Liverpool city centre is vibrant with good quality attractions, lots of bars and cafés, galleries & museums, public art and shopping. Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The city boasts landmark buildings, among them are the buildings known as the Three Graces – The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool building at the pier head which form part of the UNESCO world heritage site along with The Albert Dock , which has the largest group of grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, it was transformed in the early 1980’s into a world class venue for culture and heritage including Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Many other museums are located around the Albert Dock, such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum, where you can find out all about the companies, people and ships connected to this great port the International Slavery Museum and the newly opened Museum of Liverpool.
The area is a short walk from a retail development right in the heart of Liverpool called Liverpool ONE. The development opened in 2008, is the largest city centre regeneration project in Europe and has given Liverpool shopping a whole new wonderful dimension. It is a stunningly designed centre that is home to more than 160 famous high street names and, should you tire of shopping in Liverpool, then you can put your feet up and take a break at one of Liverpool ONE’s 19 restaurants. The city is home to 2 cathedrals, one of which is the largest Cathedral in the UK.
For music fans Liverpool=The Beatles. Enough said really. It is hard to think of any other band so strongly associated with a particular city The Beatles Story is in Albert Dock, a fantastic museum-cum-visitor attraction full of Beatles paraphernalia that is dedicated to The Fab Four. Anyone coming to Liverpool for The Beatles should stop off at The Cavern Club on Mathew Street in the city centre. The Cavern was where The Beatles first started out, and although the original Club hasn’t survived, the current Cavern occupies about three-quarters of the original space and houses the original brickwork (the reconstructed archway) to take you back to the Mersey Beat era.
Mathew Street also has plenty of other references in honour of The Beatles, from a John Lennon statue to the Cavern Pub and even the themed four star luxury hotel, The Hard Day’s Night, just round the corner. For sports fans the city is, of course, home to two of the Premiership’s biggest football teams, Liverpool Football Club at Anfield and Everton Football Club at Goodison Park. Horse-racing is also big in Liverpool. The city hosts the world-famous John Smith’s Grand National each year at its Aintree Racecourse, with top racing at Haydock Park in St Helens too.
Public transport is co-ordinated across the whole of the Merseyside region by merseytravel, and links to the Wirral and Chester by road and rail are efficient and effective.
Chester also has a rich history having been altered and extended during both the Saxon and Medieval eras and has many landmarks and attractions. Founded by the Romans in AD79, Chester still bears signs of its past with its Roman Amphitheatre, historic City Walls and Chester Castle all remaining intact. The main sporting focus in Chester is its Racecourse which holds race meetings from May until September. Chester is famous for its timbered buildings and shopping on the ‘rows’ within the ancient city walls.