From the birthplace of the world’s most famous band to 2008’s European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is a city surrounded by excitement. Full of history and culture, there’s always so much going on. With museums, food, bars, shops and events to discover, there’s never a dull moment. Whether you’re here for a while or just a day tripper, Liverpool is perfect for any getaway.
This week, Quingo Scooters are looking at the best that this town has to offer, from Tate Liverpool to the Echo Arena. Let’s explore this Mersey paradise…
What to do
Liverpool is an amazingly vibrant city with so much to see and do. While there’s a lot to catch on your next visit to Merseyside, here are some of our top picks.
Museum of Liverpool: Ever wanted to learn more about what makes Liverpool great? If so, the Museum of Liverpool is the perfect place for you! Reflecting the significance of the city, this attraction explores and explains its unique history and culture. There are a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions to catch while you’re here.
- The Blind School: Did you know that Liverpool’s Royal School for the Blind was the first school for blind people in Britain and the second in the world? Here at the Museum of Liverpool, this exhibition explores what life was like for the pupils of the school over its 227-year history as well as the design and location of the different buildings that housed it. Featuring unique objects, spoken stories and film made with visually impaired and blind students from St Vincent’s School, the city’s work for the visually impaired comes to life.
- Taking Liberties: Telling the story of Suffrage in Liverpool, this display is home to objects relating to women’s suffrage in the Museum of Liverpool’s collections. The 1918 Club – a discussion forum for women in Liverpool – have even written labels to explain why these objects were important and what they tell us about the Liverpool campaign to give women the right to vote. The perfect place to learn all about women’s suffrage!
- The end of the line: 60 years on from Liverpool’s last tram, this exhibition pays homage to the transport that got Liverpool moving. This immersive exhibition takes you through the history of trams, from the pioneering development of the tram system in 1860 Birkenhead to the first official trams on the streets of Liverpool in 1868 to the last service in 1957. If you’re interested in transport, this is the unique exploration of the landmark mode of public transport is a must-see.
The museum is fully accessible too. The entrance to the museum is flat, featuring automatic doors. There is lift access to all floors and accessible toilets – labelled ‘changing places toilets’ – throughout the museum. More information can be found here.
Tate Liverpool: If you’re an art lover, there’s no doubt about it – this is the place for you! Tate Liverpool, part of the Tate museums, is an art gallery and museum that specialises in British and international modern and contemporary art.
This fully accessible museum offers a level access information desk, accessible toilets, lifts to all floors and a fully accessible café. Hosting a number of temporary exhibitions, this museum makes use of a wide range of media to bring cutting edge art to you.
- Ken’s Show – exploring the unseen: This exhibition was 30 years in the making – and it shows! Bringing lovingly sourced works, Art Handler Ken Simons is showcasing what has made Tate Liverpool an iconic art gallery. Celebrating Tate Liverpool’s 30th birthday – and Ken’s 30-year career there – this display explores the unseen or mysterious spaces in our world and point to Ken’s particular interest in sculptural and landscape art. With some of the Tate’s most popular pieces back on display, this can’t be missed.
- Life in motion – Egon Schiele/ Francesca Woodman: Described as A close encounter with deeply personal and powerful works of art, this exhibition showcases intimate and unapologetic portraits, which look beneath the surface to capture their subjects’ emotions. Using Schiele and Woodman, 2 renowned artists for drawing and photography, respectively, you’ll observe a new perspective on their personal and powerful works. An unforgettable experience.
Liverpool Echo Arena: While you’re in Liverpool, why not catch a show at the Echo Arena? Noted for being ‘designed with accessibility in mind’, this purpose-built venue is the perfect addition to any trip. Whether you’re interested in live music, comedy performances or sporting events, they’re always something entertaining to catch at the arena.
What’s more, this arena is amazingly accessible. There are more than 10 accessible toilets, accessible drop off points and accessible seating bays, lifts in the car park which feature mirrors to make reversing easier and a personal assistance scheme. With plenty of Blue Badge parking to be found near the arena, including the Albert Dock car park – located 4 minutes from the venue – the Echo Arena has all you need. More information on accessibility can be found here, while a schedule of events can be found here.
Where to eat and drink
Liverpool is home to a wide range of accessible restaurants and cuisine, so there’s always something to try no matter what your taste.
If you’re a fan of sports – specifically Liverpool Football Club – The Boot Room Sports café is the perfect place for you. Located in Liverpool’s ground, Anfield, this café brings together exciting sport, delicious food and a sense of sporting history. With a wide range of food and drink on offer, you’ll find everything from light sandwiches to hot meals. Whether you’re a Liverpool fan or not, this is a great place to stop for a bite to eat.
Did you know that Peaky Blinders was actually filmed in Liverpool? Fans of the tv show are also in luck! Liverpool is home to a themed bar centred around this loved tv show. The Peaky Blinders Bar offers 1920s cocktails, a range of beers and wines and even snacks from their ‘Street Food Alley’. Step back in time to the Shelby’s Birmingham in this immersive bar!
There are also a number of cafés and bars in the area. From the Brunch Club – the perfect stop for brunch- to the Cavern Club – the famous bar known for live music – there are so many food and drink stops in Liverpool. It’s time to get exploring!
As a major city, Liverpool is easily accessible by all major forms of transport. If you are travelling by car, take the M6 and then the M62, M58 or M56 direct to your destination. There are plenty of Blue Badge parking bays throughout the city’s roads. As well, car parks, such as the Liverpool Waterfront Car Park and the Liverpool One Car Park, offer a number of Blue Badge spots. If you are travelling by train, the nearest station is Liverpool Lime Street. Local buses also service the area. Full information on getting there can be found here.
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