Liverpool was the last of the northern cities on my list to visit. I wasn’t sure to expect, but I’d heard good things about live music, museums and lots of Beatles history. The main focus of our trip was to see the Everton match, but we managed to squeeze in some sight seeing and excellent restaurants. The first night, we arrived and had dinner at Kasbah, a Moroccan restaurant. If you go, get the special Moroccan tea, it was amazing. (As a funny note, they don’t serve alcohol, and we saw a few people get seated, attempt and fail to order wine and leave).
We stayed at the ibis styles, which had a solid location and the rooms are all themed after Beatles songs. We stayed in the strawberry fields forever room.
The next morning, we headed to the match then got delicious Mexican street food at Lucha Libre. The tacos were excellent (and I’m very taco deprived) and the cocktails were amazing (but pricey)!
The next day, we headed out early to see the museums on the docks. The International Slavery Museum was interesting, and some of the exhibits were a bit hard to see. They were on topics varying from African enslavement in the 1800s in the Americas to child labour in India and sex trafficking. Definitely interesting and worth seeing.
We also visited the Maritime Museum which focuses on Liverpools maritime legacy. White Star (the company that owned titanic) was located in Liverpool. It wasn’t as amazing as the Titanic Museum in Belfast but the other parts of the museum that focuses on cruise lines and submarine warfare were really interesting. In the basement is an interesting little museum on the customs and imports of the U.K., where you can attempt to pick out drug smugglers from a crowd and identify what is being illegally smuggled in various boxes.
The Museum of Liverpool is another great (and free!) museum on the docks. Here, you can learn where the scouser accent came from and a lot about the people of the city, and the economic struggles they’ve faced. They’ve also got great exhibits about the tramway that ran across the water front and the urban development of the city centre.
Following this long day of leaning, we grabbed a late lunch and headed back to the lakes.