Hanh Nhien

Do you know where the ill-fated Titanic was built? Where’s the homeland of the legendary band The Beatles? Do you know the location of Anfield Stadium, a place sacred to football fans? There’s a lot to discover in Liverpool.

From London, it takes about two hours by express train to reach Liverpool, the third largest port city in Great Britain. To get a feel for the city board the “Yellow Submarine” water bus, which takes visitors along the Mersey River. Here, you can witness the city’s development through its riverside architecture: old buildings, abandoned factories now turned into swank accommodation, offices and art exhibition halls. Since Liverpool is a port city, there are many harbors. Part of the city’s waterfront has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, including Old Dock, built in 1709, and Canning Dock, opened in 1737. The riverside area of Pier Head is always bustling.

Lying among modern buildings is Albert Dock, once a place where many slaves and immigrants entered the country. The old red-brick buildings beckon visitors to explore the past in the city’s unique museums. History-buffs will love Liverpool as it is home to countless museums with various themes. One of the most famous is the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the symbol of which is a giant anchor. This museum houses precious documents that shed light on Liverpool’s development and the history of the shipping industry. The city has gone through many ups and downs, including the Titanic tragedy. The Tate Liverpool is a contemporary art museum with free admission.

It would be a shame not to visit The Cavern Club while in this port city. Located on Mathew Street, this is a recreation of the club where the world’s most famous rock band – The Beatles – was born. They made their stage debut and tasted their first success here. A copper statue of John Lennon stands outside. The Beatles remain a source of pride in Liverpool – don’t be surprised to see their statues all over the city.

Next stop is Anfield Stadium. Home to the Liverpool football team, this is the most crowded place in the city. Liverpudlians love football and consider Anfield Stadium “sacred ground”. With a capacity of 45,000 people, you can feel the whole place vibrate with cheers when a match is underway. Outside of the stadium stands a statue of Bill Shankly, the club’s best known manager. Nearby lies Paisley Gate, named after the famous manager Bob Paisley.  

Liverpool shines after dark. After a long day of exploring, find a traditional pub and enjoy a meal fish and chips with lager. Fans of The Beatles will find plenty of places with good cover bands belting out their hits. With its vibrant mix of old and new, Liverpool has something for everyone.