The Liverpool City Region

with Harriet Gilmour, Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the Liverpool City Region

Liverpool City Region

The Liverpool City Region includes Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens, Wirral and Halton.  It is a diverse region with lots to offer to tourists from near and far.

You can enjoy the bright lights and heritage of the city centre or venture further afield to experience the beauty of the more rural areas, local beaches and conservation areas.

At Experience Liverpool you can choose the type of tour you want. From a look at the famous buildings, local churches and cathedrals and Art Galleries to the world renown Sports Arenas and Music Nostalgia.

Whatever it is about Liverpool that interests you we can arrange a bespoke tour to help you make the most of your time in the Liverpool City Region. 

The famous Lamb Banana in Liverpool

Public Art & Sculpture

Home to Liverpool Biennial the city comes alive with wonderful public art and contemporary exhibitions every two years.

The next Biennial will begin in July 2026.  Liverpool Biennial are also behind the commissioning of some unique permanent works of public art such as Antony Gormley’s “Another Place” in Crosby, and Jaume Plensa’s “Dream” in St Helens.  Check out my ‘Monumental’ tour that covers the waterfront artworks and sculptures. There’s also a burgeoning street art scene in Liverpool.

The 3 Graces, Liverpool Waterfront

Heritage

“The supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain’s greatest global influence.”

Most people are blown away by the Architecture in Liverpool. As well as our industrial heritage in the dock buildings we have many fine Neo Classical Style and Art Deco style Buildings.

Liverpool had an impact on global demography and population changes in the 18th and 19th centuries due to its major role in the transatlantic Slave Trade and its involvement as the leading port of mass European emigration to the New World.

Tour Guide and group at 3 graces, Liverpool City Waterfront

Walking Tours

Liverpool itself is a compact city, perfect for exploring on foot.  Bounded by the River Mersey you’ll find it quite easy to navigate.  I enjoy leading walking tours of the iconic Albert Dock and Waterfront to give you a great introduction to the city. But if it’s Beatles, Sport, Art or architecture, whatever your thing, you’ll find it here in Liverpool City Region

Tour Guide in Action in the Art Gallery

Galleries

The region has a host of fantastic free Galleries and Museums such as the Walker Art Gallery, where I worked on the John Moores Painting Prize in 2010 and 2012, Tate Liverpool, where I was an Information Assistant for many years and Lady Lever Art Gallery, a real gem in Port Sunlight village, whose Pre-Raphaelite collection is outstanding.

Liverpool Catholic Cathedral - Crown of Thorns

Churches & Cathedrals

Liverpool is home to not one but two richly contrasting cathedrals that cannot be missed and are well worth exploring with a guide so you can find out about all the hidden details that make them come to life. Play with the whispering arch in the Anglican Cathedral and admire the lantern tower in the City’s Roman Catholic Cathedral.  A cathedral tour can easily be combined with Hope Street, which boasts some of the best pubs and restaurants in the city.

Rodney Street, Liverpool's answer to Harley Street in London.

History & Prehistory

Discover Liverpool’s rich history dating back to a small fishing village founded in 1207 through its ascent to become the second city of the British Empire and its journey to the modern, cosmopolitan city it is today.  Let me help you explore the architecture, the wealth, the heroes, horrors, sights and sounds and what makes this city tick.

Penny Lane made famous by the Beatles

Music

Artists originating in Liverpool have had more number one hits than from any other location, 58 in total, beginning in 1953 with Lita Roza’s release, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?”

You cannot visit Liverpool without some mention of the Beatles, the world’s most successful pop band.  You can visit places of Beatles nostalgia such as Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played 292 times.  The Cavern still has live music every day.  It wasn’t just home to the Beatles but has hosted the Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and Adele amongst many other performers.

Football is big in Liverpool

Sport

Liverpool is the most successful footballing city in England, home to premiership clubs Liverpool and Everton.  Are you a red or a blue? Did you know football nets were invented by Liverpool’s municipal engineer John Brodie in 1892?! The two Premiership stadiums are very close together so you can easily drive past both on your tour and you can incorporate a visit to the grounds or merchandise shops into your itinerary.

The Grand National is hosted every year at Aintree and if Golf is your thing then why not visit England’s Golf Coast?  The Liverpool City region has 44 golf courses including Royal Birkdale, the top ranked course in England, hosting the  Open Championships and The Ryder Cup on several occasions.  The Royal Liverpool, situated in Hoylake,  hosted the Open Championship in 2023.

Albert Dock, Liverpool

Shopping

Liverpool has become a premier shopping destination since the opening of ‘Liverpool One’ in 2008, which totally regenerated the heart of Liverpool city centre.  Home to large department stores such John Lewis and M&S and also popular brands such as Nike, Apple, Mango, Hollister and Harvey Nicholls Beauty Bazaar. It provides well lit, open, pedestrian, shopping streets which are open till 8pm on weeknights.

Pick up souvenirs around Albert Dock’s smaller shops or the Mathew St area.

The Entrance to China Town in Liverpool

Food & Drink

There are many excellent eateries to choose from.  Sample delights from Europe’s oldest Chinatown or you can savour ‘Scouse’ (a regional stew), locally grown asparagus in season, a good english pie and of course fish and chips.

Albert Dock offers a host of restaurants and bars, Castle Street has many good food offerings and Bold Street is known for lots of independent establishments. Popular street food markets where you can sample a range of cuisines together can be found on Duke St and in the Baltic Triangle.