Top 5 Cultural Experiences
Liverpool is a city of culture. But with so much to take in, it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. Featuring some of the most impressive art galleries, markets and museums in the country, here’s a guide to help you explore the best cultural sights the city has to offer.
The Baltic Market
With the delights of halloumi fries, frozen gin slushies, bubble waffles, gyros and wood-fired pizzas on offer, Baltic Market
is the place for everyone and everything. Fussy eaters, zealous vegans, meat lovers, the gluten free and even the never full, Liverpool’s first street food market can cater for them all.
( the foundation of Art and Creative Technology) is a Liverpool-based cinema and art gallery. With a 4-screen cinema showcasing both mainstream and art house films, 3 median galleries and even a bar, FACT is the UK's leading organisation for the support & exhibition of film, art and new media.
The Merseyside outpost of the Tate galleries. The cornerstone of Liverpool’s contemporary arts scene, this venue was founded by Alan Bowness, who was the Tate’s director in the ’80s. After deciding he wanted to open a so-called ‘Tate of the North’
, construction began at a defunct warehouse on the Albert Dock. Award-winning architect James Stirling was brought in in 1985, leading to the eventual design of Tate Liverpool: a building with the simple elegance of a modern art gallery that also maintains its historic warehouse features. Since opening in 1988, it’s become a major player when it comes to hosting major touring exhibitions.
British Music Experience
Situated in the Cunard Building, one of Liverpool’s three graces, the British Music Experience
is a must-see for music lovers. In this sprawling, vibrant and interactive exhibition, visitors can find out just about everything there is to know about pop music in the UK. Genuine outfits worn by stars such as David Bowie, as well as instruments that once belonged to Noel Gallagher and the Sex Pistols. You can also have a go at rock stardom yourself by picking up one of various guitars, drum kits and keyboards, or belting out a tune or two in a vocal booth.
Liverpool’s Chinatown dates back to the 1834 - making it the first area of its kind to be established anywhere in Europe. Boasting a whole range of delicious chinese restaurants and local businesses, the area also proudly displays its cultural identity through bespoke pieces of chinese-inspired architecture. In fact, it actually possesses the largest Piafang in any chinatown in the world outside of mainland China. This beautiful chinese archway, known as Chinatown Gate, sits at 13.5 metres tall on Nelson Street and was made to mimic traditional chinese style. Its design also features 200 hand carved dragons, 12 of which are pregnant in order to symbolise good fortune between Liverpool and it’s twin city Shanghai.