Not many would disagree to the statement that English people are the most passionate football community and in a country that eats, sleeps and lives on the beautiful game, the most successful city is that of Liverpool. The city is represented in the Barclays Premier League by Liverpool FC and Everton FC, two teams which have won a handful of trophies including 27 First Division titles, 12 FA Cups, 5 European Cups and 24 Community Shield trophies.
Many illustrious football players have also played for these two teams ; the likes of Alan Ball, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush in the old days and Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres in the modern era. However, contrary to general belief, there’s more to Liverpool than just football. This diversely populated city is home to quite a few spectacles that can deem it into being a major tourist attraction.
Seeing as it is a city with an 800 year history, it comes as no surprise that it embodies numerous museums. The first one on our list is the Museum of Liverpool, a museum built in 2011 with a sole objective of providing public with the city’s story and its global significance, comprising of more than 6000 objects and being the location for lots of exhibitions throughout the year. The second highly recommended museum to visit is the Merseyside Maritime Museum, a foundation that symbolizes the city’s seafaring custom.
It showpieces tales of the Titanic, the Battle of the Atlantic, the American Civil War and also signifies Liverpool’s position as the gateway to the world as the city was historically the major dock of England. Other famed museums in the city include the International Slavery Museum, which reveals stories about the millions of people caught up in slavery over the centuries, and Tate, a modern gallery/museum which displays work of contemporary and modern art along with hosting special exhibitions. The Walker Art Gallery is also hugely celebrated in the country as it boasts the largest collection of art in any museum outside of London.
Keeping the rich heritage and the ancestry of the city alive are the foundations that represent the era of the old days. The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, located in the heart of the city, was completed in 1960 and is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool. The amazingly beautiful interior of the cathedral, when illuminated by light, provides a sight which is worth the journey. In his book 20th Century Architecture, former Guardian architecture correspondent Jonathan Glancey singled out Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King as one of the century’s standout buildings.
Also, a must-see attraction is the Anglican Cathedral of the city, which is the largest cathedral of its kind in Europe. A visit to the top of this building provides a magnificent view of the lands and far. Speke Hall, a half a century old public Tudor House is also significant to the city’s tourism offerings.
And that is not all. Liverpool is famous around the world for being home to arguably the most popular pop band of all time: The Beatles. The Cavern Club, a nightclub located in Mathew Street, is the club where the band developed its musical identity. That spirit of the legendary group is still present in this club for tourists to discover. Or they can take a ride on the Yellow Duckmarine which provides tours around the streets and waterfront of Liverpool. Not to be missed is the electrifying atmosphere in Anfield and Goodisan Park (home stadiums of the two football clubs) on matchdays. All in all, Liverpool promises to provide tourists with a memorable vacation.