Want to know the best free things to do in Liverpool? The saying goes, “The best things in life are free,” and the city of Liverpool couldn’t live any further up to the expectations if it tried!
Liverpool is a city for everyone to enjoy and explore. From stunning cathedrals to breath-taking docks and museums, taking in the city, whether you’re a local or a visitor, doesn’t have to cost a thing.
Royal Albert Dock
Take a stroll around the magnificent Royal Albert Dock and take in the views of the impressive architecture and imagine what it would have been like back in the day when it was opened in 1846.
The Royal Albert Dock Liverpool is the most visited free tourist destination in North West England, with world-class museums, galleries, restaurants, pubs, and shops. It is located on Liverpool’s world-famous Waterfront.
When visiting the Royal Albert Dock, you should also pay a visit to Tate Liverpool.
Tate Liverpool holds the North of England’s most important national collection of modern art. It’s a fun free Liverpool attraction since you can explore and immerse yourself in the art at your own speed. The displays are spread across three floors.
Museum of Liverpool
Located at Liverpool’s Pier Head, the Museum of Liverpool lets you explore the fascinating and diverse history of Liverpool.
The Museum of Liverpool, with its distinctive geography, history, and culture, highlights the city’s global significance. Visitors can learn about how the port, its people, and the city’s creative and sporting history have shaped it.
National Museums Liverpool also has other free venues you can visit, which include the International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Maritime Museum, Sudley House, Walker Art Gallery and the World Museum.
You can view them all here.
Liverpool Pier Head
Take a walk along Liverpool’s magnificent waterfront to view the city’s architecture and spot the ferry crossing the River Mersey. The famous liver birds can be seen perched above the elegant Royal Liver Building on one of the Three Graces.
You can catch the ferry across the Mersey at the ferry terminal or check out the very popular Beatles statue like so many people all around the world do each day.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
When in Liverpool, you must pay a visit to at least one of Liverpool’s cathedrals. Visit the largest catholic cathedral in England, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, which is spectacular in both scale and design.
The cathedral offers a huge welcome to friends from all faiths, all walks of life, all corners of the globe.
Visit one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings, Liverpool Cathedral, the largest cathedral and religious building in Britain and currently the eighth largest church in the world.
Find out the history and how it survived two world wars while also checking out the cathedral’s art collection. Paintings, sculptures, stained glass, and other works of art can be found throughout Liverpool Cathedral.
Liverpool Central Library
If you are looking for some quiet time, then a visit to Liverpool’s Central Library is a must. The Central Library is a beautifully renovated building with 150 computers and Wi-Fi throughout.
Visit the majestic Hornby Library and Oak Room, which houses one of the world’s most famous collections of rare books. View the stunning Picton Reading Room, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries.
Explore Sefton Park, a 235-acre park located just outside of the city centre. Visit the Botanical Gardens and admire the Palm House’s huge plants. There is plenty of room for children to run around and a large children’s play area.
There is also a café for refreshments. The park is ideal for a summertime picnic or an autumnal walk.
Looking to visit the beach? Well, you can visit Crosby Beach, some 7 miles along the coast from the centre of Liverpool.
When visiting, you can also check out Anthony Gormley’s magnificent ‘Another Place’ art work. A 3km length of the beach has 100 iron sculptures cast from the artist’s body buried at varying depths in the sand, facing out to sea. It’s best seen at low tide and makes for a stunning sunset photo.
Liverpool Street Art
You can check out a lot of street art work in and around Liverpool. One artist who is well known for his street art and large murals is Paul Curtis.
Be sure to check out the iconic ‘For all Liverpool’s Liver Birds’ on Jamaica Street, and make sure you take a selfie with this interactive art piece that includes two huge wings inspired by the famous Liver Birds. You can find over 55 of Paul’s murals he has created over the years across the Liverpool City Region. Click here for a full list.
There are hundreds more street murals dotted across the city by various artists that you will also come across when exploring the city region.