Things to see and do in Liverpool this year

One of the biggest and most unique cities in the UK, the north-western port of Liverpool has a character and history that makes it stand out. Over the years, the city’s historic skyline has changed dramatically, with new skyscrapers and boutique hotels standing alongside old landmarks such as the Liver building.

Visitors to Liverpool can experience both old and new, but if you decide to head to Merseyside, what is there to see and do if you come this year? Here are five things that make coming to the home of the Beatles worth the trip:

Liverpool International Jazz Festival

Liverpool jazz festival 2013A new addition to the city’s cultural calendar, the Liverpool International Jazz Festival is set to attract many fans wanting to hear a different sound. The unofficial UK ‘Capital of Music’, where better to hear the sounds of pianos, trumpets, saxophones and drums in tandem?

Some of the biggest names in jazz music are coming to the Capstone Theatre including legendary saxophonist Courtney Pine and Robert Mitchell in an event which will surely cement the venue as the region’s best venue for jazz.

Aintree Racecourse

The Grand NationalOne of the UK’s best venues for horse racing, Aintree, which sits just a few miles north of Liverpool is most famous for being home of The Grand National: the biggest and most popular race in the country.

On Saturday 6th April, the Grand National will see 40 horses run around the track, and millions of viewers worldwide will watch it.

The National is best seen in the flesh, with the atmosphere of a day at the races hard to bear. Aintree plays host to races throughout the year. You’ll find lots of useful info on the Grand National here.

Narnia Experience

The narnia experience in Liverpool

On for a limited time this month, this interactive show is a must-see for all the family. Based on a successful stage show, it’s a kind of ‘flash mob’ production where the story is brought to life with a huge cast of volunteers at the St George’s Great Hall in the heart of Liverpool.

One of the best things about the Narnia Experience is that you can volunteer to be part of the cast of hundreds. If you’re staying in Liverpool for a fortnight or more, you might want to contact the organisers if you fancy yourself as a bit of a thespian! For more information check out the Narnia Experience website.

Chester Zoo

How to get to chester zooIt might be a little outside Liverpool, but a short drive south will take you to this wonderful zoo. Chester Zoo is a great place to take the kids as they can get up close and personal with any of the 7,000 animals who call it home.

If your kids want to copy the monkeys and play around, the designated play areas are there for them to use while you can put your feet up, seeing them run their little legs off! For more info visit chesterzoo.org.

Dining out

Panoramic restaurant LiverpoolIn recent years, a number of new restaurants have been opened in Liverpool serving cuisine from home and abroad. Restaurants near the banks of the Mersey and in the Liverpool One development in particular are worth checking out, but some stand out because they offer more than just fine dining.

Panoramic, which sits on the top floor of the West Tower, Liverpool’s tallest building offers views of the city plus the nearby Wirral peninsula from your table. Meanwhile, the city’s Chinatown district is home to some of the finest Chinese restaurants in the UK serving authentic Chinese cuisine with a local twist. Chefs such as Marco Pierre White have their own restaurants too.

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