As we continue on our journey to see the hidden sights around the UK, let’s travel roughly 99 miles North-West from our last stop in Birmingham to Merseyside and the bustling city of Liverpool, famous
As we continue on our journey to see the hidden sights around the UK, let’s travel roughly 99 miles North-West from our last stop in Birmingham to Merseyside and the bustling city of Liverpool, famous for The Beatles and its highly successful football team, amongst other things.
What makes Liverpool such a unique city to visit is its friendliness and energy, at the same time as feeling quite rural, with a small-town feel. It has the size and facilities of a large city, but it’s easy to navigate, with good-hearted people, a community vibe, and avenues with 200-year-old trees.
Take a look at our top 7 hidden gems in Liverpool that most tourists, and sometimes even locals, don’t know about. Let’s dive in.
Croxteth Hall Country Park
A hidden gems of Liverpool guide would not be complete without a trip to Croxteth Hall Country Park. Four miles out of the city, this ex-country estate and ancestral home has acres of majestic trees at its heart and is beautiful to visit. Seeking things to do in Liverpool with family, or for peace?
Head to Croxteth Hall Country Park; a wonderful family day out, with a historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm, the Victorian Walled Garden where visitors can explore Liverpool’s historic botanical collection, a 500-acre country park and nature reserve, and one of Liverpool’s oldest public buildings, West Derby Courthouse. For children, there is an adventure playground, miniature railway, and an orienteering trail.
Oh Me Oh My
Check out Oh Me Oh My; a grand tea house with a rooftop bar showcasing great views of the Mersey and the Royal Liver Building. With a really chilled, laid-back vibe, Oh Me Oh My is an accessible, affordable and stunningly attractive space where you can meet, think, eat, drink and relax.
Soak up the panoramic views of the city as you sip a smooth G&T. Steeped in 1950s opulence with a modern twist, Oh Me Oh My is perfect for anyone seeking Hollywood soundtracks, soul tunes and vintage French and Italian classics. Head up to this rare rooftop haven within the bustling business district for a secret Liverpool experience not to be missed.
Speke Hall is hidden away physically as well as in the psyche. The hidden Liverpool gem is an original Tudor Mansion, built in 1530 and now owned by the National Trust. It’s well worth a visit for its atmospheric interior that interconnects many eras.
See Liverpool off the beaten path as you peel back the Halls’ many layers. The Great Hall and priest hole date from Tudor times, while the Oak Parlour and smaller rooms, some with William Morris wallpapers, illustrate the Victorian desire for privacy and comfort. You can also see Jacobean furniture carvings, a fascinating fully equipped Victorian kitchen and servants’ hall, and a beautifully restored garden.
One of the best fun things to do in Liverpool at night, the Baltic Market is an amazing Independent Liverpool blend of booze, live entertainment and street food, supplied by local vendors and breweries. Head inside and sit on rustic Baltic Triangle benches and barrels or outside on a terrace and soak up some sun, then catch some live music at the cool warehouse venue.
Check out the charming 20’s themed Peaky Blinders Bar and Food Court and drink among folk in flat caps and flappers dressed in fringe. For something different, grab your clubs, cans or cocktails at hidden gem Ghetto Golf; an 18-hole golf course and a fun way to spend your night.
Have a drink in an old campervan and stop off at holes along the way that involves putting into Granny’s living room. There are bars around the course and if you’re looking for quirky places to eat in Liverpool, they have street food vans and a bar outside.
Princes Park is a Grade II historic park in Toxteth with a fishing lake, playground, foundations of a former boathouse, and dazzling entrance gates. It’s not to be missed for anyone with an interest in the natural, the local, and the historical.
A classic example of Victorian urban development, the park has a serpentine lake and a circular carriage drive. Princes Park was designed by Joseph Paxton and James Pennethorne in 1842.
Often overlooked by visitors and locals, with it being next door to more popular Sefton Park, Princes Park is a lovely place to go for a stroll under leafy green trees, either alone, or with the family.
The cozy neighborhood of Woolton is a charming village, not just for locals, but visitors to Liverpool too. It’s the resting place of Eleanor Rigby, and with connections to the Iron Age, nice and the beautiful St Peter’s Church was the meeting place of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
If you’re seeking a quiet break from Liverpool’s busy city streets, take refuge in Woolton and walk among beautiful 19th-century buildings and one of the oldest picture houses in Britain.
Beatles fans can also enjoy the quaint neighbourhood of Allerton; home to lush green parks, the Forthlin Road which was once home to Paul McCartney, Menlove Avenue which housed John Lennon, and the famous Penny Lane. Take a breath of fresh air among one of the many leafy parks and enjoy a rural 19th-century vibe, pre-wealthy merchant times.
Locally loved restaurants include the Three Piggies and Maray. Browse the many quirky gift shops filled to the brim with homely trinkets and hidden gems within the sleepy side streets far removed from the city center.
Now that we’ve covered some of the hidden gems on the Merseyside, where should we head next? Let us know in the comments below!