One of England’s largest cities, Liverpool grew in wealth and influence over the 18th and 19th centuries to become a powerhouse of trade and industry. The city’s historical significance is reflected in its status as the first city outside London to be awarded blue plaques by English Heritage, which recognizes the “significant contribution made by its sons and daughters in all walks of life.”
Among these famous Liverpudlians (or “Scousers”) are Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Beatles tourism has blossomed in the proud city, where tours of significant sites such as former residences are available in abundance. Modern Liverpool is not content to rest on its laurels, however, and its buzzing music scene draws acclaimed groups and artists from around the globe to perform at its many music venues. The Echo Arena, which seats about 11,000, plays host to concerts by renowned musicians and other high-profile music and sporting events.
In 2008, Liverpool was granted the title of European Capital of Culture, an accolade that raised the city’s profile in England and internationally. Visitors will enjoy its nightlife and restaurant scene as well as the museums, theaters and galleries that call Liverpool home.
Typical of England’s climate, July and August are usually the warmest months, while January and February are typically the coolest. Rainfall occurs throughout the year, but the most rain usually comes from December through February.
June through September constitutes Liverpool’s peak season, as the weather is often warm and dry during this time period.
The city sees the fewest visitors from December through February when weather is cold and there is a high chance of rain. May through June, and October through November, are good off-peak times to visit, as they come just before and after peak season, but crowds are few and the weather is relatively favorable.
Central Liverpool is small enough that most major sites are easily reachable on foot. There are also many picturesque and easy bike routes through the city.
Buses are available, running from downtown to two main bus terminals – Queen Square and Liverpool ONE – outward. Train service operates from three main central stations: Moorfields, Lime Street and Central Station.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LPL) (www.liverpoolairport.com) is located in the Speke region of Liverpool, 7.5 miles southeast of downtown. Manchester Airport (MAN) (www.manchesterairport.co.uk) is also accessible, located around 29 miles east of Liverpool. Blackpool Airport (BLK) (www.blackpoolinternational.com) is relatively nearby too, located 26 miles north of Liverpool.