It’s the city in England that gave birth to The Beatles and plays host to one of the most famous soccer teams on the planet.

But there’s more to Liverpool than pop songs and top sports; as you’d expect from a destination that was once named the European Capital of Culture.

If funky bars, great food and timeless landmarks are your thing, you will find so much to explore in Liverpool – a port city with many surprises in store.

Anfield and Aintree

Liverpool’s sporting heritage attracts millions of visitors each year. Just a couple of miles away from the city center lies Aintree Racecourse, which hosts several meetings throughout the year – most prominently the Grand National Festival each April. You can dress up in your Sunday best, take in the big race atmosphere and take up a prime position next to the finishing line. There is also the option to bet on horses online to get some skin in the game; the favorites for the 2023 edition include Corach Rambler (7.00), defending champion Noble Yeats (9.00) and Delta Work (10.00).

Furthermore, Liverpool FC and Everton play in the English Premier League – one of the most prestigious competitions on the planet. Just last year, Liverpool FC were also once again proud winners of the FA Cup Final following a match against Chelsea. A trip to Anfield (home of Liverpool FC) on a matchday will provide an unforgettable experience even if you don’t have the first clue about soccer!

But if sports aren’t your bag, there are so many other exciting ways to pass the time in Liverpool, a city with an almost endless supply of cultural and culinary delights.

The Cavern Club

If Memphis was the birthplace of rock and roll, there’s an argument that Liverpool was the embryo from which pop music was given life. In fact, this year Liverpool is set to host Eurovision, which has seen performances from iconic artists such as the 2021 winner Måneskin.

The Cavern Club is also a location worth a visit. It was here that The Beatles played many of their formative shows, while The Rolling Stones and other greats of the 1960s stopped by the hottest spot in the UK for watching live music.

Other acts such as Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and Adele have also played the Cavern, which takes its name from its subterranean location (and low-ceiling, cavernous feel).

Still open today, you can watch bands playing the hits of The Beatles and other classics from the ages or simply take in the ambience of one of music’s most storied venues.

Royal Albert Dock

There are a number of bodies of water in Liverpool and the surrounding Merseyside area, but none provide the history and heritage of the Royal Albert Dock.

You can take a stroll along the boardwalk, Insta the largest collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK, or stop off for refreshments in one of the many restaurants and bars on the waterfront.

Culture vultures can visit the Dock’s Tate Gallery, or expand their musical horizons with a trip to The Beatles Museum.

Liverpool Cathedral

It took more than 70 years to complete the construction of Liverpool Cathedral, which boasts the unique distinction of being the longest cathedral in the world (189m) and one of the tallest non-spired church buildings on the planet.

Thanks to those dimensions, the cathedral is also one of the most prominent buildings in Liverpool, and those that climb the steps of its 110m tower are rewarded with views across the city and the North West of England.

And that is the takeaway point from a trip to Liverpool; no matter what you love doing, you’ll find it in this stunning cultural hub in the UK.

Published by HOLR Magazine.