2008’s European Capital of Culture, Liverpool, still reigns strong as one of Northern England’s most visited cities. Whether you’re looking to discover the music scene that gave birth to The Beatles, walk along the famous Pier Head Waterfront or catch one of the city’s world famous football teams in action, there’s plenty to keep you busy in the legendary Liverpool. An extensive bus and train network serve the city, but for a more entertaining way to get around town, here are a few alternatives.
1. Explore the city on foot
Getting around the city on foot is the easiest and cheapest way to explore, with many of the city center’s key attractions within easy walking distance. Themed walking tours also make a popular way to take in the sights, with tours of historical Liverpool, ghost walks, literary tours and even pub-crawls all on offer. Fans of the city’s most famous pop group can get their fix of Beatlemania on one of the many Beatles themed walking tours, taking in sights like Paul McCartney’s house, John Lennon’s house, Eleanor Rigby’s grave and John and George Harrison’s old school. Better yet, you’ll get to visit the infamous Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. If you prefer to do it alone, there are a number of heritage trails around Liverpool with free maps detailing self-guided trails around the city’s museums, landmark buildings, waterfront and famous music venues.
2. Take a river cruise
Liverpool is set on the banks of the Mersey River and river cruises are a popular way to get an alternate view of the city and marvel at the impressive UNESCO world heritage listed waterfront. Most famous is the 50-minute Mersey ferry, running a round trip route from the Albert Dock, but evening dinner cruises and full day tours are also available. Then, hit 1960’s song ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’ by Gerry and you’ll see that the Pacemakers still provide the background music for modern ferry crossings.
3. Pedal the city streets
For an Eco-friendly alternative to public transport, why not hire a bike and pedal yourself around the sights. Bike rentals abound in the city center and with well-marked cycle lanes on most of the main roads it’s easy to get around on two wheels. Cycle tours have also become a popular way to explore the sights, with a number of popular cycle routes on offer. Try the Wirral Way, following a disused railway track for 12 miles, past a number of parks, a marine lake and the pretty village of Parkgate, or take the Albert Dock cycle route that runs along the famous Mersey River, passing by The Liver Buildings, the Beatles Museum and the Tate Gallery. Be sure to look out for kite flyers along the Otterspool Promenade on route – a favorite pastime of Merseysiders.