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7 Things to Do in Liverpool, the City of the Beatles
In the past few decades, Liverpool has been refurbished, and has blossomed into a magnificent city, great for tourists and teens on a day out. It's got a huge selection of high street shops, restaurants and unique attractions. It's definitely worth a visit if you're in the area. Another nearby city is Manchester, another great city for a day out. Both are packed with things to do for teenagers.
Liverpool is extra special for fans of one of the most famous bands in the world, the Beatles, as there are many attractions related to them in this city, which is where the members of the Beatles came from.
1. Go Shopping at Quiggins
Very near Liverpool Lime Street station is a building holding a collection of shops called Quiggins, which sell alternative clothing, accessories and gifts which you'll rarely find anywhere else. It also holds a venue showing live music, and it's a mini-city of its own, holding several different stores selling CDs, clothes, belts, band shirts, make-up and tons more.
Styles include gothic, Steampunk, emo and alternative. It's paradise if you're into that kind of stuff, and enjoy finding rare, unique styles.
Quiggins is almost on the point of closing down, as brand new plans are being made for that area of Liverpool - so visit it fast, before it disappears. According to its Facebook page, however, it's still open.
2. Take a Stroll Down Mathew Street
Mathew Street is a great place to visit for fans of the Beatles. It's got the Cavern Club, where the Beatles used to play their music, and indie musicians still play today. There is also a statue of John Lennon and a Beatles Gift Shop. Take a look, and maybe see something that you'd like, or something you could get for a friend or family member who loves the band.
There are also a few restaurants and cafes on and near Mathew Street where you can stop for brunch or dinner.
Inside the Beatles Gift Shop, you can buy all sorts of cool merchandise, and even write your name on the pillars in gold or silver pens.
3. Explore Chinatown
Liverpool has the oldest Chinatown in Europe, and is home to restaurants, takeaways and supermarkets. If you're in the area, take a look at the huge ceremonial arch, or buy some exotic ingredients from the supermarkets. There is some amazing Chinese food there that you won't find at an average British-Chinese takeaway, so go explore.
Chinatown is also home to various societies such as the Cantonese Opera Society and the Chinese Youth Orchestra.
4. Shop 'Til You Drop
Of course, if you visit a big city like Liverpool, you might want to do some shopping. The city centre is very close to Liverpool Lime Street station, with shops like H&M, HMV, Primark and Next, perfect for clothes, music and more, as well as food vendors to grab a hot dog, popcorn or ice cream. From the centre you can also clearly see the city radio tower.
Renshaw Street, where Quiggins is, also has many anime and manga shops, as well as shops selling merchandise and action figures. Liverpool has some great places to shop, whether it's high street shops you're looking for or something a little different - Liverpool has it, and within walking distance of the station too.
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5. Go to the Waterfront
There are several docks near the city centre, and near the river Mersey, with plenty to do and see. These include:
- The Beatles Story: £7 for 5-16 year olds, £12.00 for students and concessions, £15.95 for adults if you book online
- The ferris wheel
- Boat trips, including the Yellow Duckmarine
- The International Slavery Museum (free entry)
- Merseyside Maritime Museum (free entry)
- Impressions of Liverpool (a gift shop)
- Various restaurants and cafes
- Sweet shops
Visit this part of the city for lunch and a lazy wander around. Ride the ferris wheel to take a good luck at the city, and maybe visit one of the free museums in the afternoon.
6. See a Movie
There may be times where it's raining on your big day out - and outdoor activities might be impossible. If you and your friends have a few hours to kill and you're cold and wet, why not pay a visit to the cinema?
7. See the Anfield Stadium and Museum
If you love football, pay the Anfield Museum a visit. It's a little out of Liverpool city centre, so you have to get the bus. From Liverpool City Centre, take the number 26 or 27 from Paradise St Interchange, the number 17 from Queen Square Bus Station or number 917 from St Johns Lane (Anfield website).
If you're in Liverpool whilst there's a football match and you've got some money to spare, pay a visit to Anfield for a great, hands-on soccer experience.
Liverpool is agreat day out packed with things to do. You might even want to put several days aside to explore this great city.
© 2014 Poppy