Recently I was asked by Visit Liverpool* to be a tourist in my own city, and to discover and re-discover the best of Liverpool.
Every city across the world has been hit with a loss in tourism due to the global pandemic. With the easing of lockdown in the UK, it was finally time to be able to head out and enjoy little aspects of life again.
This post contains gifted experiences.
I absolutely love my city. I think Liverpool is one of the best city’s in the world. It has everything you need, in a manageable size. It’s a city that feels more like a town, and just spending a day here you instantly feel right at home. I’m sure the amazing locals have a small part to play in that.
Thanks to Visit Liverpool I got to visit places that I hadn’t before, and re-visit places that had finally opened up again. All of these places are great for friends, couples and families to enjoy if you’re visiting the city, for the first time or as a local.
British Music Experience
The British Music Experience started life as a temporary pop up in the O2 Arena in the late noughties. Once it came to a close, the demand for it lingered. Finally it set up home in the iconic Cunard Building on Liverpool’s Pier Head.
I have wanted to visit the experience since it opened a few years back. Finally on exploring the history of British music from the 50’s to now, it’s safe to say I won’t be leaving it as long to return.
Every genre of music from Rock and Roll, to ska, reggae, punk, pop & rock is showcased throughout the decades. The exhibition also has stage costumes and instruments used by the likes of Queen & Bowie. You can set your sights on hand written notes and song lyrics from some of the most famous people in the industry as well.
It’s not all just information, there is loads to get involved with. Throughout the day there are hologram performances to have a boogie to, we saw Boy George! There’s also the Music Room sponsored by Gibson. This area actually allows you to play Gibson guitars and drum kits. Whether you’re a pro or a novice this is brilliant experience. Plus you can spend as long as you want drumming or jamming away.
Playing a Gibson Electric Guitar. David Bowie’s stage outfits.
The Quirky Quarter
Once we finished at the British Music Experience, we headed to the the Quirky Quarter. This is somewhere that I didn’t even know existed, but now I want everyone to know about it.
I was pleasantly surprised about what lay behind the unassuming windows on Duke Street.
The Quirky Quarter is fun for all ages. Me and Ste were there for over an hour and couldn’t stop laughing, gasping and jumping. It is nothing like anything we have visited before. You could visit the Quirky Quarter over and over, with different people, and have a different experience each time.
The experience offers you tricks of the mind and sight, as well as chances to solve brainteasers and take excellent oddball photographs. I don’t want to tell you how we created these images, as that is all part of the fun. But, I can tell you that nothing is what it seems, and needs to be experienced.
Nothing is what it seems.
Finding A Spot To Eat
When you’re out and about in the city, and enjoying all that it has to offer, you will need to stop for a bite to eat to refuel. Believe me. Sometimes finding a place to eat in a new city is overwhelming, so let me help you. You can’t go wrong with heading to the Georgian Quarter.
The Georgian Quarter has so much to offer from history, to entertainment, to eateries. The Quarter is just one of the restaurants there and is a popular choice with city locals. On a dry day you will think you’ve stepped in to a corner of Paris, there will be a buzz outside with tables full and a European flair in the air.
The food here though is delicious. It’s a Mediterranean restaurant serving pizza, pasta, food from the grill; can highly recommend the Lamb Kofta. As well as delicious tapas and nibbles, the patatas bravas are another favourite of mine.
I love nothing better than meeting a friend here for a cocktail and a small plate, or heading here for a date. It’s also the perfect place for family sharing pizzas and desserts.
Be Like A Local
I hope that this has given you some good ideas for when you next visit the city. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or a local looking for new ideas, you won’t be disappointed visiting any of these places.
It wouldn’t be right for me to write all this and then not comment on current Covid 19 measures in all of these places. I’ll admit that I have been very cautious in where I have been going and socialising again, and I can assure you we both felt very safe in all of these environments.
The British Music Experience has staff constantly wiping down all surfaces, and in the Gibson experience all instruments are cleaned after each use. Inside the Quirky Quarter is the same. All staff are very attentive to cleaning, social distancing, and masks are mandatory inside (apart from when getting photos).
I’d love to know if you visit any of these places. They’d make great surprises as gifts for people, so if you have any further questions on them let me know.
I hope you are all staying safe and well, and I hope you can visit our wonderful city soon.
*Each experience was gifted by Visit Liverpool. All descriptions, opinions and images are honest and my own.