We recently spent three days in Liverpool reliving Beatlemania. Although the trip was based around the Beatles, we did do other things in the city. This was a recovery trip from our nine days in Ireland. It was really low-key and relaxing, which is what we wanted out of the trip.
Over two hours by train from London, Liverpool is quite the opposite of The Old Smoke. Liverpool’s city center is small and walkable without having to use transportation. You can literally stay anywhere and walk the entire center. Chill and low-key, with a friendly vibe, Liverpool is far from the chaotic hustle and bustle of London. We appreciated the change of pace and took our time exploring the birthplace of The Beatles.
Here are the highlights of our days in Liverpool…
We arrived to Liverpool about 11:30 AM and checked into our hotel at The Nadler in the Ropewalks section of city center. It was raining non-stop and we were feeling lazy, so the plan for this day was just to unwind, relax and eat good food.
With the downpour, we weren’t doing much sightseeing at first. First venture was out to lunch at Mowgli, a recommendation by a local vegan. Mowgli is an Indian restaurant that has a separate vegan menu. Nick and I ordered the same thing: Green Ginger and Rhubarb Dahl and Temple Dahl. Both dahls were amazing — so robust in flavor. Mowgli really impressed us. We can see why it’s so popular with everyone. We were glad to have taken the local’s advice, and I highly recommend Mowgli as well for vegans and non-vegans visiting the city.
Later on when the rain finally stopped and the sun came out, we did some sightseeing while learning about Liverpool’s history on the Auld City Shivers tour by Shiverpool. The tour is a combined history and ghost story tour of Liverpool, and it was the best humored production we experienced with our funny tour guides.
Although cold and breezy on day two, we were happy it didn’t rain. Our first visit was to Liverpool Cathedral. This Gothic Revival church was quite impressive in size. Just by looking at it from the outside we knew it had to be the largest in the UK, which it happens to be. It is also the fifth largest cathedral in the world.
The Beatles Story began after visiting Liverpool Cathedral. The museum is located at Albert Dock area, and The Beatles Story requires two days if you’re up for it. This main exhibition and first location is where we started at. We spent over three hours learning the Beatles Story and enjoyed every moment of it.
The second Beatles exhibition was at the Pier Head and requires less time to go through the exhibition. It wasn’t as good as the first exhibition, but if time permits, it’s still worth seeing.
We noticed a cool statue of The Fab 4 outside of the exhibition.
Continuing our Beatlemania, we visited the Cavern Club where The Fab 4 performed 274 times at. This little club was a happening place during those days. Lots of people waited in line to get in and once they did, there were so many people that no one could move inside. With so many people crammed in at once, the club had to disinfect the joint daily. The place smelled of sweat, smoke, the toilet, and disinfectants. I can only imagine how bad it was, and during our visit we noticed how small it was and how dense the air was down there without the place even being jammed.
The Cavern Club is a must-see to complete your Beatles Story. The place has a bunch of memorabilia, photos and videos of Paul McCartney’s performance at the club. For being such a small place and a hole-in-the-wall type of joint, other big stars also performed there in the past and present: Chuck Berry, Little Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, Oasis, and even Adele. This is just a small list, but the Cavern’s main draw was really The Beatles.
After concluding our Beatlemania we got lunch at the White Wolf Kitchen before heading back to London. This little vegan gem in the city was such a delight. A cute little space with a yoga studio, White Wolf is family run. They are newly opened and they seriously are the best all-vegan restaurant in the city.
Nick had the Azteca Wrap, which was a simple guacamole and black bean wrap. He enjoyed it very much and found it refreshing.
I had the Baked Falafel Wrap, which was mighty tasty and satisfying.
We both had our eyes on the homemade carrot cake. I had a feeling it was going to be scrumptious, and I was right, because it ended up being the best carrot cake we’ve ever had — so much so that we both had a second slice! It was moist and soft, and the icing was just a thin glaze that was tasty and not fattening like most other carrot cakes. I love carrot cake and it’s hard to come by a good one. This exceeded our expectations and I wish I could have more! This meal ended our trip on a very good note, and we headed back to London stuffed.
If you’re a museum lover or a Beatles fan, Liverpool is the place to visit. Though small, it has many museums for a small city. To see the whole city center only requires a day trip, but if you want to visit the museums you’ll need at least two days. Three days in Liverpool is probably the maximum time you’ll need. And the three days we spent there was pleasant. We enjoyed learning the city’s history, along with the Beatles Story.