Liverpool is best known for its cultural legacy, the Beatles, so you can expect plenty of Beatles-centric sightseeing, like concert venues and museums. But there’s much more to (twist and) shout about in England’s northwestern city.
For one, most locals will be shouting about their local football team, Liverpool FC. If you have a chance, definitely catch a game or at least head to the nearest pub.
Liverpool is also home to some great museums, restaurants, and bars, including live music and concert venues. Each of our favorite neighborhoods has its own distinct vibe.
Some cater to families, others to backpackers, or creatives and artists.
This guide will cover where to stay in Liverpool for every traveler interest and budget.
Table of Contents
- Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Liverpool
- Where to Stay in Liverpool
- Neighborhood Guide to Liverpool
- 5 Best Areas to Stay in Liverpool
- 1. The City Centre – Where to Stay in Liverpool for the First Time
- 2. Albert Dock – Where to Stay in Liverpool on a Budget
- 3. Baltic Triangle – Where to Stay in Liverpool for Nightlife
- 4. Hope Quarter – Coolest Place to Stay in Liverpool
- 5. RopeWalks – Where to Stay in Liverpool for Families
Quick Tips – Where to Stay in Liverpool
- Where to stay in Liverpool for the first time – The City Centre
- Where to stay in Liverpool on a budget – Albert Dock
- Best area to stay in Liverpool for nightlife – Baltic Triangle
- Coolest place to stay in Liverpool – Hope Quarter
- Best neighborhood in Liverpool for families – RopeWalks
In a hurry? Here’s my top neighborhood for first timers:
- Learn about natural history and visit the planetarium at the World Museum
- Go to Pier Head, part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Visit the Memorial to the Engine Room Heroes of the Titanic at Pier Head
Where to Stay in Liverpool
Looking for somewhere specific to stay? Here are our top picks for places to stay in Liverpool… Check out our hostel guide too!
Best Hostel in Liverpool: Sleep Eat Love
The kind of hostel that smashes expectations, Sleep Eat Love will pleasantly surprise you from the moment you walk through the door. The staff are professional but laid-back and happy to help with any questions.
Rooms here come in a choice of private or dorms, both of which are spotlessly clean. The location is very convenient for discovering what Liverpool has to offer.
Best Hotel in Liverpool: Hotel Indigo Liverpool
What more could you want from a hotel than a fully stocked mini bar with free snacks? How about a friendly, helpful staff, funky furnishings and an excellent location close to restaurants, museums, and shops?
This place, with its immaculate rooms, is perfect for a Liverpool city break – and the breakfast is very tasty too.
Best Airbnb in Liverpool: Chic City Centre Apartment
A beautiful modern apartment housed in a colonial-style building, spend time unwinding in comfort. High ceilings are a feature in this central location, whilst big windows make this place light and airy.
It’s situated in the city center, walking distance to many of Liverpool’s attraction and close to amenities. The apartment is ideal for a weekend in the city with friends or a partner, eating, drinking and enjoying the city’s sights and nightlife.
Neighborhood Guide to Liverpool
Quick Summary: The Best Places to Stay in Liverpool
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Situated in northern England, Liverpool is a port city with a history that dates back 800 years. It boomed into the modern city we know today thanks to 19th-century wealth in trade and industry.
Nowadays the city is all about cultural legacy: it’s Liverpool that spawned The Beatles and the city isn’t about to let anyone forget that.
Music fills the cultural landscape of Liverpool and is reflected in its many music venues, as well as the Liverpool Annual Music Festival, the largest free music festival in Europe.
Liverpool’s musical history and past status as Britain’s second city in the Victorian era makes for a fascinating powerhouse of heritage to explore.
Hit badly in WWII – and suffering from a decline in the later stages of the 20th century – Liverpool is well and truly on the up. But which of its neighborhoods would most suit you for your travels?
First up is Liverpool City Centre, the undisputed center of the city and an area that’s positively jostling with sights.
