Solo Travel in Liverpool
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Liverpool is the perfect city for those interested in culture, history, sightseeing, shopping and nightlife. For this guide, Kate Pinder, a fellow solo traveller shares what to do in Liverpool alone, where to stay and how to get around. All recommendations included are by solo female travellers and come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article. I hope this inspires you to travel to Liverpool!
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- About Liverpool
- Places To See in Liverpool
- Liverpool Sightseeing
- Activities in Liverpool For Solos
- Liverpool Tours
- Liverpool Accommodation
- Places To Eat in Liverpool
- Where To Drink in Liverpool
- Getting Around Liverpool
Solo Travel in Liverpool
When you are traveling to Liverpool, one question on your mind may be “Is Liverpool safe to visit?” The city has a lot to offer but if you do decide to solo travel in Liverpool here are a few tips: People can get passionate about sports and there is a huge rivalry between Liverpool and Everton so avoid getting involved in a debate, especially about the local teams. Don't venture away from the city centre unless you know exactly where you are heading. Liverpool is a great city but like all cities, there are places to avoid, especially on your own and at night. Liverpool has a good nightlife scene but you do have to keep your wits about you when out and about at night on the weekends. Places to avoid in Liverpool are near the football grounds when there has been a football match. There is begging here too especially at bus stations and around St Luke's Church. Check that the sellers have a certified badge.
Liverpool is a city located in the North West of England. It was deemed the ‘Capital of Culture' in 2008 as a result of its “unique attractions, exciting events, world class sport offerings and unrivalled musical heritage.” Liverpool’s waterfront is a designated World Heritage Site that stretches along the waterfront from Albert Dock through to St George’s Quarter, which is dominated by St George’s Hall.
Liverpool is home to two Premier League football clubs; Liverpool FC and Everton. It hosts the famous Aintree horse racing event each year and is the hometown of the famous pop band ‘The Beatles'.
Did you know? Liverpool is the 4th largest city in Great Britain. It is home to the world famous band The Beatles and the city was named as ‘The Capital of Culture' in 2008.
Stay for – 2 to 3 nights.
Places To See in Liverpool
1. Albert Dock
If you are a Beatles fan then the Albert Dock is one of Liverpool's best places to visit and should be on the top of your bucket list. You can't travel to Liverpool and not see this area. The Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool is so good that UNESCO classed it as one of its World heritage sites. It was opened in 1846 and is home to the main exhibition of the Beatles Story where you can take a 1.5 hour Beatles tour for a true British music experience. It’s also home to many Grade I listed buildings. Stroll around the Grade I listed buildings.
* Check dates, prices and availability for: The Beatles Story Ticket
2. World Museum
The World Museum is fantastic and one of Liverpool City's places of interest. It has everything covered from archaeological findings to millions of years of the Earth’s history over various floors. Not only can you see casts of dinosaur bones here but they have an Egyptian mummies collection too. It is situated in William Brown Street, and you’ll need at least 2 hours to explore. The museum is free and open from 10am to 5pm daily (longer on weekends).
3. Liverpool One
If you love shopping get yourself down to Liverpool ONE. This large complex has all the high street shops and designer names that you need in one area. If you’re on a budget, you can easily wile away a few hours window shopping before stopping at one of the bars or restaurants. In the heart of the city centre it is walking distance from both James Street station and Lime Street train station.
4. Pier Head
Festival GatGs will love the festivals held here during the summer months. From cool bars to beach clubs Pier Head Village is a fun place to be in the summer. Chill out at the beach bar with its own urban beach or get the adrenaline rushing on one of the four thrilling rides; the best places to visit in Liverpool England in the summer. Pier Head is also the location of the Royal Liver Building, a Grade I listed building on Liverpool's waterfront skyline.
5. Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
The Liverpool Cathedral is a stunning place to visit. Not only is it the biggest Cathedral in Britain but it is also the 5th largest in Europe. Learn about the history from the displayed information as you walk around admiring the many focal points in the interior and the beautiful altar. Head to the south-east section for the Lady Chapel with pictures celebrating famous women.
Only completed in 1978, it is one of Liverpool's interesting places to visit with a 100m high tower which offers great view of the city. The Cathedral is just a short stroll from the centre and is free to enter. There is a cost for the tower and audio guides. There is also the Metropolitan Cathedral which is the largest Catholic place of worship in England, and is known for its striking design.
Escape the crowds at – Sefton Park. Sefton Park is one of Liverpool's public parks. It holds live music gigs and outdoor events and has a grade II listed conservatory to see. It's one of the most popular outdoor spaces but there are corners to be found within its 200 acres if you want to escape the crowds.
Lose yourself at – Liverpool Comedy Central. If you are in need of a laugh then head to Liverpool Comedy Central for a comedy show. Located in a basement on the Albert Dock Liverpool, it is an ideal way to spend an evening as a solo and one of the Liverpool fun things to do.
