Pop & Arts
Did you know that Liverpool is recognised in the Guinness Book of Records for being the Capital of Pop? It’s true! More artists with a Liverpool origin have had a number one hit than from anywhere else. And of course, Liverpudlian legends The Beatles changed the face of popular music.
The Fab Four played at the city’s famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street nearly 300 times before being discovered. A must for any fan should be our popular Beatleswalk.com guided tour (see more on our Tour page) which details their rise from childhood to stardom.
The emergence of the Merseybeat sound of the sixties really paved the way for Liverpool’s vibrant music scene which continues to this day – to such an extent that the city has now been designated a UNESCO City of Music.
Many of the world’s biggest recording artists include the impressive Liverpool Echo Arena on their itineraries. Elton John, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, The Eagles – and Paul McCartney obviously – have all played there in recent times.
In addition to a fantastic choice of smaller live music venues around the city, visitors can enjoy a year round selection of varied and eclectic music festivals, including the Liverpool International Music Festival and Sound City.
For the discerning ear, the imposing art deco Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street is home to one of the nation’s favourite orchestras, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2015.
For culture vultures, Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery is the national gallery of the North, housing one of the best collections of European art outside London, including Hockney, Rembrandt and Turner.
Tate Liverpool would give the London equivalent a good run for its money – with the likes of Picasso and Tracy Emin amongst a number of major names regularly being exhibited.
Tate Liverpool needs no introduction – it stages major international exhibitions of modern art, featuring work by everyone from Tracey Emin to Picasso.
In the beautiful William Brown Street, you can find Walker Art Gallery, the national gallery of the North, which houses works by Hockney, Degas, Turner and Rembrandt.
Check out The Bluecoat too, the distinctive Grade I listed, 300-year-old arts centre which offers a lively programme of visual art, music, dance, live art and literature.
Alternatively, savour The Bluecoat, a splendid 300 year old Grade 1 listed building, and now, Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, offering a lively programme of visual art, music, dance and literature.
Liverpool has one of the most impressive collections of museums in Europe.
Opened in 2011 in a landmark waterfront building, the Museum of Liverpool is the UK’s first museum dedicated to the history of a city. Visitors can explore how Liverpool’s port, its people and its creative, industrial and sporting history have shaped the city.
The city also boasts one of the finest collections of museums in Europe. The landmark Museum of Liverpool on the waterfront was the first of its kind opened to commemorate the history of an individual city – from the port to sport and everything in between.
Our rich history and heritage is also fascinatingly encapsulated in places like the Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum located around the bustling Albert Dock.
And why not take in the World Museum near Lime Street Station which combines earthly treasures, live creatures and outer space all under one roof.
In 2014 the newly rebuilt Everyman Theatre won the Stirling Prize for Architecture or why not look for a bespoke or guided tour visiting the 2015 Turner Prize winning “Granby Four Streets”.
Amongst other highlights, a little way from the city centre at Crosby Beach, you’ll find the evocative Another Place display of world class art, showcasing Angel of the North artist Antony Gormley’s 100 cast-iron life size sculptures.