Although my accent confuses things, I am actually a Northerner. I was born and lived in Manchester until I was 7. For some reason, I never actually realised that Liverpool was like… right next to Manchester. Bit of a geography fail on my part. Since I moved back to the UK, I’ve heard a lot of people speaking about how much they love Liverpool, so when Travelodge* got in touch and asked if I wanted to head up North to Liverpool for a couple of nights – I was very excited!
We jumped on the train from London on Friday night, I was pleased that the journey up to Liverpool is very comparable to Manchester, only about 15 minutes longer on a nice Pendolino train.We got into Lime Street pretty late, but already I was impressed with the architecture of the central city. We may have accidentally had a late night wander throughout Liverpool when I directed us to the wrong Travelodge, but we soon made it to Liverpool Central Travelodge and had a quick and easy check in.
I wasn’t sure what to expect of Travelodge as I hadn’t stayed in one for years, but I was very pleasantly surprised! The Liverpool branch has been recently updated and although it is basic, features everything you need for a weekend away. There was a big clean bed with crisp sheets, a big bathroom, a TV and a window with a view over Liverpool. The bed was really comfy and we quickly fell asleep.
Now, I was prepared for some grey weather but it was absolutely pouring down when we woke up. We had a quick detour to pick up some umbrellas (and buy some new shoes, lace open toed ballet flats do not do well in the rain) and headed off on a Seecret Alternative walking tour of Liverpool. I really like doing some kind of tour when I first get to a new city so I can get a feel for the history and where we should be visiting.
The alternative tour was really good, we wandered up through the Ropewalks to see some street art, learnt all about the Liver birds and the lambanana and ended in the blown out church. I didn’t know much about the history of Liverpool so it was interesting to hear about the history through the docks and the slave trade and learn some more about all the independent businesses in the area which I wholly believe in supporting! If you are looking for something a bit different then this tour is awesome.
I had asked for some good Liverpool food recommendations and Miss Pond suggested Leaf, so we headed to Bold st for some lunch. Paul had a Moroccan chicken sandwich whereas I sprung for haloumi and guacamole. We also had some sweet potato fries which were delicious!
We then headed down the docks by the river. It’s a lovely part of the city with big buildings and quite a few museums. We stopped off for a 99 ice cream as we wandered and looked at the Liver building. It’s not a trip without going to a museum so we sprang for the Maritime Museum which was really good! I enjoyed the exhibits on the Lusitania and the Titanic, learning about their connections to Liverpool.
After a quick rest in the hotel to catch the F1, we were ready for dinner. We went to Kazimier Gardens for a quick beverage then headed to Lucha Libre for dinner. As it was a busy Saturday night, we waited in the bar and sipped some delicious cocktails whilst we waited. As soon as I came upstairs I saw the loaded fries and knew they were going to happen! We ordered the pulled pork loaded fries and a big sharing platter with taquitos, fried chicken tacos, pibil tacos and quesidillas and it was delicious. Combined with a frozen margarita and it was the best thing to top off our Saturday.
We had to get the train back home around lunch time on the Sunday as we wanted to see the new bathroom (more on that soon!) so we had a lazy morning, enjoying a lie in for the first time all week! The check out at Travelodge is 12pm and you can extend that to 2pm for £10 which I thought was a good deal. We got up and had a wander round the big shopping centre – Liverpool One. It is huge! It was only built recently too so is a lovely place to have a bit of a shop before we headed back to Lime St.
Overall, I had such a good weekend in Liverpool! I wasn’t sure what to expect but both Travelodge and Liverpool as a city both hugely exceeded my expectations. I wholly recommend both to anyone who wants a fun and affordable city break within the UK.
Have you been to Liverpool?
* I was invited up to Liverpool courtesy of Travelodge but of course, all opinions are my own – and I loved it!