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Liverpool is really a small but thriving city that's poised to flourish, silently but steadfastly winning back its status following a half-century of struggle and economic decline. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site (2004) and also the European Capital of Culture (2008), the final decade has witnessed Liverpool's fortunes greatly enhanced. The recipe for achievement is a heavy Purchase of development, both prior to and following on in the plaudits from the mid-2000s, and also the city has become enjoying the rewards of this purchase of elevated tourism and retail. Made famous as the place where the iconic ‘Beatles’ band took shape, Liverpool as known for its musical vibe as for its fascination for arts, and quaint British culture.
 
Fortunately for cruise people, a lot of Liverpool's redevelopment and revitalization projects have occurred within the city center, plus the waterfront where cruise ships pier. Becoming prime good examples, the energized Albert Pier houses numerous restaurants and points of interest -- such as the Beatles Story -- and also the adjacent billion-pound Liverpool One retail park may be the U.K.'s biggest open-air retail complex.
 
When it comes to infrastructure devoted particularly to cruising, in 2013, the town started a feasibility study the Cunard Building -- among the elegant edifices creating the "Three Graces" on Liverpool's Pier Mind waterfront -- to be used because the new Liverpool Cruise Terminal in 2015. And in 2013, Liverpool accomplished "turnaround status" -- permitting cruise ships to begin and finish in the city's docks. This mixture from the potential new cruise terminal, together with Liverpool's moves to woo passenger ships back signal a powerful commitment through the city to carry on its lengthy, wealthy maritime history.
 
Liverpool's favorable position around the River Mersey, together with its direct canal and railway links towards the industrial Midlands permitted it to build up like a major worldwide buying and selling port as soon as the 17th century. In early twentieth century, shipbuilding yards and docks extended for miles along both banks, and most 100 passenger ships were Liverpool-registered.
 
And also the good reputation for Liverpool's shipping success is reflected in the architecture. At Pier Mind, just before WWI, Cunard Line started construction on its brand-new headquarters. The 3rd from the Three Graces was carried out 1916, standing between your Mersey Docks and Harbor Board building (now known as the main harbor of Liverpool Building) and also the Royal Liver Building.
 
Just inland from Pier Mind other shipping line headquarters, mercantile buying and selling companies and social structures setup shop, creating an architectural legacy now recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. The town boasts some 2,500 grade listed (historic) structures and 250 public monuments. The Albert Pier alone (built-in 1848), comprises Britain's biggest number of Grade I listed structures.
 
Easily, nearly everything of great interest towards the customer is at a ten- to 30-minute walk or perhaps a short train under or boat ride over the River Mersey. And cruise people coming within the city will discover a warm welcome from Liverpudlians who're taking pleasure in restored confidence their city has overcome the down sides of their recent past. Liverpool Cruise Terminal 2015 schedule to deliver 54 ships and 80,000 international visitors
 
Where You are Docked
Cruise ships pier at Princes Parade inside a temporary tent-like building close to the Titanic Memorial. The website is next to the famous skyline trio from the Royal Liver Building, the main harbour of Liverpool Building and also the former Cunard headquarters. As noted, in 2013, Liverpool City Council bought the second building, and plans are actually afoot to potentially transform it into a permanent cruise terminal the moment 2015.
 
 It's a ten-minute walk upriver towards the Albert Pier for that Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Beatles Story and many good lunch restaurants. Buses, such as the hop-on-and-off sightseeing services, really are a five-minute walk, as the ferries over the Mersey leave an adjacent upriver landing stage. The UNESCO-designated Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a block inland.
 
Making Your Way Around
Two hop-on-and-off bus operators are City Sightseeing and City Explorer Bus Tour. The latter's website gives particulars for small-break passes which include such points of interest as City Explorer, the Beatles Story, Mersey Ferries, Seacombe Aquarium and also the Tower Experience at Liverpool Cathedral. Both operators, plus local buses, visit Pier Mind. The closest Merseyrail (local trains) stop is 2 blocks inland at James Street Station behind the main harbour of Liverpool Building.
 
