48 hours in Liverpool

Tours and sightseeing in Liverpool

Liverpool is one of the best cities in the UK, maybe even the world (not that we’re biased or anything!). Whether it’s your first time, or your tenth, there is always something new to discover. We want you to have the best possible weekend so we’ve complied some handy 48 hours in Liverpool guides. We’ve got tailor made ones for Beatles fans, families, foodies and more. Let us inspire your weekend and make sure you don’t miss a thing.

48 hours in Liverpool

About our guides

Our guides go from Friday afternoon to Sunday morning, the ultimate 48 hours in Liverpool, but whenever you visit Liverpool, you’re guaranteed to have a great time. Whether arriving by bus or train, our central locations at the Bridewell Hotel and Parker Street serviced apartments means we are only minutes’ walk from Lime Street Station and major bus stations. This means you can spend less time finding your hotel and more time exploring Liverpool. Arriving before our 3pm check in time? Drop your bags at reception and head out to explore the best city in the world.

Each guide is tailored to suit different guests and activities but of course pick and mixing is encouraged! In fact, we’ve complied the Ultimate 48 hours in Liverpool guide which features a bit of everything for everyone.

If there’s anything you want to know more about, just ask our reception staff – they are local experts after all!

For the Beatles Fansicon

Whether arriving by bus or train, our central locations at the Bridewell Hotel and Parker Street serviced apartments means we are only minutes’ walk from Lime Street Station and major bus stations. This means you can spend less time finding your hotel and more time exploring Liverpool.

Arriving before our 3pm check in time? Drop your bags at reception and head out to explore the home of the Fab Four!

Start your weekend off with a bang by heading to the sacred home of the Beatles, the Cavern Club on Matthew Street, only minutes walk from your Caro Short Stay hotel. Every Friday night you can enjoy some of the best live music and Beatles tribute acts in Liverpool. Visit their website for a full line up of who’s on and entry fees.

After a great night’s sleep in our luxuriously comfy beds, start your Saturday right with a delicious breakfast, you’ll need all the energy you can muster! Caro Short stay guests can buy a breakfast voucher for the Dale Street Eatery or enjoy 10% off at the Butty Box on Dale Street, just round the corner. None of these take your fancy? Our central location in town means that if you’re staying at the Bridewell or Parker Street, you’re spoiled for choice on places to eat.

Spend the morning at the Beatles Story at the Albert Docks, an interactive guided tour where you discover the humble beginnings of the Beatles, their rise to fame and incredible careers. Enjoy lunch at some of the great restaurants at the Albert Dock or head to Pier Head and the Fab Four cafe, where you can also have your picture taken with the Fab Four statue!

Later, take a ride on the Hop on/Hop off Beatles and City Bus tour departing from Pier Head and the Albert Dock. Take a ride to see the childhood homes of John, Paul and Ringo, the world famous Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields as well as some iconic Liverpool sights. Jump off at Penny Lane and enjoy a drink at the Penny Lane Wine bar then catch the next bus and carry on the tour, which lasts around 78 minutes. For more info about the tour, and to buy tickets, ask at reception.

Head back to your Caro Short Stay to relax and freshen up before heading back out into town to enjoy Saturday night in Liverpool. Sip Beatles themed cocktails at Bar Four at the Hard Day’s Night hotel, just round the corner from the Cavern Club and bustling Matthew Street before heading out into town to enjoy Saturday night.

Sunday mornings are for nursing hangovers and enjoying brunch Liverpool style. There’s no need to rush as check out isn’t until 11am. Leave your bags at reception and head to the likes of Moose Cafe on Dale Street or Cau on Castle Street for a bottomless prosecco/beer brunch.

For the foodiesicon

Liverpool is a food lovers paradise! The city is filled with cuisine from all over the world and award winning independent restaurants meaning there is something for everyone. The central locations of The Bridewell and Parker Street mean you are minutes’ walk from Castle Street and Bold Street, two areas filled with some of Liverpool’s finest restaurants.

Check in to your Caro Short Stay hotel and head out to Leaf on Bold Street or One Fine Day on Old Hall Street to enjoy a delicious homemade sweet treat and a coffee, or cocktail if you’re feeling more adventurous!

