14 Fun Things To Do in Liverpool
It’s a cliche, but of course you can’t think of Liverpool without thinking about The Beatles.
So of course we’ve got some great Beatles-related attractions coming up. But there’s a lot more to Liverpool than the fab four, so if you’re not a fan (really?), or you’re just looking for something a bit different, keep reading — there loads of fun things to do in Liverpool - you won’t be disappointed.
The Beatles Story
The story of how four Liverpool lads rose from obscurity to change the world of music forever and become the biggest band in history is surely one of the most captivating stories of the 20th century - and The Beatles Story is the best place to discover it.
There are replicas of The Beatles’ early venues, The Cavern Club, Mathew Street and the Casbah Coffee Club, as well as atmospheric audio guides that bring the swinging 60s to life, a large collection of Beatles memorabilia and more.
As well as the venues, the main exhibition lets you experience the world famous Abbey Road Studios, and even the Yellow Submarine!
The discovery zone includes interactive activities that help kids (and grown-ups) discover The Beatles music, and the style of the 1960s in fun and exciting ways.
Refreshments are available in the Fab4 Cafe, and a range of Beatles themed souvenirs in the Fab4 Store.
If you want to tour Liverpool and see it in a whole new (and rather gruesome) light, then Shiverpool is for you.
The ghostly walking tours of Liverpool manage to be both informative and enormous fun. Expect lots of laughs (and perhaps a few screams) as your guides bring the dark side of Liverpool to life - or perhaps back to life.
Your “spirit guides” will be with you every step of the way as you explore Liverpool’s most famous locations, and learn about the history of the city in a fun and engaging way.
Take a look at the official Shiverpool video here:
Awesome Walls Climbing Centre
What could be more fun than hanging off a wall 50 feet in the air with only a thin piece of rope to save you?
Adrenaline junkies with a head for heights and nerves of steel will love Awesome Walls Liverpool - while for others it might be more “challenge” than “fun” - but either way you’ll have a day out that you won’t forget.
If you haven’t climbed before then you’ll need to start by booking a session with an instructor, so you can learn the basics of safe climbing and how to tie the knots you’ll need.
If you’ve climbed before, and have filled out a membership form, you don’t need to book - and you can hire the equipment you’ll need.
Don’t worry if you’re scared of heights but fancy challenging yourself - the experience instructors have seen it all before - there are walls that are only 2 metres high to get you started.
Take A Beatles Tour
If you want to see Liverpool, and find all the places the Beatles knew and loved in the city, then a Beatles Tour is the way to do it. You can’t beat a bit of local knowledge.
There are loads of Beatles related tours to choose from - here are two of the very best:
Fab4Tours was created by experienced Liverpool taxi drivers who set out to create a better tour for Beatles fans than the usual bus tours.
With more than 200 years Liverpool taxi experience between them, you can be confident they won’t get lost(!) - and will show you all the best Beatles-related places around Liverpool.
Alternatively, if you want to treat yourselves - you can book a private Beatles Tour of Liverpool with Blue Badge Guide Jackie Spencer.
Jackie’s been a tour guide in Liverpool since 1995 - so it’s fair to say she knows her way around. In fact she’s an officially certified BeatleGuide too and a real expert on the Beatles and their lives in Liverpool.
Jackie offers Bespoke Beatles Tours in luxury vehicles (usually chauffeur-driven Mercedes) - though she can take you on a walking tour if you prefer.
A real Beatles expert who loves the band as much as you do - and loves to share her beloved Liverpool with you.
You’ve heard all about Virtual Reality - but here’s your chance to try it out for yourself, with custom-made VR setups and helpful staff so you get the most out of the experience.
With state of the art virtual reality equipment, and more than 10 different games and experiences to choose from, you’re sure to have a fun time.
Explore environments from outer space to the human body, and from first-person shooters to the ever-popular Minecraft, there’s an exciting VR experience for everyone.
You’ll need to book in advance, and VR-Here are only open after 18:00 on weekdays and after 14:00 at weekends.
Karting is always great fun - and at TeamSport it’s even better because they have an 850m long multi-level track with a flyover and 17 corners to negotiate.
All the action takes place indoors - so the weather can’t spoil your fun either.
Kids from 8-12 can drive the kids karts and from 13+ you’re into adult karts capable of 40mph - so the action is fast and furious. All racewear is provided and there’s an area for spectators too.
You can book your race online - and choose from 2 x 15 minute sessions, half-price Wednesdays, or Unlimited Karting (with minimum of 50 minutes of track time) on a Sunday.
Karting is where all the F1 drivers started - so why not give it a try? Who’s got the potential to be the next World Champion?
