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Weekend Breaks to Liverpool

Planning a short break to Liverpool? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Liverpool. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Liverpool. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

The Beatles Story

Where else would you start, but to get down to Albert Dock for this recreation of the life of The Fab Four. Its all here, The Cavern Club, Hamburg and of course a Yellow Submarine.

The slick audiovisual takes you on a Magical Mystery Tour that will leave you wanting to buy something at the shop. They have certainly left their mark on this city and this experience should not be missed

For more information visit - www.beatlesstory.com

Mathew Street Festival

This music festival has been running in the city centre for 11 years. At the end of August over 3 days and is Europe's largest free annual festival. The bands are mainly copies of the original Merseyside Beat of the 60s and much more nostalgia. Over 200 bands on a number of stages have spilled on to adjacent streets. You will be singing along and dancing in the streets.

For information go to: www.mathewstreetfestival.com

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Albert Dock is where you will find this fascinating museum that traces Liverpool's history from being a major port till today.The 6 floors of exhibits include slave trade, emigration, an eerie recreated dockside street and some artefacts from the Titanic. There is a small Customs and Excise Museum attached, displaying a wide array of confiscated items. Free admission.

Extra information: www.visitliverpool.com

Ferry Cross the Mersey

Capture the unique historic atmosphere of the city and it's river on a cruise around the bay. Cruises leave regularly from the Pier Head and you can enjoy an interesting commentary on the ports history. The trip can be broken at Seacombe for the Childrens Play Area, Aquarium, and at Woodside for the Waterfront Cafe. There is also an evening dance cruise and all day canal trip.

Visit: www.merseyferries.co.uk

International Inn

4 South Hunter Street off Hardman Street, In the heart of the city and an easy walk to everything. This hostel is a great combination of cleanliness, fun and cheap tariffs. Not many hostels win tourism awards, but The International won 3 in 2002 from the Mersey Tourist Board. Self catering or eat at the cafe and many other facilities including an internet cafe.

To book; www.visitliverpool.com

Liverpool Football Club Tour

The famous ground is easy to find, well signposted and only 5kms from the city centre. The guided tour takes you into the changing room (Not on matchdays), walk down the tunnel to the recorded sounds of 50,000 voices. The museum tells the story of one of England's most successful clubs, including a film and recreation of the Kop as it used to be. Everton, the blue neighbour and rival do a similar tour.

For information www.liverpoolfc.tv/club/tour

Ness Botanic Gardens

For a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, then take a short drive out to the Wirral on the M53 and follow the signs. You will be rewarded with 62 acres of pristine beauty. The gardens are well laid out and informative. Facilities include a gift shop, cafe, visitor centre and children's play area.

There are many special events and can be checked out at; www.merseyworld.com

60 Hope Street

The name gives a clue as to where you'll find this award winning restaurant, located in a Georgian house between the two Cathedrals. This restaurant is popular with young and old and won't break the bank. Simple and trendy decor and International food served in style.

For information the website is; www60hopestreet.com

The Albert Dock

The focal point of Liverpool's harbour area is an easy stroll from downtown and is a magnificently restored attraction. The warehouse's were opened in the 19th century and are now home to cafes, restaurants, shops, hotels and top tourist attractions including, The Beatles Story, Maritime Museum, Tate Gallery and the Museum of Liverpool Life.

For more details go to www.albertdock.com

Liverpool Cathedral

This massive edifice stands as a landmark in the city centre and is the largest Anglican Cathedral in Britain. Enter here with your mouth open and check out the sheer size of the gothic arches, organ and stained glass windows.

The view from the tower is stunning. There are various special concerts and events held here regularly;

Details are at www.liverpoolcathedral.com

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FACT

FACT is a centre dedicated to inspiring and promoting creativity through film, video and new & emerging media art forms. Opened in February 2003, FACT is the first purpose-built arts project in Liverpool for more then 60 years.

Architecture - Cultural Attraction

Stand outside Burger king (near central station), and look up at the buildings opposite (not the shops, the stucture above them), all very different with fascinating and some elabrate designs. Speaking of elaborate, then go to St Lukes Church which is at the top of Bold Street. Bombed in the World War, and preserved since, as an area of peace and tranquility, a fascinating building

Bistro Pierre - Restaurant or Cafe

The best french restaurant in Liverpool serving fantastic a la carte food. Their lunchtime and early evening offers are excellent value.

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