Hanging Out
The song "Ferry Over the Mersey" is performed whenever you board and then leave certainly one of Liverpool's historic motorboats that sail between your city and also the opposite bank. Throughout hurry hrs, the ferries carry individuals between Liverpool and Seacombe, a suburb, but it is the off-peak hrs (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) which will interest most site visitors. The spacious motorboats, built-in the 1960's, have plenty of indoor and outside seating, in addition to a snack bar. Departing the landing stage, the boat heads lower the Mersey beyond the former docks, warehouses and new housing construction, then crosses the forest preventing at Seacombe (Wallasey) for that aquarium as well as an attractive riverside walk to New Brighton, a classic-fashioned resort town. The 2nd stop is Woodside (Birkenhead) for that city's heritage trail. Birkenhead had the very first openly funded park, becoming one for which would become New York's Central Park. Ferries leave Liverpool around the hour from Pier Mind, next to the cruiseship landing stage. To help make the 50-minute cruise, purchase a River Explorer ticket which costs £12 for grown ups £9 for senior citizens and students and £6.50 for kids.
 
Mathew Street, four blocks inland from Pier Mind, may be the site for a lot of Liverpool's live DJ and rock 'n roll entertainment, such as the famous Cavern Club and also the Cavern Pub, both with early Beatles connections. Nearby, hard DAY'S Evening HOTEL, offering Beatles-designed rooms and vacation packages, also offers a designed restaurant known as Blake's named for Sergeant Pepper album cover artist Mister Peter Blake. A totally free music festival happens in Liverpool every August Bank Holiday.
 
Don't Miss
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is essential, for this reflects the city's considerable shipping history among the world's finest seaports. Exhibits include Liverpool's shipbuilders with a few outstanding passenger lining models displayed ship problems featuring the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of eire (the Forgotten Empress) Fight from the Atlantic about Liverpool in The Second World War videos showing the lining Reina del Mar's maiden voyage from Liverpool to Valparaiso, Chile, within the mid-50's along with a Booth Line voyage to Peru in 1960 emigration of millions from Liverpool towards the " New World " and private accounts concerning the existence of gay crewmembers working at ocean. A more recent section is dedicated to worldwide slavery in the Middle Passage days to the current and includes such current subjects as human privileges, personal freedom and bigotry. Videos revealing historic in addition to present-day treatment for example child kidnapping in India and household slavery could be graphic. The Coffee shop around the fourth floor is decorated with steamship line flags and shipping posters. Albert Pier. Open daily 10a.m.-5p.m. Admission is free of charge.
 
The Beatles
Liverpool is famous as the birthplace of The Beatles. Various tours offer fans the opportunity to follow in their footsteps (Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields), including The Beatles Story in Albert Dock and the rebuilt Cavern Club, where they made their debut in 1961. Other Beatles related sights include the Cavern Walks (murals by Cynthia Lennon), The Beatles Shop, and 20 Forthlin Road, McCartney's former home and where the band wrote and rehearsed many of their early songs. The property is open to the public and features Beatles memorabilia and photos.
The Beatles Story discloses the singers' early resides in Liverpool as well as their rise to fame, which is situated within the Britannia vaults of the Albert Pier warehouse. Take the audio tour, read mostly by John Lennon's sister Julia, for any room-to-room description, plus optional extra reminisces from the four lads' rise to fame and fortune. Good examples of the several segments describe their coping with working-class early years and difficult occasions being discovered in the Casbah and also the Cavern meeting and joining track of John Epstein and taking America and also the Erectile dysfunction Sullivan Show by storm. Albert Pier. Open daily 10a.m.-6p.m. Admission £15.95 for grown ups, £12 for senior citizens and students and £7 for kids. Location: Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool -- Official site: www.beatlesstory.com

Albert Dock
The superbly restored Albert Dock, the first in Britain to be built using only bricks and iron, is an impressive five-story high block surrounding the harbor basin where cotton, tobacco and sugar were once unloaded. The enormous Victorian buildings are built around an arcaded walkway, its cast Tuscan columns once serving as capstans for moored ships. The decoratively restored warehouses with their luxury apartments, designer boutiques, offices, restaurants, cafés and museums are a prime example of "gentrification", a phenomena which can also be witnessed in London, Manchester and Glasgow, whereby decaying inner cities are restored to provide recreational amenities.
 
