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.
On a pilgrimage to five-times European champions Liverpool FC, you meet club legends, see behind the scenes and get to touch the famous "This Is Anfield" sign that sends jitters through the greatest of players. liverpoolfc.com/history/tour-and-museum/home
End the month on a high note as acclaimed conductor Carl Davis and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra present Gershwin's masterpiece Rhapsody in Blue at the orchestra's grand, recently-refurbished home (28 February, Philharmonic Hall, Hope Street, L1 9BP, liverpoolphil.com).
Love ultra-hip fashion brands but hate the prices? The January sales may be just the time to browse the 160 high-street names represented at Liverpool One, one of Europe's biggest shopping developments (5 Wall Street, L1 8JQ, liverpool-one.com).
Year-round attractions at Martin Mere Wetland Centre include a beaver lodge, pond-dipping zone, eco-garden and close encounters with 100 species of the world's water birds as they swim, feed and wander the wetlands (Fish Lane, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L40 0TA, wwt.org.uk).
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