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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.
A two-hour guided Beatles bus tour features commentary from a fully-qualified Fab Four afficianado, and the places where John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up, met and formed the band that shook the world. cavernclub.org/the-magical-mystery-tour/item/magical-mystery-tour
The toughest men on two wheels descend on Liverpool for the Grand Départ of the Tour of Britain cycle race. The famous Liverpool skyline is the backdrop for the start and finish of the opening stage. tourofbritain.co.uk
Barber to the stars Peter Cranfield, aka Cutthroatpete, counts Premiership footballers among clients but he'll still taper a neck for us mortals. This relaxed salon comes complete with a beer fridge and cool tunes (14 Gradwell Street, L1 4JH, cutthroatpete.com, for appointments email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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.