Home to to the largest number of listed buildings (St Andrews Place included!) outside of London, Liverpool is steeped in history. With fantastic architecture around every corner, two cathedrals (one of which is the largest in Britain and fifth largest in the world) and a plethora of contemporary buildings you’d be forgiven for roaming the city street without looking at the pavement in front of you!
Liverpool’s waterfront is home to the historic Albert Dock, today a cosmopolitan area filled with bars, cafes, shops, clubs, galleries and museums. You can also catch the well know ferry across the Mersey. A trip to the Albert Dock is a must for any visitor.
The array of museums and galleries in Liverpool make for some interesting and varied visits. Merseyside Maritime Museum offers an insight into Liverpool’s seafaring history and is home to the International Museum for Slavery. Tate Liverpool is the place to go for modern art whilst World Museum Liverpool offers a more traditional museum experience. The Walker Art Gallery houses one of the best collections of European art and is the national gallery of the North. For more information, locations and events you can check the National Museums Liverpool website. If you see an art installation or two pop up around the city during your stay, they may be part of one of Liverpool’s art festivals, such as the renowned Liverpool Biennial. FACT Liverpool hosts an array of alternative installations and also houses Picturehouse, a cinema where you can buy a drink at the bar and relax with it whilst watching your chosen movie.
Liverpool’s music scene thrives on diversity. Internationally known as the home of The Beatles, Liverpool has numerous music venues, each hosting a wide range of styles and genres. There is the Liverpool Echo Arena, the O2 Academy, The Zanzibar, the Philharmonic Hall, the famous Cavern Club and Studio 2 to name but a few. Liverpool is also home a number of free festivals, including Africa Oyé – the largest live African music festival in the UK and Liverpool International Music Festival.
There are no fewer than 7 theatres in Liverpool city centre so you’ll never have to roam far to catch a show! The largest of these is the Empire Theatre, which often hosts West End shows.
Liverpool is home to two excellent football teams, Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football club as well as the famous Aintree racecourse. Liverpool Watersports Centre is located at the Albert Dock and offers a variety of activities, classes and courses. If water is not your thing there are plenty of leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools around the city. You can also find climbing at the Awesome Walls centre, trampolining at Spring City, paintballing at various locations and a list of other activities and classes too long to mention. Three golf courses can be reached within a short rail journey. There is nothing that can’t be found in this city!
Night Life/Eating out:
A lively and varied night life is essential to any student hot spot. Liverpool offer this in bundles, there are far too many venues to name. Our current students have recommended Heebie Jeebies, Level, Black Rabbit, Camp and Furnace, Faculty and Soho. Student offers are available throughout the year in most venues, meaning a night out in Liverpool needn’t blow your budget.
Award winning restaurants, tea rooms and bistros line the streets of Liverpool. You will find the usual chain restaurants as well as independent restaurants and bistros serving food from around the world. Catering to a variety of budgets, the hardest part about eating out in Liverpool is deciding where to go! The following are recommended by our current students and student reps; KO Grill, Leaf, Mowgli, Bakchich and Chy.
Just two minutes’ walk from St Andrews Place will take you to Bold Street, consistently voted among the top 10 streets in the country for shopping and leisure. Vintage clothing stores, tea rooms, designer gift stores, a radical bookstore, boutiques, music stores, world food stores and restaurants will keep you returning again and again. The recently built Liverpool One is a haven for shopaholics with a multitude of big brand stores over four districts, as well as restaurants, a park, cinema and bus station.