Spring City Trampoline Park
What’s more fun than bouncing on a trampoline? Bouncing on 100 trampolines! And that’s what you’ll find at Spring City - Liverpool’s first city centre trampoline park.
There are sessions for everyone:
Spring Tots for little ones above walking age and under 5. Family Time sessions are for all ages above walking age to bounce together.
If you want to get fit, then the Spring Fit sessions with a qualified instructor, are a great way to burn up to 1000 calories per hour, and have so much fun it won’t feel like exercise.
Adult Night - for over 16s lets you enjoy the trampolines and improve your skills in a child-free environment.
Student 90s Night gives students discounted entry and as much 90’s music as you can bounce to.
There’s also an Autism Friendly session. A separate soft play area for the under 4s means there’s active fun for all ages.
For a really fun night out it’s hard to beat an evening of really great live stand-up comedy.
Laughterhouse has been running comedy nights for nearly 10 years, and are well known for the quality of acts that they book.
Their main venue is the Slaughterhouse (geddit?) has a great underground atmosphere - it’s in the basement of the Slaughter House Pub. You can book online, or tickets are sometimes available on the door if the show hasn’t sold out.
You can also book a meal deal and enjoy a bite to eat before the show at “Piccolino”, which is just two minutes walk from the venue.
Check online for upcoming acts and shows.
Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf
Within the Liverpool One shopping and leisure complex, you’ll find Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf.
There are two 18 hole courses to choose from - Swamp, Jungle or Volcano - all in a jungle setting. With a volcano cave, temple ruins and tikki huts, you’ll think you’re on the set of an Indiana Jones movie!
Jungle Rumble also has a pool table and a selection of arcade games. There’s the Hideout Cafe for refreshments, and even a fully-stocked bar for the grown-ups.
Great fun for all ages.
Can you escape from a locked room within 60 minutes using just your brainpower, and with only a few cryptic clues to help you?
There are seven themed rooms of varying difficulties to choose from including The Heist where you have 60 minutes to raid a bank vault, The Facility (for over 16s) where you must escape a deadly virus, Sabotage which sees you behind enemy lines trying to prevent a deadly missile strike and lots more.
You can play as a team of 2-5 people. Some of the puzzles are quite complex so the games are best suited to over-10s.
St Johns Beacon
See the most stunning view of Liverpool from the viewing gallery of St Johns Beacon, 450ft above the ground.
The Radio City Tower Viewing Gallery gives 360 degree views of Liverpool and indeed the whole of Merseyside and beyond - as far as Cumbria and North Wales if the weather is clear.
The viewing gallery is completely enclosed, so you can enjoy the view in comfort whatever the weather.
You can take as long as you like to enjoy the panoramic vistas, and take lots of photos too. No need to book in advance.
The Cavern Club
Probably The Beatles best known early venue, the Cavern Club is a must-visit venue for any Beatles fan visiting Liverpool, and indeed for music fans in general.
There are more than 20 bands in residence at the Cavern Club - but you might want to see the Cavern Club Beatles - four Liverpool Lads who will remind you very strongly of a Liverpool band that went on to become the biggest band in the world…
The Cavern Club has been welcoming music fans for more than 60 years. It first opened its doors in January 1957 as a jazz club. The club allowed skiffle groups to play in the 60s - but “no rock ’n roll” was allowed. The Beatles first played at the club in 1961.
The Cavern Club is open every day from 10:00. Families with children are welcome until 20:00 - after that it’s over 18s only.
Cover Star Experiences
If Liverpool’s music history has got under your skin, and you want to have a go yourself, then Cover Star Experiences can help.
Ideal for Groups (Stags and Hens are welcome), to celebrate a special occasion, or just for a laugh, the Recording Studio Experience lets you take the microphone and make your very own recording of your favourite track.
After an hour and a half in the studio, you’ll have your own professional-sounding performance to take away as a souvenir. There are even packages where you can star in your own music video, or star in a photoshoot for your own celeb-style magazine.
Kids parties for kids of 7 years or older are also available, and can include make-overs, photos and party games too.
Ferry ‘cross the Mersey
No trip to Liverpool would be complete without taking a “Ferry ‘cross the Mersey” (or in this case along the Mersey) and seeing this great city from the water.
The River Explorer Cruise is a great way to see the Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront. The cruise comes with full commentary and lasts for 50 minutes, though you’re free to break your journey to visit riverside attractions. There’s a cafe on board, or you’re welcome to take take a picnic.
Mersey Ferries also run a longer Manchester Ship Canal Cruise, which lasts six hours and takes in one of Britain’s most interesting and historic waterways. A return journey by bus is included.
As we’ve seen, Liverpool is a fun and vibrant city - with loads of great attractions and fun things to do - and not everything’s Beatles-related.
We hope we’ve whetted your appetite for a fun trip to Liverpool.
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