Liverpool Sights and Landmarks Guide, United Kingdom
Liverpool is almost completely identified with the legacy of the Beatles, but also has plenty to offer those who are not into the Fab Four. In 2008, the city was awarded with the title of the European Capital of Culture. It has a wonderful cultural heritage and is friendly and welcoming to tourists.
The city center is relatively compact and can be explored either on foot or by taxi. Liverpool has a wonderful cityscape with impressive architecture. Many of the museums feature specialized collections and are worth a visit, particularly the World Class Museum and the World Museum Liverpool near St George’s Hall. St George’s Hall itself is an architectural splendor in Greco-Roman style with classical murals, some of which feature nudity and were daring in their time. One of the most quaint as well as popular areas for shopping and pubs are Albert Dock at the riverside, which features old buildings and warehouses that have been converted into shops and restaurants. Albert Dock is also home to the famous Merseyside Maritime Museum. Another attractive and popular museum is the Beatles Story, which features Beatles memorabilia such as their guitars and other instruments and objects associated with their careers. Beatles fans can also check out commemorative Beatles sites in Liverpool, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.
The bus operator Maghull Coaches offers city rides in open top buses, which consist of guided tours with different stops along the way. The Magical Mystery Tour is another popular city tour, which features places associated with the Beatles. For shopping, Grand Central is one of the best and most unusual shopping centers in the city, with everything from alternative clothes to antiques.
Liverpool also features many varied options in terms of cuisine. Kimos is the place to go for club sandwiches that have been called the best in the world, and the Chinese Tea House on Bold Street offers great value for money with its lip smacking dishes and inexpensive rates. Monro on Duke Street serves everything from chicken to boar, as well as authentic home brewed ale. Some of the more popular pubs and watering holes include Piccolino’s, which has a fine selection of Italian wines, and Thomas Rigby’s, where you can choose from a variety of beers with their famous fish and chips on the side. Beatles enthusiasts can also check out the Beatles-themed pubs on Matthew Street, which include Rubber Soul, Abbey Road and the Cavern Club.
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