Liverpool – Capital of Culture

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Being made European City of Culture was just the excuse Liverpool needed to show off its creative talents - it's a great city to visit for all sorts of reasons.

Basing yourself in Chester to visit Liverpool makes good sense – Liverpool is really easy to get to from Chester, and accommodation in Liverpool is at a premium this year. Liverpool is only 25 miles along the motorway from Roseville, via the Wallasey Tunnel (toll payable) – a journey which will usually take around 30 minutes.

And if you want to arrive in style, why not take the world-famous ‘ferry across the Mersey’? – leave from Woodside near Birkenhead and sail across to Pier Head, and you’ll get a great view of the Liverpool waterfront. The Albert Dock, the Tate Liverpool and both the cathedrals are all within walking distance of Pier Head - the imposing Anglican Liverpool Cathedral, and the still-modernistic Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral.

To many people, The Beatles are Liverpool, and Liverpool is the Beatles. The history of most famous band to emerge from the UK can be still be traced, although some of the landmarks have disappeared. The Beatles Story in the Albert Dock is a visitor centre dedicated to the fab four, there’s a Beatles Shop full of memorabilia and there’s a Magical Mystery Tour of the places they knew when they were in Liverpool. The childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney are now National Trust properties – ‘Mendips’ and ‘20 Forthlin Road’ can be visited as a combined trip.