Graduation is just around the corner for some us!
As exciting as it is to finally be almost done with university, I can’t help but feel like I am yet to fully experience everything Liverpool has to offer. Sure it is a busy time for those of us on the last leg of our undergraduate education, but the sudden realisation that I might never live in Liverpool again makes me feel as though I need to go out and partake in all the activities I put off since first year right now.
So whether you’re a final year facing the reality of the imminent end to your student years or a first year eager to take on the city as soon as possible, here are some suggestions of activities to tick off your Liverpool bucket list:
1. Experience the acoustic at the Philharmonic Hall
The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra. Located right next-door to our university campus on Hope Street, the Orchestra draws crowds from far and wide to its 70 concerts in the year. It is surprising how many students have never bothered to venture into the Philharmonic or take advantage of what’s on offer.
Find out what’s on here.
2. Ride a superlambanana
The superlambananas are one of Liverpool’s most recognisable cultural icons. There are approximately 125 superlambanana replicas dotted across Liverpool and its surrounding areas. Now, for health and safety reasons, it is not recommended you climb a superlambanana… They are quite high and you’d need a friend to hoist you up. But I’d say it’s totally worth the awesome kodak moment! (Pro tip: the superlambananas by the docks give a great view of the waterfront and are mostly deserted at night). You did not hear this here.
3. Learn to make a bowl of scouse
The dish from which the people of Liverpool derived their nickname. Scouse is a type of beef or lamb stew commonly eaten by sailors in seaports that has now become a local dish in Liverpool. Every scouse family has a different recipe – some add turnip with the potatoes, some like it thick, some like it thinner, some use beef instead of lamb, some use both, or some use just lamb… However you prefer your scouse, it’s worth trying or learning to make. Maggie Mays on Bold Street make some delicious authentic scouse.
4. Pub crawl on Mathew Street
Mathew Street is best known for hosting the Cavern Club where the Beatles played frequently during their early career. As such, it has become a sort of ‘mecca’ for Beatles fans worldwide. A pub crawl on Mathew Street makes for a good change from the usual student nightout – nice atmosphere and all sorts of characters!
5. See a Liverpool Football Club or Everton game
As a non-football fan, I can’t say seeing a football game is on the top of my list. But not many cities have such a rich football history as Liverpool does – it is statistically the most successful football city in England. I’m always amazed at how many international students I speak to who chose to study in Liverpool solely because of LFC or Everton. So whether you’re a blue or a red, or neither, it would be a shame to leave Liverpool without having watched a game live.
6. Attend the Grand National
The world renowned Grand National is held annually in April at Aintree Racecourse, just outside the city.
7. Ferry across the Mersey
Take a ferry across the River Mersey. Mersey Ferries run a 50-minute tour of the Liverpool waterfront, departing from Pier Head, Woodside and Seacombe ferry terminals.
8. Visit or revise at the Central Library
When it comes to libraries, we are spoilt for choice with our very own Sydney Jones and Harold Cohen. Break away from the everyday monotony and the struggle for a free computer during exam period by using the Central Library instead. The library is located on William Brown Street and was recently internally refurbished, boasting free wi-fi and tons of computers.
9. Have a museum day on the docks
Liverpool is known for having one of the most impressive museum collections in Europe. Be a tourist for a day and explore the many museums by the docks. There’s the Museum of Liverpool, UK’s first museum dedicated to the history of a city; the Merseyside Maritime Museum; the International Slavery Museum; The Beatles Story, and the Tate Art Gallery. Nothing quite like a museum crawl on a sunny day!
10. See the ‘Another Place’ sculptures in person
Another Place by Antony Gormley (best known for his Angel of the North sculpture) are 100 lifesize cast-iron figures spread over a 3.2km stretch of Crosby beach, each staring out over the Irish Sea.
11. Have a cocktail at the Panoramic 34
Treat yourself to a cocktail at the highest bar in the UK, with views going as far out as Wales. Cocktails range from £9-£11.
12. See a gig at the Echo Arena
The Echo Arena has played host to a number of big names – Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Arctic Monkeys, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Bruno Mars, amongst others. Ben Howard and Nicki Minaj are lined up to perform this April.
Find out what’s on here.
13. Ride the Wheel of Liverpool
For stunning panoramic views of the city at £7.50 for students.
14. Watch a show at the Liverpool Empire
For variety shows, musicals, operas, pop concerts, comedy shows, and plays, the Liverpool Empire Theatre, located on the corner of Lime Street and London Road, is the place to be. For the ghostbusters out there, this one is for you – the theatre is reputed to be haunted by at least two ghosts, one a former painter at the theatre called Len, the other a girl aged about nine or ten in Victorian dress. Happy sighting!
Find out what’s on at the Empire here.
15. Dig into an Almost Famous burger
If you have yet to have an Almost Famous burger, what are you waiting for? Arguably the best burgers in all of Liverpool!