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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).
A new season of sounds from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of world-renowned conductor Vasily Petrenko, begins later than usual after a £12m refurbishment to the orchestra's Art Deco headquarters. Tchaikovsky and a world premiere kick off proceedings (Hope Street, L1 9BP, liverpoolphil.com).
England's tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, and biggest lake, Windermere, are among Lake District treasures as stunning as they are soothing. The national park's southern slopes lie around a 90-minute trip from the city.