To get from Ireland over to England, we caught a boat from Dublin to Holyhead in Wales, a train to Chester, and from there to Liverpool. I don’t usually travel by boat so this was a bit of a novelty – it was a huge ship that felt like an airport waiting lounge that moves. And rocks in the very choppy waves that we went through. But after almost a whole day of travelling, we arrived in Liverpool.
I’ll be honest here – Liverpool was chosen because a) we wanted to see at least one other place in England besides London, and b) it breaks up the long journey from Dublin nicely. I didn’t know much about it besides The Beatles originating there. But I was pleasantly surprised – Liverpool is very much a student town, and so has a young and trendy vibe to it, without the hugeness and busyness of London. There’s a lot of beautiful architecture, especially the Liverpool Cathedral which very kindly allow photography inside.
Of course we couldn’t go to Liverpool without checking out some Beatles stuff, so we went to see The Beatles Story in Albert Dock. The museum is very interactive and includes a lot of replicas of Beatles related locations, including the tiny Cavern Club where they started getting famous. I’ve had Beatles songs stuck in my head ever since, which certainly isn’t a bad thing!
- Leaf – a tea shop, but they also do great, cheap food and at night have more of a bar sort of vibe. They also do a lot of interesting events, from live music to life drawing, which I would have liked to check out if I’d been there longer.