Monday, 9 January 2017

Discovering Liverpool

We are staying in the city for five nights. I have never been to Liverpool before, so I am unsure what I will discover. On our first full day we wander up to Brownlow Street (named after a character in Dickens) and we catch one of the two tourist buses. The concession price is £6 for seniors, and you can hop on and off as often as you wish. A delightful local lady amuses us with her commentary and scouse humour.

The 50 minute tour takes us to the university, the cathedrals, the dockside, the library and museums, and of course the places frequented by the Beatles including the Cavern Club. My first impression is very positive. The city is really cohesive. Old fits seamlessly with new, and you can walk easily between areas. The people are very friendly.  We decide to use our 24 hour bus ticket to visit the Beatles Experience on Day 2 and to have lunch on Albert Dock.
The Beatles Experience is £14-95 per head, but we get in for free by using our Tesco vouchers. Because they charge the concession rate we also get two free copies of the tourist souvenir book.

We are given ipods with commentaries in different languages, and the whole Beatles tour takes about an hour. Most visitors are younger than us. I feel quite emotional, and want to shout that this can't be history because we lived it!! We then wander round the shops in the Albert Dock, and have lunch in one of the many cafes.

Not bad weather for January.

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