By Jessica Marshall
There’s so much that you can do in Liverpool that won’t cost you a penny. Whether you’re looking for some arts and culture or some outdoor activities this is your guide to all the free things to do in Liverpool.
Tate Liverpool (Free Collection Displays)
If you’re an art fanatic or you just enjoy browsing through a variety of creative pieces in beautiful buildings then look no further than the Tate Liverpool. Tate hosts a range of free art exhibitions, with work from over sixty artists from different corners of the world. There is an ‘Ideas Depot’ which includes work personally chosen to be displayed by children in primary schools In Liverpool and ‘Journeys Through The Tate collection’ which captures the impact of international exchange, colonialism, and migration in Liverpool. Book your free tickets now via the Tate Liverpool website.
Walker Art Gallery
Inside the Walker Art Gallery you will find many famous renaissance art pieces alongside captivating stone sculptures and decorative art including Victorian furniture and cultural dishware. The Walker Art Gallery is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
At Bluecoat you can find free exhibitions and events for all the family to enjoy. There is also a calm sensory room which is located in Gallery One with beautiful visuals, soft and comfortable spaces, and soothing sounds to relax your children. Gallery Two includes a playroom with soft toys and surfaces to play on whilst Gallery Three includes drawings and sculptures to browse, where children can get creative with their own artwork and enjoy story-telling sessions. Lastly, Gallery four includes a small library where you can enjoy a variety of children’s books including dual language books.
The Liverpool World Museum will take you through a journey from the Jurassic period through to ancient Egypt. With plenty to learn about and see, from ancient antiquities and paintings to the exploration of sea life in the aquarium. Whilst you’re there you can head over to the planetarium to go star gazing and learn more about our solar system. The world museum is perfect for a fun family day out or a solo trip.
Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool is brewing with the city’s culture and history. From a mode of Liverpool’s former overhead railway to famous paintings, sculptures, archaeological objects and much more, there’s a bit of everything for you to see. It is the perfect place to bring your family for a fun and educational trip. The Museum of Liverpool is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
Are you interested about life at sea or have a thirst for knowledge for Liverpool’s seafaring past? The Maritime Museum is the perfect place to learn more about the old dock and glance around old models of the ships that once frequented Liverpool. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-6pm.
Lady Lever Art Gallery and Museum
Located in Port sunlight, Merseyside the Lady Lever Art Gallery and Museum is a stunning place to visit. Home to many famous paintings and sculptures, nestled inside a magnificent building, there is so much to see here. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. If you get hungry on your trip, there is a café inside open from 10am to 3pm through the week and 10am to 4pm on weekends.
Explore The City
Liverpool ONE Heritage Trail
Become a time traveller and journey back 300 years into Liverpool’s past with this free heritage trail, discovering the creation of Liverpool’s famous first commercial wet dock. To participate, download the free app in the app store called ‘Liverpool ONE’ which will give you an audio guide to listen to as you follow the 16 stop off points and as the history behind each one is explained to you. A free map is available to collect at the Liverpool ONE Visitor Information Centre, located on Wall Street. The tour should last between 60-80 minutes.
One of Liverpool’s hidden gems is the Williamson Tunnels which host free tours. On this tour, you will explore the caverns of the tunnel which include all of the treasures that have been discovered by the team such as ancient dishware and household objects. To enter these tunnels, you will have to go through a trapdoor which you will then be escorted through the various caverns by a team member. All completely free.
Whether you are a local or a tourist, Liverpool Cathedral is always a beautiful visit. You can go inside to gaze at the beautiful architecture and history it holds and if you’re religious, feel free to stay and worship. There is a shop located inside of the cathedral to have a wander around and see if there is anything you would like to pick up whilst you’re there. Rich in history, the Anglican Cathedral isn’t a sight to miss.
Strawberry Field Visitor Centre & Famous Gate
If you or anyone you know is a Beatles fan, then this one is for you. The famous Strawberry Field gate is free to visit, plus you can also visit the Strawberry Field visitor centre and gardens. There’s also an exhibition that you can purchase tickets for separately inside or online.
Liverpool Street Art
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Liverpool Parks & The Great Outdoors
One of Liverpool’s most beautiful parks is home to lakes, waterfalls, beautiful scenery, play areas, tennis courts, ice cream parlours and much more. It is also home to the Palm House which is a beautiful building with a botanical garden inside which is free to enter! It often holds many events across the year so keep a look out to see if anything interests you.
Enjoy the nature Liverpool has to offer with the beautiful scenery that Croxteth Park has to offer. Walk around beautiful fields, lakes, and architecture such as the stunning Croxteth Hall. There is also a playground for your children to enjoy. A horse-riding club is also located within this park if that is something that interests you, or maybe you’d prefer to admire the horses from a distance out on the fields.
Why not enjoy some beautiful scenery and oriental style architecture that Liverpool Festival Gardens has to offer? Take a stroll around this park and enjoy the lakes, waterfalls, and sculptures. There is also a woodland trail to walk around to enjoy the view and the wildlife this park is home to.
New Bird Skate Park
For you skaters who are looking for somewhere to practice your tricks and meet people with fellow interests, New Bird Skate park is completely free and is located near the Baltic Triangle. With Graffiti art decorating the walls and floor, it is a perfect place to enjoy an activity you love and hang out for a while.
If you’re looking for a new park to wonder around, why not visit Everton Park? This park has a heritage trail you can follow to learn about the grounds and the history that lays there as well as a skate park and a playground for your kids to enjoy. To see a beautiful view of the city you can climb the steps from Heyworth street and enjoy the view of the city below.
Rice Lane City Farm
If you’re looking for a family day out or a trip with your friends, Rice Lane City Farm is free to visit with plenty of animals to see from goats to sheep and pigs. There’s also a children’s play area to keep kids occupied too.
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