Just after my graduation in October 2019, my boyfriend and I decided we deserved a little weekend away to Liverpool. I'd been before but never spent more than a day trip there and he'd never been at all so it seemed like the perfect choice.
I had not long left uni so we didn't have loads of money to splash out on a super fancy trip with all the trimmings but nevertheless we fit in everything we wanted to do and didn't spend loads at all!
First off, we booked accomodation with the Youth Hostel Association. I can't fault these guys at all, we've stayed with them before in Manchester and their value for money is astounding, especially for city centre locations. There are two YHA hostels in Liverpool, a central one (just around the corner from the Cavern Club) and one on Albert Dock, which is were we stayed because it had a car park.
You can get 5% discount if one of you is under 25, plus more discount if you're a member. Our private room was £29 for one night, plus an extra fiver each for a hot breakfast buffet, which is always lovely and had loads of options. The only thing that might put people off is that not all private rooms have an en-suite attached. In Manchester our room did, but this time it was just outside the room. Not far at all though, literally opposite our door in the hallway, and we never awkwardly bumped into anyone else wanting to use it.
The Tate Liverpool was our first stop after parking up in the hostel at midday, which was less than a 15 minute walk, situated in Albert Dock. The entire dock is a lovely place to walk around, with lots of restaurants and independent shops and cafes to stop in. The Tate is free to enter and had a very colourful exhibition on which I loved, and the Keith Haring collection was on display too though that was ticketed and I had paid to see that a few months before so we didn't visit it this time.
Just 5 minutes walk across the dock is the Museum of Liverpool, also free to enter, which was a really lovely museum full of cool stuff, including a John and Yoko exhibtion on the top floor. There was also a lot of information on Chinese history in Liverpool which was really interesting.
We left the museum late afternoon and had a little walk through the city centre, ending up at the Cavern Club. This street is full of music history, with statues of the Beatles and Cilla Black, plus a wall with bricks showing the names of every artist/group to play at the original Cavern Club.
Obviously we wanted to go in the club, and it was £5 entry per person, with this price going up the later into the evening you go. Kids are also allowed in during the day, and there are live music acts on throughout. It was suprisingly busy and not easy to find a seat but we did and had a drink whilst listening to an acoustic artist play a few classics like Elton John and obviously the Beatles.
We nipped back to the hostel around 6pm to get changed and headed out for food. After a search on google we headed to a Mexican restaurant that was apparently the best in Liverpool, La Parilla on Bold Street. It was really nice and we although we hadn't booked (definitely recommend doing that!) they squeezed us in anyway. We left absolutely stuffed and walked to our next destination: Ghetto Golf.
I'd been to Ghetto Golf before and I knew Shaun would like it too, so off we went for a cute date night activity. This was one of our more expensive activities, though only £10 per person, but we also got drinks in there which meant we spent about £30 all in all. It's over 18s only and you can see why when you go! Very good fun but definitely not something you'd do with your nan, theres 18 holes and we were there for at least an hour and a half/two hours.
On the 15 minute walk back to the Hostel we took a detour through the Baltic Triangle, which is home to much of Liverpools incredible street art, including the famous Liver bird wings, which me and Shaun obviously both posed in front of, even though it was dark.
We had done a bit of research on day one and already planned out the second day activities. First up was a trip up St Johns Beacon, or the Radio City Tower as it's also known. It's 400ft high and is only £6.50 per adult to go up! That includes a souvenir booklet which has a panorama inside describing what you're looking at, which was super helpful, and it was a clear day so we could see as far as Snowdonia in Wales. The tour guides take you up in a group but once you're up there you can spend as long as you like looking at it all. I'd definitely recommend this, it's just something a bit different from other city breaks and at that price, there's no reason not to. It's right in the middle of the city centre and was a 20 minute walk from the hostel.
We spent the next couple of hours wandering the city centre, looking through the shops at Liverpool One, and popped into the Bluecoat. The Bluecoat is an arts venue, but sadly the day we went they were in between putting exhibitions up so there wasn't lots to see, but it's definitely a nice place to go when there is!
We felt like we'd seen the sights of central Liverpool, so we checked out of the hostel at lunchtime and decided to stop at the Sefton Park Palm House on the way out of the city. We went via car but I'm sure it's accessible via public transport too. Parking along the outside of the park was free, and it was a lovely green space with the Palm House right in the middle of it all.
The Palm House is technically free to enter but they do ask for a donation, which is well worth it because the upkeep of it must be so expensive! It's a very grand Victorian greenhouse with plants for days, a small cafe, and they even do weddings (imagine!). The whole thing was literally an instagrammers dream and it's made me want to visit every Victorian greenhouse in the country now.
We loved Liverpool, it's probably my favourite UK city to visit, it's so quirky and the people are so lovely.
Where should we visit next? Leave a comment with suggestions and let me know if you'll be visiting Liverpool in the future!