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Here's how to cover Liverpool in one weekend. WORDS: CLARE VOOGHT

DAY ONE

09:00  As far as the sophistication goes, Liverpool isn’t as obvious a destination as Florence or Paris, but the city 
earned its stripes in 2008, when it was named the European Capital of Culture. So get straight into what it has to 
offer in the way of art, with a visit to Tate Liverpool 
(tate.org.uk/liverpool), which holds the national collection of modern and contemporary art for the north of England –  it’s well worth checking out. From June until October, it’ll exhibit Turner, Monet and Twombly in a show that brings together the work of the three influential artists.

12:00  It’s time to get more acquainted with the city. There’s no better way to see the whole place than from above, so climb the steps (or take the lift) up the tower at Liverpool Cathedral (liverpoolcathedral.org.uk). It’s the biggest cathedral in the UK and the fifth largest in the world, so it’s worth stopping off to appreciate the interior, too.

13:30  Or adhere to the idea “heaven can wait” – the catchphrase at Alma de Cuba (alma-de-cuba.com), a restaurant and bar in a converted 200-year-old Polish Catholic church. Head back later in the evening at weekends for Latin-style dancers or on Sundays for brunch soundtracked by a live gospel choir. Tapas plates from £2.25.

15:00  It’d be pretty shameful to visit Liverpool and not do anything Beatles-related. So head out on the Magical Mystery Tour (cavernclub.org/beatles-tours), which leaves from the Albert Dock. You’ll be taken to the houses where each member of the fab four grew up, plus the real Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. The guide knowledge (and tour-bus banter) is second-to-none and the trip is soundtracked by some favourite Beatles tracks. Tickets are £15.95 per person, and that also includes your entrance fee to The Cavern Club later on.

19:00  Before you head out, treat yourself to a tasty dinner at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill (mpwsteakhouseliverpool.co.uk). The menu, by the enfant terrible of the UK food scene, is pretty reasonable for what you get (about £15 for a good-sized main). Go for a succulent fillet steak, teamed with beef-dripping chips or one of the many classic English puddings.

22:00  If you’re not too stuffed, head out for a drink. On Matthew Street, you’ll find plenty of busy bars and clubs, and to get more of your Beatles fill, hit The Cavern Club (cavernclub.org). It may not be the original one – it’s actually moved across the road – but it was built with many of the same materials to look so similar you could be fooled into thinking it is. Saturday nights include Beatles tribute groups and live-band-backed karaoke – so you can say you’ve performed on the same stage as the greats.

00:30  Head back to the newly refurbished Hotel Indigo (hotelindigoliverpool.co.uk), which is a 10-minute walk from the city centre and close to the waterfront. It’s clean, comfy and you get a lot for your money, including a free minibar. Rooms start from £79 per night.


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