Albert Dock is also home to a number of first-rate tourist attractions including The Beatles Story Museum with its memorabilia, photographs and films of the Fab Four; the International Slavery Museum located just yards from the dry docks where 18th century slave ships were repaired and fitted out; and the Border Force National Museum which tells the story of smuggling and contraband from the 1700s to the present day. Location: Albert Dock, LiverpoolOfficial site: www.albertdock.com

Tate Gallery
An acclaimed branch of the Tate Gallery has been established in the Albert Dock. As chance would have it, the London Tate Gallery - established at the end of the 19th century with a legacy from the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate - found space in the warehouses where raw sugar was stored before being refined. The ground floor of the "Tate of the North" has exhibition halls and galleries dedicated to contemporary art as well as works on loan from London. Location: Albert Dock, Liverpool -- Official site: www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool

Merseyside Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum in Liverpool is home to fascinating exhibitions about emigrating peoples who left via the Mersey between 1830 and 1930 for North America as well as seafaring in Liverpool beginning with 13th century fishing. It is all illustrated with model ships, authentic workshops and historic vessels. Equally fascinating are the exhibits relating to the stories of the Titanic and Lusitania, two of the most famous - and tragic - ships in history. Each had strong links with Liverpool. Also worth visiting is the nearby U-boat Story, which depicts life aboard a submarine during wartime. Location: Albert Dock, Liverpool -- Official site: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/maritime/
 
Pier Head
The Pier Head area of Liverpool includes the traditional trio of harbor buildings known as the Three Graces: the Port of Liverpool Building, the Cunard Building (named after Canadian Samuel Cunard, owner of the first shipping line from Liverpool-Halifax-Boston), and the Royal Liver Building. It's also where you'll find the Titanic Memorial commemorating the "Heroes in the Engine Room" on the luxury liner which sank in 1912; the Queen Victoria Monument; and the Georgian Town Hall, built in 1754 with its lovely copper cupola crowned by a statue of Minerva. Location: Pier Head, Liverpool -- Official site: www.liverpoolwaterfront.org/pier-head.aspx

St George's Hall
The facade of St George's Hall on Brown Street is decorated with Corinthian columns and statues. Its sumptuous Great Hall, with one of the world's largest organs, is often used for concerts. To the rear of the building St John's Gardens feature statues of prominent Liverpudlians. The nearby Polytechnic Building is part of an imposing group of neo-Greek buildings that include the William Brown Library, the Picton Reading Rooms and the Hornby Library.
Location: St George's Place, Liverpool -- Official site: http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk/st-georges-hall

Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool's best known museum, the Walker Art Gallery, boasts a rich collection of works by Italian, Flemish and French masters from the 14th century to the present, including works by Rubens, Rembrandt and Rodin. Its display of English painting and sculpture, particularly of the 18th to 20th centuries, is unrivaled outside London and features works by Gainsborough, Hogarth and Moore. A poignant farewell scene at Liverpool's Pier Head is depicted by John J. Lee and entitled Sweethearts and Wives. The John and Peter Moore Exhibition, an important display of contemporary British art, is held every alternate year.
 
Associated with the Walker Art Gallery, Sudley House is an early 19th century mansion on Mossley Hill and is home to a gallery containing artists such as Gainsborough and Turner. Location: William Brown St, Liverpool Official site: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/index.aspx

Cathedrals
The Catholic Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral reflects the high proportion of Liverpudlians of Irish origin living in the city. During the Irish emigrations of the 19th and 20th centuries, Liverpool was the principal port of embarkation for the US, and many emigrants ended up settling in the city. Building began in 1928, although it wasn't actually completed until 1967. Around its cylindrical tower is a huge "tent" 200 ft in diameter, rising sharply to a funnel-shaped drum 270 ft high, the whole structure looking like a huge lantern rising above the city.
 
