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.
With a showpiece spiral staircase and touch-screen shirt printing, Liverpool FC's Club Superstore is Europe's biggest (7 South John Street, L1 8BU, tel: 0151 709 4345).
Considered one of the great plays of modern British theatre, Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg comes to Liverpool's Playhouse on 5-27 April (Williamson Square, tel 0151 709 4776).
One of Europe's biggest retail developments, Liverpool One boasts 160 stores, 20 restaurants and bars, and a 14-screen cinema complex (5 Wall St, tel: 0151 232 3100, liverpool-one.com).
Alton Towers theme park is a 90-minute drive from Liverpool. The line-up of 50 rides and attractions includes Oblivion's colossal vertical drop, plus plenty of not-so-terrifying alternatives. altontowers.com