Architecturally this may be one of the most significant spots in the United Kingdom; you’ll find ‘the world’s first modern building’ at Oriel Chambers (1864), the imposing Royal Liver Building (1911), and sprawling St George’s Hall (1854), to name a few examples.
Next, we have Albert Dock (or Royal Albert Dock), a port area that boasts the first non-combustible warehouses in the world. Built in 1846, this historic site is an important part of the heritage of Liverpool; today it is the most visited multi-use landmark in the UK outside of London and plays host to cafes, restaurants, galleries, and museums.
Just west of the Albert Dock area there’s the small slice of Liverpool known as the Baltic Triangle, home to the city’s creative and digital industries.
Further to the west is Hope Quarter, the area immediately surrounding Hope Street, one of Liverpool’s ‘Great Streets’ due to its cultural institutions, restaurants, and Georgian architecture.
And then there’s RopeWalks. This area of Liverpool was once known for its rope-making industry in the 19th century but today is a bustling, multicultural area primed for shopping and dining. Bordering the northwestern edge of Baltic Triangle, Ropewalks is also home to Europe’s oldest Chinatown.
The best areas to visit in Liverpool are quite different from each other, so the question is: in which of them would you rather spend your time?
5 Best Areas to Stay in Liverpool
Liverpool’s maritime history, unique, magnificent architecture, and cultural heritage make for an interesting city to explore and a great destination for history and city lovers alike.
The number of museums, things to see, and other hotspots concentrated in a relatively small and central area means you’ll never wonder what to do in any given neighborhood.
Travelling around Liverpool is easy; many attractions are walkable, and there’s a bus service when your feet are tired, but which of Liverpool’s neighborhoods suits you and your budget? Read on to learn more.
The epicentre of Liverpool’s heritage and history, Liverpool City Centre is packed full with grand buildings and other remains of the past splendour. From concert halls to traditional buildings, architecture buffs will get the most out of this area for sure.
But other cultural attractions in the City Centre cater to Liverpool’s reputation as a haven of pop culture; take, for instance, the Cavern Club, made famous as a music venue in the 1960s; The Beatles played here 292 times between 1961 and 1963!
Things to See and Do in Liverpool City Centre
– Catch a Beatles tribute act at the iconic Cavern Club.
– Browse a variety of shops at St Johns Shopping Centre…
– … Or really go to town at the vast Liverpool ONE mall.
– Marvel at the huge Liverpool Lime Street railway station (1836).
– Learn about natural history and visit the planetarium at the World Museum.
– Check out the art at Walker Art Gallery.
– Go to Pier Head, part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.
– Visit the Memorial to the Engine Room Heroes of the Titanic at Pier Head.
– Take a stroll around St John’s Gardens.
– Check out a creative event at the art center at The Bluecoat housed in an 18th-century building.
– Admire the views from the 138-meter-tall Radio City Tower.
– Enlighten yourself at Western Approaches, a museum focusing on the Atlantic war effort during WWII.
– Eat a delicious brunch at the coffee lounge Barley and Beans.
Best Hostel in Liverpool City Centre: Euro Hostel Liverpool
Smack bang in the heart of the city, this hostel is perfect for travelers who want to be in the middle of the action. Surrounded by shops, bars, and restaurants, the hostel is easy walking distance from the main train station.
Private rooms come with ensuite bathrooms and the dorm rooms are clean and cheap. The decor is pretty cool too with exposed bricks and pops of color that create a chilled vibe.
Best Hotel in Liverpool City Centre: The Nadler Liverpool
Located in the shell of an old industrial building, The Nadler manages to effortlessly combine urban chic with comfort. The facilities are first class with rooms that are clean and homey.
The renovated red brick warehouses at Albert Dock were once the forerunners of the world. These were the first warehouses in the world to be built entirely of brick, stone, and metal, with no wood supports. A feat of Victorian ingenuity and engineering, these are important cornerstones of not just Liverpudlian but British heritage.
