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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. 

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September 2017
The independent Wild Loaf micro-bakery's specialist sourdough is 36-hours in the making. They also do good sandwiches, homemade Blackberry compote and mascarpone doughnuts and coffee, Wednesday to Saturday. Take out or eat in the lovely sunny garden (24 Hardman Street, L1 9AX. 07757 416077).

November 2017
In the city still addressing its historic links with slavery, an important exhibition highlights the largely overlooked contribution of black seafarers. Highlights include Daniel Maclise's epic painting The Death of Nelson which shows African sailors at the Battle of Trafalgar (Black Salt: Britain's Black Sailors, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, until September 2018).

October 2017
As exciteable manager Jurgen Klopp excites hopes of another trophy among the worldwide fanbase of five-times European Champions Liverpool FC, their Anfield home offers tours taking in the players' dressing room, pitchside dugout and This Is Anfield sign that chills opponents' hearts (stadiumtours.liverpoolfc.com).

November 2017
Wilderness meets family friendliness at Martin Mere, where you can see thousands of birds feeding before your eyes every day. The wildfowl and wetlands trust is also home to countless varieties of mammals, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles and other mini-beasts (about 45 minutes' drive, Fish Lane, Burscough, wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/).

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