Welcome to Liverpool
We hope you enjoy your time in this exciting and beautiful city. This page offers some information and advice to help you to make the most of your time here.
To contact emergency services (police, ambulance, fire) dial 999 (calls are free).
To report a crime (non emergency), dial 101.
The nearest police stations to the University are at Admiral Street, L8 8JN (open Monday-Saturday 8.00-22.00) and St Anne Street, L3 3HJ (open Monday-Saturday 8.00-22.00 and Sunday 8.00-17.00).
The nearest Accident and Emergency department to the University is at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, Prescot Street, L7 8XP, tel: 0151 706 2000.
For non-emergency healthcare and advice you can dial 111 or visit a walk-in centre. The nearest walk-in centre to the University is at 6 David Lewis Street, Liverpool, L1 4AP, tel: 0151 247 6500 (open Monday-Sunday, 8.00-20.00). The nearest pharmacy to the University is Rowlands Pharmacy, 37 Myrtle Street (open Monday-Friday 9-18.00, Saturday 9-12.00).
Other healthcare services can be found by searching on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search.
If you have been a victim of hate crime or sexual assault, details of specialist services can be found on the University of Liverpool’s website: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/studentsupport/sexualassault/supportforstudents/.
Accessibility for people with disabilities
Euan’s Guide rated Liverpool one of the most accessible cities for people with disabilities. For further information see https://www.euansguide.com/, which lists accessible venues with filters for specific facilities. Liverpool also celebrates the contribution of Deaf people and people with disabilities to culture via one of the first and largest Disability and Deaf Arts Festivals (DaDaFest). Unfortunately, however, not all of Liverpool’s train stations, shops or venues are wheelchair accessible. You should telephone in advance to ensure that you will be able to gain access. Information on accessible travel services is available on the Merseytravel website. Mersey ferries are wheelchair-friendly.
Things to see and do
In 2018, city life in Liverpool was voted as the best in the UK in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards, and was ranked as the fourth most visited city (by foreign tourists) in the UK (according to the Office for National Statistics). In 2017 Liverpool was voted the kindest city in the UK (Travelodge survey) and the Baltic Triangle – one of our favourite areas of Liverpool – was voted the fourth trendiest place in the UK (Travel Supermarket). Liverpool has a pioneering music scene, quality galleries and a vibrant nightlife.
For information about things to see and do in Liverpool, visit
Museums, Libraries and Art Galleries
Liverpool has more museums and galleries than any city in the UK outside London, including a number of national museums.
The Museum of Liverpool showcases the history of the city. The Maritime Museum focuses on Liverpool’s maritime and trading pasts, and the International Slavery Museum exposes the history, legacies and current crises of slavery. The World Museum has natural history and ethnographic collections and a planetarium.
The Walker Art Gallery has a magnificent collection of Old Master paintings, whilst Tate Liverpool puts on exhibitions of modern art. The Open Eye Gallery focuses on photography and FACT specialises in new media art. The Bluecoat is the UK’s oldest independent contemporary arts centre, with artists’ studios, a programme of exhibitions and a contemporary craft shop. Sudley House showcases a collection of Victorian Pre-Raphaelite and genre paintings in the house owned by the Holt family, whilst the Lady Lever Art Gallery has more Pre-Raphaelite paintings, a series of period rooms and other works of art collected by the founder of Lever Brothers (now Unilever), set within the industrial village of Port Sunlight.
North of the City, Another Place by Antony Gormley is a site-specific installation of 100 life-size casts of his own body along the Crosby beach, known locally as the Iron Men (accessible by train – alight at Waterloo, Crosby & Blundellsands or Hall Road).
To find out about art exhibitions in Liverpool, visit https://www.artinliverpool.com/.
Liverpool Central Library was recently refurbished and has a magnificent viewing platform on the top floor, as the famous round reading room and Hornby Library, a copy of Aubusson’s Birds of America (on show) and a series of exhibitions from the archives. On show at the time of AERI will be material from the archive of April Ashley, one of the first people in Britain to undergo sex reassignment surgery.
Other museums in the city include the Beatles Story, the British Music Experience and the Western Approaches Museum (the Command Centre for the Battle of the Atlantic and for the Atlantic convoys during the Second World War).
Historic Sites and Monuments
The Liverpool Waterfront, including the Albert Dock, is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. One of the famous Three Graces, the Cunard Building, through which so many emigrants passed, now houses the British Music Experience (see Museums).
The Bluecoat Chambers is the oldest building in Liverpool, founded as a school in the early eighteenth-century and later the UK’s first independent arts centre. Other important local buildings open to the public include the eighteenth-century Town Hall, St George’s Hall (an assembly room and court building, with original prisoners’ cells) and the two cathedrals, Anglican (Episcopalian) and Roman Catholic, at either end of Hope Street.