Today, these warehouses play their part in the city as multi-use leisure complexes: bars, restaurants, museums, and other attractions take up the space of these waterside edifices, making for a scintillating slice of Liverpool’s landscape.
Things to See and Do in Albert Dock
– Go and admire the art at Tate Liverpool.
– Learn how workers at the Dock used to live in its heyday at The Piermaster’s House…
– … And how the history of the Dock itself, at Albert Dock Traffic House.
– Fans of The Beatles should make a beeline to The Beatles Story museum.
– Try the Double Dutch pancakes at Rubens Coffee.
– Take the kids to play in themed zones at Mattel Play! Liverpool.
– Get great views of the waterfront from the 60-metre-tall Freijwheel Wheel Of Liverpool.
– Try some Indian food at eastZeast…
– … And then some fish and chips at Docklands Fish and Chips, of course!
– See what it’s like aboard a pilot boat at Pilot Cutter Edmund Gardner.
– Learn about the history of Liverpool at the aptly named Museum of Liverpool.
Best Hotels in Albert Dock
Close to the waterfront by Albert Dock, this modern hotel is the perfect budget friendly-stay and great substitute for a hostel. They have big and pleasant rooms and a small bar to mingle with other guests.
The ferry terminal is within walking distance, as are many of Liverpool’s tourist attractions. Plus, there are restaurants nearby for tasty evening meals.
This hotel is right on the waterfront next to the buzz of the waterside restaurants and marina. Newly decorated with chic touches of the area’s industrial past, rooms come with huge window views and soft beds for a good night’s sleep. There’s a big hearty breakfast on offer too.
Liverpool’s old industrial area of the Baltic Triangle is now one of the most fashionable, fastest growing parts of the city. Formerly an array of warehouses that fell into disrepair, the area now plays host to the city’s creative and digital industries, and it’s got an exciting cafe and nightlife scene to match.
As a result, it’s probably the best place in Liverpool to go for brunch. Hip cafes, cool bars and restaurants line the streets. It’s raw, it’s organic and it’s the best place to stay in Liverpool if you’re all about creativity and fun.
Things to See and Do in Baltic Triangle
– Eat at Camp and Furnace for a menu that runs from lobster to street food; it’s one of the coolest restaurants in Britain!
– Go for brunch at Constellations…
– … Which is also a creative space, bar, music venue and studio.
– Snack on some delicious baked goods at Baltic Bakehouse.
– Try the burgers at The Baltic Social.
– Experience tea and cake and a game of Monopoly at Sugar and Dice Board Game Café.
– Visit the intriguing Nordic Church and Cultural Centre.
– Drink at Baltic Fleet, a 19th-century pub complete with mahogany bar and open fire.
Best Hostel in Baltic Triangle: YHA Liverpool
Just a ten minute walk away from the main bus station, this hostel is perfect for budget travellers to the city. There is a shared common area and kitchen for guests to use, but (if you want) guests can pay a little extra for the sizable breakfast buffet.
Security is utmost with guests being checked on entering. Choose from male, female or mixed dorm rooms, all of which are clean and with individual lockers to keep your luggage safe.
Best Hotel in Baltic Triangle: Ibis Liverpool
With a fantastic location close to the waterfront and nightlife, this hotel is excellent value for money. Select from a large family room or a sizable double and stay in the calm and contemporary surroundings.
Staff are friendly and helpful and there is an on-site restaurant that serves up great meals.
This area encompasses the ‘Great Street’ of Liverpool, Hope Street, and its immediate surroundings. Once voted the Best Street in the UK, this historic road runs from Upper Parliament Street in the south and finishes in front of the modern Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
With a cathedral at each end of the street, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Liverpool, and fine examples of Georgian architecture throughout small side-streets, Hope Quarter is a place for exploration and marvel in plush settings. This is no doubt one of the coolest areas of Liverpool.
