Day trip­per

Take a trip to Liver­pool for ev­ery­thing from fa­mous foot­ball clubs and fash­ion to fine foods and the Fab Four. Cheshire Life: De­cem­ber 2018 Cheshire Life: De­cem­ber 2018

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Some­one once told me that un­less you’ve strolled through the city streets in the cold light of dawn with the sun ris­ing over the Liver Birds, you haven’t lived.

It may be an ex­ag­ger­a­tion, but any­one who has taken the time to ap­pre­ci­ate Liver­pool’s amaz­ing ar­chi­tec­ture will know this isn’t any old city – it’s a re­mark­able one.

It boasts an iconic water­front, more parks than Paris and the largest col­lec­tion of mu­se­ums and gal­leries out­side Lon­don. It’s also a great place to go shop­ping.

With more than 170 shops, bars and restau­rants, Liver­poolone is prob­a­bly the premier stop for re­tail ther­apy - but it’s also worth wan­der­ing off the beaten track for quirky finds.

For in­de­pen­dent bou­tiques and restau­rants, Bold Street is a per­sonal favourite. Lead­ing up from Cen­tral Sta­tion to­wards the Bombed Out Church (which is a poignant memo­rial to the rav­ages of war), it sells ev­ery­thing from world foods and vin­tage finds to de­signer gifts and spe­cial­ist books. Here, you can eat around the world, sam­pling stylish In­dian street food at Mowgli or feast­ing on falafels in the fab­u­lous Maray. Its lat­est of­fer­ing? A Ja­panese style cat cafe with fe­line hosts.

An­other vi­brant hub to eat, drink and hang-out is the Baltic Tri­an­gle on the edge of the city cen­tre. This is where Liver­pool’s cre­atives work and play. Stal­warts in­clude Camp and Fur­nace, Con­stel­la­tions as well as the newly resurgent Cains Brew­ery Vil­lage.

If you pre­fer some­thing a bit more up­mar­ket, book a ta­ble at The Art School Restau­rant, where the chef pa­tron Paul Askew will wow you with Miche­lin wor­thy dishes like Rhug Es­tate veni­son and Me­nai mack­erel. Then, fol­low the foot­ballers’ wives to Cricket in Mathew Street. This cult bou­tique stocks ev­ery­thing from Stella Mc­cart­ney to Ce­line and ev­ery de­signer la­bel in be­tween. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t for­get to stop at the Cav­ern Club - birth­place of the Bea­tles, of course. In fact, if you’re a fan of the Fab Four, The Bea­tles Story at the Al­bert Dock is a great place to learn about the his­tory of the 60s band. You’ll find a wealth of mu­si­cal venues in the city, from pubs and clubs to the huge Echo Arena and the clas­si­cal Phil­har­monic Hall.

Love the­atre? Liver­pool has some­thing for ev­ery­one. There’s cool com­edy at the Royal Court or West End hits at the Em­pire, while the Every­man and Play­house the­atres, which sit at op­po­site ends of the city, show­case the works of res­i­dent and tour­ing com­pa­nies.

Liver­pool’s two con­trast­ing cathe­drals are also keen per­for­mance venues, host­ing ev­ery­thing from cho­ral con­certs

to ex­hi­bi­tions as well as the an­nual Light­night arts fes­ti­val.

Not that I’m play­ing favourites here, but the Angli­can Cathe­dral by Giles Gil­bert Scott is a must see. Not only is it a stun­ning bit of ar­chi­tec­ture of­fer­ing 360 de­gree views across the city and out to­wards the Welsh hills, it’s also home to a col­lec­tion of art works, in­clud­ing a neon sign by Tracey Emin.

Talk­ing of con­tem­po­rary art, it’s worth not­ing that Liver­pool is home to the Tate, called, nat­u­rally, Tate Liver­pool. Nearby, at the Pier Head, you’ll find the fa­mous Three Graces as well as the award-win­ning Mu­seum of Liver­pool. In fact, the breadth of mu­se­ums that Liver­pool has is some­thing that’s ri­valled only by our cap­i­tal city.

Clus­tered around the cob­bles of Wil­liam Brown Street, you’ll also find the Walker Art Gallery, the won­der­ful World Mu­seum, com­plete with Ter­ra­cotta War­riors, as well as the reimag­ined Cen­tral Li­brary, where you’ll find glass fronted book­cases filled with bib­li­o­graph­i­cal rar­i­ties.

Fi­nally, don’t leave Liver­pool with­out tak­ing at least one ‘selfie’ out­side St Ge­orge’s Hall. This Grade I listed build­ing is a mag­nif­i­cent ex­am­ple of neo­clas­si­cal ar­chi­tec­ture that’s as im­pos­ing to­day as it was when com­pleted in 1854.

Can’t fit it all in a day? Don’t worry, Liver­pool is creak­ing with chain ho­tels, hip hos­tels and cen­tral apart­ments to suit all bud­gets. My top tip? Hire one of the luxe dock­land apart­ments on Airbnb for as lit­tle as £50 a night, then watch the sun rise over the Mersey.

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