Sefton Park, Albert Dock, Cavern Club, Liverpool.


For August bank holiday weekend we decided to go to Liverpool. The reason we chose Liverpool was because it's a seaside town and we wanted to get there while the weather was still on the nicer side. We researched the cheapest mode of transportation and it was the National Express coach bus.

They had better times than the Mega Bus which we usually take. We caught the 11:15am bus Saturday morning. The coach station is in Digbeth which is farther away from us than the Mega Bus stop, so we had to leave earlier to get to city centre.
Check out our guide if you are heading to Liverpool.

National Express is kind of a pricey option when comparing it to the Mega Bus, so we usually check them last. The coaches are nicer than the Mega Bus coaches however. We were able to book our tickets online, but there is a surcharge. We also had to print off our tickets, whereas Mega Bus allows you to show your confirmation on your phone.


For this stay, we got ourselves an Airbnb. Check in was very easy, our host had messaged us and let us know that she had the keys in a box outside for us and what the password was. This is a common system used in other Airbnb locations. It allows you to check in when is convenient for you, and not have to work something out with the host.

We set off right on schedule, but due to traffic we arrived into Liverpool an hour late.The National Express was a nicer bus than the Mega Bus, had more leg room, nicer seats, and you can even charge your phone on board!! Anyway, the bus let us off near the Library and St. George's Hall. 
First we had to get our bearings. Arriving in a new city is always a bit confusing. 

We actually saw St.Georges Hall (the buildings with the columns) on an episode of the BBC game show Pointless. They put up pictures of famous buildings and the contestants had to guess where the building was. Nobody knew this it was in Liverpool.

After we took pictures we headed towards a vegan cafe we found on the happy cow website. 

We found the door to the Next to Nowhere Cafe. The Cafe is a not for profit DIY social centre and is run entirely by volunteers. We had to ring the bell to get in, and it was downstairs. They are only open Saturdays 12-5.

The cafe runs on a pay what you can afford type set up. They do have suggested prices on their menu though. We heard one guy try to barter his dish washing abilities in order to get free food. I think the volunteers just ended up giving him a burger for free. 

It was a bit awkward taking pictures inside as it seemed to be mainly regulars talking about political stuff so we were trying to be discreet.

The food was nothing fancy. We also had soup, but forgot to take a picture. We chatted for a bit with one guy and he told us what was free to do around Liverpool. Travelling is expensive, so we try and find free things to do as much as possible.
After lunch we started walking to Albert Dock. The guy we met at Next to Nowhere told us the Albert Dock area is beautiful and we had it on our list of sights to see anyway.
Look it's Central Perk Cafe from F.R.I.E.N.D.S.!!! Who is the crazy looking green dude next to Central Perk though? Anyone know?

There were signs all around Liverpool pointing in the direction of the landmarks with estimated walking times which as really handy. We barely needed a map. As we followed the signs for Albert Dock we found Chinatown where they had an arch.

We found Liverpool Cathedral which was on our list of sights to see.

The Cathedral was free admission, but they do suggest a donation to keep it running. The Liverpool Cathedral is the largest Anglican Cathedral in Europe.

It is on the newer side of the cathedrals we've seen since it was built in the early 1900s. The inside was spectacular looking.
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The cathedral ended up being our landmark/compass for our trip. Our BnB was close by and whenever we were lost, we would look for the top of the building.

The Albert Dock were really easy to find.

We walked along the Albert Dock area looking at the boats. We had some great weather.



There was Beatles stuff everywhere like the Fab 4 Cafe and the Beatles Story.
The Liverpool Eye? Not sure what they call it.Just a sec I'll google it...okay it's called the Echo Wheel of Liverpool. Catchy.

There were "lovelocks" all over the chain link fence. This is where people write "Geoff and Georgina forever" for example and then lock it to the fence to commemorate their love or sometimes a passing of a loved one.



We walked past a wakeboarding park where people either learn to wakeboard or practice by going on some of the obstacles. We considered doing some wakeboarding but we needed to keep going.

It was starting to get late and we didn't want to have to find our BnB in the dark. On our walk we came across a few buildings full of graffiti.



We checked into our Airbnb. It was lovely. We had the heart themed room. The location was perfect and the hosts were amazing. We felt comfortable in their home, we had a key to the house so we could come and go as we pleased. We also had access to use the kitchen, which we did for one dinner and breakfast. We were able to store our food in the fridge and use all the appliances. We would definitely stay here again. Being able to cook some of our meals here help cut the cost of the trip.There was a Coop supermarket nearby that we were able to buy some groceries from.
The next day our Airbnb host was kind enough to offer to drive us to Sefton Park where the Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) was on. It is the biggest free music festival in Europe. She happened to be heading in that direction and offered us a lift. It was very kind of her.

