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Over 50 years since the Beatles first took to its stage, and with almost 300 of their performances under its belt, the world famous Cavern Club still holds its own as one of Liverpool’s best music venues, with great live music and fantastic atmosphere that only the best of British can bring.

The arena’s opening night announced Liverpool’s arrival as European Capital of Culture so it was always going to be big news and with over 10,500 seats and a playlist that’s included The Killers, Kasabian and Rihanna, not to mention the EMA’s and MOBO’s, the city’s biggest music venue certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Maybe not an obvious mention when we’re talking about the ‘World Capital City of Pop’ (it’s true, the guys at Guinness World Records said so), but the hall has some pretty impressive architecture and is considered up there with the best arts and entertainments venues in the country.  With links to the Liverpool Irish and Comedy Festivals, and a year-long programme taking in everything from classical, rock and pop to the best in comedy offerings, we can see why.

Calendar Highlights

April sees the arrival of perhaps the most iconic and challenging event in the racing calendar…. The John Smith’s Grand National, when Aintree Racecourse opens its gates and welcomes the crowds with a storming show of music before race-goers take to the stands in all their finery for Ladies Day.  Then it’s time for the main event when 40 horses and their riders take on the ultimate in steeplechasing, with 4 miles, 30 fences and horse racing’s most unforgiving course ahead of them.

Liverpool’s top eateries and bars throw their doors wide open in September when 40,000 hungry visitors flock to the heart of the city to soak up the vibrant atmosphere (plus a glass or two of the champagne bar’s finest) and enjoy a feast of epic proportions at one of the UK’s biggest food and drink events.

Think Liverpool, think the Beatles.  And the country’s top party capital pays tribute to its most famous foursome in true style with a week-long celebration of parties, live gigs, concerts, exhibitions and the legendary ‘all-nighter’, as some of the city’s coolest venues welcome performers and fans from around the world.

Notable dates for the calendar

April - The Grand National
June - Liverpool International Tennis Festival
July - British Triathlon Championships

May - Liverpool Sound City
Aug - Liverpool Pride Festival

  • Creamfields
  • Liverpool International Music Festival (formerly Mathew Street Festival)
  • International Beatleweek
  • Liverpool Food and Drink Festival
  • Liverpool Comedy Festival


Let’s face it, there’s probably not much we need to tell you about the city’s two top teams, so we’ll just give you the lowdown on their forthcoming matches instead…

England’s Golf Coast, comprising no fewer than three Royal Links Courses, arguably takes centre stage as one of the finest golfing spots in the world.

Royal Birkdale:

  • Britain’s number one golf course
  • 9 Open Championships
  • Two Ryder Cups
  • Most memorable performances include Arnold Palmer’s infamous win over not just the course, but the less than charitable weather when he took the title in 1961.  And the 1969 match that saw the Ryder Cup’s first ever tie, with Jack Nicklaus conceding to Tony Jacklin on the 18th.

Royal Liverpool, Hoylake:

  • Second oldest of Britain’s seaside courses
  • 11 Open Championships
  • 2006 saw Tiger Woods take his third Open Championship title


Getting there

By Road:
Average car journeys:
London - hrs 50mins
Manchester - 50mins
Birmingham - 1hr 50mins
Leeds - 1hr 25mins
Newcastle - 3hrs 8mins
Edinburgh - 4hrs 17mins
Cardiff - 3hrs 35mins

By Rail:
Virgin Trains run roughly every hour from London (Euston) to Liverpool’s Lime Street Station, with an average journey time of just over 2 hours, while Liverpool South Parkway Station is close to the airport and runs frequent services into the city centre.

By Air:
John Lennon Airport offers direct connections across the UK (London to Liverpool in less than an hour) and is a 20 minute drive from the city, with taxis, buses and a shuttle bus service available for transfers.

Getting around:
Local public transport is operated by Merseytravel, with bus, rail and ferry services offering flexible transport across Liverpool.

Rail in Liverpool:
The region is easy to explore by train, with Merseyrail services running through Lime Street Underground, Liverpool Central and Liverpool South Parkway.

Travel by bus:
The bus network has two main terminals in the city centre, Liverpool ONE and Queen Square.

Ferry cross the Mersey:
Mersey Ferries run a service between Seacombe and Pier Head, leaving every 20 minutes or so during peak times, with a mere 10 minute journey across the water.

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