What to see and do while you're in Liverpool
There's plenty of things to see and do in Liverpool including museums, art galleries, shops and cathedrals. Liverpool is home to The Beatles and our two football clubs – Liverpool and Everton, so whether you're into sport or music, there are attractions to suit your interests. If you're keen on wildlife and zoos, just outside of the city you'll find Knowsley Safari Park, Martin Mere, Chester Zoo and the stunning coastline and wildlife of Formby.
Take a look at our suggestions for things to do while you're here for the Conference:
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Explore our beautiful waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its stunning buildings that make up the ‘Three Graces’: the Cunard Building, Port of Liverpool Building and the Royal Liver Building (where the ECBB conference will hold its social evening).
Whether you just take a stroll along Albert Dock and take in the breeze (there's always a breeze in Liverpool!) or visit some of the independent shops and museums, Albert Dock is beautiful and has great character. If you haven't got a lot of time while in Liverpool, Albert Dock is close to the conference location (ACC Arena).
Museums and galleries
The Beatles Story and Cavern Club
The red double-decker busses
You can get on the red hop-on, hop-off bus that takes you around Liverpool explaining its history along the way.
Liverpool is home to two beautiful cathedrals (the Liverpool Cathedral and the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral), both of which you can visit. If the weather is nice, be sure to get a ticket to go up the tower of Liverpool Cathedral and enjoy fantastic views of city.
Liverpool ONE and the city centre
If shopping is your thing, Liverpool made it easy for you by keeping all the shops in one area. Liverpool ONE is within easy walking distance of the ACC Arena. You'll also find a cinema, mini-golf and plenty of restaurants in Liverpool ONE.
Ferry Cross the Mersey
From Liverpool you can jump on the ferry and take a trip along the River Mersey. You can get off at several stops and visit other places or just enjoy the view from the boat.
If you have time to travel a little further afield, there are some brilliant wildlife attractions close by.
Chester Zoo is one of the top visitor attractions in the UK and is heavily involved in research, conservation and education. With over 21,000 animals and a multitude of play-parks to keep the kids entertained, you'll likely need a whole day to explore it. You can visit by public transport from Liverpool.
Knowsley Safari Park
If you have access to a car then you can enjoy the five mile safari drive (the longest in the UK), plus numerous walk-through exhibits at Knowsley Safari Park.
National Trust – Formby
Thirty minutes by train from Liverpool is the glorious beach at Formby with dramatic sand dunes surrounded by sweeping coastal pinewoods. This is a great place to see rare wildlife, such as red squirrels, sand lizards and natterjack toads. On the beach, there are mudflats containing prehistoric footprints of humans, deer and aurochs that are frequently revealed (and washed away) by the tide.
Part of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Martin Mere provides a great opportunity to view (and sometimes interact with) both native and exotic wetland birds. It is family friendly with lots of events and activities for children of all ages.