Tom and I are no strangers to a little city break here and there. Whether it be across the water somewhere in Europe, or sticking to home soil and visiting somewhere within the UK. A couple weekends ago we headed off to Liverpool City for a rather chilled and relaxing weekend. No purpose, no plans. Just somewhere to visit to have a break away from our usual weekend routine.
After a 3 hour drive, we finally arrived at the HaymarketCentral Travelodge* which is situated in a prime location in the city centre close to the shops, main train station and metro. As we weren’t too sure what we were going to get up to while in Liverpool it was great to have a ‘base’ that enabled us to get to most places without having to do a massive trek! One thing that was definitely on the agenda was a football match. It seems to be a bit of a tradition for Tom to get tickets for a football match whenever we go on a city break somewhere. I’ve been to matches in Barcelona, Rome as well as visiting other European stadiums which were all different experiences! That being said he presented two tickets on Saturday morning for us to go watch the Everton V Sunderland football match. Now I don’t mind going to see football. We do make a joke of it that at least one afternoon on our city break will be taken up by football… I also like the fact I have a bit of ammo to get him to do something I want to do – Usually this is going shopping! So we headed along to Goodison Park for the afternoon.
Saturday evening we decided head out for some food and a possible cinema visit. Having never watched a movie at an IMAX theatre I was quite excited to learn that it would be something we could if we headed over to Liverpool One – A shopping, residential and leisure complex in the city centre of Liverpool. It was actually very busy, not just because we were there on a Saturday, but Olly Murrs was performing at the Echo Arena that night. With this in mind all the restaurants were pretty full with rather long waiting times which was very unfortunate for us as we were looking to try to eat somewhere we hadn’t visited before. In the end, we went for an old favourite, good ol’ Pizza Express. You can never go wrong with a pizza! Following our very delicious meal we headed across to the Odeon to see if we could purchase some seats to watch a film at the IMAX. In the end the new Avengers film was showing in 3D so we decided to go ahead and book the tickets, grab a mountain of Ben and Jerry’s icecream as a dessert to follow from our Pizza Express and crack on with what Tom and I like to do best. Chill out and watch a movie together.
We planned to head back home to Berkshire Sunday afternoon, giving us the morning to go and have a bit of an explore. We headed along to AlbertDocks for a mooch around, spotting a few ‘walk of shamers’ along the way! We popped into various little shops based around docks. Here you can find the usual tourist shops full of what I like to call ‘tack’ along with various coffee shops for you to grab a beverage from, stop to take in the surroundings and do a bit of people watching. Right by the docks you have The Beatles Story Exhibition which we felt compelled to go and visit. Both being music fans it was nice to go and find out a bit more of history behind the Beatles. I found it really interesting and definitely recommend visiting if you are a fan of the Beatles or you are just intrigued about the history! Following this we headed back towards the main shops of the city. Taking a look in their large Superdry store, Primark, Forever 21 and many more. We made a mental note that Liverpool was in fact really good for shopping and we should have come more prepared with more spending money! – We now know for next time!
It wasn’t the most jam packed city break we have been on, however it was just what we needed. A break away from our usual surroundings, enjoying eachothers company and just having a general chilled out time. We’ve both agreed that we would like to go back to Liverpool, maybe on a dedicated shopping trip (and probably a trip to Anfield knowing Tom!) So if you have any recommendations of what we could do when we visit again. Do let me know in the comments!
Have you been to Liverpool before?
* Disclaimer : We were provided with a 2 night complementary stay at the Travel Lodge along with some spending money. All opinions are my own.