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While its cathedral, the largest Anglican church in the world, really stands out, and its pretty streets offer the perfect invitation for daydreaming, it is the seafront and the docks that really epitomise Liverpool. They link up the city’s commercial and industrial past with its arty, energetic present. The silhouette of the Pier Head and its Three Graces is stunning, and Albert Dock elegantly illustrates the new lease of life that the city has breathed into many of its iconic buildings. Synonymous with music, Liverpool was the birthplace of the “Fab Four”. They are now celebrated all around the city, not least at The Beatles Story and the Beatles Shop. While it may have been the Cavern Club that made the band so fashionable, Eric’s Club was a real hotspot for Europe’s punk rock scene, welcoming the likes of the Ramones, Joy Division and The Clash. Ten years before that, the city was also the birthplace of Merseybeat. Nowadays, big names in music from all genres come here to play at the Echo Arena or some of the many major events put on across the city, including Liverpool Sound City and the Liverpool International Music Festival.

As the Beatles said when they sang about Penny Lane, this area “beneath the blue suburban skies” is “in my ears” but also “in my eyes”. Liverpool is arguably the country’s second biggest cultural destination and home to international museums. Some might even refer to it as number one when it comes to audaciousness and discovery. With the classics at the Walker Art Gallery, the catalogue of contemporary and British art at the Tate Liverpool and the explorations of digital art showcased at FACT, art lovers are bound to find something to fascinate them here.

Liverpool has plenty to offer when it comes to local food as well. Inventive dishes and fantastic restaurants are popping up all over the place. Nestled in the heart of a region known for its cheese and agriculture, Liverpool has embraced the trend of healthy, local and varied cuisine. Small producers are showcased in trendy venues as well as in a wide range of pubs and bars. Along with some delicious traditional flavors like pies and fish & chips, you’ll find the characteristic warmth of a city that has always sought the light in the darkest times and managed to get the most out of its industrial and social heritage. The hymn to hope that Liverpool fans can’t help but sing in the legendary Anfield Stadium sums up the solidarity and energy of the city: “Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart. And you’ll never walk alone…” Time for you to walk through the streets of Liverpool yourself to rediscover your faith in life.
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