For dinner, we recommend heading to Bold Street, and dining at one of the many independent restaurants like Mowgli, which serves up Indian style street foods, Lucha Libra for a Mexican feast or American Pizza Slice for the ‘best damn pizza in Liverpool!’ After dinner it’s time to sip on some delicious cocktails. Head over to Revolution or Dirty Little Secret on Fleet Street for some of Liverpool’s finest cocktail creations.

After a restful night’s sleep at your Caro Short Stay hotel, dreaming about yummy food in your comfy bed, it’s time to start your Saturday off right with a delicious breakfast. We recommend heading over to Moose Coffee on Dale Street; an American style diner, serving up giant cooked breakfasts and a favourite of Tom Hardy when he’s up in Liverpool filming Peaky Blinders. Tuck into some pancakes and see if you’re lucky to spot him!

A big breakfast needs to be walked off and if the weather’s right, head on down to the waterfront and take in some of Liverpool’s iconic buildings and history and don’t forget to take a ferry across the Mersey!  For Lunch, it’s got to be George’s Great British Kitchen. A new addition to Liverpool, their lunch menu has something for everyone and is served till 4pm so there’s no need to rush. Take advantage of their incredible 2-4-1 cocktails whilst you’re there too!

After an afternoon of more sightseeing, head back to your Caro Short Stay hotel/apartment to relax and freshen up before heading back out to enjoy Saturday night Liverpool style! The Baltic Market is the place to been seen and the best way to try some delicious food from some of Liverpool’s best restaurants. Add to this excellent live music, DJs and cocktails, and you’ve got yourself the perfect combo for a Saturday night. If you’re ready to keep the party going, head to one of the many bars surrounding the market – highlights include the new Peaky Blinders themed bar, and the Baltic Social.

Sunday mornings are for taking it easy, and there’s no need to rush as check out is till 11am! Whether you have a hangover that needs curing, check out Dale Street Eatery on Dale Street for a beautiful Full English or if you want to keep those weekend vibes going then Cau on Castle Street will be serving up a boozy bottomless brunch which isn’t to be missed!

For the familyicon

Liverpool is a city that can be enjoyed by all the family and Caro Short Stay is the perfect place to set up base for exploring. Kids will love staying in the Bridewell, a former Victorian prison, where the cells have been transformed into comfy bedrooms, whilst our brand new serviced apartments on Parker Street offer a more homey and spacious environment. Both locations are located within walking distance of Lime Street Station and bus stations meaning you spend less time trekking luggage to your hotel and more time enjoying your family trip.

Enjoy an afternoon of mini golfing at Jungle Rumble Liverpool One. A exciting, fun filled time for the family, and a great way to start your weekend in Liverpool. Prices start from £3.50, see their website for more details and to book your adventure.

For dinner, why not try Olive on Castle Street. At Olive, the kids have fun making their own pizza whilst the grownups can enjoy a delicious selection of pastas or treat themselves to a perfectly cooked steak. Get a restful night’s sleep at your Caro Short Stay hotel, you’ll need all your energy for tomorrow!

Start your Saturday with a delicious breakfast. Caro Short Stay guests can buy a breakfast voucher for the Dale Street Eatery or enjoy 10% off at the Butty Box on Dale Street.

If museums are your thing, the kids will love the Liverpool Museum on the waterfront which is full of interactive exhibits, or check out the World Museum, just around the corner to see ancient mummies and China’s Terracotta Warriors (until 29th October 2018).

Football fans? Book onto the Liverpool or Everton stadium tours and get up close and personal to your favourite teams. If that’s not your thing, the City Explorer hop on/hop off bus allows you to see the sights of Liverpool, such as the Albert Dock and Penny Lane,  at your pace and get on and off as many times as you like. For a truly unique experience though, check out the Silent disco walking tour of Liverpool. A roaming, rhythmic riot through the streets of Liverpool that’s guaranteed to be a hit with all ages! Check their website for available dates.

