Thinking of making a trip to Liverpool?
Although I’ve been retired for years now, I still find myself gainfully employed as a tour guide at least 5 or 6 times a year. As much as I try to mix things up, I always find myself gravitating back to the same places.
Liverpool is the perfect city for tourists. Its compact size means that attractions are only ever a short walk away, food and drink prices are very reasonable and many of the sights in the city are best enjoyed on foot, so you won’t be wasting time on public transport. Before you do plan your visit to this city, I would recommend checking the local weather just so you’re prepared for what the North West can throw at you.
There’s nothing I love more than showing newcomers around the city for a day, here are my favourite pit-stops:
Discover the Old Dock
Check out the Maritime Museum
The amount of information that can be found at the Merseyside Maritime Museum is really quite astounding. I’ve culled many interesting titbits from the exhibitions here, which are fun and eye-catching for the whole family. Amongst the delights here is an interesting exhibit based around the Customs & Excise department, some fascinating models depicting some of the great ships that have been associated with Liverpool and there are usually some activities to get involved with whilst you’re there too. The Museum is free to enter (just like all the other museums in Liverpool).
Whilst not strictly related to the history of Liverpool, a visit to the U-Boat story is nonetheless a fascinating one, which offers visitors the chance to explore a rather curious piece of World War II history that is as memorable as it is extraordinary. On May 5th 1945, Admiral Donitz (who was in charge of the naval operations of the Germans) ordered all U-Boats who were abroad to surrender their vessels, but for some reason U-534, bound for Norway, refused to do so. The submarine took damage and was sunk, forty-nine of the fifty-two crew survived, but it’s still unknown as to they refused to surrender. You can find out more at the exhibition which starts at £5 for kids and £7.50 for adults.
Take a trip on the Mersey Ferry
In order to get to the U-Boat story you will need to take some public transport, although I see this experience as being an essential one for first-time visitors to the city. In my opinion every visitor should take a ferry across the Mersey once in their life. The cost is relatively cheap (£4 for adults or £2.30 for kids) and if you’re planning on going to the U-Boat Story anyway then you can buy a ‘Combo’ ticket that saves you a bit of money!