Liverpool Weekend Days Out
When planning days out with the family, or other half, bank holidays are always excellent times to do really interesting, new things. I’ve experienced many of these in my time here are there are plenty of things to do other than drink and dance, regardless of what time of year it is.
Whether you are entertaining a whole family, only a boyfriend or girlfriend, or even just travelling alone, this guide can help you have a superb day out. A bank holiday weekend is not just for drinking, and although there are plenty of bars and pubs to visit in this town, there’s a wealth of other activities to discover here.
The St John’s Radio City tower has a viewing gallery. It is something that not many people seem to be aware of, which is a bit of a shame. Often when you gaze across Liverpool you can catch sight of the radio beacon from pretty much anywhere you are because it’s so large.It stands high above you, like a guardian of the area. At approximately four hundred feet tall it provides listeners with their favourite radio stations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
The viewing gallery is a special experience for everyone, offering 360-degree views of the whole area. On a clear day you can even see as far as the Welsh hills and mountains across the River Mersey. You can also glimpse the Burbo offshore wind farm off the coast of Crosby to the North, which provides up to 90MW of electricity to the national grid. There are some spectacular sights to be seen from up high and the Anglican Cathedral is only one of the famous landmarks you can enjoy in full from the top of the tower.
The tower once housed a restaurant all the way back to the ’70s where people could enjoy food and scenery of Liverpool from above. In 2011 the beacon reopened for the public and has been open for visitors most of the year, including bank holidays. There’s no need to book in advance of your visit and tickets are around £5, with concessions available for students, retired citizens and cheaper tickets for children too.
A top tip is to keep an eye out for special events in the area, as for a certain number of days a year the tower may also be open for some beautiful nighttime viewing of the city. For example the Light Night event in May 2016. Another obvious hint is to take a decent camera and take a lot of photographs. The scenery is absolutely stunning and you will most definitely want to remember it!
Feed Your Day Out in Liverpool
As you shall no doubt be enjoying the weekend by doing some fantastic things with some brilliant people, making sure you have a full and satisfied belly is an important priority to consider. When you decide to have some food, there are so many places to eat that I’ve covered already you can visit, but this one has a very special place in my heart.
I’m a real fan of a good, hearty breakfast. Many call it the most significant meal of the day, and it’s hard not to agree with this. So finding somewhere to eat a satisfying breakfast is an excellent idea I think, Moose Coffee on Dale Street is one of these places.
2006 was the year that Moose first opened it’s doors to customers, and it’s been delighting them ever since with delicious American diner food cooked to perfection. The establishment has a brilliant Moosey theme for decoration. Several paintings of the antlered animal feature on the walls, and you’ll find a cool antler chandelier hanging above your head.
Regularly there is a small wait for a table, around twenty minutes at the weekend, but it shows how popular the place has become since it opened. There’s a reason for this. The food and coffee are ridiculously tasty. A wide choice of sweet and savoury breakfast items await you on the menu, ready to prepare you for the exciting bank holiday day out you have ahead of you.
Thoroughly recommended is the waffles with vanilla ice cream. A pile of golden waffle arrives on your plate dusted with powdered sugar. The portion size is generous and you will be salivating before you even lift your fork. Complimenting it with maple syrup and vanilla ice-cream goodness makes absolute heaven in your mouth.
Prefer pancakes? A choice of blueberries or bacon is available, maple syrup to accompany both. Some people are baffled by this concoction but the advice is to never knock it until you have tried it! I was sceptical at first and put off sampling the strange sounding combination of flavours. It surprised me a lot and I’m now a huge fan.
If you have room in your stomach after all of that food, try one of the milkshakes. There are five different ones to choose from: Cookie Dough, Oreo, Snickers, Bounty or Chocolate and Peanut Butter. All thick, creamy and delicious they could even become one of the most memorable things of your weekend!
A long weekend can be a really chilled out, enjoyable experience for everyone. Taking a few minutes to research some awesome things to do is the best idea. Hopefully, you may have found two experiences here that are worth putting on your list.
What is your favourite thing to do in the city? What other things should I be writing about in the Merseyside area? Tell me your best suggestions by tweeting me @1backpackerlife