Get a great view – If you’ve ever wanted to “ferry across the Mersey” (cue song), then this is where you can do it. Take a Mersey ferry boat trip between Liverpool and Seacombe for a 10 minute journey across the famous stretch of water. It's a must do in Liverpool. Or visit the Radio City Tower which is 400 feet above the city centre for panoramic views. If you want to get a good photo of the city, it's one of the Liverpool sights to see. * Get your ticket here
* Check prices, dates and availability: 50 minute Mersey River cruise
Interact with the locals – at The Cavern Club. This nightclub is the birth place of the Beatles, (the ‘Fab Four' as they were known). Inside its brick cellars are plenty of memorabilia from the 1960s. If you want to see a Beatles tribute act then you definitely should come here. Live acts also take place during the days too.
Places to enjoy the sun – Did you know that the city has a beach? Crosby Beach is on the Merseyside coastline and is where you can catch some rays in the summer months. You may not be the only one here as life-size cast iron figures dot the coastline and even stand in the sea!
Activities in Liverpool for Solos
Active GatG – Run through Sefton Park or just bop the night away at one of the outdoor music gigs or nightclubs. If you find others to team up with you could go to Mersey Games which has nine crazy activities for you to try.
Adventure GatG – If you like video games of the real-life kind, visit VR-HERE for some virtual fun. Spend 20 minutes meeting dinosaurs, trying your hand at archery or shooting robots in Space. As one of the unique things to do in Liverpool, it's a good way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Arty & Museum GatG – If you love your museums, head to the museums at the Docks. All National Museums are free places to visit in Liverpool. Tate Liverpool is one of the best museums here and the heart of the cultural scene. Admire contemporary artwork by British and international artists which is held over four floors.
If you like sculptures, the Walker Art Gallery is home to some of Europe's finest sculptures, drawings and paintings. Take a trip back in time and see the maritime history of Liverpool at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, or hear untold stories at The International Slavery Museum, a thought-provoking museum that delves into the history of the slave trade.
Budget GatG – If you're wandering ‘what can you do in Liverpool for free?' You can walk around the city and the UNESCO World heritage waterfront at the Albert Dock, or take in the sights on your own self-guided walking tour.
Cultural GatG – You can't come to Liverpool without seeing Liverpool Cathedral, Britains' biggest cathedral. This Anglican cathedral is the 5th largest in Europe and the 7th largest church in the world. It's one of Liverpool's places of interest and definitely worth a visit.
History GatG – The Beatles definitely helped to put Liverpool on the map. The Beatles Story is a museum named after this famous band's story. Follow the lives of Britain's most iconic band in their hometown, and visit the Penny Lane Beatles Visitor Centre during your stay. It's one of the things you must do in Liverpool.
Nature GatG – Combine your love of nature with wildlife at the Knowsley Safari Park. Follow the tiger trail, see lions and meerkats, or just watch sea lions play. You don't need a car to experience the park either as there are foot safaris available.
Party GatG – If you're looking for fun things to do in Liverpool, and want to sample Liverpool's nightlife, try one of these bars and clubs: Kingdom Liverpool, Mansion, Level, Playground, Fusion, Flares, Popworld, and Zanzibar Club.
Shopping GatG – Shop until you drop at Liverpool One. With more than 160 high street stores and boutiques you can find anything that you need here. It's also a good way to spend a rainy day in one of the cafes or restaurants once you're all shopped out.
Wellness GatG – If you need pampering, Titanic Hotel Liverpool Spa has spa treatments to make you feel brand new again. Choose from facial and body treatments or just relax in the hydrotherapy pool of this famous hotel, named after the ship. You can treat yourself to an afternoon tea too.
Wine GatG – If you like wine tasting, Veeno Liverpool is one of the places to visit in Liverpool city for some good wine. This Italian wine bar offers tasting experiences with 5 glasses of different wine accompanied with a sharing platter. In a cosy, intimate environment you can sample award-winning wines.
Have a tourist moment – At some of Liverpool's attractions: Take the Beatles Tour, visit The Cavern Club, or take a tour of Anfield, the famous Liverpool football club. Liverpool has lots of tourist attractions to see.
Day Tours – If you are unsure what to do in Liverpool, or have limited time for what to see in Liverpool, Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day tours in worldwide destinations including Liverpool. Choose from a 50 minute cruise along the Mersey River, a ticket to The Beatles Story and Magical Beatles Museum, or a tour around Liverpool Football Stadium. You can also take day trips to north Wales or Yorkshire.
If you want to combine Liverpool with some nature there is a day trip to the Lake District including your own tour guide. Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are several to book as a solo and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. * Check all Get Your Guide tours and prices here
Liverpool has plenty of accommodation choices depending on your budget and style of travel. Good areas to stay in Liverpool are Albert Dock Liverpool for culture, Cavern Quarter for Beatles history and shopping, Lark Lane for plenty of places to eat, and Seel Street; the best place to stay in Liverpool for nightlife and night owls (as well as in the city centre).
