• Megan Kate

10 Free Things To Do In Liverpool | Budget City Guide

It's been a while and I've missed you, but fear not, I'm back with a gooden!

Now if you're form the UK, you'll know that we're still, yes STILL stuck in this strange groundhog day mix of lockdown and tier guidance. It's frustrating but there is some hope on the horizon with vaccines and what not, and so after a year off, I've decided to actually allow myself to do some research and planning for some 2021 travel- woohoo! The itchy feet are very real for a lot of us, but if (like me) you're still wanting to play it reasonably safe, you may want to book with free cancellation, and maybe stay a little more local than usual.

Liverpool is the perfect place for a close-to-home weekend away, and there's plenty that you can do their on the cheap too. The city is a fabulous mix of river-side docks, charming shopping lanes and unbeatable nightlife, so I'm sure there'll be something there to please everyone.

A lot of us are needing our getaways to be EVEN cheaper next year after the horrors of 2020, and so here are 10 great things you can do in Liverpool without spending a penny:

Wander Around Royal Albert Dock

Possibly the most famous sight in Liverpool, located on it's World Heritage Site waterfront. This huge area of historic, Grade I listed warehouses has been converted into a charming promenade of shops and restaurants that is especially lovely to walk around when the sun is shining. From old fashioned fudge shops to Beatles memorabilia, the shops here are filled with anything you could want. The dock is also home to the Merseyside Maritime Museum (admission is free) and the Smuggler's Cove pirate themed bar/ restaurant.

See The World Museum

Head here for a little interactive world history. The museum is one of the most popular and well respected in the UK and includes a planetarium, National History centre, and all sorts of archaeology and natural science displays. It's the perfect activity for families, and is one of the few indoor sights for if the weather isn't so pretty.

Take A Photo With The Beatles Statue

Unveiled in 2015 and donated to the city by the famous Cavern Club (see below), this statue in The Beatles' home town is iconic. The statue was sculpted by Andrew Edwards and features incredible attention to detail. It's become the city's number one selfie spot!

Visit The Tate Liverpool

This art gallery and museum is part of the infamous Tate Modern and Tate Britain galleries, and it's completely free to visit! It's central location on Albert Dock allows you to spend as much time as you'd like taking in the incredible displays of modern and contemporary art that's on display there, without any hassle.

Marvel At The Bombed Out Church

St. Luke's Church, known locally as the Bombed Out Church, lost its roof in World War II's famous 'Liverpool Blitz', and never got it back. The remainder of the ruins now function as a garden and location for events such as craft fairs and music gigs. The church is such a unique experience and something you should definitely make time for on your trip to the city.

Drool At Duke Street Food Market

Who doesn't love a food market? Although eating here will cost you a few ££s (you can grab a decent meal for £7), entrance to the market is completely free and is an attraction in itself. The concept of social eating is always fun while travelling, and there are plenty of unique and quirky food stalls to choose from. Have a nosy at what's on offer, from pizza to chicken to vegan delights- you won't regret it.

See Liverpool Cathedral

This is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever seen. Built on St James' Mount, Liverpool cathedral dominates the city's skyline. You may work up a little sweat on the walk to it, but boy is it worth the effort. Entrance to the cathedral is completely free, or you can pay a suggested donation of £3 per person for a guided tour which will help to fund maintenance and day-to-day running costs.

Visit History At The Cavern Club

The famous birth place of The Beatles, this 1950s-made bar and music venue will be remembered in history forever. Entrance to the pub is completely free, or you can pay £5 to enter the music venue and watch live performances every day from 11am.

Explore The Museum Of Liverpool

This Danish modern building sits on the edge of the Mersey, and is the perfect free day out. Spend some time learning about the history of Liverpool including it's part in the First and Second World Wars, and the King's Regiment. Finish your visit by watching the sunset over the Mersey from their panoramic window.

Get Shopping On Bold Street

Lonely Planet named this one of the best shopping streets in England and it's no secret why. The street is filled with independent stores, boutique cafes and world restaurants, and you will often find crowds watching the buskers here too. Make sure you check out one or two of the quirky book shops and if you're wanting a bite to eat, I can highly recommend Kasbah Cafe Bazaar for the best Moroccan cuisine outside of Marrakech itself.

And there we have it, it's so easy to fill a weekend in this beautiful city without spending a penny. If you're wanting to invest in some other activities, why not take the ferry across the Mersey, visit Anfield or stay in a cool Titanic themed hotel? No matter the budget, you're sure to have a fab time. Have you been to Liverpool before? Let me know if you discovered any must-sees.

Speak soon, Meg x