The impact of COVID-19 on tourism has been tremendous. Between January and May, international tourist arrivals globally were 85% below 2019 levels.
So, why not be a tourist in your own city? To celebrate World Tourism Day, we take a look at the must-see visitor attractions right on our doorstep.
Royal Albert Dock Liverpool is home to the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country, having been awarded its Royal status in June 2018.
Locals, national and international visitors flock to the Dock to experience a mix of culture, food, shopping and events. Merseyside Maritime, the International Slavery Museum as well as Tate Liverpool are all located at the Dock.
Liverpool is not short on Fab Four tourist treats; you can head to The Cavern Club, hop on board the magical mystery bus, take a Fab Four taxi tour or head to the Liverpool Beatles Museum. The Beatles hometown is where their journey began, and there’s plenty to see and do.
The award-winning RLB 360 is The Liver Building’s visitor experience. Offering guided public tours of the Grade I-listed building’s clock tower and 15th-floor, unlocking incredible views across the River Mersey, Liverpool docks and the city beyond. The immersive, audio-visual film experience projected onto the clock tower walls brings the city’s history to life.
So famous it has a song named after it. The iconic Mersey Ferries are an essential part of the city’s maritime history. Ferries have sailed across the River Mersey for over 800 years.
As well as a commuter service, there’s a sightseeing cruise, evening cruises and even some themed party cruises held throughout the year. There’s no better way to see Liverpool’s famous skyline than from the deck of a Mersey Ferry.
The largest cathedral in the UK and fifth largest in the world, Liverpool Cathedral, is perhaps the most imposing feature of the Liverpool skyline. Built by the people for the people, it’s played host to several large-scale art installations.
At the other end of Hope Street is the largest Catholic cathedral in England, the Metropolitan Cathedral. Known affectionately as Paddy’s Wigwam, visitors can take a tour of its Lutyens designed Crypt.