For UK and international visitors, Liverpool is truly a gateway to history, culture, sightseeing, unrivalled musical heritage, arts, shopping, sport and much more besides. With its unique attractions, exciting year-round events and famously warm welcome, this is a place that draws in tourists like a magnet!
Named European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool’s stature is assured and it’s now recognised as the UK’s most vibrant city outside London.
Ideally situated for a memorable city break or longer stay, Liverpool’s geographic location also makes it perfect for an excursion to nearby, Chester, North Wales, the stunning Lake District and the bright lights of Manchester. Even London is little more than two hours away by train.
Here are a few facts and figures to help tell the story of our great city:
- Liverpool was created in 1207, when King John granted a Royal Charter. It was once the "Second City of Empire", at times eclipsing London commercially.
- Situated at the mouth of the River Mersey, in northwest England, Liverpool is now the 4th most visited city in Britain and was once one of the world’s largest sea ports. Today, the city is a booming worldwide cruise ship destination.
- Liverpool holds the Guinness Book of Records title for being the Capital of Pop. More artists with a Liverpool origin have had a number one hit than from any other location. And, of course, our Liverpudlian legends, The Beatles, changed the face of popular music forever.
- Liverpool’s famous attractions include the Albert Dock, the UK’s oldest Chinatown, St. George’s Hall, the Walker Art Gallery (the national gallery of the north) and a Beatles-themed museum.The city has the largest collection of Grade II-listed buildings outside London – 2500 of them + 250 public monuments.
- Liverpool is the most successful football city in England, home to both Liverpool and Everton. It has won 27 League championships, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners cup, 11 FA Cups, and six League Cups.
- The six metre tall Liver Birds, on top of the Royal Liver building, are the symbols of Liverpool. According to legend, if the two birds face each other, the city will crumble.
- Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral is Britain’s largest cathedral and the fifth biggest in the world, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott in 1904. It has the world’s heaviest bells & its tower is more than 100 metres high. The city’s second cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral was finished after the Second World War.
- Liverpool has a thriving film industry. Films shot in the city include; Harry Potter, Florence Foster Jenkins, Sherlock Holmes, Fast & Furious, The Hunt For Red October, The 51st State, The Parole Officer and Letter To Brezhnev. The city has doubled for Moscow, Dublin, Paris and even Venice.
- UK TV shows filmed in Liverpool include Peaky Blinders, Foyles War, Bread, The Liver Birds and lots more!
- In recent years, the city centre has been transformed by Liverpool One - a £1 billion shopping, residential and leisure complex spread over 42 acres of land. One of the largest open air shopping centres in the UK, it has lifted Liverpool into the top five most popular retail destinations in the UK.
- And finally ….. People from Liverpool are known as ‘scousers’. The name Scouse is a type of stew introduced by Norwegian sailors, Ingredients include lamb or beef, cabbage, carrot, potatoes and onion.
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