The Anglican Liverpool Cathedral on St James's Mount was consecrated in 1978, although services were held there in the 1920s. Built of red sandstone with a copper roof, its 330 ft high tower contains a carillon with 2,500 bells. The largest weighs four tons. A 9,704-pipe Willis organ is one of the largest in the world. Location: Mount Pleasant, Liverpool -- Official site: www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk

Museum of Liverpool
Opened in 2011, the Museum of Liverpool celebrates the city's unique geography, history and culture using displays related to the port and its people. Collections include period costume and decorative art, as well as objects representing the city's social and urban history, oral testimonies, archaeological material and photos. The museum is also home to the famous Lion steam engine, built in 1838 and star of the film The Titfield Thunderbolt. While you're museum hopping, be sure to visit World Museum with its fascinating account of how we humans created the world we inhabit. Location: Pier Head, Liverpool -- Official site: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/index.aspx

Croxteth Hall
Croxteth Hall is a charming mansion located on the outskirts of Liverpool, its rooms filled with Edwardian furniture and character figures. The Country Park is also home to a real working farm, a Victorian Walled Garden and a 500-acre nature park.
Location: Muirhead Ave E, Liverpool -- Official site: http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk/croxteth-hall

Birkenhead Park
Birkenhead lies on the west side of the Mersey and is linked to Liverpool by tunnels and ferry services. Near the tunnel are the ruins of a 12th century Benedictine abbey with a chapterhouse, crypt and refectory. Birkenhead Park, the first publicly funded park in Britain, opened in 1847 and has three entrances with Gothic, Italianate and Norman architecture, as well as two lakes and an ornate bridge. The Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead has an excellent collection of pictures and porcelain, together with material on the history of the town. Location: Park Dr, Birkenhead

National Waterways Museum
Located on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, the National Waterways Museum includes numerous indoor displays, boat trips, historic Victorian-era buildings and the canal with its wonderful locks. Designed by Thomas Telford under the direction of William Jessop, the docks at Ellesmere Port were still in use as late as the 1950s. Visitors can explore their unique workings as well as the docks and warehouses, a working forge, stables and workers cottages.
Location: South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port. Official site: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/national-waterways-museum
Port Sunlight Museum & Garden Village
Port Sunlight is of interest for its part in the history of British industrial development. The Lever brothers had made a considerable fortune from soap, so decided in 1888 to establish a model town for their workers on the estuary of the Mersey. Designed along similar lines to Cadbury's model village near Birmingham, the development included better schools along with training centers. The Lady Lever Art Gallery has an excellent collection of Art Nouveau, 18th century furniture and Wedgewood porcelain, together with works by Turner and other English painters.
Location: King George's Dr, Port Sunlight, Wirral -- Official site: www.portsunlightvillage.com

Speke Hall
One of the finest Tudor houses in England, Speke Hall (seven miles east of Liverpool in Hale) is a spectacular half-timbered house on the north banks of the Mersey. Built in 1530, it's notable for its great hall, beautiful plasterwork and fine furniture. Location: The Walk, Speke, Hale
Official site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/speke-hall/

Widnes
Widnes is on the Mersey 10 miles east of Liverpool and is home to a number of noted landmarks such as the Victoria Promenade and Catalyst, a fun science and discovery center. There are many hands-on, interactive exhibits at Catalyst, including a ride in a glass elevator to the observatory 100 ft above the Mersey. Location: Mersey Rd, Widnes -- Official site: www.catalyst.org.uk
 
Liverpool Cathedral
A vacation to the Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican) is extremely suggested, especially on the day with higher visibility, because the view in the tower is outstanding. The Medieval chapel is seen from most areas of the town so when approaching the Mersey by ship. It is a half-hour walk in the waterfront, but there is also there by hop-on-hop-off bus. Area of the walk is uphill, using the cathedral focused on a higher reason for land within an attractive park inside a residential neighborhood. You are able to plan your path to pass the Metropolitan Cathedral, a round 1960's Roman Catholic chapel capped having a glass crown of thorns, or walk beyond the earliest Chinatown in Europe, marked through the biggest arch outdoors of China. The hop-on-and-off tour buses visit the doorway.
 
