What to visit around Liverpool26 April 2023 at 13:00 CEST
Eurovision Song Contest 2023 is just around the corner and Booking.com is shining a spotlight on just some of what the host country, the United Kingdom, has to offer. From a deep dive of Liverpool to exploring the region’s natural beauty, the North West of England has plenty of hot spots that you won’t want to miss.
Liverpool, the home of The Beatles
Home to one of the most famous bands in the world, Liverpool is already on the musical map as the place that gave the world Paul, George, John and Ringo. And with Eurovision Song Contest 2023 being held here, you could say that music is coming home.
Explore the city on a music-themed tour and visit the locations that inspired some of the most iconic songs in the world. Liverpool loves football, so see if you can catch a match or to take a guided tour of the city’s iconic stadium. For the most authentic British experience, make sure to check out any of the pubs across the city like Ye Hole In Ye Wall, an 18th-century tavern with live music, drinks and friendly locals.
Spend the night at Posh Pad, a lovely apartment in the centre of Liverpool.
Manchester, a lively nightlife
Just 54 kilometres from Liverpool stands the city of Manchester. It’s known for the lively nightlife of the Northern Quarter, where bars, quirky second-hand stores and relaxed restaurants await. Try some local favourites including meat pies and draught beer at the Pie & Ale or book a Cheese Crawl and taste the region's different cheeses.
Another great attraction you can’t miss is the John Rylands Library, where you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into the wizarding world. For football fans, why not book a Football Tour, where you’ll visit the National Football Museum, as well as the home grounds of Manchester United and Manchester City. You can also wander its historic streets and book a walking tour with a local.
Book a stay at Motel One, that’s not only right in the heart of the city, but also a Travel Sustainable Level 2 property.
Formby, a relaxing day at the beach
Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in May, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed that the weather will be perfect for a day at the beach.
Head down to Formby and take a stroll on the beautiful dunes, taking in the breathtaking Irish Sea. Grab an ice-cold drink from the many shops along the coastline or enjoy award-winning fish and chips at The Good Catch. The perfect way to relax before heading back to Liverpool and partying at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
If you want to stay the night at Formby, stay at Formby Village Apartments.
The Lake District, with a breathtaking view
You can’t visit the North of England without seeing some of the gorgeous natural surroundings. With breathtaking views and greenery, there’s no wonder that writers based their works on these landscapes.
One of these locations is the Lake District, in Cumbria, a two hour drive from Liverpool. As soon as you step into this beautiful national park, you can almost feel like you’re in one of the stories that were imagined here, likeThe Lake District Mysteries by Martin Edwards. Book a day trip from Liverpool and take a picnic to enjoy while hiking through the stunning scenery.
Stay at Bridge End Farm Cottages and reconnect with nature.
Chester, a stunning cathedral city
Once a former Roman fort, Chester holds some of the best-preserved city walls and some amazing Victorian architecture. Not only that, but its canals and beautiful black-and-white buildings are a great photo opportunity for urban enthusiasts.
Get a room at the Moxy Chester, located in the heart of the city, and start exploring its history-filled streets. Or, better yet, go on a River Mersey Cruise and enjoy the May sun, before heading down to grab some traditional English food.
The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.
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