14 March 2019

Our Liverpool city break

At the end of last month we decided that we wanted to explore a new city but saving for a house meant that going abroad wasn't really an affordable option. We had a look for somewhere a little closer and opted for a Liverpool city break as it wasn't too far to drive.

We chose to stay at the Staybridge Suites as they're one of the hotels near Albert Dock and only couple of minutes walk away from the city centre. Our room was spacious with a view of the M&S Bank Arena and Wheel of Liverpool and we were really lucky to have sunny weather the whole time we were there. Although I liked the hotel, I probably wouldn't stay there again as there were small things like no soap in the room that could have made our stay that little bit better for how much we paid.

Royal Albert Dock - Liverpool city break

The Albert Dock has lots of little independent shops to explore alongside bigger chain restaurants - we had coffee at Peaberry Coffee House and wished we could have stayed for food as it looked amazing! The smell of freshly made fudge and pastries as we wandered around definitely made me hungry too. After exploring all the shops we decided to make the most of the sunny weather and go on the Wheel of Liverpool - you can actually see our hotel room just behind! It cost £10 each which was quite expensive but it was still a great experience to see Liverpool from a different angle!

Wheel of Liverpool - Liverpool city break

When I was googling where we should go on our city break, Bold Street came up as a great place for independent shops, restaurants and cafes in Liverpool. We had a look in Utility which is the dream if you're into scandi style homeware! Maray, Leaf and Bakchich were all places we'd love to have eaten if we'd had time but instead we opted to try Crust because I can't visit a new city without trying their pizza offering.

Bold Street - Liverpool city break

On the second day we walked along the river and explored the buildings along the waterfront where we found the famous Beatles statue nearby. If you can visit Liverpool when the weather is good it's a great place to walk around as it's not too big and there is plenty to see. If we'd had time we'd definitely have visited some of the museums to find out more about the city.

Beatles Statue - Liverpool city breakWe decided we hadn't visited many touristy places so we had a look around The Tate Gallery as it was really quiet. It's conveniently located at the Albert Dock and spans several floors so there's something for everyone. I also really enjoyed all the arty things in the gift shop and there were also lots of tasteful Liverpool related gifts rather than the tacky ones you often find!

Tate Gallery - Liverpool city break

We really enjoyed our city break to Liverpool and i'm sure we'll visit again as there were lots of things we couldn't fit in! I've featured the best places to eat in Liverpool in my next post so look out for my recommendations.

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