Liverpool is a city like no other. From world famous architecture and magnificent free museums to music legends revolutionising popular culture, Liverpool has always been a hub of creativity. Through spectacular festivals, dramatic sporting attractions and unique art it continues to be a gateway for UK culture, attracting millions of visitors every year.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Liverpool is the World Capital of Pop Music. It is impossible to imagine Liverpool without music – or music without Liverpool. Birthplace of The Beatles, the world’s most famous pop group, the city has produced more UK number one hits than any other city: 56 and counting.
Liverpool has a sporting reputation to rival any city in the world. Sport, along with music, is the beating heart of this city. The success of our football teams has made the name ‘Liverpool’ famous around the world, and it is the UK’s most successful footballing city. It is also home to the Grand National, the world’s greatest steeplechase at Aintree.
The Liverpool City Region is also England’s golf coast boasting 40 courses, including seven of Championship status, four of which have been named in Golf World’s Top 200 courses in the World 2011. The Royal Liverpool, Royal Birkdale, and Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s regularly play host to the Open Championship, Women’s British Open, Seniors British Open and the Amateurs Championship.
Liverpool is also a UNESCO World Heritage City, placing it alongside historical and architectural treasures such as the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids at Giza and the Great Wall of China.
Liverpool is Europe’s most successful ever Capital of Culture boasting more galleries than Florence and more live theatre and music venues than Dublin. Home to Tate Liverpool and the Walker Art Gallery, the city hosts major touring exhibitions from artists such as Picasso, Magritte Warhol, Monet and Van Gogh alongside The Liverpool Biennial - Europe’s second biggest contemporary visual arts event showcasing groundbreaking work in locations across the city.
The award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is the UK’s oldest surviving professional symphony orchestra and has been at the heart of Liverpool’s cultural life since 1840. The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is the classical counterpoint to the city’s many contemporary music venues and the visually stunning Echo Arena.