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Summer 2015 will see Liverpool’s famous waterfront host a seven week programme of events under the title “One Magnificent City” which will see visits by Cunard Cruise ships,stock-photo-liverpool-waterfront-skyline-with-its-famous-buildings-like-pierhead-albert-dock-salt-house-224959498 the International Mersey River Festival and the re-enactment of the first transatlantic sailing from Liverpool – 175 years on.

The most famous ocean liners in the world Three Cunard Queens; Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria in May 2015 will meet in the River Mersey for the first time in an event that will make maritime history.  Following this spectacular once in a lifetime event, the International Mersey River Festival and On the Waterfront concerts will take place on the Pier Head and Albert Dock sites in June for all ages to enjoy.  To end the spectacular maritime theme is the July celebration of the first transatlantic crossing as Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 sails from Liverpool, recreating the original voyage of Britannia from Liverpool to Halifax and Boston which first set out in July 1840.

In 1990 when Queen Elizabeth 2 arrived in the River Mersey for the first time more than a million spectators turned out to see her and the 15 visits made by Cunard Queens since the have always received warm and enthusiastic welcomes by the people of Liverpool.  Having three Queens together on the Mersey is an event that will live long in the memories of all who witness it.

The Beatles Story

Be transported on an incredible journey and see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of fame and fortune from their humble childhood beginnings.

Go behind the scenes of the famous Abbey Road studios and take an underwater trip in the Yellow Submarine.  You can even go right back to the place where it started and hang out at the Casbah Coffee Club or explore the stunning replica of the Cavern Club.  With a rolling programme of other special exhibitions, you can visit time and time again and always discover something new.

Albert Dock 

The vibrant heart of Liverpool’s historic waterfront, the Albert Dock’s the place to play, to see, to eat, drink and stay.  Blending old and new, it’s contemporary, yet cultured; fun, and friendly.

Tate Liverpool 

The most popular gallery of modern and contemporary art outside London, Tate Liverpool.  It is the home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North and is a colourful, creative, truly inspirational gallery.

The gallery combines four floors in one of Albert Dock’s bright, former warehouses (take note of the spectacular views across the Mersey on the top floor – they’re a real hidden gem).

Work on display is provided from both the Tate collection, and special exhibitions, which bring together painting, photography, sculpture and installations from national and international assemblages.


Liverpool has more than their share of fabulous theatres showcasing every style of performance, cinemas and comedy nights.

The legendary Everyman and Playhouse theatres.

The Empire largest theatre in Liverpool.

The Royal Court offers a range of long-running plays.

Epstein Theatre named after the Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

The Lantern Theatre situated in a converted warehouse near Liverpool One.

Unity Theatre described as ‘the most ambitious theatre in Liverpool’.

Floral Pavilion in Wirral offers theatre, family shows, ballet, ice shows and music in their historical venue on New Brighton waterfront.

Football Clubs

With 2 premiership football clubs Everton Football Club and Liverpool Football Club you’ll find most of Liverpool is split into the Blue of Everton or the Red of Liverpool and are separated by just one mile of each other.

Both clubs run stadium tours and club experiences, have meetings and conference facilities, and club stores in the city for that essential memorabilia.

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Whilst in Liverpool a must visit is Gold Les Routiers Member San Carlo.

San Carlo Liverpool is not a theme restaurant but a highly lavish exclusive Italian venue for people who appreciate fine food, good service, luxurious and comfortable surroundings and indeed value for money.

Part of an award winning restaurant group, San Carlo in Liverpool prides itself on its authentic Italian cuisine and vibrant atmosphere.

San Carlo uses only the finest, fresh ingredients, much of which is imported from the markets of Milan, to produce authentic Italian cuisine. Their speciality menus are created by a team of esteemed Italian chefs, including celebrity chef Aldo Zilli, under the supervision of the management and directors.

San Carlo’s extensive menu, wine list and contemporary décor is perfect venue for a business lunch, a relaxed evening meal or even a celebratory feast.


Liverpool is a city that is very proud of its nightlife, both due to the variety and quality on offer.

From superclubs to pubs with dogs, a thriving gay quarter to comedy venues on the waterfront, dance warehouses to concept bars, Liverpool at night has many faces.

Everything is so close together you can easily explore – Seel Street, Harman Street, Mathew Street, Concert Square and Baltic Triangle to name but a few.




Parks, Countryside and Beaches

If you want to escape from the bright lights of Liverpool City Centre there are lots of award-winning beaches and coastal walks nearby, stunning parks, gardens and countryside spaces to enjoy.

More parks than Paris – Calderstones, Croxteth, Sefton and Everton are just a few favourites.

Try and spot a rare red squirrel at Formby National Reserve then go onto enjoy a picnic in Southport’s Botanic Gardens.  You could head across to Wirral and stride out to Hilbre Islands Local Nature Reserve at West Kirby or along the Wirral Way.  Also you have Birkenhead Park designed by Sir Joseph Paxton and acknowledged to be the first publicly funded park in Britain and a model for Central Park in New York.

Explore the sand dunes along the Sefton Coast and be rejuvenated by the refreshing breeze as you stroll along Southport Pier.


If you love shopping, you’ll fit in well here; Liverpudlians like to look good and set trends. Shoppers are spoilt for choice between gleaming new city-centre shopping centres, boutique arcades, bohemian streets and farmers markets.

In the heart of the city Liverpool ONE is the huge open-air shopping district that is home to more than 160 famous high street and designer names, including the only Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols in the country.

The exclusive Metquarter the place to find select fashion and beauty outlets such as Gieves & Hawkes, Hugo Boss, MAC and Armani Exchange.

Cavern Walks not to be missed ultra-fashionable home to the Vivienne Westwood store and famed designer boutique Cricket.

The City Central BID area includes Church Street, home to mega-stores such as Marks and Spencer and Forever 21

Bold Street one of the best shopping streets in the country, and it’s easy to see why. With independent stores selling everything from world foods to funky clothes to records to art, it’s well worth spending a couple of hours browsing.

If you want to shop outside of the city centre, Lark Lane, south of the city centre, is full of bohemian boutiques and street markets. Lord Street in Southport is an elegant parade of Victorian arcades with a whole host of smart shops. Try West Kirby in Wirral for boutique shopping, or the farmers’ markets and farm shops for delicious local produce.

There are lots more to see and do in this fabulous city we have only touched on a few ideas.  What ever you decide to do you will have great fun!




April 29, 2015 | Les Routiers UK

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