TRAVEL: It gave the world The Beatles, now Liverpool has even more to offer the traveller

The Albert Dock, Liverpool, with the Maritime Museum and the Museum of Slavery.
The Albert Dock, Liverpool, with the Maritime Museum and the Museum of Slavery.

THERE are dozens of Beatles-themed puns you could use to describe a stay in the Fab Four’s beloved home city.

You’ll want to be more than a ‘Day Tripper’, you’ll want to stay there ‘Eight Days a Week’ - I won’t go on.

The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

None could do justice to what a vibrant, warm and beautiful city Liverpool is.

Steeped in history and culture, the city boasts more museums and galleries than any other UK city region outside London.

It also has more Grade II listed buildings than any other city in the UK outside London, and more Georgian buildings than Bath.

Not to mention a buzzing nightlife, a mouth-watering smorgasbord of shops and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool

Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool

After just over an hour’s drive down the M62, my partner and I arrived at the four-star boutique Hard Days Night Hotel.

Located in the heart of Liverpool, the hotel opened in 2008 to coincide with Liverpool’s tenure as the Capital of Culture and yes, it is inspired by The Beatles.

There is artwork by world-renowned artists of John, Paul, Ringo and George all around the hotel, the restaurant is named after Sir Pete Blake who designed the cover of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band, and Lennon and McCartney even each have their own suites in homage.

It is a real draw for the estimated 600,000 who visit Liverpool every year to follow in the band’s footsteps.

But even if you are one of those rare few who is not a fan of the musical legends, the swanky and luxury hotel would not fail to impress.

It proved a perfect base for our explorations of the city, which included a trip to Liverpool’s picturesque Albert Docks -a haven for tourists who can choose from several tours of the city, from the Magical Mystery Tour bus to the Yellow Duckmarine, or Wacker Quacker, which travels on city’s streets and waters.

It is also where we found Tate Liverpool, the Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum, which features some incredibly heart-breaking and amazingly inspiring stories originating from the city’s slave trade past.

Nearby is the Museum of Liverpool, which opened last year. There are not many places in the UK that could provide the subject for an entire museum but here there are fascinating displays illustrating Liverpool’s global significance through its unique geography, history and culture, including a particularly interesting sections on Liverpool’s history for trend-setting and popular culture.

And within walking distance is another culture hotspot - The Walker Art Gallery.

The stunningly-grand building is the national gallery of the North and has housed Liverpool’s most outstanding art collection for 130 years and we could probably have spent a good couple of days browsing its vast exhibits.

In the evening, we were eager to try out one of the city’s huge variety of restaurants and found on offer every kind of international cuisine we could imagine.

We decided to head up to the trendy Bold Street - an area where you can find vintage clothes, independent cafes and alternative boutiques by day, and bright young things at night.

There we stumbled upon The Kasbah Cafe Bazaar, and boy are we glad we did, Made to feel right at home by the friendly staff while at the same time like we were dining out in the centre of Morocco, my partner and I enjoyed some of the tastiest food we have ever had.

The city’s bars, clubs and pubs offer the same variety as the eateries, whether you want to hit the dance floor, enjoy some live music, or a sophisticated cocktail.

And if it’s shopping you’re after, you’re in for a treat. The city recently celebrated the opening of Liverpool One - boasting all the high street stores and more. There are also a range of designer, vintage, and independent shops dotted across the city centre.

We tried to pack as much of Liverpool into our weekend stay as we could, but found there were still a whole host of attractions not ticked off our list so - and be prepared for some more Beatles puns - we’ll be sure to getting a ‘Ticket to Ride’ so we can ‘Twist and Shout’ in the city again soon.

Travel Facts

Sarah and her guest stayed in the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool.

The hotel offers a variety of different packages including The Ultimate Beatles, All Your Need is Love and Magical Mystery.

For more information visit www.harddaysnighthotel.com or call 0151 2361964.