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Posted 21 June 2016

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When you’re living on a tight budget, it can be hard to find days out that won’t break the bank. Let us inspire you!

Looking for an exciting and fascinating place to visit? Look no further than the vibrant city of Liverpool. 

With so much history, culture and heritage, it’s no wonder Liverpool attracts tourists from all over the world. 

Let’s take a look at what Liverpool has to offer. Here are our top ideas to make the most out of your visit.  

1. The Albert Dock 

One thing that really sets Liverpool apart from many other cities is the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Albert Dock. Step back in time and explore the captivating history of the famous Mersey port which dates back over 170 years.

No matter whether you’re a history enthusiast or into your arts and culture, Albert Dock has something to offer. You’ll find museums, galleries and breath-taking heritage walks amongst the country’s largest selection of Grade I listed buildings. 

And we haven’t even got to the best part yet – admission to most of the attractions is completely free. 

For educational and eye-opening visits, the International Slavery Museum and Merseyside Maritime Museum are two interesting options. Delve into the past and discover Liverpool’s maritime history – perfect if your little ones are just learning about this at school. Both these museums are a must-see and offer free admission.

If arts and culture are more your thing, head over to the Tate Liverpool and discover impressive modern art. Admission to the main gallery is free except for special exhibitions. 

You can’t mention Liverpool without mentioning one of the most influential bands of all time. Whether you’re a devoted Beatles fan or just fancy learning about British music history, The Beatles Story lets you step back in time and explore the lives and chart-topping music of the Beatles. 

The interactive activities and giant piano at the ‘Discovery Zone’ make it a great place for children. Admission for adults is £14.95 and child tickets cost £9.00. 

2. Free walking tours 

A city walking tour is a great way to see the sights, not to mention keeping fit. Sandeman's free tour will guide you to places of historical significance including St. George’s Hall, the Three Graces, the Town Hall and the Nelson Monument. 

Home to the world famous Cavern Club, you’ll wander down the historic Mathew Street. Bursting with music and culture, enjoy the street buskers and sounds of the sixties. 

The tour guides are funded by tips based on customer satisfaction, so voluntary donations are welcomed.

3. World Museum

Explore treasures, cultures, sciences and wonders of the natural world in the impressive World Museum – a place not to be missed on your trip to Liverpool. Learn all about creepy crawlies in the bug house, visit the aquarium and even meet dinosaurs. There really is something for everyone here.  

The live exhibits and hands-on activities are bound to educate and entertain the little ones. And the best part is, you don’t need to spend a penny – admission is free.  

There is a small charge to view all the planetarium shows. So if you fancy taking a journey through space, make sure you pick up a ticket on the day. 

4. Liverpool Cathedrals

Situated either end of historic Hope Street, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral are simply stunning.   

Looking for that picture perfect viewpoint? After a 180 step climb, you’ll enjoy 360° city views from Liverpool Anglican cathedral, Britain’s largest cathedral. Tickets for 'The Tower Experience' are valid for two days – adult tickets cost £5.50, concessions £4.50 and family tickets are also available.  

5. Ferry across the Mersey

Why not capture some impressive city views from the deck of the Mersey Ferry? Aboard the iconic River Explorer Cruise, you’ll take a 50 minute journey exploring Liverpool’s captivating past. If time is no object, you can hop off at Seacombe or Woodside in the Wirral before returning back to Liverpool’s Pier Head. 

Adult tickets cost £9.00, child tickets £5.50 and under 5s go free. Discounted family tickets are also available. Tickets for the ferry include admission to the U-Boat Story.

A cheaper option is to ‘head over the water’ on the commuter ferry. You’ll see the iconic waterfront views if you hop on the water taxi between Pier Head and Seacombe. 

Adult return tickets cost £3.20, child tickets £1.60 and under 5s go free.

So there you have it – some top tips for a cheap and fun day out in an exciting city. We hope you enjoy your time in Liverpool. 

Don’t forget to check out our money saving blogs for inspiration on other budget-friendly days out.

by Christine Walsh

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