We were very early so we decided to walk around the park.


Then we went on a search for Penny Lane as in the street made famous by the Beatles song Penny Lane. (Strawberry Fields was too far of a walk.)
In this picture Penny Lane says L15, We looked for L15, it doesn't exist. We walked from one end to the other and we only saw L18. You can buy a Beatles map of the city.

We found the Penny Lane Development Trust which had some Beatles stuff.
We headed back to Sefton Park for LIMF. A lot of people were beginning to show up.

There was 5 stages to go to plus other activities. We were hungry so we went on a search for food. 


We ended up seeing Beets and Beans. They had a lot of Vegan options. Since it was a vegetarian/vegan cart we wanted to support them. 
We got vegan hotdogs(!) and a side of garlic potatoes. The hot dogs had spicy mustard, onions and ketchup. It was very good and we were happy with our choice.

We found a place to sit and ate while we enjoyed the show.
The first band we saw was Port Isla and they were alright. A cross of The Weeknd and Bruce Springsteen said the guy introducing them. One performer we didn't particularly like so we went to see what else was going on.

Free Mountain Dew was what was going on! Despite us making fun of Mountain Dew on numerous occasions, we are suckers for free stuff so we did the dew.


BBC tent making a plea to the public to support them. We tried some of their activities. I learned that I am no good at commentating on sports. Especially on rugby.

This was the Academy stage which was for the up and coming Liverpool bands. We saw a couple bands that were pretty good, Go Fiasco and Idle Frets This is the crowd. Not pictured is the group of cannabis smoking, beer chugging, straight from the bottle wine drinking people in front of us. Aside from them everyone was pretty chilled out in the park.


This is the Sefton Park Palm House. Inside they were having a discussion about Jamaican Dancehall PA systems during the 1970s (no joke). We didn't stay for the, I'm sure, fascinating discussion but we checked out the cool plants, specifically the palm trees.

Next we left the LIMF and went back to the city centre of Liverpool. We went to a Bar/Punk Rock Venue called Maguire's Pizza Bar which was just what we needed. We find that vegan places are often either run by punks or hippies which shows the different takes on veganism.

It seems like vegan restaurants are either pricey organic health obsessed with a peaceful atmosphere or stripped down, no frills cheap junk food with loud music and beer. Yeah, yeah, I'm sure there are plenty of places in the middle but for the most part do you agree?



Maguire's Bar was hosting an all weekend Punk-a-thon in the back room so it was pretty loud in there. The pizza was great and so were the garlic knots. The guy at the bar was fascinated by our accents and asked us about what Vancouver is like.

We couldn't find a cash point around Maguire's so we had no money to buy a beverage with our pizza. Beer at Maguire's was only £2, instead we went to BrewDog which sold beer for £4.55. Always make sure to take out enough cash. BrewDog actually has some vegan food on their menu too.

The next day we left our Air BnB and headed back down to the Albert Dock which wasn't too far a walk, maybe 20 minutes.



We did not go in the Tate Liverpool because we weren't allowed to take our backpack in and we didn't have any change to store our bag in the lockers. Always bring change. We weren't that bothered anyway but it is something to see if you are ever in Liverpool


Instead of the Tate we went inside the Museum for a bit which was interesting. We made our way to the Cavern Quarter/Mathew Street of Liverpool where the famous Cavern Club is located and a bunch of Beatles tourist trap type stuff.




Current entrance. £5 just to go in and take a look around. There wasn't even any bands playing so we'll just have to use our imagination.
Next we went inside Bluecoat which is one of the oldest buildings in Liverpool and now an arts centre. They had lots of art inside the Bluecoat.


We walked up Bold Street which has a bunch of cool shops on it. Then we explored around the Bombed Out Cathedral which was bombed during the Blitz in WWII.



Next we saw a much more modern looking cathedral. This is the Metropolitan Cathedral.

We decided to head indoors because we were getting a bit tired from all the walking and the sky looked like it was going to start raining pretty soon. We went into 92 degrees Coffee.  It was just in time because it started raining pretty bad after we started drinking our coffee and tea. They had very good coffee there.

After we left the coffee shop we went back to Bold Street to look around. We found we were quite hungry so we Happy Cow'd where to go. The Egg Cafe, was around the corner. We didn't want to go to it last night because the name 'Egg' was quite off putting to us as vegans. lol. We thought we would check it out anyway since it had such good reviews. 'Home made Vegetarian and Vegan meals'

FYI, this place was cash only when we went. It might still be. We got the Chocolate crunch bar. We thought we would start off with a dessert. Glad we did as it was amazing.
We ordered two vegetable Scouces. One came with cabbage and the other came with beets so we shared. This is the vegan version of a local dish. Check out this link on Liverpool slang
The portions were amazing and each cost £5! What a great deal.