Built on the lengthy period throughout the twentieth century, Full Elizabeth II formally opened up the cathedral in 1974, nevertheless its Medieval revival architecture provides a older impression. It rates because the biggest cathedral in great britan, the 2nd biggest in Europe and also the fifth biggest on the planet. Volunteer docents circulate to teach site visitors concerning the huge interior's religious and ornamental features. The useful climb towards the Vestry Tower (331 ft high) is by two teams of elevators plus some 108 narrow stone steps. In the top, you can observe the whole city, the forest Mersey, and also the distant Pennine and Welsh hillsides. Light foods and snacks can be found in the Mezzanine Coffee shop Bar and hot foods within the Refectory. St. James' Mount. Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Noon-2:30 p.m. Admittance to the cathedral is free of charge Admittance to the Tower Experience is £5 for grown ups and £4 for senior citizens, students and kids.
 
For art enthusiasts, the Master Gallery exhibits such periods because the 17th century masters (Rembrandt, Rubens and Ruysdael) 1700s British (Gainsborough, Reynolds and Wedgwood) Impressionism (Cezanne, Degas, Matisse, Monet and Rodin) Romanticism and early 1800s British (Constable and Turner) plus Medieval, Renaissance and Victorian periods crafts, designs and sculptures. William Brown Street (near the Library and World Museum Liverpool and opposite St. George's Hall for music festivals and also the Empire Theater for staging plays). Attractive Gallery Coffee shop within the entrance lobby. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free of charge.
 
 Local Experiences
A rather out-of-town choice is a vacation to the attractive planned garden suburb that William Lever (the daylight Cleaning soap producers) built at Port Sunlight in 1888. Because the founding father of Lever Siblings, his objective was to supply a then unequaled quality lifestyle for his employees. He hired 30 designers to produce a square-mile village of residential housing, places of worship, leisure facilities, stores and regions of open space. The village continues to be greatly lived on, and also the original factory building remains on the website. The Daylight Vision Museum includes a visitors' center and shows a movie showing existence within the suburb at the end of Victorian and Edwardian occasions. Also on-site is definitely an art museum built by Lady Lever to accommodate her considerable assortment of 18th and 1800s works of art and porcelain, decorative arts and furniture. Both of them are open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is £3.75 for grown ups, £2 for kids and £3 for college students and senior citizens. Port Sunlight is definitely arrived at in 12 minutes by Merseyrail with trains departing James Street Station (two blocks from Pier Mind) every fifteen minutes to Bebington Station along with a signposted ten-minute walk.
 
Eating Out
Several popular lunch eateries (open by 11 a.m.) are situated within easy reach from the landing stage within the mid-1800s World Heritage structures that comprise the Albert Pier warehouses. Blue Bar & Grill provides an eclectic menu with grilled areas, and dining is inside or outdoors on the balcony looking over the waterfront.
 
One restaurant by having a sea lining theme may be the Seven Seas Brasserie in the Lining Hotel, The almighty Nelson Street, just left of Lime Street (railroad) Station and something block up. The lobby, bar, restaurant, function rooms, corridors and sleeping rooms are beautifully decorated with shipping posters, prints photos. Fresh seafood menu products make the perfect choice. The Lining is another moderately listed and well-situated hotel option.
 
Hope Street (on the way towards the Medieval-style Liverpool Cathedral and also the starkly modern Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King) may be the city's "restaurant row," and 2 options would be the London Carriage Works at No. 40, that provides brasserie-style food at lunch (around £10 per person) and much more refined fare while dining (a minimum of £30 per person for 3 courses without wine) together with the city's biggest wine list, and also the pan-Mediterranean Ego restaurant and bar serving tapas and meze options in addition to pasta, seafood, steak and pizza mains, all for less than £15, aside from the steak.
 
Only a couple of roads up in the Chinatown gate and comparatively near the restaurants on Hope Street, on Bold Street, is really a wonderful little eatery known as Italian Club Seafood, which serves a simply scrumptious Italian undertake fresh sea food. Oysters, prawns and langoustine are regularly around the menu together with classical Italian fare. Prices for mains are between £15-20.
 
Viva Brazil  Liverpool is an award-winning authentic Brazilian steakhouse, offering unique dining experience with15 different cuts of BBQ meat and exceptional customer service. Viva Brazil Liverpool was the first Churrascaria (Brazilian steakhouse) to open in Liverpool in 2010 and the first restaurant of the chain, now having restaurants in Glasgow, Cardiff and Aberdeen.
 
