Romantic Things To Do In Liverpool
Liverpool is famous as the home of The Beatles, and there is nothing more romantic than hearing about the history of the band and their wonderful love songs whilst exploring the places that inspired their timeless music.
The Beatles Story
The place to go for the authoritative story of the band is The Beatles Story, situated in the splendidly restored Albert Docks. The Beatles Story is the world's largest permanent exhibition about the life and times of The Beatles.
The Beatles Story explains the humble beginnings in Liverpool (complete with replica of the Cavern Club) all the way through to the band's World domination and the members' solo careers in later years.
You'll hear all about the love story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono - they even have a replica of the John Lennon "Imagine" white room.
You can make the Beatles Story part of your own love story as you can get married here!
It's always romantic to wander hand in hand round an art gallery and find favourite works of art and artists together.
The Tate Liverpool is a great place to explore Modern Art as a couple. There's always something new to find, as they have an ever-changing schedule of exhibitions featuring well-known and not so well-known modern artists.
If you prefer, you can join one of the small daily guided tours of the gallery - you'll be given an introduction to the key artworks currently on display in the gallery.
If you like to admire the architecture of a city, you have two cathedrals in Liverpool to choose from - new and old!
You can enjoy the impressive ancient architecture and windows of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral together every day of the year.
There are many remarkable things to see - the world's highest and widest gothic arches, the world's highest and heaviest peal of bells and the UK's largest pipe organ.
Not forgetting the fantastic panoramic views from the huge 331 ft high Vestey Tower.
You need to ascend in two consecutive lifts and climb 108 stairs to get to the top!
A note for Beatles fans, Liverpool Cathedral is where Sir Paul McCartney recorded his classical Liverpool Oratorio in 1991.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is a contrast to the Anglican Cathedral - built in the 1960s, the architecture of this "cathedral in the round" is still striking, with many special things to see.
You can make the history of the cathedral come to life by taking one of the free guided tours, or you can explore the building together and discover treasures such as the magnificent Lutyens-designed crypt and the beautiful John Piper Lantern Window.
Ferry Cross the MerseyIt's traditional to take a "Ferry 'cross the Mersey" when you visit Liverpool...and you can add a romantic twist to this tradition by taking a sunset cruise on the Mersey.
During the summer, Mersey Ferries run special sunset cruises allowing you to see the Liverpool skyline at its most romantic.
Mersey Ferries also run daily River Explorer cruises (Seacombe - Woodside - Pier Head) hourly all day long, throughout the year. You'll love the fantastic views of the Liverpool waterfront on this famous boat journey!
Liverpool City Walks
You can have great fun exploring a new city together on foot, and Liverpool City Walks have a range of different guided walks to choose from.
They have two daily walks which both start at Albert Dock.
"Introducing Liverpool" introduces you to the history of Liverpool and its iconic buildings (such as the Pier Head with its famous Liver Birds).
"Discovery Waterfront World Heritage" takes you along the riverfront and, on weekdays, allows you to visit the interiors of the 3 Graces - the Port of Liverpool Building, the Cunard Building and the Royal Liver Building.
If you would prefer to learn more about the Fab Four, you can book the Beatles Tour which visits lots of the old Beatles haunts, such as the Cavern quarter and John Lennon's art school.
If the weather is kind, what would be better than a day out in a glorious park close to the centre of Liverpool with your loved one?
Together you can enjoy a stroll across acres of parkland, round the picturesque boating lake to the splendid Palm House (where you'll discover the romantic statue of Eros!).
To continue the love theme, there's also a magnificent fountain topped by a statue of Eros elsewhere in the park.
You can share a lovely afternoon tea at either the Lakeside Cafe or the Aviary Cafe (not forgetting to admire the birds in the aviary first).
A Day at the Races - Aintree Racecourse
You could always dress up in your finery and try your luck at the races at Aintree Racecourse. Home to The Grand National, Aintree also features other race meetings through the year.
The range of dining and entertainment options available while you watch the racing is huge - from coffee bars and fast food stands (don't miss a minute of the action!), champagne bars and seafood lounges to restaurants and even private boxes. You're bound to find something to suit your tastes.