There are budget Liverpool hotels such as the Ibis Liverpool Centre, Travelodge, Euro Hostel, and International Inn. Or you may prefer somewhere with kitchen facilities such as self-catering apartments. There are a range of hotels from 3 star to the glam 5 stars and international chains such as the Hilton Liverpool City, the Crowne Plaza Liverpool, or the Liverpool Marriott Hotel. There’s even a Titanic Hotel LIverpool.
If you are looking for a more local experience consider a B&B or Airbnb where you can stay in a local's house in a private room or even their whole apartment. Below are our recommended hostels and hotels in Liverpool for solo female travellers. For all other accommodation click on the link below.
This hostel is fabulous for solo travellers and excellent value. The staff are helpful and the hostel has a cosy atmosphere. The beds have their own curtains for privacy, reading light and charging socket. You get breakfast included too. If you are planning to see Anfield, The Liverpool Pod is a short walk away. They have free Wifi and free parking onsite too. Choose from a bed in a female-only dorm room or a 6 bed mixed dorm.
- Prices from £14 per night for a bed in a 6 bed dorm room
- To book, find prices or check availability for The Liverpool Pod
All the major attractions are walking distance and the hotel is just a short walk to Liverpool Central (the train station), which is ideal if you are arriving or departing by train. The rooms are clean and there is a 24 hour desk so you can check in late, and also store your luggage if you're not leaving until after check out. There are restaurants nearby too. Choose from a twin or double room with or without a window (to keep the costs down).
- Prices from £35 per night for a twin room without a window
- To book, find prices or check availability for Tune Hotel Liverpool
If you prefer more comfort during your stay, Hotel Indigo Liverpool is an stylish 4 star hotel with the friendliest, most helpful staff. As a boutique hotel you’ll love the quirky designs such as the drum kit lampshade and textile book library. The location is ideal for those wanting to sightsee and is less than 1 mile from the Liverpool centre. The rooms all come with a rain shower, a docking station to plug in your iPod to listen to your favourite tunes, a mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
If you really want to treat yourself, dine in the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill onsite or just have a cocktail and enjoy the atmosphere instead. Breakfast isn’t included and is a bit pricey but you’re guaranteed to be set up for the day. Choose from a double, twin or superior double room.
- Prices start from £116 per night for a double room
- To book, find prices or check availability for Hotel Indigo Liverpool
Places To Eat in Liverpool
Liverpool has plenty of places for food; Bold Street is an area known for cafes. If you are looking for somewhere friendly to dine, here are our recommended restaurants for solos travelling to Liverpool:
James Monro – The James Monro is a friendly gastro pub near the city centre. Enjoy a roast dinner washed down by a craft beer. If you're lucky you may be there when they have evening entertainment too so you can mingle with the locals and other diners. Find at 69 Tithebarn Street, L2 2EN.
London Carriage Works – For fine dining, London Carriage Works has a lovely menu. It does offer meat dishes such as wood pigeon and rabbit but they also have vegan options too. If you are planning to visit the Philharmonic Hall nearby, it's an ideal place to dine before. Find at 40 Hope Street. L1 9DA.
Panoramic 34 – For a restaurant with a view, you can't beat Panoramic 34 which offers panoramic views of Liverpool's waterfront. It isn't cheap but you can enjoy French, or British cuisine whilst taking in the views. They also have gluten-free options. Find at Unit 34.01 8 Brook Street. L3 9PH.
Alma de Cuba – If you've ever wanted to dine in a church, Alma de Cuba is the place to do it. This cool church renovation is worth dining in even if just to admire the stained glass windows. They serve Latin. British and vegetarian options. With samba dancers and a gospel choir, you'll get more than what you bargained for. It's a great place to spend an evening for entertainment too. Find at Seel Street, St Peter's Church. L1 4BH.
Where To Drink in Liverpool
Liverpool has plenty of Bars. The Globe Pub Liverpool near Clayton Square, is a cosy little pub that is over 100 years old. If you need some social interaction head to one of these recommended bars: Cavern Club, Palm Sugar Lounge, Berry & Rye, Kazimier Garden, Be At One Liverpool, Gin Bar, Hannah's Bar, or Ex-Directory.
Getting Around Liverpool
For travel in Liverpool, the public transport network in the Liverpool city region is broken down into travel zones and areas. There are good links in and around the city and trains that go to other major cities including nearby Manchester, Leeds and York. (Liverpool Lime St). Black Cabs and Uber are also available. The city buses are reliable and easy to access from the city centre.
From Liverpool John Lennon Airport or Manchester Airport there are good links into the city via train (Manchester), bus or taxi. The journey from LJA to the city takes around 15 – 25 minutes and from MAN – Liverpool city centre around 45 minutes.
For those who prefer the freedom of the open road consider hiring a motorhome and driving yourself around the UK stopping in Liverpool on the way. As a solo traveller, you’ll have plenty of space for your accommodation as well as cooking gear and a fridge/freezer to prepare your meals. Spaceship Rentals offers a Voyager campervan from £50 per day. * Book a campervan with Spaceship Rentals This guide to Liverpool was written by Kate Pinder. Kate is a solo female traveller from the United Kingdom who loves to travel alone.