I have been asked to write about somewhere I would love to visit in England, but haven’t had the chance to. There are just so many to choose from, as we may be a small island, but much of it is as yet unseen by me. I like cities for short breaks, I live in a small town on the glorious Jurassic Coast – I have access to all the beautiful countryside and beaches I need, what I am lacking is the bright lights and culture offered by big cities.
I have plumped for Liverpool, mostly for it’s rich musical heritage. First off for planning any trip is to plump for some accomodation, I am a fan of cheap and clean, so the low cost Liverpool hotels offered by Travelodge will suit me perfectly.
Of course as a big music lover I will be unable to visit Liverpool without seeking out The Beatles. The Beatles Story exhibition takes you on a journey through the history of the band, complete with replicas of some of the famous venues, such as The Cavern, and a ‘Living History’ audio guide. Or I could do The Magical Mystery Tour – a 2 hour bus tour that takes in the birth places of the band members as well as some of the places made iconic by their music – Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.
But there is far more to Liverpool than The Beatles, it has a huge array of museums on offer – I particularly like the look of Spaceport which promises to take you on an inspirational journey through the galaxies, and they currently have a Time Travellers exhibition – with Daleks and K9 – perfect for a Whovian like me.
You could take in some football with a stadium tour of Anfield, but I am an Arsenal fan so will be giving that a miss, unless the Gunners are in town when I visit!
I always like to seek out the quirky side of a town when I visit, so I will be visiting Patsy’s Place, described as a ‘bunker-like warren of rooms, next to Wavertree’s Botanic Gardens, containing sleek G-Plan units, bakelite phones, old valve radios and dramatic 1960s vases’ – right up my street! I hear The Musical Box in Derby Road is the go-to record shop for flicking through some vinyl. And I would love to visit The Piermaster’s House which was the only dock residence to survive the blitz, it has been reconstructed to look as it would have in the war, and offers a real sense of social history.
For nightlife I will be seeking out some live music, so will be popping into Maguire’s – billed as the hangout of choice for the hyphenated punk brigade (post-punk, indie-punk, goth-punk, etc) and checking out The Caledonia which has a reputation for live music 7 days a week.
Finally I will have to fit in a ride on the ferry across the Mersey, even though I just know I will have the song as an earworm the rest of the time I am there! So tell me dear readers, have you been? Do you live there? Are there any hidden gems I should know about?
Love Miss Cisco XXX
Disclosure; This is a collaborative post.