As someone who comes from Gibraltar (which is significantly smaller), being in a big city like Liverpool was something I really looked forward to. I’d heard about how exciting and wonderful it was from people who visited, but I also felt so small in such a large place at the start. It got some getting used to, but I wouldn’t change it for the world, and here’s why.
Liverpool is one of the best places to explore because there is always something around every corner, but if you prefer shopping, Liverpool One will be the place to visit. From adorable stationary shops to the usual beloved clothing brands, Liverpool One pretty much has it all.
There are also fun activities you can do with your friends, like Junkyard Golf, bowling, the cinema or the escape rooms at the Docks. They can be great ways to get to know your flat in the first few weeks too, and a great way to spend time together.
One of my favourite places to go is Royal Albert Dock. It’s definitely worth the visit during the night because of the pretty lights they have set up, but it’s just as fun in the daytime. There’s a little shop where you can buy some sweets, or some handmade fudge (which is the best fudge I’ve ever tasted, by the way) or visit Tate Liverpool. It’s just a short walk onwards from Liverpool One shopping centre and it’s such a pretty place to visit. There are also some great restaurants in the area that are worth the try.
Sefton Park is another popular place that I recommend visiting, as it’s the largest park in Liverpool, and not too far from Hope Park campus, so it would be nice to visit if you’re in the mood for a more calming scene.
As I mentioned before, Tate Liverpool is located in Royal Albert Dock, and is free to visit except for a few specific exhibits where you will need to pay to gain entry. If there are any other museums that you’d like to visit in the area, I’ve heard some great things about The Beatles Story and the Museum of Liverpool, too. If you’re interested in libraries or just history in general, I also recommend checking out the Central Library, where you can look into the archives and read up on Liverpool’s history. Check it out if you’re in the area!
Liverpool really is such a lovely and vibrant city, so I hope you’ll love it as much as I do. Happy exploring!
By Rachel Barea.