Liverpool certainly performs well in any tourist awards these days, beating off Manchester and London into second and third respectively, to be named best night out in the UK in a poll by online consumer revenge litany TripAdvisor.
Liverpool has already been named the UK’s friendliest city and best UK city for 2011 in two separate awards.
That’s certainly validation of the city’s push to become a tourist destination and reflects Liverpool’s move towards tourist and service economies.
Here’s what TripAdvisor singles out as particularly noteworthy in Liverpool:
Alma de Cuba, a Latin-themed bar in a converted church should not be missed, while Newz Bar lends itself well to celebrity spotting. Beatles fans can’t miss Ye Cracke, an old pub thought to be a favourite of John Lennon’s in his student days. The Royal Court Theatre is great for live comedy, while The Shipping Forecast, Cavern Club and Magnet are renowned for live music.
Visitors coming to sample Liverpool’s nightlife shouldn’t ignore the city’s impressive daytime offerings either. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool clearly offers something for every traveller – The Beatles Story Experience and Paul’s childhood home, as well as Albert Dock’s stories, Liverpool Cathedral and Walker Art Gallery have all proven popular with visitors.
“It is a city which welcomes visitors and appeals to all ages and all budgets,” said
Lorraine Rogers, Mersey Partnership honcho.
And she has a point; Liverpool is about as cheap as it gets for a UK city break. Prices for food and drink generally compare favourably to larger cities around the country; a boom in the number of hotels dotted the city has driven prices down and there’s a vast amount of free stuff to do in Liverpool.
No doubt locals will be chuffed. Not simply that Liverpool came out on top, but that it beat arch rivals That Manchester too…