After lunch we wandered around more. While walking around this area before going to the coach station we found a pound on the ground which was lucky. Free money!

Our coach was at 645pm, so we headed there for 615. It was the nicest bus we had ever been on. The ride was a half hour longer than estimated though. We were guessing it was because of the bank holiday traffic. Everyone was probably heading home from the weekend at the same time.

Thank you for reading. If you enjoyed this post and want to see more of Northern England, check out our post "Mega Manchester Vegan Bus Trip"

Comments

  1. Looks like you had fun. I've never been to Liverpool.

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  2. I can't help you with the crazy-looking green dude, but I'm loving the street art. And the Beatles cafe!

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    1. lol. Yeah, Liverpool had some really cool street art.

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  3. Very nice post. I'd love to visit Liverpool, maybe this year I can do that. For sure I'll be back here to note the tips. Thanks

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    1. We hope you make it there! Liverpool is a fantastic place to visit.

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  4. Wow looks like you had such a great time. Would love to visit Liverpool someday. Thanks so much for sharing this Xx

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    1. Glad you enjoyed. We hope you make it to explore.

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  5. To be honest I have never thought about visiting Liverpool. But actually it seems nice and interesting.

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  6. Liverpool looks so much fun! I've been up North but never Liverpool. I'd love to visit, there is so much activities and places to visit!

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    1. Yeah, Liverpool was a great place to visit.

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  7. Omg! The cathedral is absolutely stunning ! And wow, there are so many attractions there! Looks like a lovely place to visit when on a budget ! xoxo

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    1. It really is! Liverpool is very affordable.

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  8. I think it's about time I go visit England! It sounds like a wonderful time. Isn't Airbnb just great? No hotel concierge is that gracious haha!

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    1. We love airbnb! So much more affordable.

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  9. I just checked the https://www.happycow.net/. This is going to be helpful the next time that I travel. I am not a vegetarian but I like to eat more healthy choices lately. Your Airbnb host was generous. I have not tried Airbnb yet but I will in the future. The pizza and garlic knots look delicious.

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    1. Yeah, our host was amazing! We would definitely stay with her again. Happycow is an amazing app.

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  10. Great trip you had Liverpool looks amazing. I've always wanted to go to England to see all the history there.

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  11. Never been to Liverpool but it must be a great city to visit. Especially if you're a Beatles fan ;)

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    1. The Beatles sights were really fun to find. They are all over the city.

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  12. Great overview of Liverpool. I didn't realise you had to pay to go into the Cavern Club though. It sounds like you pretty much managed to cover everything.

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    1. Yeah, we aren't huge drinkings so we didn't see any point in going in.

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  13. We've never been in Liverpool but I would like to visit this city. Heard a lot of good about that place

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  14. I have never gone to Liverpool when I was in the UK, it's been on my list for a while now. I love the Central Perk sign!

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    1. We highly recommend Liverpool! It was a cool place to visit.

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  15. Great tips! I love the wakeboard park- how fun!!!

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  16. I love the idea of the pay what you can kitchen run by volunteers. I think more of those are needed in every city!

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    1. Yeah it is a really smart idea. :) They need more!

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  17. Sounds like you had an awesome weekend! For the Air BnB, did you rent a room in someone's house? We've only ever rented the entire space. I am always nervous about renting a room, and then having a nightmare host. Your host seemed lovely though! Thank you for sharing all the great info. :)

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    1. Yeah we had a single room and we shared a bathroom with a couple other guests. We have rented plenty of rooms though airbnb and they have all been great.

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  18. I have never been to Liverpool but I heard a lot about it because my mother was an original Beatlemaniac. I would love to see that beautiful cathedral and docks!

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    1. Got to love Beatlemaniacs! We know a couple ourselves. You should really go. It is a cool city.

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  19. Looks like you had a great trip to Liverpool! Never been there before, only London, but definitely want to visit one day! There are some interesting buildings to check out!

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    1. You should definitely see more of England!

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  20. I support the football club, but I had no idea what the city looks like, embarrassingly. Thanks for filling in the blanks for me!

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  21. I really missed those days where I can just take off for the weekend without kids. Seems you are having a great time in Liverpool on a great budget.

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    1. It is really great to get away for the weekend.

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  22. I have always associated Liverpool with the football club but now I see more reasons to fall in love with it, thanks to your post.

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  23. The architecture of Liverpool Cathedral looks quite fascinating! Looks like you had an amazing time in Liverpool. The food looks delicious too!

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    1. We have a great time! So much to explore.

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