My Holiday in Liverpool
In June, I headed to Manchester and Liverpool on holiday. First I went to Manchester for four days and then I headed to Liverpool. My holiday in Liverpool was a quick stop-over of only 24 hours, but here’s what I did.
24 Hours in Liverpool
I arrived in Liverpool from Manchester Piccadilly at 3 pm. I headed straight from Liverpool Lime Street Station to my hotel by the docks.
It was a lovely walk and made me like the city instantly. The streets are wide, the views are gorgeous and though there are a few hills, it felt very walkable – even with a heavy suitcase.
I checked myself into my cheap hotel – I’m only here for one night – and pretty much headed straight out as I wanted to visit Reid of Liverpool in the Knowledge Quarter before it shut at 5 pm.
Visiting Reid of Liverpool
Reid of Liverpool is a secondhand bookshop with absolutely no rhyme or reason for shelving – at least to me. I was finding classics with philosophy, books on religion with the military, and arts with non-fiction biographies. But did come away with three books, so clearly enjoyed the treasure hunt.
Afterwards, I was starving, so I headed to Yo! Sushi. Not a particularly Liverpudlian cuisine, but it was easy and quick. I went shopping in Liverpool One briefly and picked up some essentials from Superdrug before heading back to my hotel to do a bit of self-care.
After four days of walking, I treated myself to some foot-pampering socks – the kind with the cream that softens your skin – and some face masks. Whilst listening to a Book Marketing Society awards meeting, I relaxed. It was delightful to discover that my wonderful team and I at Bonnier Books UK had won an award, so that was plus.
I had a long soak in the shower, did some pampering and watched the new Lizzo documentary before getting into bed with one of my new books.
Day 2: Liverpool City Centre
I woke early and checked out of my hotel, storing my suitcase before heading into the city. I had a full to-do list and a strict schedule to stick to.
First, I headed into the centre of the city to Bold Street for breakfast. I had heard about Bold Street Coffee on TikTok and treated myself to a bacon butty and a latte. Delicious and just what I needed to kick-start my day.
There was a huge Oxam on Bold Street with a massive books section, so I spent a good half hour in there and bought three books.
The Cavern Quarter
Next up was the Cavern Quarter, or Mathew Street. This is where the famous Cavern Club is situated. Everything was still shut so I didn’t get to go inside but I got plenty of photos of the outside and all the surrounding statues.
From the Wall of Fame, with all the names of the singers and bands that performed at the Cavern Club, to the Wall of Hits – all the number-one hits that came from Liverpudlians. There was a lot.
Around the corner was the Eleanor Rigby statue, designed and made by Tommy Steele, the legendary rock’n’roll singer that we’re very fond of in my family. He only charged half a sixpence to make it – a nod to his movie Half a Sixpence.
Next, I headed to Kernaghan Books, a shop in the oldest building in Liverpool, The Bluecoat. It was a beautiful antiquarian bookshop, but I didn’t purchase anything there.
Royal Albert Dock
As we reached midday, I headed down to the famous – and stunning – Albert Docks to see The Beatles statue. There was a crowd, but I managed to get a nice photo, before heading into the Museum of Liverpool.
This museum was free and I spent a fun hour looking around at the Eurovision memorabilia – including the infamous butter churn – and the Wonderous Places exhibition upstairs. I saw the flat cap and pocket watch that Cillian Murphy wore on the set of Peaky Blinders, filmed in Liverpool, as well as an outfit worn by Jodie Comer in Killing Eve.
I had a quick drink to refresh before heading across the docks to the Tate Liverpool. During the short walk, I admired the locks on the quay, many of which were left by lovers or for loved ones.
I didn’t spend much time at the Tate. It was free but there wasn’t any artwork that held my attention particularly. Instead, I decided to grab my bags from my hotel and head to Walker Art Gallery by Liverpool Lime Station.
Walk through the city
My bags were heavy but it was only a short walk to the art gallery, passed the Hillsborough Memorial, and it’s right by the station. I deposited my bags in a locker and looked around. The artwork is primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries, with a few 20th-century pieces.
I was hoping to see the portrait of Kim Cattrall that was painted by the winner of the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year, as supposedly it’s in their permanent collection, but it was nowhere to be found sadly.
After walking around I headed to the cafe for a sandwich and drink before finally deciding to head for my 3 o’clock train back to London.
Final Thoughts of Liverpool
I was blessed to have such wonderful weather whilst in Liverpool. It was the right level of warmth without burning up. It’s a very walkable city, with giant pavements, lots to see and great shopping.
I would love to return for a longer visit down the line, maybe upgrade my hotel slightly as the one I was in was cheap and cheerful, and very central, but a softer bed and a kettle would have been appreciated.
All in all, a lovely city I highly recommend you visit whether for 24 hours or 2 weeks.