Looking for cool things to do in Liverpool? Liverpool went through a period when it lost its hip holiday vibe following the hype of the Beatles but in recent years the city has jumped back as a vacation destination which might not be immediately obvious. After being named the City of Culture a few years back and a huge revamp of the downtown and harbourfront, Liverpool is a destination not to be missed!
Today it is a cultural and entertainment hub with the sea on its doorstep, a fascinating history and many attractions in the surrounding areas.
Start with a “ferry cross the Mersey” on a 50 minute ferry ride; you can get off at the Seacombe stop to visit Spaceport a museum focused on space travel.
At the Woodside ferry stop there is U-boat Story where you can enter a real German submarine.
Back at the Mersey Ferry Terminal there is The Beatles Story which older kids will enjoy. My teenager loved this place! One of the best things to do in Liverpool with teens!
If you want to educate your kids a little about the city then visit the Museum of Liverpool or the Merseyside Maritime Museum. At the incredible World Museum Liverpool you can see exhibits on world culture, bugs, ethnology and archaeology.
The Liverpool Tate Museums display a wide range of art and make a great effort to entertain and include kids. Underwater Street is an amazing all-action attraction where kids under 11 can explore different themed areas.
If your kids are fans of Liverpool or Everton Football Clubs then a tour of the Liverpool Football Stadium.
Parents and older kids will be thrilled by the Shiverpool ghost tours. A little out of the city there is Knowsley Safari Park.
Liverpool has a reputation as a culinary city and there are a wide range of eateries.
Kids will love the Interesting Eating Company on Allerton Road and Trip Advisor recommends Neon Jamon, a tapas restaurant, Lox and Caper and The Moon & Pea.
Family-friendly accommodation is offered by many brand-name hotels in the city center including the Marriott, Crowne Plaza and Hilton. Alternatively there is a selection of self catering apartments, guest houses and B&Bs.
Southport lies just north of Liverpool; the town is well connected by train to Liverpool and Manchester.
Southport is known for its many events and festivals including an annual air show and flower show. It is also famed for the many golf courses, the Victorian canopy which covers a long stretch of Lord Street and for the many parks.
Families should look out for any special events or festivals happening in Southport. Visit the Botanical Gardens, King’s Garden, Southport Pleasureland Amusement Park, the Model Railway Village, Dune Splash Water Park and for something completely different visit the British Lawnmower Museum.
If the weather is good then go down to Southport Beach then visit Silcocks Funland on the pier.
For Southport accommodation there are hotels but also many waterfront B&Bs which offer good deals and an attractive location.