Liverpool – From its foundation as a borough by King John in 1207, to the boom of the Industrial Revolution from the 18th century, Liverpool laid its foundations on the eastern bank of the River Mersey as the most important maritime and mercantile hub in Britain. Imports of cotton, sugar and tobacco flowed into the bustling ports from the Americas, as did immigrants of every colour and creed, making the city one of the most culturally diverse in Europe from its 19th-century heyday and throughout the 20th century.
Connected to every corner of the globe thanks to its maritime links, Liverpool boasts a wealth of history waiting to be explored, and beyond renown as the home of The Beatles – the Merseyside location’s most famous musical export – the city still boasts a rich diversity of architecture, arts, culture and sports, for visitors to experience.
Enjoying a day at the races
Undoubtedly the most famous horse racing event in the world, the Grand National has been held annually at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool since 1839. Such is its popularity, an estimated 500 to 600 million viewers around the world tune in to watch the event, run on a course stretching four miles and 514 yards, as horses leap 30 fences of the steeplechase.
The next Grand National and accompanying festival is due to be held between 12th and 14th April 2018, with the main race taking place at 5.15pm on the final day, and bookmaker William Hill has Total Recall at 10/1 as one of the favourites this year. For certain, the horse and its jockey will need all the endurance and determination of Arnold Schwarzenegger in the iconic 1990s movie of the same name, for a winning outcome. Likewise, this is an event that tourists shouldn’t miss when they’re visiting Liverpool, for a chance to soak up the marvellous atmosphere surrounding the main race.
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Following the footsteps of The Beatles
John, Paul, George and Ringo left a lasting musical legacy as the best-selling band in history, with their most iconic tracks still popular to this day. Of course, no visitor to Liverpool will consider their vacation complete without exploring the origins of the ‘Fab Four’ in the city of their birth. Indeed, The Beatles Story is an entire museum dedicated to the band, boasting a 4.5 rating at TripAdvisor from over 6,500 reviews, charting the humble origins of the four young musicians, all the way to their rise to worldwide fame.
Tourists and fans of the band can also take their very own magical mystery tour of locations linked to The Beatles, their songs, and their early lives, such as trips to Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, or the iconic Cavern Club which hosted many of their early gigs.
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Exploring the maritime history of Liverpool
The rise of Liverpool as a prominent location was built firmly on its maritime industry, making the city such an important trading location which generated such an abundant wealth of historical and cultural diversity. The Albert Dock is perhaps the most famous heritage location of the old port, and for those who fancy a voyage of discovery about Liverpool’s maritime past, it’s a must-visit location.
One of the most famous tragedies in maritime history, the story of the Titanic’s sinking after striking an iceberg to the south-east of Newfoundland, has intrigued people for over a hundred years. Registered in Liverpool and with around 1 in 10 of the crew hailing from the city, the Merseyside Maritime Museum exhibition tells intriguing and little-known stories of people involved with the iconic White Star liner.
The museum also hosts an extensive range of other collections, such as delving into the links between Liverpool and the American Civil War, the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II, and the tales of generations of immigrants who settled in the city, arriving from every corner of the globe.
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Delving into Merseyside’s culturally rich heart
There’s certainly no shortage of things to see and do in Liverpool, making it a city that’s easy to fall in love with. Whether it’s cheering for Liverpool at Anfield or Everton at Goodison Park and enjoying an exciting football match, or perhaps taking a stroll through the oldest Chinatown in Europe, then following that up with a pint of locally brewed beer in one of the famous pubs in Mathew Street. From its museums and architecturally beautiful landmarks, to the thrill of high profile sporting events, there’s genuinely something for everyone to enjoy on the banks of the Mersey.
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