The National Trust owns three buildings in Liverpool: the Hardman House (the house and studio of a 1950s photographer), Speke Hall (an Elizabethan timber-framed house with Arts and Crafts furnishings) and Paul McCartney’s birth home. The house where John Lennon grew up is also open to the public and the two Beatles’ childhood homes can be toured (booking essential). The original Cavern Club was unfortunately demolished (its successor continues to do business), but the Cavern Quarter/Mathew Street area still looks very much as it did in the days of the Beatles and when the club Eric’s was central to Liverpool’s post-punk scene (including Big in Japan, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Mighty Wah, The Icicle Works, The Teardrop Explodes, Flock of Seagulls, Dead or Alive). Fans of Frankie Goes to Hollywood should visit Furnivall’s Well, one of the city’s former Bridewell prisons and now a bar, where most of their hits were written whilst recording in the former cells.
As a port city, Liverpool has a number of immigrant communities, some with historic connections to the city going back over a century and some more recent arrivals. Their stories are told in the Museum of Liverpool and elsewhere. The Museum of Liverpool has produced a guide for tracing materials of particular significance to the African diaspora in its collections: https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/visit/documents/Liverpool-Black-community-trail.pdf.
Liverpool’s Chinatown is now centred around Nelson Street, where there is the largest Chinese Arch in the world outside China. The African-Caribbean community was historically situated in L8 (Toxteth). The Granby Street area of Toxteth has more recently become the centre of the Somalian community. The Granby Four Streets are also home to the Granby Workshop, founded as part of the Turner Prize winning work by Assemble in 2015.
Out of 100 cities around the world, Liverpool was voted number 51 most LGBT-friendly in 2017. The poll was taken by gay communities in major hubs around the world. As the location of Britain’s first and only official gay quarter, the only LGBT combined arts organisation in the North of England (Homotopia), the UK’s most gay friendly university and one of Europe’s largest free Pride Festivals, life in modern Liverpool allows many more liberties for gay and lesbian people than it ever did. Nevertheless, incidents of homophobic hate crime continue to be reported and you should take normal precautions. See emergency numbers if you are a victim of hate crime.
Liverpool’s gay quarter is centred on Stanley Street. For information on gay and queer-friendly venues, see https://liverpool.gaycities.com/.
For gay and queer-friendly Christian religious services, see http://opentable.lgbt/. Ullet Road Church and Gateacre Chapel (both Unitarian) are also open to all regardless of gender, sexuality or faith.
Music and Theatre
Music museums and historic sites are discussed above. Liverpool continues to boast a thriving live music scene, as well as being home to its own orchestra and numerous theatres. For what’s on, visit https://www.liverpooltheatres.com/. Smaller venues for live music include LEAF, the Arts Club, the Jacaranda, and the Baltic Social.
Shopping, Eating and Drinking
Whilst Liverpool One offers the usual chains, the best independent shops, bars and eateries are to be found in the Ropewalks District (Bold Street is the main street) and the Baltic Triangle. Lovers of Chinese food should also visit Liverpool’s China Town, focused around Nelson Street and Berry Street.
For a guide to the independent shops, bars and eateries of Liverpool see https://independent-liverpool.co.uk/. Worth a special mention is News From Nowhere on Bold Street, a radical community bookshop run by a women’s collective since 1974.
Liverpool boasts a huge number of historic pubs (public houses = bars), including the Grade 1 listed Philharmonic Dining Rooms and the Baltic Fleet which brews its own beer in the cellar. The Campaign for Real Ale provides a guide to local breweries and pubs serving local and artisan beers.
Vegetarian and Vegan
Liverpool has very few exclusively vegetarian or vegan eateries. The oldest is the Egg Café on Newington (access by stairs only); there is also Sanskruti, a vegetarian Indian restaurant in the Commercial Quarter (no wheelchair access). Down the Hatch and Frost Burgers serve vegan junk food. For more recommendations see https://www.happycow.net/ and https://www.scouseveg.co.uk/.
Our city is so well known for its sports that it was named the UK’s Greatest City for Sport (ESPN, 2017). Liverpool is home to two world-famous Premier League soccer teams, Liverpool and Everton, which both offer stadium tours and have memorabilia shops in Liverpool One. Aintree is home to the Grand National in horse racing and there are also world-famous golf courses at the Royal Liverpool and Royal Birkdale Golf Clubs, as well as rugby league at St Helens, Warrington and Widnes, rugby union at Sale, and many more sports, including the University’s Sport and Fitness Centre on Abercromby Square.