no surprise you can find one of the best Indian eateries here. Mowgli Street Food is well known for its quirky, delicious takes on Indian street food, so much so there are 2 restaurants in Liverpool. Located just off Water Street and Bold Street, this eastern gem boasts a fantastic menu filled with tasty delicacies all at a reasonable price.
Visit a watering hole in the Georgian Quarter
Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter is a handsome cluster of buildings in the centre, and a great neighbourhood to explore the city’s nightlife. The Belvedere on Sugnall Street has its very own Liverpool gin in its ‘GinNasium’, while The 23 Club is a charming alehouse in a quaint, library-style environment.
Get locked up at Alcotraz
This prison-themed cocktail bar experience is something that has to be seen to be believed. Gear up in your orange jumpsuit and smuggle your drinks past the guards for a cocktail party behind bars. If you play your cards right some of the crooked guards may even supply you some contraband too.
See the world’s most famous music club
For many music lovers, no night out in Liverpool is complete without a trip to the world-famous Cavern Club. Known to millions as the place where The Beatles performed many of their early gigs, today The Cavern showcases up and coming talent from Liverpool’s exciting music scene, with special Beatles nights for those who love the old favourites.
One of the premier city centre shopping centres in the UK, Liverpool ONE has something for everyone. Here you’ll find the flagship department store, John Lewis or you can treat yourself to a luxury purchase or two at Boss, Reiss or Polo Ralf Lauren. In your downtime, check out the 18-hole adventure golf course or embrace your competitive spirit with an escape room.
Liverpool has a thriving indie shopping scene, and for music fans, Probe Records is definitely worth a visit. A fixture of Liverpool’s musical folklore since 1971, the record shop was frequented by members of Echo and the Bunnymen and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Today, Probe Records is still popular for musos in the market for rare vinyls, affordable albums and collectables.
Reid of Liverpool
For a trip through time pay a visit to Reid of Liverpool, a second-hand bookshop in close proximity to the Philharmonic Hall and Liverpool Playhouse. With more than 40,000 titles, and with prices from 50p, it’s the perfect place to buy an affordable page-turner for the coach journey home.
The Beatles Story
Of all the top tourist attractions in Liverpool, this one needs little introduction. The Beatles Story charts the rise of Liverpool’s most famous sons, and is home to John Lennon’s last piano.
See Liverpool's most iconic sights aboard the world-famous Mersey Ferry. The 50 minute River Explorer Cruise is the best way to see the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront.
Anfield stadium tour
One of the top places to visit in Liverpool is Anfield stadium, home of the 6-time European Cup winners. Take a stadium tour where you can stand on the famous Kop, take photos and explore this iconic ground with an expert guide.
Treat them to a Mersey ferry cruise
Suitable for all ages, the Mersey Ferry River Explorer cruise is a top family-friendly activity in Liverpool. Embark on a journey across the sublime waterfront, which is now a World Heritage Site, and let the kids enjoy the view while the guide regales you with stories of the city’s past.
Unleash their artistic spirit
The famous Walker Art Gallery isn’t just for adults – it hosts one of Liverpool’s top kids’ attractions too. Big Art for Little Artists is a specially designed gallery for children up to 8-years-old, where they can make their own artworks and play with puppets.
Take them to new heights on the Echo wheel
The Echo Wheel of Liverpool is one of the most fun things to do for families visiting the city. At 60 metres high, it’s a fantastic chance to take in Liverpool from a unique vantage point, and is suitable for children aged 4 and above.
Bluecoat Display Centre
A contemporary craft and design gallery and registered charity, the Bluecoat Display Centre is among Liverpool’s best off-the-beaten-path attractions. Here, you’ll find handmade glassware, prints and jewellery galore for the perfect gift to take home.
Who doesn't love a spot of mini golf? Well, you've never played mini golf like this before. Ghetto Golf is located at Cairns Brewery Village in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool city centre and is home to the wackiest holes of golf you'll ever see. Putting inside a luminous caravan or around a mini skate park are just a couple of the crazy holes you'll have to play!
News From Nowhere
At 96 Bold Street you’ll find News From Nowhere, a radical local bookshop which has stocked powerful political works since 1974. All staff are paid equally, and it’s unlike any bookshop you’ll have visited. If you’re a book lover, this off-the-beaten-path shopping experience is well worth a look.
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