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.
Climb the tower of Liverpool Cathedral, the world's fifth largest, via two lifts and 108 steep (be warned) stairs for spectacular views as the sun goes down and the lights go on (St James Mount, L1 7AZ, liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/about/the-tower.aspx).
Pop artist Andy Warhol's pictures of actress Marilyn Monroe are among the most enduring images of the 1960s and are included in a major exhibition of one of the most important and influential post-war artists (7 November 2014 - 8 February 2015, Tate Liverpool, Albert Dock, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 4BB, tate.org.uk).
Wine by Brad and Angelina and limited-edition whisky are among the unusual and excellent bottles, each bearing an individual handwritten label, in Whisky Business, a high-quality independent spirit, beer and wine shop (The Old Ropery, Fenwick Street, L2 7NT).
Go for a roam in the Roman city of Chester, where you can see the biggest stone-built Roman amphitheatre in Britain, browse the unique medieval two-tiered shopping galleries, and follow a promenade trail along the picturesque River Dee (under 45 minutes by car).
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