The history of Liverpool is extremely diverse and interesting. As one of the oldest cities in the UK, it’s history can be traced back to 1190, as a huge trading port. The city expanded massively over the next few centuries and during the 1800s a large volume of trade was passing through Liverpool. In the 1830s, the world’s first passenger train was launched – the Liverpool and Manchester railway. With the railway came urban expansion, and the population of the city grew massively.
From the mid-20th century, the trading docks and manufacturing industries declined sharply, and the unemployment rate rose. Despite this, the city became widely known during this time for it’s culture, particularly with the fame of The Beatles. Tourism and regeneration schemes have helped the city recover and form the lively and exciting city that it is today. If you want to find out more, there are many interesting history museums such as the International Slavery Museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Museum of Liverpool.
The Tate Liverpool is a must-see art gallery with many interesting expeditions and free admission to the museum. The historic Royal Albert Docks are also essential to see as the combination of history and modern design makes it a unique place to visit and a lovely place to eat and drink.
There are many markets in Liverpool from arts and crafts to food markets such as the Baltic Market. Liverpool’s Christmas Market takes place outside St. George’s Hall, and runs for around two or three days before Christmas to really get you into the Christmas spirit. The Makers’ Market is also a monthly arts and crafts market, with makers selling such a wide range of products it’s impossible to sum up.
In terms of live music, there are plenty of options, from bars with local bands playing to tribute acts. For something a bit more unusual, why not try Revolucion de Cuba – a live music bar with a dose of Latin spirit. They host salsa classes and fiery Friday nights that are worth seeing.
For food lovers, there are many exciting restaurants to try. You could try Röski, a restaurant run by a Masterchef winner, which explores ‘the next big thing’ in the food world, or Panoramic 34 for a meal with a view on the 34th floor of the West Tower. Whatever you fancy, Liverpool will have an option for you.