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Great Days out in Liverpool

13 November 2019 | Maisy Farren

An amazing spot for a long weekend away, Liverpool ticks all the boxes for a culturally significant and exciting city break. We’ve highlighted Family Friendly Fun in Liverpool here on Culture Calling but wanted to shed a bit of light on the heaps of other stuff going on here. Admittedly, this round-up barely scrapes the surface of the many amazing activities on offer in this Mersey-side city, but it’s a good place to start. 

Western Approaches HQ
1-3 Rumford St, Liverpool, L2 8SZ
 
With its world-famous Albert Docks, Liverpool has always been a vital cog in Britain’s history. The city’s vast selection of impressive museums document this and are all well worth an afternoon’s exploration. Those interested in Britain’s WWII history will especially love a trip to the Western Approaches HQ, an underground bunker that was instrumental in the UK’s victory. The labyrinth of rooms in this bomb proof and gas proof underground workplace have been kept exactly as they were when the fortress closed its doors in 1945. Learn about the instrumental part Liverpool played in the WWII victory with a guided tour (£20) or wander around un-guided for just £13.50. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sefton Park Palm House
Sefton Park, Liverpool, L17 1AP
 
This beloved Grade II listed property is easily one of Liverpool’s underrated attractions. Located in the beautiful Sefton Park, the Palm House is a stunning display of Victorian architecture that’s been lovingly resorted to its glory. Enjoy a mosey around the estate, unwinding in the peace and quiet of Sefton Park just miles away from the city centre. The iconic glass building houses a vast Botanical Garden full of exotic flora which is free to explore. The venue always offers a wide range of events to look forward to, including pop up cafes, yoga and wellness sessions, concerts and film screenings. Take a look at their What’s On calendar to discover what’s coming up.
 
Speke Hall, Garden and Estate
The Walk, Speke, Liverpool, L24 1XD
 
Well worth the short trip out of the city centre, Speke Hall is a stunning National Trust property on the banks of the River Mersey. An original Tudor property with a restored Victorian interior, this home has weathered the storms of 400 years of fascinating history. The traditional black and white timber framed house is typically Tudor in appearance, yet inside tells a story of life across the ages. Surrounding it is a wonderful estate with a challenging maze, pretty gardens and an area of woodland to explore. Regular guided tours are the best way to get the most out of this unique trip, but you’re welcome to also explore at your own pace. Tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £6.25 for children, with discounts available for concessions and families. Over the winter months you’ll find the hall itself frequently closed, so check here for info before heading out! 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ghetto Golf
Stanhope Street, Cains Brewery, Liverpool, L8 5XJ 
 
Perfectly appointed for some weekend day-drinking or a night out – Ghetto Golf is one of Liverpool’s most exciting activities. Mini-golf has been made adults-only in this strictly 18+ venue, and whilst it may look like a kid’s play-zone, don’t let the Minion mural fool you. The 18 street-art adorned holes create a fun space for groups big and small to hang out. Live DJ’s bring the party atmosphere on busy nights and delicious food is served by BBQ street food vendors Apocalypse Cow. Topping it all off is the cosy outdoor cocktail bar that’ll keep you entertained long after your golfing session is up. This spot requires pre-booking which ensures you don’t feel over-crowded on the course and is a bargain at £10 per person.
 
Peaky Blinder’s Bar 
Cains Brewery Village, Stanhope St, Liverpool, L8 5XJ
 
Before we embrace the 2020s head to the Peaky Blinder’s bar to be transported to the rip roaring 1920s! Inspired by the BBC’s successful gangster show Peaky Blinders, this converted 19thcentury warehouse offers a speakeasy style gig venue and bar. Don your flat cap and grab one of their prohibition inspired cocktails or spirits. Their prized drink is the Pilsner Urquell, a star beer vacuum sealed in the Czech Republic and tanked at the Peaky Blinders bar. Enjoy live music, high energy swing dancing and the legendary ‘hangover-free’ pilsner (hmm, not sure about that one!). 

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