Liverpool in 2-3 days

Spend your first day in the centre of town, checking out the cathedrals, art museums and shops, before crawling round Concert Square’s fancy bars or Seel Street’s alternative clubs.

The next day head to Albert Dock for Tate Liverpool and the Beatles Story. From here take a Yellow Duckmarine tour to see how the city links together, or a ferry across the Mersey for views from the river, before catching a bus to Lark Lane in the evening for food and a few bevvies.

On the final day Beatles fans should jump on a Magical Mystery Tour to Strawberry Fields while others could get a train out to Crosby beach for a windswept walk and a chance to see Antony Gormley’s haunting statues.

In one week

Time your visit with match day and head to Anfield or Goodison Park to see local footie teams Liverpool or Everton in action. If classical music is more your thing check out the Philharmonic Hall, while theatre buffs should look up the Everyman Playhouse.

Towards the end of the week catch a train up the coast to see the seaside town of Blackpool, or go to Manchester for one of Northern England’s most exciting cities. If you have a car take a drive into Cheshire for a glimpse of pastoral England and, maybe, the occasional footballer’s wife.