United Kingdom

24 Hours In Liverpool, UK

27 December, 2021

When you’ve only got a short day trip or an overnight stay somewhere, it can be tricky deciding how to make the most of your time. I recently visited Liverpool for the first time and was there for roughly 24 hours. Known for being a port city, the hometown of The Beatles, and having some of the country’s friendliest people, Liverpool is one of the most visited cities in the UK. Overall, I was really pleased with my experience there.

What to see and do in Liverpool

  • Royal Albert Dock

After arriving and having a general wander around the centre of Liverpool, the first main attraction I came to was the Royal Albert Dock. There are loads of things to do here including museums, shops and restaurants. However, I just walked along the waterfront and admired the views. You can also do boat trips there.

The Beatles Statue
  • The Beatles Statue

Just a short walk from the dock is the famous Beatles Statue. It sits in between the Royal Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. As it was late November time when I went, there were some Christmas market stalls nearby selling things like mulled wine and hot chocolate. You might catch the busker performing Beatles songs by the statue.

If you have time, you can do a tower tour of the Royal Liver Building to learn some history and see some great views of the city.

  • Shopping

Liverpool is known for good shopping. There’s Liverpool One, the city’s shopping and leisure complex, as well as multiple other shopping centres and lots of independent stores as well. There are some cool vintage and charity shops and I was lucky enough to grab myself a £5 bargain during my trip! The shops are often open quite late which helps if you’re limited for time.

  • Bars and clubs

If you want to experience the nightlife in Liverpool, there’s everything from rooftop bars to live music bars to various clubs. Conveniently, many of the clubs are close together around Concert Square and there are bars all over the city.

You might notice that Liverpool has a lot of Irish bars. It has the strongest Irish heritage of any UK city as its port is close to Ireland and many Irish people escaped to Liverpool during the Great Famine in the mid-1800s.

Liverpool Cathedral
  • Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral is the largest in the UK and eighth-largest in Europe. I managed to see it the next morning during my stay and went inside. It’s free to enter but accepts donations.


I stayed at Selina Liverpool. It’s a hostel but I stayed in a private room with a private bathroom. It was clean and had everything I needed. There’s a bar on the ground floor which was nicely decorated and the cocktails were great! It’s also a nice place to meet other visitors staying in the hostel.

The price was £94.68 for a double room for the night. I stayed with a friend so it was £47.34 each. This was on a Friday night so it would potentially be cheaper during the week and if booked well in advance.


As a vegan, I had no trouble feeding myself in Liverpool! I’d recommend Down The Hatch where I had the ‘Mac’s Big Break’ burger with hot dog fries. It was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had! Their whole menu is vegan but they have the option of having dairy instead of vegan cheese.

Seeing as I was only there for 24 hours, I didn’t get to try out any other restaurants there (other than a Pieminister!). You can take a look at some others here and specifically vegan-friendly ones here.

Getting around

I found Liverpool to be easily walkable and didn’t use any form of transport while there. Even by walking, I was still able to see a substantial part of Liverpool in 24 hours. If you’re not sure about getting around everywhere on foot, there are good bus links and other modes of transport. See here for more information.



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