Liverpool has it all. A bold statement but the city is so packed with culture, great food and vibrant nightlife that it rarely lets me down. Despite what the articles down south say, things aren’t all grim here up north and, in association with Travelodge, I’m here to share five insider tips to Liverpool that could make your next visit a little more interesting.1. Climb up high
When travelling Europe, one of my favourite things to do is see cities from above. From relaxing in Park Guell in Barcelona to ascending the slippery spiral stairs of Notre Dame in Paris, I’ve seen some incredible views of the city from famous attractions on high. Many choose to take a trip on the Liverpool Wheel but for half the price, you can scale the beautiful Liverpool Cathedral for an unparalleled view. If you want to check out the famous skyline, take a trip on the Mersey Ferry over to the Wirral where the view only gets better as the sun goes down. Feeling spendy? Enjoy afternoon tea with a spectacular view at Panoramic 34.
2. Eat independent
Liverpool is home to a huge variety of chain restaurants but also has a brilliant selection of independent eateries that will thrill your taste buds. For a cheap bite, head up to the popular student haunt The Font: located right opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral (the spiky one!), you can find decent, filling pub grub and a huge selection of £2, £2.50 and £3 cocktails. Other favourites of mine include city centre hotspots Rococo Coffee (look for the staircase near BHS), The Hub for dinner and drinks in a buzzing atmosphere and Moose for incredible American breakfasts.3. Get in free
There are so many museums in Liverpool and you can head inside for free as a great way to spend a rainy day. My personal favourite is the World Museum Liverpool, located just at the entrance to the Queensway tunnel, where you can find an aquarium, planetarium and Egyptian exhibits including a mummy! Want to learn more about the area? Check out the Museum of Liverpool on the waterfront. The Albert Dock plays host to a number more, including the Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. Both more fun than they sound, I promise.
4. Wander to the Baltic TriangleHead along the dock road and along the backstreets, you’ll find the Baltic Triangle. Redevelopments over recent years have paved the way to a quirky (some may say hipster) scene of alternative eateries (Unit 51) and nighttime venues like Camp & Furnace. The best place I’ve discovered so far? The Gin Garden. You’ll have to be quick if you want to catch this one as it’s only open throughout the summer but with a fantastic range of drinks – and a great house G&T for £4.50 – you won’t ever want to leave.5. Explore on foot
Liverpool is a pretty great city to get out there and see from the ground. If you’re heading further afield, then bus and train routes are pretty great, but for city centre exploring, you can reach everything you need with a pretty short walk. Who knows what you might stumble across on the way?