Saturday night should be spent at Liverpool’s Baltic Market. Located in the historic Cain’s brewery, it features food stalls from some of the best restaurants in Liverpool and regular live music. A 25-minute walk from Caro Short Stay, or a quick taxi ride, it is definitely worth the trip in our opinion! (Kids welcome till 8pm)

There’s no need to rush on your last day in Liverpool, as check out is open till 11am. Treat yourself to a special breakfast. Moose Coffee on Dale Street serves up delicious, dinner style breakfasts like pancakes, French toast and eggs benedict or head over to Leaf on Bold Street for a classic full English. If you have a few more hours in Liverpool, head on down to the waterfront for a stroll and a ride on the iconic Ferry Across the Mersey.

For the lads lads lads!icon

Liverpool is the perfect location for a lads weekend; whether it’s a stag do, or just a well-earned break, make Caro Short Stay your base for an excellent time. Our central location means you’re never far from the action and it’s only a short stumble home after a big night out!

Kick things off by heading straight to Brewdog on Colquit Street. They have 30 beers on tap, vintage arcade games, an incredible burger menu and innovative “press for beer” buttons. Make your way down Fleet/Seel/Wood Street, hitting up some of Liverpool’s best bars and clubs before ending the night in your luxuriously comfy Caro Short Stay bed.

Nurse your hangover and fuel yourself for a great day ahead with a delicious Full English breakfast. Caro Short Stay guests can buy a breakfast voucher for the Dale Street Eatery or enjoy 10% off at the Butty Box on Dale Street.

Whether you’re a red or a blue, book yourself onto a stadium tour at Anfield or Goodison Park. Get up close and personal to the players in the boot room and check out the silverware in the trophy room. Keep the fun going by heading over to Ghetto Golf in the Baltic Triangle for an afternoon of games, good food and excellent beer. Or if you’re up for more of a challenge, head over to Breakout on Sir Thomas Street, just around the corner from The Bridewell. Here you have 60 mins to escape a locked room by finding clues to solve puzzles.

Head on back to your Caro Short Stay base to relax and freshen up. If you’re staying at The Bridewell, head over to Castle Street for dinner, and if you’re a Parker Street resident Bold Street is the place to be. Head out into town to Concert Square for Saturday night Liverpool Style.

There’s no need to rush out on Sunday morning, as check out is till 11am. If you’ve got a late train/flight, leave your luggage at reception before heading out to enjoy one last delicious breakfast. We recommend Moose Coffee on Dale Street, an American style diner that serves up tasty big breakfasts and ever kind of egg you could want!

With the girlsicon

For the ultimate Girls weekend, it’s got to be Liverpool. Whether you’re looking to celebrate a bride-to-be, shop up a storm in Liverpool One, or just wanting to let your hair down and have fun, there’s something for everyone in Liverpool. Caro Short Stay is the ideal place to set up base for a Liverpool weekend. Our central location means you’re never far away from all the action. We’re only minutes’ walk from both Liverpool Lime Street and all major bus stations, so you can spend less time stressing trying to find your hotel and more time enjoying yourself.

Check into your chosen Caro accommodation and freshen up, before heading back into town for dinner and cocktails. If you’re staying at The Bridewell, head to Castle Street and check out Bacaro for Italian and Spanish style tapas or Santa Maluco for gourmet pizzas before sipping delicious cocktails at The Alchemist.

Parker Street resident? Bold Street is filled with independent restaurants and we recommend Mowgli for an Indian street food feast or Nolita Cantina for slow cooked meats and mouth-watering burgers. Cocktails will be served all night long at Dirty Little Secret on Wood Street – the Dirty Porn Star Martini is our favourite!

Spend your Saturday like the native Scousebird. After enjoying a delicious breakfast at Dale Street Eatery or Leaf on Bold Street, it’s time for a Scouse makeover. Head to any city salon and ask for an infamous Curly Blow for a blow dry like you’ve never experienced before (book ahead to avoid disappointment). Not going out till later or the weather a bit windy? Don’t be afraid to ask for your hair in pin curls or rollers. We guarantee you will not look out of place walking round the shops with them still in! Lunch should be enjoyed at George’s Great British Kitchen, where the lunch menu and special cocktail deals are not to be missed.

Shopped till you dropped and needing a little caffeine pick me up? Bold Street has dozens of independent coffee shops like Love Thy Neighbour, Bold Street Coffee and Leaf, all serving up perfect cappuccinos and home-made cakes.

