City break in Liverpool | cutting-edge art, Georgian heritage and Beatlemania

While the 60s may have brought contemporary fame to Liverpool in the form of pop music, it’s a city that’s always had a fascinating past. Discover its cultural gems and modern hot spots on an exciting city break...

When I first approached the imposing façade of Liverpool Cathedral, I couldn’t help but think that it looked more like a factory than a place of worship; the cavernous yet beautiful sandstone interiors and modern artwork confirmed its unusualness. Taking a whopping 75 years to construct, it’s possibly the coolest church I’ve ever been to.

Liverpool Cathedral is just one of the many examples of how this northern city has managed to turn something classic and traditional into something cutting-edge and contemporary. This eclectic merging of old with new is what makes Liverpool such a great city break destination.

Thanks to massive amounts of urban regeneration, a burgeoning arts scene and a healthy scattering of hip cafés, Liverpool has become a real hotspot for the 21st century traveler.

SEE | heritage sites and modern marvels in Liverpool

Once the second city of the British Empire and a major port for transatlantic cruises, Liverpool is absolutely teeming with intriguing attractions that showcase both its prestigious past and its hip present.

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STAY | converted warehouse hotels and a Beatles themed abode in Liverpool

Whether you want to refresh your Beatles knowledge from the comfort of your bed or pamper yourself at a spa, Liverpool has both classic and quirky contemporary hotels covered.

Classic | Warehouse interiors and rum cocktails


Named after the fateful ocean liner that was registered in Liverpool but never visited it, the luxurious Titanic Hotel is located in a converted warehouse in Stanley Dock. It’s simply bursting with original features like high ceilings, exposed brickwork and metal support columns, yet there’s nothing remotely stuffy about the Titanic Hotel.

Spacious, light-filled rooms feature minimalist colour schemes and plush furnishings, while the downstairs Stanley Bar and Grill boasts various cool seating options and an open kitchen where you can watch (and smell) hearty British cuisine being created. Integrated within the space is the amazing Rum Bar that stocks heady bottles sourced from Cuba to the Philippines.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (2378 reviews)

Classic | Decadent extras in a heritage setting


Liverpool’s DoubleTree by Hilton offering may be comfortable and contemporary as is the brand’s standard, however, it’s housed inside one of the city’s most historic buildings. Formerly Liverpool’s Conservative Club, its grand features include ornate Corinthian columns, intricately tiled floors and high ceilings with beautiful coving.

It’s the subtle extras that really make DoubleTree by Hilton Liverpool stand out, from the decadent afternoon tea that can be enjoyed in the glorious 19th century Library Lounge to the freshly baked cookies you recieve when you arrive. You’ll also find a wonderful spa — complete with aroma steam room and hydrotherapy pool — that’s just £15pp to access.  

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Liverpool

8.0 Very good (2057 reviews)

Contemporary | musical madness at Beatles themed Hard Day’s Night


Whether you’re a Beatles lover or not, a stay at the Hard Day’s Night hotel is an absolute treat. Located in the so-called ‘Beatles Quarter’ of Liverpool and nestled right next door to the famous Cavern Club, it’s a hotel that’s completely themed around the iconic Fab Four.  

All of the hotel’s 100+ rooms are uniquely inspired by the pop legends, with bespoke Beatles artwork, cool retro-inspired décor and even rare memorabilia (including John Lennon’s baby grand piano) in some of the pricier suites. When you’re not soaking up the musical atmosphere in your room, head downstairs for a drink at Bar Four where the cocktails are appropriately themed around the band’s greatest hits.

Hotel Hard Days Night

8.4 Very good (6635 reviews)

Contemporary | cosy Scandi vibes and contemporary luxuries


Despite being housed in a gorgeous Venetian style building dating back to the 1860s, the decor and vibe of Hope Street Hotel is far from old-fashioned. In fact, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported out of Liverpool and into some chic Scandinavian lodge when you step into your room.  

Light-wood flooring and furnishings, a pared back colour scheme and natural touches like mini potted plants create a cosy hygge feel in Hope Street’s spacious rooms, while bathrooms are sleek, modern and stocked with REN toiletries. Make the most of the complimentary DVDs and unlimited popcorn or head out to one of the many surrounding after-dark attractions, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic directly opposite.

Hotel Hope Street

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9.0 Excellent (2390 reviews)

EAT | Independent eateries and local Liverpudlian dishes

Never have I been to a city where there’s quite as many independent restaurants as Liverpool. As well as dozens of restaurants spanning multiple countries and cuisines, there’s also opportunities for trying local gastronomical delights…

DRINK | traditional pubs and chic gin bars in Liverpool

Like most UK cities and towns, you’ll never be far away from a classic cosy pub or a chain of your favourite sleek cocktail bar in Liverpool. The city also offers a few more inventive drinking holes that are bound to tickle your tastebuds.

DO | shopping expeditions and musical exhibitions in Liverpool

Whether you want to walk around an elegant Victorian park or experience ‘A Day in the Life’ of one of the Fab Four, Liverpool boasts a whole host of classic and contemporary experiences.