Things to do in Liverpool

Find out about activities available to enhance your stay in Liverpool.

Whether you’re arriving early, or staying on after the conference, here’s a list of activities to help you explore the wonderful city of Liverpool.

Please note, all bookings are to be made directly with the tour organisers, they are not managed by the conference team.

Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

  • Tour times: 11:00–13:00 and 14:00–16:00
  • Ticket prices: £19.95 per person
  • Departure location: Magical Mystery Tour Ticket Office, Anchor Courtyard, Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 4AS

Step aboard the colourful Magical Mystery Tour bus for a fun and fascinating 2-hour tour of Beatles Liverpool. You’ll see all the places associated with John, Paul, George, and Ringo as they grew up, met, and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm.

The bus will take you through Ringoland, Penny Lane, St Peter’s Church where John and Paul first met, John Lennon’s childhood home, Strawberry Field, Paul McCartney’s childhood home, schools, and colleges plus many more places of interest along the way. The last stop is Mathew Street, the home of the world-famous Cavern Club, The Cavern’s Wall of Fame, Cavern Pub and Festival Restaurant, and your ticket includes free entry into the Cavern Club on the day of your tour.

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The Beatles Story

  • Tour times: N/A, tickets with time slots must be purchased online in advance of your visit
  • Opening hours: 10:00–16:00
  • Ticket prices: Adult £17.00 , Senior/Students £13.50
  • Location: Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, L3 4AD (3 minute walk from ACC Liverpool)

The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of the lives and times of The Beatles.

Located in the fab four’s hometown of Liverpool on the stunning waterfront at the Royal Albert Dock, The Beatles Story takes visitors on an immersive, atmospheric journey through the lives, times, culture, and music of The Beatles. Join a magical history tour and see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled from humble childhood beginnings to the dizzy heights of worldwide fame and fortune.

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Blue Route City & Beatles Tour – Liverpool City Sights

With additional access to the Multilingual Bus Tour for FREE!

Ecology Across Borders delegates can receive an exclusive 10% discount with the code BES10 

  • Tour times: 11:00/13:00/15:00
  • Duration: 90-mins
  • Ticket prices: Adult £16, Senior/Student £12
  • Departure location: Liverpool City Sights Box Office, Canada Boulevard, Pier Head, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 1DS

The City and Beatles Tour offers a vibrant and in-depth account of Liverpool’s most historic and celebrated sights, as well as a fascinating exploration of prominent Beatles attractions, and is now Liverpool’s No. 1 experience on Trip Advisor.

During the tour you will hear about the social history of the city and where the fab four lived and played. See all the city’s historic sights, like the two Cathedrals on Hope Street, before being whisked off to the leafy suburbs of South Liverpool, including two stops at Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields where you can get off the bus and take photographs. Then onto the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney where you will hear tales, music and songs about the life and times of The Beatles. Travelling back towards the city you will get to hear all about the great River Mersey and the historical waterfront.

Booking onto the Blue Route City and Beatles Tour will also give you the chance to board the Red Route Multilingual City Tour on the same day for FREE! Ecology Across Borders delegates can receive an exclusive 10% discount with the code BES10.



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Free Walking Tour

  • Tour times: 11:00 – Saturday & Sunday
  • Ticket prices: Tip based
  • Duration: Typically 3 hours
  • Departure location: St George’s Hall by the Prince Albert Statue, Liverpool, L1 1JJ

Liverpool is known for its contemporary art scene, its music exports, and as the UK’s most bombed city in World War II. This Free Tour starts at St George’s Hall and covers many of Liverpool’s top attractions, including the Museum of Liverpool, the Town Hall, St John’s Gardens, the Victoria Monument and much more, finishing by the Royal Albert Dock. Discover the wealth of great buildings, and the legendarily friendly population, summed up in the famous nickname: ‘The world in one city’.

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Liverpool Cycle Tours Ltd

Join Liverpool Cycle Tours on one of their hugely popular guided tours, now with a full fleet of electric bicycles.

City Centre Sightseeing Tour

  • Tour times: 10:30–12:00/14:00–15:30
  • Ticket prices: Adult £17, Student £15
  • Distance: 5 miles
  • Departure location: Safestore UK, Jordan Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0BG

A bicycle tour of Liverpool City Centre featuring many of the highlights of this remarkable city on a mostly downhill 90-minute tour. Liverpool is steeped in history, as can be seen by its buildings. Experience some of the breath-taking architecture in all its glory in the most eco-friendly way to do so.

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The Beatles Tour on Electric Bicycles

  • Tour times: 09:30–13:00/14:00–17:30
  • Ticket prices: Adult £37, Student £34
  • Distance: 16.5 miles
  • Departure location: Safestore UK, Jordan Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0BG

Get your “Ticket to Ride” on our 3.5-hour tour of The Beatles on state-of-the-art electric-assisted bikes. Taking in such sites as Penny Lane, Strawberry field and many more.

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Lunt Meadows – Wildlife Trust

  • Tour times: N/A
  • Opening hours: 09:30–16:30
  • Ticket prices: FREE
  • Departure location: 1 hour bus (number 133) from Queen Square Bus Station or a 30-minute drive. Access via free carpark.

This spectacular wetland nature reserve, nestled along the meandering River Alt in North Merseyside, wasn’t always the wildlife wonderland it is today. Between 2012 and 2014 it was intensively farmed arable land, and only when it was bought by the Environment Agency for development as a flood storage reservoir (that would double as a nature reserve) did Lunt Meadows become a real destination for bird-lovers. Don’t miss a winter visit to see their famous short-eared owls hunting over the fields in broad daylight. Make sure you check the watery channels beside the paths for water voles, as Lunt Meadows has a thriving population within the wet grassland.

A number of paths run around the reserve. Wellies are recommended in winter months and wet periods. Take a look at the Reserve Map to find your way around.

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Old Dock Tour

  • Tour times: 10:30–11:30/12:00–13:00/14.30–15:30
  • Ticket prices: Adult £7.50, Students £6.50
  • Departure location: By the large anchor outside the Maritime Museum and visitors walk to the nearby Old Dock.

Organised by National Museums Liverpool, discover the origin of Liverpool’s fortune, buried underneath Liverpool ONE. Revealed during excavations on the site in 2001, the story of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock is explored on this guided tour. You will discover how a brave idea and an innovative feat of engineering shaped Liverpool’s destiny forever. On the tour, visitors are taken back in time as they see a large portion of the Old Dock rising more than 20 feet from the bed of the Pool – the creek that gave Liverpool its name. A modern bridge and walkways give grandstand views.

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More information

Traveling with your Family? Then be sure to check out our For Families page for more information on attractions, restaurants and cafes, and more!

You can also head to the Visit Liverpool website for alternative options for sightseeing and tours.