There’s much more to Liverpool than football and the Fab Four! This city – once the second most important in Britain – is packed full of art galleries, listed buildings and museums – many of them perfect for families.
Of course, football fans will want to visit the homes of Everton or Liverpool FC while here and nearly every visitor wants to walk in the footsteps of The Beatles on a trip to Liverpool. But once you’ve ticked these activities off your list, you’ll see that there are lots of things to do in Liverpool with kids.
One thing you’ll notice immediately is that the locals are justifiably proud of their city. Scousers – named after Scouse, a fish-and-biscuit stew that was popular with sailors and is linked to the city’s port history – are more than happy to share Liverpool with visitors. Ongoing programs of regeneration have transformed the city into a vibrant, culture-filled destination. As we all know, travel is tricky right now but once we can explore again then you should definitely put Liverpool on your list.
Read on for some of the best Liverpool attractions for families.
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Liverpool with kids
Liverpool is very easy to reach. If you’re travelling by train then it’s an easy day trip from London. Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent, Bradford, Sheffield and Leeds are also within easy reach.
If travelling by train then you arrive right in Liverpool city centre. The city is very walkable and many of the main sights and family-friendly attractions are within walking distance of the heart of the city.
1. The Albert Dock
Liverpool is a city that was shaped by the water. Located on the Mersey River, where the river meets the Irish Sea, the first ever commercial dock was built in Liverpool in 1715. The Albert Dock was completed in 1846 and by the late 19th century, 40 per cent of the world’s trade was passing through.
Given the part that it played in the city’s history, it makes sense to start your visit to Liverpool at the world famous Royal Albert Dock. Today the area is home to cafes and restaurants, lots of museums and galleries – including the Tate Liverpool – and myriad local and independent shops. If you do visit Tate Liverpool, make sure to pick up an activity pack for kids before exploring the collections.
It’s definitely worth visiting the Merseyside Maritime Museum while you’re here too. Explore model ships, discover objects salvaged from shipwrecks, learn about the city’s role as the gateway to the new world and more!
2. The Beatles Story
While you’re at the Albert Dock pay a visit to the award-winning The Beatles Story, the largest permanent exhibition in the world dedicated to the lives and times of Paul, John, Ringo and George. The exhibition is filled with memorabilia including instruments, clothing, John Lennon’s spectacles, original handwritten lyrics and more.
Kids will love the Beatles Story’s Discovery Zone, a dedicated space for children to learn about the Fab Four using interactive exhibits. If visiting Liverpool with teens, you might want to try the Magical Mystery Tour Bus. This two-hour tour takes in the band’s childhood homes and schools as well as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. It ends at the iconic Cavern Club.
3. Mattel Play!
If you’re looking for things to do with toddlers in Liverpool then Mattel Play is the answer. This interactive, indoor play centre is based around Thomas the Tank Engine, Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder. Explore three different zones including the Island of Sodor with Thomas and Rosie, the Welsh village of Pontypandy with Fireman Sam and join Bob and Wend on their own adventures.
Located in the Grand Hall at Albert Dock, this is a great day out for young children. Mattel Play! is aimed at children aged up to 12-years-old.
4. Liverpool World Museum
Discover the world of ancient Egypt, journey into outer space, explore the creepy crawlies in the Bug House and much more at Liverpool’s excellent World Museum. This museum first opened in 1853, making it the oldest museum in Liverpool. Today it’s home to some 1.7 million artefacts and will keep kids – and their parents – entertained for days. The World Museum is free to visit.
5. The Wheel of Liverpool
I’m always a fan of getting a new perspective on a city and The Wheel of Liverpool is a great way to get a bird’s-eye view over the docks and beyond. Located on Keel Wharf waterfront, the wheel transports families in capsules 60m above the ground offering panoramic views of Liverpool. Children of all ages are welcome.
6. Sefton Park
Located to the south of the city is Sefton Park, 200 acres of lush gardens that explode in a riot of yellow daffodils every springtime. At the heart of the park is Palm House, a Grade II listed Victorian glass-panelled green house – the perfect escape if you’re visiting on a rainy day.
During summer months Sefton Park is popular with locals who come armed with picnics. There’s a boating lake, a cafe and a large playground. Keep en eye out for the replica statues of Eros and Peter Pan too.
7. Mersey River Cruise
For a fun family day out take a ride along the Mersey River and learn how this famous river shaped and moulded the city. Mersey Ferries run 50-minute guided cruises that explain the history of the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront. It’s a great way to see some of the famous Liverpool landmarks. It’s also a good option for seeing the city if you’re visiting with little kids and their legs are tired!
8. Knowsley Safari
Fun for all the family is this incredible Safari Park that’s home to over 700 world animals. Set over 550 acres, there are a number of ways to explore Knowsley Safari. The safari drive allows you to see animals in as close to natural conditions as possible. The drive is broken up into different zones, including the lion enclosure where a pride of lions roam freely.
You can also choose to explore on foot, visiting sea lions (including their play areas), meerkats, giraffes and more along the way. There are regular animal talks and displays, a number of amusement rides for children, and the always-popular Baboon Bus. This non-stop drive takes place in the safari park’s own fleet of buses every day throughout the school holidays. Another popular outing for animal encounters is Chester Zoo.
9. Rampworx Skatepark
Ok, so it’s not an iconic Liverpool landmark but if you’re in Liverpool for the weekend or longer then you should take skate-mad kids to Rampworx Skatepark. This indoor skatepark covers over 500,000-square-foot and is the largest in the UK.
Rampworx welcomes rollerbladers, skateboarders, BMX riders and scooter riders – experts and novice skaters alike! Coaching sessions are on offer too. Perfect for children aged 5 and up.
10. Antony Gormley’s Another Place
Something you must do when you visit Liverpool with children is visit Antony Gormley’s Crosby Beach. Positioned seven miles north of the city centre is Crosby Beach, the site of artists Antony Gormley’s wonderful – and slightly eerie – installation. One hundred life-size cast-iron statues, each cast from Gormley’s own body, are buried at different levels in the sand. The statues all face out to sea, and become submerged as the high tide rolls in.