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.
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
Jaw-dropping visual feasts are the USP of Royal De Luxe, whose giant-sized marionettes return to the streets on 23-27 July with a tale of hope, loss and bravery marking the centenary of World War I. giantspectacular.com
Oft-overlooked Castle Street has more than its fair share of the city's fabulous architecture, from the exotic, onion-domed Adelphi Bank to the impressive Georgian town hall. Plus excellent eating and drinking opportunities.
You can stay at a themed hotel at Alton Towers, the UK's answer to Disneyland, with 50 rides and attractions including the world's first 14-looping rollercoaster, and Nemesis, with G-forces greater than a space shuttle launch (Alton, ST10 4DB, altontowers.com).