Amidst all of the working, boozing and snoozing, it’s easy to take all the city has to offer for granted. With the end of the academic year almost upon us, here’s a list of what you can’t afford to miss in Liverpool.
- Sefton Park & the Palm House
A weekend walk around Sefton is a must; take some time out from the bustling city to clear the cobwebs. Explore the vast green space by Citybike – rental stations are dotted across the park. A visit to Sefton wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Palm House, situated within the park; from local artisan craft fairs, to yoga and tea dances, there are plenty of events happening at the Palm House to keep you occupied. Liverpool’s annual International Music Festival is also held in the park every summer and is not to be missed – past headliners include local boys The Wombats and singer Lianne La Havas.
- Lark Lane
Lark Lane offers an eclectic mix of quirky independent shops, pubs, cocktail lounges and restaurants. If you’re after a more laid-back approach to Friday and Saturday nights, look no further than the Lane – Milo Lounge and Love & Rockets serve up cocktails, craft beers and great dishes. The Moon & Pea is famous for its hot chocolate and selection of cakes, making it a popular destination on weekends. The abundant charm of Lark Lane also sets it up as an ideal dating spot…
- Georgian Quarter pub crawl
Bored of Concert Square and Seel Street? The Georgian Quarter bar crawl is an alternative to your standard student night out. Admire the stunning Georgian architecture as you crawl from pub to pub. Where you go is up to you, however Peter Kavanagh’s and The Philharmonic are highly recommended; both pubs boast impressive interiors. Quirky objects are hung from the ceiling to give Peter Kavanagh’s an authentic rustic feel, while the grade II listed Philharmonic features ornate wall carvings.
Other pubs worth visiting: The Caledonia, The Belvedere Arms, Ye Cracke, The Grapes
- Bongo’s Bingo, Camp and Furnace – tickets from £10
Bingo with a difference. Tickets are something of a rarity these days due to the sheer popularity of this event. However, you’ll certainly not be disappointed if you do manage to bag yourself a ticket. With several rounds of bingo to play, nostalgic tunes and plenty of booze, you’ll never think of bingo in the same way again. The rave round is a particular highlight, as everyone dances on benches to the sound of 90s dance music, waving glow sticks in the air like they just don’t care. Prizes include a 22inch double-ended dildo, Coco Pops and a Henry Hoover, amongst other things…
Buy tickets here: https://www.skiddle.com/groups/bongosbingo/
- Visit Liverpool’s museums and galleries Free (fees may apply for certain exhibitions)
Immerse yourself in the city’s history and culture by spending an afternoon in any of Liverpool’s many museums and galleries. Albert Dock is home to the Museum of Liverpool, International Slavery and the Maritime Museum. The Slavery museum is particularly worth a visit, it recounts the harrowing history of the triangular Slave Trade, reminding visitors that Liverpool itself was built with the revenue from the trade. The World Museum and Walker Art Gallery are located across town. The Walker exhibits a variety of art, including pieces from the 13th century to contemporary works. The gallery’s Pre-Raphelite collection is particularly renowned and features artworks by Rossetti.
Find out more here: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/index.aspx
- Anglican Cathedral Free (tower tours from £4)
Take a tour of Britain’s largest, and arguably, Liverpool’s most spectacular cathedral. While it may seem imposing from the outside, the interior is simply awe-inspiring. The tower tours offer an unrivalled panoramic view of Liverpool and the surrounding areas, with a unique chance to behold the famous bell chamber. Look out for lively music events hosted by Fiesta Bombarda and others; Independent Liverpool have also hinted at hosting a film night in the cathedral – watch this space…
- Ghetto Golf £10pp
Leave behind your traditional notions of mini-golf; this is mini-golf with a sinister edge. Located in an old brewery, Ghetto Golf features eighteen holes of psychedelic madness. Each hole has a distinct theme and poses a new challenge. Expect nostalgic tunes, creative cocktails and a pinch of political satire; try one of Meet Frank’s famous hotdogs while you’re there.
Book your place here: http://www.ghettogolf.co.uk/
- Visit the Baltic Triangle
The Times recently voted the Baltic Triangle as the coolest place to live in the UK. Set amongst warehouses, the Baltic Triangle has a distinctly industrial feel. The area is a bustling hotspot for creatives and independently-run businesses. Expect gin gardens, late-night parties and art exhibitions.
- Breakfast at the Tavern
With bountiful breakfasts and bottomless tea and coffee on offer, what’s not to love? Conveniently located on Smithdown Road, a hungover pilgrimage to the Tavern is a must on the weekend. If that’s not enough to tempt you, their English breakfast was recognised as the nation’s best for two consecutive years.