The London Carriage Works is a multi award winning restaurant serving modern international dishes complemented by the use of local, fresh and seasonal produce. The kitchen is run by Head Chef Paul Askew, Liverpool’s very own food champion. The restaurant is sister to hope street hotel and is open to the public seven days a week, from breakfast to nightcaps, with lunch, afternoon tea, supper, dinner and cocktails in-between.

Puschka opened its doors in 2001 and since then, they've been building up quite a reputation for good food and good service. Nestling in Rodney Street in Liverpool’s old Georgian Quarter close to Liverpool Philharmonic. The produce comes fresh to their door each morning and is on your plate that very same evening with a seasonally changing menu. Delifonseca ~ Stanley Street  European -- Positioned between the edge of the central shopping zone and the business district in an area now recognised as the Stanley St Quarter. Offering excellent food which is good value with equally good service. Since opening Delifonseca has won many awards.

At Malmaison Liverpool Brasserie, the magnificent menu is undoubtedly the star of the show, but the gorgeous décor also looks good enough to eat. Whether you're booking an intimate dinner for two or a private party you won't find another restaurant in Liverpool to match their unique ingredients of style, passion and food to die for. Hanover Street Social  European  -- Sister restaurant of Salt House Tapas this French brasserie meets urban warehouse restaurant truly is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat whist shopping in the city, socialising with friends over cocktails and dinner, or relaxing with family over Sunday Lunch.

Salt House Tapas Spanish is all about contemporary tapas plates, with hand carved Ibérico hams, bar snacks and fantastic puddings. Wines from the best Spanish vineyards, stunning Cava’s, modern Sherries and a selection of handpicked South American wine served with warmth in the heart of the best city in England.

Sapporo Teppanyaki, If you're looking for a restaurant with a difference, then look no further than Sapporo Teppanyaki, located close to Liverpool's Chinatown on Duke Street in the heart of the city centre. Superb Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant in Liverpool’s Chinatown . The theatre style cooking is ideal for large parties although it also boasts a more intimate separate Sushi and Noodle dining area.
Chaophraya  Thai Incredibly impressive multi-award winning Thai restaurant comes to Liverpool one from Manchester and Leeds. Chaophraya combine unrivalled levels of service with gourmet quality menus, offering customers a unique dining experience, t heir vegetarian menu has been described by the times as the 'best in Britain'.

Shopping
If you love shopping, you’ll fit in well here; Liverpudlians like to look good and set trends. Shoppers are spoilt for choice between gleaming new city-centre shopping centres, boutique arcades, bohemian streets and farmers markets.
Liverpool ONE, right in the heart of the city, is the huge open-air shopping district that is home to more than 160 famous high street and designer names, including the only Beauty Bazaar Harvey Nichols in the country.
 
The exclusive Metquarter is the place to find select fashion and beauty outlets such as Gieves & Hawkes, Hugo Boss, MAC and Armani Exchange.
Don’t miss the ultra-fashionable Cavern Walks, home to the Vivienne Westwood store and famed designer boutique Cricket.
 
The City Central BID area includes Church Street, home to mega-stores such as Marks and Spencer and Forever 21. Lonely Planet, no less, rated Bold Street as one of the best shopping streets in the country, and it’s easy to see why. With independent stores selling everything from world foods to funky clothes to records to art, it’s well worth spending a couple of hours browsing.
 
