Planning a trip to Liverpool soon? You have come to the right place! We are offering details on the best 5 attractions in the city that you have to visit.
1. 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic
You’re bound to need accommodation when taking a trip to friendly “scouseland”, and you should definitely consider 30 James Street hotel, which is the former headquarters of the White Star Line, the shipping company behind RMS Titanic.
The HQ was therefore RMS Titanic’s port of registry, which is why the lettering “Liverpool” was located on the ship’s stern. It is for this reason that the ship is synonymous with the maritime city. 30 James Street, which was formerly known as Albion House, also included the office of the White Star Line’s chairman, J. Bruce Ismay, who was also a passenger aboard the ship. It was also here RMS Titanic’s crew received their orders, including lookout Frederick Fleet, who hailed from Liverpool, and Captain Edward J. Smith.
30 James Street therefore honours the building’s history with a Titanic-themed hotel, offering rooms that are individually named after a connection to the White Star Line or RMS Titanic. You can also dine in the Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant, which is named after the rescue ship, RMS Carpathia. We highly recommend 30 James Street’s afternoon tea, too!
2. Liverpool Empire Theatre
The Liverpool Empire Theatre first opened in 1925, and offers the largest two-tier auditorium in Britain seating 2,348 people. The interior of the Liverpool Empire is worth the trip alone, as it offers a Louis XVI style that’s simply breathtaking, and includes intriguing decorative features such as carved elephant caryatids. Once you’ve finally taken your eyes of the theatre’s interior, you can enjoy one of the many shows the Liverpool Empire offers.
Many famous faces have performed at the historic theatre, including Frank Sinatra, Charlton Heston, Kate Bush and even The Beatles, who performed at the Empire when they were known as “Johnny and the Moondogs” and “The QuarryMen”.
3. Ma Egerton’s Stage Door Pub
Before or after your show at the Liverpool Empire, we recommend you take a very short walk to Ma Egerton’s Stage Door Pub, which is located just behind the theatre. On top of being a simply beautiful pub, Ma Egertons has welcomed many A-list stars through its doors over the years, who would often visit the pub after a show – and many stars will still nip to the 150-year-old pub for a pint now!
The pub is named after the pub’s longest-serving landlady, Mary Egerton, and has welcomed numerous celebrity guests, including Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland, to name but a few.
The pub also serves up some of the tastiest homemade pizza in the city, and offer a fantastic Sing Along on Friday Nights!
4. The Shankly Hotel Museum
Those considering a visit to Liverpool later this year should head to The Shankly Hotel Museum, which exhibits memorabilia from the late, great Bill Shankly, who was one of the greatest football managers of all time. The museum will be situated inside The Shankly Hotel, which will open in August 2015, and it is bound to become a major attraction for football fans across the globe.
Fans can therefore view the key to The Shankly Gates at LFC’s Anfield Stadium, and can even take a look at his This is Your Life red book. Guests can also take a trip to the hotel’s restaurant after the museum, which offers sections named after the legendary football manager’s life.
5. The Albert Dock
You cannot take a trip to Liverpool and not visit the Albert Dock – which is the beating heart of the city. Liverpool has an extensive maritime history that its people are immensely proud of, and so the Albert Dock offers some of the trendiest restaurants, bars and shops surrounded by some of the city’s most historic buildings.
Here you will also find the superb Merseyside Maritime Museum, which offers amazing artefacts of RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and Cunard’s Lusitania. You can also pay a visit to The Beatle’s Story, which offers a timeline of the band’s musical history, as well as fantastic memorabilia.