72 hours in Liverpool. #MarinaTravels

I don't think I've ever been to a city like Liverpool before. It's laid back, vibrant, beautiful and charming all at the same time. Liverpool is full of music, history, art, culture and good restaurants. Surprisingly, it is a rather small city compared to others like London. You can literally see Liverpool in a day if you are on a tight schedule like me. But of course, it's always better to stay for a few more days and take your time to savor what this city has to offer and create your own travel memories.

Today I will be sharing some of my experiences in Liverpool including places to visit, restaurants to dine in among others. I didn't get as much time to stay in Liverpool as I would have wanted. So excuse me if I didn't cover every single thing. But like I said, it is my own experience and I hope it will be helpful to anyone that might be thinking about jetting off to this fascinating maritime city.

The Albert Dock and Riverside Area

You can't possibly come to Liverpool and don't at least take a walk along The Albert Dock. It is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses first opened in 1846. Today is one of the most popular tourist destinations. You could expect to witness a beautiful sunset at the Dock on a clear, breezing afternoon with boats coming and going. The Albert is a multi-use attraction, if you are a fan of museums, you should easily find Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate Modern Liverpool and The Beatles Story at Albert Dock. And for you foodies, there are many bars and restaurants located in the Albert Dock where you can sip a glass of martini and enjoy the lovely Liverpool waterfront view.

Liverpool Cathedral 

If you simply can't get enough of the historic buildings and old, elaborate-designed architectures. Come spend a day at Liverpool Cathedral. The entry is completely FREE and opens daily from 8am to 6pm. Not only it is England's largest cathedral, it also happened to survived two World Wars. Now the cathedral is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as well. Today Liverpool Cathedral offer multiple services. Besides it being a sacred place for worship, it also holds gala dinners, award ceremonies, weddings and concerts and such. I was lucky enough to witness a wedding when visiting there, it was definitely one of the most heartwarming events I'd seen.

Overall, as a sucker for Gothic Revival architectures and old things, the most rewarding and spine-tingling feeling was standing in a room with all these historic walls and stained glass windows from a hundred years ago. Where probably thousands of people came to pray and worship over the years on this holy ground. To be able to see the magnificent architecture and the men that created it was beyond imagination!

The Beatles Story
Ticket price: Adult 16+:15.95 £ Children 5 - 15: 9.95£

Whether you are a die-hard Beatles fan that knows all of the songs and each member, or you've heard of them and their music(who has not?) but you are not yet quite familiar with them, now would be a good time for you to visit the famous Beatles Story Exhibition. After all, you've managed to come all the way to Liverpool, right? This permanent exhibition takes visitors on an atmospheric and immersive journey through Beatles' lives, rise to fame, cultural influences and their music. The exhibition also includes replicas of Abbey Road made famous by the Beatles, the Cavern  Club where they performed and the recording studios from the sixties and much more.

I was born much later from when the Beatles Mania started, but growing up I was influenced by my mom who used to play The Beatles music all the time. I would say The Beatles Story is definitely a great place to start to learn more about this iconic band.

World Museum, Central Library, Walker Art Gallery and St. John's Garden

World Museum

Now you should definitely spend a day in Liverpool checking out all these museums and galleries mentioned above because they are all super close to one another. World Museum was unfortunately closed in preparation for Liverpool Fashion Show when I was there. But it is a large museum with an incredibly extensive collections covering archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences. The museum exterior was breathtakingly enough to look at and was the first thing that caught my eye when I got out of Liverpool Lime Street Station.

St.John's Garden

West of St. John's Hall is St.John's Garden, another one of those well maintained open green space with statues of influential historical figures. It's a nice, quiet place to spend an afternoon sitting on the benches and have a good read or people watching.

I didn't get the time to go inside Central Library and Walker Art Gallery as I would have liked, but I urge you and anyone that enjoy art and literature to go check it out!

Gusto Restaurant and Bar
Address: Edward Pavillion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AF, UK 
Phone: +44 151 708 6969 
Hours: 12–10:30PM

Before we go, let me throw in a restaurant recommendation. Gusto Restaurant located conveniently at the Albert Dock where you can have a nice dinner while overlooking the riverside. I certainly had a wonderful time dining there. The fish dish and white wine were amazing!

Liverpool has evidently captured my heart with its chilled vibes, historical background, and beautiful architectures. 72 hours was clearly not enough for me to explore everything this incredible coastal city has to offer. Well, perhaps next time! Til then, I still got all these memories to reminisce over.


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