Things to See and Do in Hope Quarter
– Visit Liverpool Cathedral – the largest Anglican cathedral in the country, featuring the world’s highest gothic arches.
– Also, check out the striking Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral (1967).
– Stroll through the pretty Saint James Mount and Gardens…
– … And end up at The Oratory, home to a collection 19th-century sculpture.
– Check out The Hardmans’ House – former home of eminent photographer Edward Chambré Hardman.
– Catch a concert at the 1930s-era Liverpool Philharmonic…
– … And go for dinner afterwards at The Philharmonic Dining Rooms – the most ornately decorated 19th-century public house in the UK (even the bathrooms are fancy)!
– See a show at Everyman Theatre.
– Try the pan-Asian cuisine at HoSt.
– And wrap up your day with a drink at Ye Cracke – a 19th-century pub with connections to The Beatles.
Best Hostel in Hope Quarter: The International Inn
This hostel is in the best location for delving into what Liverpool is all about. The staff here are always friendly and complimentary tea and toast is available around the clock!
Newly refurbished commons areas are great for mixing with other guests, which helps cultivate a fun and friendly atmosphere.
Best Hotel in Hope Quarter: Hope Street Hotel
On-trend, Instagram-worthy interiors create a chic and sophisticated hotel that is spotlessly clean and effortlessly chilled.
Set in the pretty Georgian area of the city, this hotel’s rooms are bright and large with stripped back wooden beams and exposed walls and luxurious roll-top baths. Coffee-lovers will appreciate the complimentary coffee machine in the rooms.
Formerly known for the rope-making industry in the 19th century, after which it is named, RopeWalks is now one of the most bustling parts of the city.
Here you can catch a music show, shop, and watch some street performers in a part of Liverpool where bohemian meets retail therapy. Not only one of the coolest places in Liverpool, this is also another place to stay in Liverpool for families.
Vintage, vinyl, bookshops as well as arts and crafts stores dot this cool area, but so do a number of music venues and clubs. A great choice for music-lovers, RopeWalks is also known for its multicultural landscape, especially the famous Chinatown.
Things to See and Do in RopeWalks
– Check out Chinatown, snap a photo of the Chinatown Arch and eat at Yuet Ben.
– Visit St Luke’s church, also known as St Luke’s Bombed Out Church (you’ll see why).
– Promenade up and down Bold Street with its myriad quirky shops and cafes.
– Try some authentic sushi at Miyage’s.
– Go for candlelit Tapas and Latin-inspired food at Alma De Cuba, housed in a former 18th-century church.
– Catch a gig at Jacaranda or another music venue.
– Drink and dance the night away at a multi-level club Heebie Jeebies.
Best Hostel in RopeWalks: Hatters Liverpool
Shabby-chic interiors, traditional tiled floors, and big open spaces create a fun dynamic to mingle with other guests. Choose from a bed in the safe and clean dorms with shared bathrooms or a private double rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
There’s a bar in the lobby, which is a great place to unwind after a busy day in the city.
Best Hotel in RopeWalks: The Print Works Apartments
Conveniently located in the middle of the city, and walking distance to great restaurants and museums, these apartments are ideal for those travelling with a family or a group.
Suitable for a weekend getaway or a week’s holiday, the rooms come with a modern kitchen and lounge areas that separates the bedrooms. Staff are on-site to help with any queries and there’s also a terrace for taking in the city’s sites.
Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Liverpool
This industrial city has many distinct neighborhoods that truly add to it’s character. Don’t believe us? Let’s start with these 14 awesome things to do in Liverpool.
We covered our favorite neighborhoods in Liverpool above, but if you’re still not sure where to stay in Liverpool we recommend Sleep Eat Love as one of the best hostels in Liverpool.
Hotel Indigo Liverpool is an excellent hotel with a helpful staff and funky vibes. Plus, it’s located close to great restaurants, museums, and shops!
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