If shopping’s not your thing, then we recommend heading to Ghetto Golf. Live DJs play all the hits as you tackle the craziest of mini golf courses whilst sipping unique cocktails, surrounded by graffiti from some of Liverpool’s best street artists. Make sure to check out the menu at Apocalypse Cow which includes rib, wings and dogs. Before you head back to your Caro Short Stay accommodation, make sure you explore some of the surrounding bars in the Cains Brewery Village like the brand new Peaky Blinders bar – a must for fans of the show.

When you’re ready, head back to your Caro Short Stay accommodation and get yourself glammed up for a night on the town. Whether you’re wanting to sip cocktails in a secret bar, or dance the night away, there is something for everyone in the Fleet/Seel/Wood Street area. Be sure to ask our friendly reception staff for their recommendations – they always know the latest place to be!

At Caro Short Stay, we like to take it easy on Sunday mornings, with check out open till 11am and late check out available on request. Feel free to leave your luggage at reception whilst you enjoy a delicious bottomless brunch at Cau on Chapel Street or fluffy American style pancakes at Moose Coffee on Dale Street.

For the culture lovericon

Ever since winning the Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool has become world renowned as a cultural hub. This year marks the ten-year anniversary of Liverpool wining the prestigious title and will see over 40 events take place across the city throughout the year, meaning there has never been a better time to visit.

Start your visit by exploring Liverpool’s beautiful waterfront and Commercial District, where you’ll find some of the city’s oldest buildings. Get up close to the Three Graces, and wander around the stunning Albert Dock, making sure to check out all the boutique shops along the way. The largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the country, the Albert Dock is also where you will find Tate Liverpool, the International Slavery Museum and The Beatles Story. If you want to get to know more about the history of Liverpool itself, than head to the Museum of Liverpool at Pier Head, where you can also catch a ride on the iconic ‘Ferry ‘cross The Mersey’.

After a busy afternoon exploring head back to your Caro Short Stay accommodation to relax and unwind before heading back out to eat. Liverpool is a food lovers haven and for a classy Friday night dinner, we recommend dining in the Castle Street area, or heading back to the Albert Dock, before ending the night in one of the many intimate bars and pubs.

Start your Saturday morning right with a delicious breakfast. Caro Short stay guests can buy a breakfast voucher for the Dale Street Eatery or enjoy 10% off at the Butty Box on Dale Street, just around the corner.

Liverpool’s size means it’s very easy to move around the city on foot, but if your feet need a rest, you can purchase tickets for the hop on/off City Explorer bus tour at reception. It takes you to all of Liverpool’s main attractions and your ticket is valid for 24 hours.

Spend your morning discovering Liverpool Cathedral, which is the largest in Britain and stands proudly over the city on St James’ Mount. Take the time to visit the top of the tower where you’ll enjoy panoramic views across the city. China town is minutes’ walk from the cathedral and is home to the largest Chinese arch outside of China and beautiful Chinese dragon statues. Stop here for lunch or alternatively walk along Hope Street towards the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and dine at one of the many award-winning restaurants, whilst also checking out the incredible art installations along the way.

After lunch, head towards St George’s Hall, a beautiful Grade I listed building regarded as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world. From here, make your way to the Walker Art Gallery and World Museum, which is currently home to the Terracotta Warriors of China’s First Emperor.

A day of sightseeing deserves a delicious slice of cake and coffee or maybe even a cheeky aperitif. We recommend Bold Street, home to a number of wonderful independent cafes and bars. Also on Bold Street, you’ll find FACT – Liverpool’s independent cinema and art exhibition centre.

For dinner, stay on Bold Street, and dine at one of the many independent restaurants like Mowgli, which serves up Indian style street foods or Lucha Libra for a Mexican feast. After dinner it’s time to sip on some delicious cocktails. Head over to Revolution or Dirty Little Secret on Fleet Street for some of Liverpool’s finest cocktail creations.

At Caro Short Stay, we’re easy like Sunday morning! Check out is open till 11am so there’s no need to rush. Feel free to drop your bags at reception whilst you enjoy brunch at Cau on Castle Street and fit in a bit more sightseeing if you have the energy of course!

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