England’s Gateway to the World
Welcome to England’s most famous maritime city and historical gateway to the world. Situated on the banks of the Mersey River, Liverpool grew rapidly for centuries through maritime trade, evident in its grand architecture and stately homes. Today, Liverpool is a city of 500,000 people and due to some extraordinary cultural events, approx. 60 years ago, and the popularity of a particular brand of sport, Liverpool is no longer known simply for its historical maritime achievements.
We are of course talking about a little band called the Beatles and the world’s most popular sport, football, or soccer for our friends across the pond.
While a pilgrimage to Liverpool is on every Beatles’ fan bucket list, few realize just how entwined this city is with the band’s iconic songs. This is a place where you can walk Penny Lane, see the band stand that inspired the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and even visit Eleanor Rigby’s grave in the graveyard where John and Paul hung out as teenagers. This band’s influence and history becomes tangible at every footstep and whether you’re a mega fan or not, you’ll soon realize just how influential their music was and still is.
Lovely Locals and Sports Galore
And that’s not all. Soccer fans are in their own mecca in Liverpool which is home to not one, but two premier league teams. Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. have a huge global following and for those interested in witnessing these magical champion moments with their own eyes, there are few better places than Anfield Stadium or Goodison Park.
So, what if you’re not into history, music, sports or grand old buildings? Don’t worry, Liverpool is also home to the Tate Liverpool Museum, a number of gorgeous public parks, World Heritage Sites, an array of ambitious modern architecture to rival any megacity and best of all, Liverpudlians with their quintessential Scouse accents. Just find a pub, enjoy the banter and let the absolutely unique atmosphere of lovely Liverpool wash over you.