A Romantic Night Out
Liverpool is a vibrant city in the evening, with a huge range of entertainment available to couples. You can hit the bars and night clubs, treat yourselves to a night out at the theatre, or have a romantic meal a deux in an intimate restaurant.
Here are a couple of suggestions for a romantic night out in Liverpool:
If you are both Beatles fans, what could be better than visiting the Cavern Club in Liverpool?
There is live music every day from mid-afternoon to late evening, and features tribute bands (for the Beatles and many other groups) and also up and coming bands and established artists.
There are three venues here in Mathew Street: The Cavern Club, The Cavern Live Lounge and the Cavern Pub, so you're sure to find something that you will enjoy.
The Unity Theatre is an intimate setting for challenging, modern and unusual plays, so if you fancy seeing something a bit different, you can take your loved one along for a night out.
The Unity Theatre is one of Liverpool's best loved theatres, and has a history going back to 1930 and the Unity Theatre Movement.
It may sound strange, but its well worth making the trip to Birkenhead to have a cup of coffee in the Woodside Ferry Terminal!
The Home Woodside cafe is a stylish cafe set in the converted booking hall, and has fantastic panoramic views of the Liverpool skyline which you can admire together - you can even get there by boat, as the Mersey Ferry calls at Woodside.
They have a tasty breakfast (or brunch!) menu if you need sustenance whilst admiring the views, or you can have afternoon tea and perhaps sample one of their speciality homemade desserts.
A meal or afternoon tea at Leaf is guaranteed to be a memorable occasion, as they are the tea specialists, and Leaf is much more than a cafe! Their motto is "tea, music and good times!"
It is situated in a beautiful art deco building on Bold Street, and serves wholesome food, over 100 varieties of tea, and holds regular music and club nights.
If you find a particular favourite tea that you both enjoy, you can even buy a tin of it to take home and re-create your romantic stay in Liverpool!
Panoramic34If you really want to indulge yourselves whilst in Liverpool, you can visit Panoramic34 for a romantic meal while gazing at wonderful panoramic views of the city together.
This is one of the highest restaurants in the UK.
The views of Liverpool from the floor to ceiling windows are magnificent.
You can visit for anything from a vintage afternoon tea, with mocktails, to a full a la carte dinner, and it is recommended that you book your romantic meal here, as the views are very popular!
60 Hope Street
You can dine in the romantic elegance of a Georgian townhouse at 60 Hope Street. It is in the centre of the Georgian Quarter, surrounded by some of Liverpool's most exquisite architecture.
Serving relaxed lunches, afternoon tea and delicious dinners, you can be sure of good service and fresh seasonal food from this family owned and run restaurant.
If you want to eat as a couple by yourselves, you can even hire the upstairs room for a private dinner.
Romantic Places to Stay
It is great to treat yourselves to a luxury break when you're in a new city as couple, and Liverpool has lots of great places to relax and be pampered.
Dunsandles Guest HouseIf you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city in the evening, how about staying by the seaside at Dunsandles Guest House in New Brighton? It is only 200 metres from the seafront - perfect for romantic walks along the beach, yet it is easy to get into Liverpool city centre by car, bus, train or even ferry.
Dunsandles is a lovingly restored Victorian house, with a relaxing atmosphere and great sea views! You'll be guaranteed a warm welcome from the owner, and a great full or continental breakfast each morning.
30 James Street Hotel & Spa
Recalling the elegance of a previous age, you can take afternoon tea, dine and stay at 30 James Street - a luxurious Titanic themed hotel close to the World Heritage Site of Albert Docks and the waterfront.
Together you can watch the sun go down from one of the balconies of the Carpathia Champage Bar which have wonderful panoramic views over Albert Dock, The Strand and the Three Graces - what could be more romantic?
The rooms and suites all have a Titanic theme, so you can have fun selecting your room by reading the stories on their website before you book.
The Spa is the icing on the cake at 30 James Street - you can choose from a range of treatments, and relax in the ornately decorated pool. There are couples packages available (some with champagne), so you can both feel equally pampered.
Liverpool is a vibrant and welcoming city to visit as a couple. Whether you want to take a ferry across the mersey, re-live the history of The Beatles or wander along the magnificent waterfront, Liverpool is waiting for your visit!
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