Looking for things to do in Liverpool this weekend? Northern will take you straight to the heart of Liverpool, so you can explore all this thriving city as to offer - all within a short walk of the train station!
Liverpool offers something for everyone thanks to its unique attractions, burgeoning cafe and bar scene and rich musical heritage. Take a Northern train to the epicentre of British pop music, a UNESCO heritage site and the home of the inimitable Scouse humour.
Culture, Cuisine and Comedy: Friday night in Liverpool
A Liverpool Friday Night has an endless amount of promise, whether you’re after culture, cuisine or a famous Liverpool night on the tiles. If you fancy a change from the bars and clubs, the city has an abundance of alternative things to see and do.
Laughterhouse Comedy runs events at the Slaughter House, an intimate comedy club in the basement of the Slaughter House Pub, on Friday and Saturday nights. The venue has played host to some of the biggest names in the business so it’s well worth a visit next time you’re in Liverpool. Tickets get snapped up quickly so keep an eye on the website for the latest listings.
Liverpool Comedy Central in Albert Dock is a great comedy club in Liverpool that provides some brilliant VIP packages for their weekend events. Each night four comedians take to the stage for a night that’s sure to be filled with laughs and the occasional groan from the audience. Take advantage of the Premier Package which includes a two course meal in the PanAm Restaurant and Bar ahead of the show.
Take your Friday night to new heights and book yourself in to Awesome Walls Liverpool. The climbing wall centre is open until 10pm on Fridays and there is a wide range of taster sessions, courses and classes to take part in. perfect for fun-filled family days and nights.
If you fancy something a bit different from the popular Bold Street restaurants and you’re looking for a true independent Liverpool gem, check out Ghetto Golf and its in-house BBQ, Apocalypse Cow, for one of the most fun things to do in Liverpool. You can play crazy golf, try creative cocktails and eat sensational BBQ style food. They even smoke their own cheese and tofu in-house so there is something for everyone on the menu. We recommend the salt and pepper chicken burger!
Shopping, Sights and Liverpool Legends: Saturday in Liverpool
The Great Homer Street Market is a Scouse tradition and takes place every Saturday from 9am-4pm, selling everything from vintage clothes to retro furniture. If you happen to be in Liverpool on the fourth Saturday of the month, check out Lark Lane Farmers Market for an unbelievable selection of locally sourced vegetables, cheese, meats and jams – it’s a foodie haven.
While Liverpool One is home to many high street stores, the city’s shopping scene has a definite indie vibe, so check out The Bluecoat for a wide range of creative and indie stores. For one of the quirkiest independent stores in town, check out Red Brick Vintage in Cains Brewery Village for vintage trinkets and rare vinyls.
No visit to Liverpool is complete without taking a ferry across the River Mersey. Climb on-board, cruise around the UNESCO Albert Dock and admire some of the best views of the city – you can even hop on and off as you please!
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For more spectacular views over the city, St John’s Beacon is a radio and observation tower and is the second-tallest building in the city offering amazing outlooks over Liverpool Waterfront. Liverpool’s cathedrals are also among the most beautiful in the country and you’re more than spoilt for choice with the famous Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
There are also a number of world-class museums in Liverpool that culture lovers can’t afford to miss, especially as many of them have free admission. Take a walk around the World Museum and visit the Ancient Egypt gallery where you can discover what life was really like 5,000 years ago. Then, take a stroll to the Tate Liverpool and experience world class exhibitions, set against the scenic backdrop of the Mersey. The city’s International Slavery Museum is also a must-see on any visit to Liverpool.
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Liverpool is synonymous with British Pop Culture and you can’t mention the city without mentioning The Beatles. The Fab Four came from humble beginnings on the Liverpool gig circuit and you can visit the Cavern Club to see where they first started out.
There are many bars and shops dedicated to The Beatles so take some time to wander in the area near the Cavern Club to pick up on the 1960s vibe. For hardcore Beatles-fans, ‘The Beatles Story’ experience is a must see, detailing the incredible rise to stardom of the city’s most famous sons.
Photo credit: The Cavern Club
Visit the British Music Experience, which tells the story of British music right up to the present day and houses an impressive array of instruments and costumes from the likes of David Bowie, Adele and of course, The Beatles. Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena (previously the Echo Arena) is also home to an ever-changing lineup of some of the biggest names in world music. Or for a more cultural evening of live music, St George's Hall Liverpool is the city’s home of classical music concerts.
By now, even the most ardent adventurer and cultural enthusiast is dreaming of craft ales and beer gardens. The Ship and Mitre is a popular spot boasting the biggest selection of UK and continental beers in the city, all served in a setting that mimics the galley of a ship. The Fly in the Loaf (or ‘The Fly’ as it’s known to the locals) is another local favourite, perfect to unwind with a craft beer after a long day of sightseeing. For a unique beer garden experience, check out the Merchant, a hipster hangout with a great canteen serving up craft beers (and delicious brunch).
Things to do on a Sunday in Liverpool
In the heart of the city you’ll find Liverpool’s creative quarter, full of independent hubs better known as the Baltic Triangle. Within this you’ll find the Baltic Market, a progressive street-food and events haven which has helped local start-up businesses thrive over the years.
Located in the iconic Grade II listed Cains Brewery, the Baltic Market has an ever-changing food and drinks scene with weekly markets including an alternating Sunday-only flea, craft and farmers market to accompany the mouth-watering weekly street food market. The perfect place to while away a lazy Sunday afternoon.
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Fancy a day out of the hustle and bustle of Liverpool city centre? Just half an hour on foot from Edgeware Station is Sefton Park, a magnificent public park that is home to some of the most scenic walks in Merseyside. The historical 235 acre park has something for the whole family, whether it’s the adventure play area and caves for the kids to explore or the famous Palm House, popular among locals for their classic movie screenings. Make sure you visit in spring to witness the millions of golden daffodils and bluebells carpeting the edge of the romantic boating lake.
Sunday Lunch in Liverpool
A Sunday wouldn’t be complete without indulging in a Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Liverpool offers some great takes on the ubiquitous roast, suitable for all tastes. The Munro on Duke Street has a reputation for the best roast in town and its award-winning Sunday offering is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Fredrick’s neighbourhood kitchen and bar is also a popular spot, serving up modern takes on the classic Sunday Roast.
Photo credit: Fredrick's neighbourhood kitchen and bar