Liverpool is a city bursting with energy, history, and a vibrant cultural scene, making it one of the UK’s most exciting destinations. My family history is based in and around this area too, so it holds extra special appeal to me. From music and football to food and art, there’s always something to do in this dynamic city for all the family. I recently came across a resource at Skiddle “Top 50 things to do in Liverpool” and these are some of the family-friendly activities from this list for when we visit Liverpool:

Musical Heritage and The Beatles

Liverpool’s musical legacy is renowned worldwide, primarily due to The Beatles. The Beatles Story, an immersive museum on the Albert Dock, takes you on a journey through the band’s meteoric rise to fame. Here, you can see original instruments, rare photographs, and even the band’s original stage costumes. For true Beatles enthusiasts, the Magical Mystery Tour is a fantastic way to explore key locations like Penny Lane and Strawberry Field, which inspired some of their greatest hits.

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Art and Culture

The city’s cultural landscape is equally impressive, with a variety of museums and galleries. Tate Liverpool, situated in the historic Albert Dock, hosts contemporary art exhibitions that attract art lovers from all over the world. The Walker Art Gallery, often referred to as the ‘National Gallery of the North,’ houses an extensive collection of fine art, including works by Rembrandt, Turner, and Hockney.

For those interested in history related activities in Liverpool , the Merseyside Maritime Museum offers a deep dive into Liverpool’s rich maritime heritage, showcasing the city’s significant role in global trade and migration. The International Slavery Museum, located in the same building, provides an important and moving exploration of the transatlantic slave trade and its lasting impacts.

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Football Fever

Football is more than just a sport in Liverpool; it’s a way of life. And both my son and husband support Liverpool FC. The city is home to two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC. A visit to Anfield, the iconic home of Liverpool FC, is a pilgrimage for football fans. Stadium tours provide an insider’s view of the club’s storied history, from the trophy-laden past to the present-day successes. Similarly, Goodison Park, the home of Everton FC, offers a rich football experience with its own unique history and passionate fanbase.

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Good family eateries

Liverpool’s food scene has exploded in recent years, offering a diverse array of culinary delights. Bold Street is a food lover’s paradise, featuring an eclectic mix of independent cafes, restaurants, and bars. Here, you can find everything from traditional British fare to international cuisines. For a more upscale dining experience, the Baltic Market in the trendy Baltic Triangle district hosts a variety of food stalls, serving gourmet street food in a vibrant atmosphere.

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Evening entertainment

When the sun sets, Liverpool’s nightlife comes alive. The city offers an array of options, from cosy pubs and chic cocktail bars to live music venues and nightclubs. The Cavern Club, famous for launching The Beatles’ career, remains a top spot for live music, featuring both emerging and established artists. Now the children are a little older, I would love to take them to a live music venue. If you have childcare arranged then a night of dancing may be on the cards, head to Seel Street, home to some of the city’s best nightclubs.

Scenic Waterfront

No visit to Liverpool would be complete without spending time at the picturesque waterfront. The Royal Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a hub of activity with its mix of museums, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Take a leisurely stroll along the dock, enjoy the stunning architecture, and soak up the vibrant atmosphere.

Liverpool is a city that offers something for everyone. It has been on my “to visit” list since I discovered that my family history is from Liverpool. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, a history buff, a sports fan, or a foodie, you’ll find plenty to keep you and the kiddies entertained. Its rich cultural heritage and welcoming spirit make it a city that’s easy to fall in love with. For more inspiration check out Skiddle’s Top 50 things to do in Liverpool.

Have you been to Liverpool? I would love to know what your favourite family-friendly activities in Liverpool are.