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
In the city that spawned the most famous band ever, International Beatleweek, on 20-26 August, attracts Fab Four fans from over 40 countries for gigs by bands from 20 countries, exhibitions, memorabilia sales, guest speakers, video shows, sightseeing tours and a convention. visitliverpool.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.
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.