Five free things to do in Liverpool this January

As the new year begins, many of us may be feeling slightly strapped for cash following the Christmas break.

But did you know Liverpool has the most museums and art galleries outside of London and what’s more, most of them are free to visit!

Here our third-year journalism student, Chloe Doolan rounds up her favourite five things to do in the city that are completely free.


Chinese New Year in Liverpool

It’s the year of the rabbit and there’ll be celebrations across the city to bring in the Lunar New Year on Sunday 22 January. You can find out more on Culture Liverpool’s website.

LJMU and JMSU will be hosting their own event to celebrate Chinese New Year in style! Come along to the Student Life Building on Tuesday 17 January, 12pm-4pm, for the Chinese Culture Fair. There will be a free student lunch plus a range of performances and activities!


Visit Liverpool Theatres/Concerts

Did you know as an LJMU student, you have exclusive offers and discounts to the Everyman Theatre, the Playhouse Theatre and Liverpool’s Royal Court and even the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. You can enquire at the box office about free city socials. Make sure to take your ID along when you collect your tickets!


Take a walk around Liverpool’s Waterfront

The Liverpool Waterfront is one of the most scenic locations in Liverpool and is full of culture! Take a stroll from the Liver Building, past the Albert Dock and all the way along to Otterspool and Sefton Park, and admire all the old and breath-taking architecture and outdoor space that Liverpool has to offer!


Tate Liverpool

Entry to the gallery at the Tate Liverpool remains free for everyone, with a charge for some exhibitions. Discover the different collections on display and learn about the lives of the artists and the stories behind their work. Find out more on the Tate Liverpool website. If you are aged 16-25, you can sign up for free to Tate Collective for £5 exhibition tickets, 20% discount in the cafe, and 10% discount in the shop.

Hot Water Comedy Club

Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club is home to a vast amount of up-and-coming comedians and they often have shows with a three to five person line up. It’s the perfect nighttime activity for you and a friend if you are both counting your pennies, as many of their shows are completely free.  What better way to spend a January evening!


Remember, if you’re worrying about money this semester or need some support, LJMU’s money advice team is here to help, you can also find out more about financial support available on the Cost of living hub.


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