Over half term/valentine’s week, Adam and myself spent a few days in Liverpool. If you read my UK Travel Bucket List you’ll know this was spontaneously booked when I was stressed out during exams week!
First off, we stayed at the Liner Hotel. The design of the hotel is based on a classic cruise-ship, with cabin style rooms, marble bathroom, and nautical/cruise related decor throughout. It is a beautiful hotel! All the staff we encountered were so helpful, kind and chatty. We also had breakfast with our stay, and they had one of the best selections of breakfast items I’ve seen, from full English to boxes of coco-pops (yes, I am 6!).
Day one consisted mainly of us travelling from York to Liverpool. Originally Adam was supposed to be driving, but that plan went out the window and it left me having to do my first ever long drive, in possible the worst snow/hail/dust storm. But, I have to say I am SO proud of myself as I get so tired driving but managed to confidently drive all the way there.
When we arrived at the hotel, we couldn’t check in until 2pm so decided to go for a wonder and get some lunch. We chose Gorilla, and the food was amazing. Many of you know my heart lies in Greece and I’m constantly moaning to Adam about going back, and Gorilla served the most wonderful selection of Greek food including Gyros and Souvlaki, along with the Greek beer, Mythos. I was in a little happy bubble. The portions were huge and incredible value for money, we got two courses for £8.
Good food and even greater drinks!
After lunch we had a wander round the shops, and maybe a ‘quick’ diversion into Primark! We then headed back to the hotel to check in, unpack, open presents, then freshen up for the evening meal. I left Adam to choose the restaurant for our Valentine’s meal and he chose Villa Romana. A quaint candle-lit, brick-walled Italian restaurant in the heart of the city. The food was absolutely devine, and the homemade deserts were some of the most delicious I have ever had. We then had a cocktail in the Brass Monkey Bar, which is a hidden gem; with swinging chairs and multicoloured umbrellas hanging from the ceiling.
The World Museum
Lets just say we walked over 22,000 steps this day, it was packed with sightseeing, good food, and just being your typical tourists! After breakfast we headed to the World Museum, that was just round the corner from our hotel. We got there early before all the queues, although it was obviously busy as it was half term. The exhibitions were amazing, our favourites were the Dinosaur and Egyptian ones. This is such a great day out for all the family, we learnt so much in the couple of hours we were there. What makes it even better is that it’s FREE!
Sightseeing Bus Tour and Museum Visits
We then jumped on the sightseeing bus, that picked us up outside the museum. Then took the tour, seeing sites like the Liverpool Cathedral, Hard Nights Hotel inspired by the Beatles, and China Town. We jumped off at the Albert Dock. Then after a quick cocktail stop off at Revs, we headed for the International Slavery Museum. The museum aims to promote understanding of transatlantic slavery. Exhibitions include; the culture of West Africa and their enslavement within western societies, plus the legacy this has brought through legislation and campaigning which still takes place today. The museum is extremely informative, and so interesting, I’ve learnt so much more about slavery, especially about which countries were involved.
It is located within the same building as the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Border Force National Museum, which we visited after the Slavery Museum. I loved the Seized! Border and Customs exhibit, and loved learning more about the crime detection methods used on borders, and the questionable practices used…I mean I study criminology for a reason! Next we had a wander down the riverside and around the docks (underestimating how windy it would be!), and into a few gift shops and Tate Modern.
The Cavern Club
Jumping back onto the bus, we went to the Cavern Club. Here, you can enjoy listening to the live music and looking at all the memories of the Beatles. Next we headed for some lunch. Months before going to Liverpool I’d seen the amazing Freakshakes at Barley and Beans, so we just had to go try them whilst we were there. They did not disappoint. We got ‘House of Carbs’ epic fries first, then went all out with the Freakshakes. I got the Oreo one and Adam got the Nutella one. They were I-N-S-A-N-E, you definitely have to go try one if you’re ever close by. Then after a little bit more shopping, we headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening.
George’s Great British Kitchen
On this evening we ate at George’s Great British Kitchen. We had pre-booked one of their super cute beach-hut tables, they’re such a unique interior feature! The food choices were amazing, it made it so hard to choose what we wanted to eat. We went for Cod Pakoras for starter, then I had a Scouse Pie and Adam went for the Steak, Ale and Henderson Pie. For pudding I tried the Fudge Finger Rolls, that was deep fridge fudge bars; they were delicious! Overall the quality of the food was superior, and the cocktails were unique yet tasty too!
After breakfast and checking out the hotel, we jumped back on the bus. As the ticket is activated for 24 hours, we took the opportunity to do a full tour of all the different sights. We hopped off at Canada Boulevard, as Adam wanted to have a look at the Beatles Statue. So, like your typical tourists we took a few photos and had a walk down the pier-head.
St John’s Beacon and the Wall of Fame
Having nothing else planned for the rest of the day, we decided to go up the St John’s Beacon/Radio City Tower. It was discounted with our bus tickets. The views from the top were great, and you can see across the whole of Liverpool with its many well-known buildings and features. Next, we went for a quick nosey at the Wall of Fame down near the Cavern Club, before dragging Adam around looking for a snow globe to add to my collection!
This was then the end of our time in Liverpool. We then jumped back in the car and drove back to York (as well as being stuck on the M62 for an extra hour, making me miss my seminar!). Overall, we had the BEST time, and it was not only great adventuring a new city, but it was so lovely just to spend some much-needed quality time together.
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