Cheap flights to Liverpool
Impressing people with its stunning and imposing architecture, urban regeneration and lively bars and clubs, Liverpool is once again showing why it is one of England’s most visited cities. The home of The Beatles has been undergoing a bit of a renaissance of late. Liverpool, was not only European Capital of Culture in 2008, but was also awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO four years earlier. The result is an old city that impresses visitors with its grand imposing architecture, fantastic museums and a new modern buzz and pride in its appearance.
This was the second city of the British Empire after all, and walking around Liverpool you get a sense of its historic importance. Built in the 17th and 18th centuries around a harbour that imported cotton and sugar. Liverpool also has the largest museum collection in the UK after London, which includes its own Tate Modern and the World Museum. The city centre is one bustling with trendy bars, designer and boutique stores, cinemas, state of the art offices, and stunning, modern apartment blocks.
More than a mere record store, Probe Records is a local institution selling all manner of alternative sounds (Unit One, The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX, tel: 0151 708 8815).
A unique selection of paintings and prints make up an exhibition charting the early development of David Hockney, considered one of the 20th century's most influential artists (free entry, until 16 March 2014, Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, L3 8EL, tel. +151 478 4199, liverpoolmuseums.org.uk).
Positively defying the corporate onslaught, bustling Lark Lane, 10 minutes from town, boasts an abundance of colourful independent shops, cafes, restaurants and bars such as the warm and welcoming Que Pasa Cantina (94-96 Lark Lane, L17 8UU).
Children as young as eight can go face to face with 160kg tiger sharks at the Blue Planet Aquarium, a 30-minute drive from Liverpool. It also boasts one of the world's longest underwater tunnels (Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9LF,
+151 357 8804).