La La La Liverpool!

cavern-club1Liverpool, home of The Beatles, Cilla Black and Craig Charles is renowned in Ireland as the place for shopping. It’s just a forty minute flight to the vibrant and lively city where you will find great nightlife, great shopping and great prices.

I recently took a trip to Liverpool, a last girlie holiday (for a while at least) before one of the girls jetted off to her new life in Canada. It will always hold fond memories in that respect but don’t be fooled Liverpool has more to offer than sentimental value.

A few of the girls had been to Liverpool before, but this was my first time. We were only there for two nights and two and a half days and it definitely was not long enough.

Liverpool is the home of The Beatles, and they won’t let you forget that! A trip to The Beatles Story Exhibition should definitely be on your to do list. There you will follow the story of all four Beatles from early life right up until John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. The Cavern Club where John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr all started out, is on Mathew Street and is a perfect place to get your Beatles fill. The Cavern Club has an incredible atmosphere during the day with live music down three flights of stairs – you can’t leave Liverpool without popping in. Pictures of The Beatles, The Artic Monkeys, The Qurreymen, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and Queen adorn the walls and you are safe in the knowledge that you are in one of the most famous clubs in the world, where some of the greatest bands played.

Liverpool has more than great shopping and great music; Albert Dock showcases a beautiful side to Liverpool, a pleasant surprise on a girlie weekend away. The dock is surrounded by the largest group of Grade 1 buildings in the UK and there you will find the Tate Liverpool, International Slavery Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Beatles Story Exhibition and the start of the Yellow Duckmarine Tour.

The Yellow Duckmarine is kind of like the Viking Splash tour in Dublin, where you are taken around the city on a bus-come-boat, and is such a laugh.  The Duckmarine we were on was 70 years old and it chugged up hills as we were taken on a tour of the city, at times I didn’t think we would make it up the hills or out of the water. Not surprisingly, about a week after we got the Duckmarine, it sank in the middle of Albert Dock.

We rented an apartment for the weekend which worked out cheaper than a hotel- with six girls we needed space to get ready! The apartment had a narrow balcony, but because of my fear of heights, I never did get around to sampling the view, although I’m pretty sure the view was of the building site next door.

One thing I must mention though, and that is to always keep in mind the birds that fly above! Bird poop seems to be all over the streets, as we found out first hand – you might want to wear a hat!

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