This weekend we took a quick overnight trip to Liverpool. It was just me, Tara, and Megan. Liverpool is a pretty cool city and it’s less than 2 hours from Derby. It’s mainly famous for the Beatles but I learned that it is a world famous port city. In its hey-day, it was the gateway to the rest of the world and a super critical global trading port. It’s also where the Titanic set sail, among other things (Editor’s note: This is not true. I must have came to this conclusion on my own after seeing all of the Titanic signs)
We got a Travelzoo deal for the Adelphi hotel, which apparently was the setting for a 1997 British TV show (Hotel) about how a hotel works. My work colleagues told me that after we had already booked the hotel. I thought that was pretty interesting even though I had never heard of the show.
The drive to Liverpool was super easy. However once we arrived, we had to wait in line for a good 20 minutes to check in. This seemed ridiculous at first, but then I remembered that we were in England and you have to queue for everything.
The hotel itself was pretty unique. You could tell it was a fancy hotel from back in the day. There were really high ceilings, chandeliers, nice floors, and tons of Brits on Stag/Hen dos. (That means bachelor/bachelorette party)
That evening, we had a nice dinner and then went to a nearby comedy show. It was funnier than I anticipated. There wasn’t very much lost in translation from Scouse to American. Scouse is an English dialect specific to Liverpool. I could tell people were talking different than Derby, but I don’t think I could differentiate a Scouse dialect from anywhere else in the UK. I just know it sounded funny.
Quick side-note: Scouse is also a beef stew dish that is popular in Liverpool. We were looking to try it while we were in town. That is, until we saw this T-shirt with the ingredients. Our excitement to try a staple Liverpool food died when we read this. Sounds really plain in my opinion.
Saturday morning, we woke up and were surprised to see it was a sunny day. We walked down to the famous Albert Dock to do some exploring. It was a really nice change of pace from our last couple of trips to walk around and not be freezing cold and wet. We wandered the dock area soaking up the sun and enjoying the dry weather. For reference, it was probably around 45 degrees F.
Since it was such a nice day, we decided to ride the ferry up and down the Mersey river. It was colder and windier on the boat, but we got some really good views of the city and learned a little bit about the history of the city from the recordings that were played near each stop.
After an hour on the boat, we got our land legs back and headed towards the huge cathedral that we could see from the boat. On our way there, we stopped off at some famous Liverpool sites. Here are the 3 graces, which are the 3 most iconic Liverpool buildings.
Next up was the Cavern Club, which is now really well known because the Beatles used to play there. Between 1961 and 1963, the Beatles made 292 appearances at the club (Source: Wikipedia). It was a really cool underground bar. There was even free live music when we popped inside so we decided to stick around and have a beer.
After we made our way out of the cavern and remembered it was still day time, we headed for the Cathedral. On the way there, Megan spotted a rare bit of America so we had to stop and investigate further.
Now that we were being fueled by chocolate and peanut butter, we had no trouble finding the largest Cathedral in the UK. The girls could not contain their excitement when we found the church.
I have to admit that I’m pretty tired of exploring churches, but this one was free and really massive, so we decided to check it out. The inside was HUGE. There was a service happening (Evensong) as we were walking around inside so we got to hear the choir sing. The acoustics in this place were pretty impressive.
We also learned that Liverpool has a big China town. And since it was located right next to the Cathedral, we decided to check it out and get some Chinese food.
Right after we finished eating, we headed for the car because our 24 hours of parking was about to expire. Our whirlwind Liverpool trip had come to an end. I would definitely go back. There was a lot to explore and we barely scratched the surface. Here’s the food collage and a weird British road sign.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for Northern Ireland in a few weeks.