Shopping outside the city centre has much to offer too. Lark Lane, south of the city centre, is full of bohemian boutiques and street markets. Lord Street in Southport is an elegant parade of Victorian arcades with a whole host of smart shops. Try West Kirby in Wirral for boutique shopping, or the farmers’ markets and farm shops for delicious local produce.
Most shops do all they can to advertise their presence: neon signs, hideous hoardings, unhappy-looking souls bearing sandwich boards … Not so Whisky Business, a basement booze outfit so well hidden that, even equipped with GPS and the patience of an alcoholic saint, you may be hard-pressed to find it. Persist, however, as this specialist shop sells an astonishing array of whisky and other spirits, from Paul John Indian single malt whisky to Liverpool Gin. Staff who know their stuff can help make decisions. Just don't expect them to help you find your way home again.
The Old Ropery, Fenwick Street. Open Tues-Wed 11am-6pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-8pm
 
Slightly musty and eternally dusty, 69A is the shop that time forgot. Established in 1976 and now in its third Liverpool location, it began life flogging 1950s clothing before expanding to cover the eclectic range of vinyl, 19th-century porcelain, pottery and ceramics, collectables, jewellery, secondhand clothes, floppy hats, furniture and fabulously chunky 1980s telephones. This is vintage shopping as it used to be: no frills, no bunting and, apparently, no heating – but all the better for it 75 Renshaw Street, 69aliverpool.co.uk. Open daily midday-6pm
 
Weavers Door - This Cavern Walks menswear boutique has been catering for shoppers hankering for British-made threads for the past 25 years. Supercool brands such as Norse Projects and Sheffield's Mamnick (makers of stainless steel accessories) sit beside John Smedley knitwear, Jack Purcell sneakers and Wolsey shirts. Its impressive range – and quarterly journal – fly the flag for homegrown fashion in Liverpool 1 Cavern Walks, Harrington Street, weaversdoor.com. Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm
 
Bluecoat Display Centre - Tucked safely within the walls of the city centre's oldest building, this gallery showcases the work of some of Europe's finest craft-makers and has been here, doing its contemporary craft thing, since 1959. The Bluecoat continues to curate and sell handmade glassware, jewellery, sculpture and prints by emerging and established artists at prices that are sensible enough to make ownership a distinct possibility. Overlooking the Bluecoat's ever-popular courtyard garden, this unpretentious shop deserves that overused epithet (sorry) "hidden gem".
 The Bluecoat, College Lane, www.bluecoatdisplaycentre.com. Open Mon-Sat 10am-5.30pm, Sun midday-5pm
 
Lost Art -- This place may look small but it has an international following: in 2012, Lost Art won Best Skate Shop at the Bright European Skateboard Awards. Its floor-to-ceiling displays of boards and shoes – from brands such as The Quiet Life, Palace and Etnies, sum up what this place is all about – and it's not the shoes or the artwork so much as skate culture itself, evidence for which can be found in Lost Art's early support of the skater-made Skate Park on New Bird Street. Unit 3, 5-11 Slater Street, www.lostartshop.co.uk. Open Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun midday-5pm
 
Nook & Cranny -- The Bluecoat is home to all manner of independents, including this design and print shop, which sits across a narrow passageway from the Bluecoat Display Centre. Nook & Cranny is run by Jen and John Kirby, the former an illustrator, the latter happy to admit to possessing no creative talent whatsoever. The shop successfully showcases artist-made cards, letterpress prints, 'zines, screen-printed wrap, soft furnishings and stationery, its stock the result of the Kirby's unceasing search for up-and-coming design talent in the north. The Bluecoat, College Lane Entrance, nookandcrannyshop.co.uk. Open Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 10am-6pm
 
Reid of Liverpool -- You don't get much more cultured than this: an antiquarian bookshop that counts as its neighbours two cultural "cathedrals", the Everyman and the Philharmonic Hall. Step forward Reid of Liverpool, a secondhand bookstore that has been selling "books on most subjects" for almost 40 years. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases contain more than 40,000 titles; books on art and sci-fi jostle for space alongside first editions. A handwritten sign deadpans "shoplifters welcome, exit uncertain", though with prices starting at 50p, there's no need to pocket that paperback without paying, is there? 105 Mount Pleasant, www.reidofliverpool.com. Open Mon-Sat midday-5.15pm (times can vary, call ahead to check, 0151 709 2312)
 
News from Nowhere -- Alongside straightforward fiction and children's books, News from Nowhere categorises its titles under headings such as "activism", "black liberation" and the "politics of health". This self-styled radical and community bookshop has been selling political books, magazines and newspapers since 1974; alongside Reid's (see above), the newer Kernaghan Books (also in the Bluecoat) and Liverpool's gloriously revived.




 
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