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BEST One Day in Liverpool Itinerary | A Day in Liverpool with Lots of Options!

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Here is a perfect plan for one day in Liverpool with lots of options depending on what YOU want from a day in Liverpool!

A day trip to Liverpool is a great idea because the city centre is pretty compact and connected well by public transport. Plus, Liverpool is so iconic you only need to see a few of the top places to visit in Liverpool to feel like you’ve truly seen this famous city!

I visit Liverpool quite often from Manchester as it’s one of the great day trips from Manchester and other cities in Northern England (and Wales!).

In this Liverpool travel blog, I’m going to give you the best way to spend a day in Liverpool with lots of options as some people will come to Liverpool for The Beatles, others for Football and some for Shopping and Docks.

One Day in Liverpool

One day in Liverpool
Keep reading for your guide to spending one day in Liverpool!

I’ll give you more Liverpool itinerary options below with lots more detail but in case you’re in a rush, here is what my perfect day in Liverpool would look like:

  • Breakfast / Brunch at Bold Street Coffee
  • See a view of Liverpool from the top of St Johns Beacons Tower
  • Walk via Queen Avenue to the Docks
  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Lunch at Royal Albert Docks
  • Walk around Royal Albert Docks
  • Take the 50-minute Mersey Ferry Sightseeing Cruise
  • Have a look around the shops at Liverpool One
  • Dinner on Bold Street
  • Evening Drink at the 360 Sky Bar

Related post: How to spend a weekend in Liverpool!

One day in Liverpool, Ellie at Liverpool waterfront
I really love taking a day trip to Liverpool from Manchester!

Getting to Liverpool

Liverpool is really well connected by road, train, bus and air,

Driving into Liverpool

Liverpool is easily accessed from all around the country via the M6. As you get close to Liverpool, be sure to take the Mersey Flow Liverpool Toll Bridge to help make your entry into Liverpool quicker, just don’t forget to pay online afterwards.

There are plenty of car parks in Liverpool, especially Q Parks so you’ll find somewhere central to park in the city no problem, just note that the city centre parking isn’t cheap!

Train into Liverpool

Liverpool has 2 central train stations – Liverpool Central and Liverpool Lime Street. Getting the train will help you start your Liverpool city break with ease as you’ll arrive right in the city centre.

I always use The Train Line to check train timetables and make my bookings.

Check out trains to Liverpool on The Train Line here!

Bus into Liverpool

Liverpool is well connected by bus and if you’re looking to do a Liverpool trip from London on a budget, getting the bus is the best option!

All buses whether they are local buses or national buses will go to Liverpool One which is the city centre.

Flying into Liverpool

Liverpool also has an airport. It’s not as big as nearby Manchester Airport but many European flights do land here and it’s just 30 minutes from the city centre with a regular Airport to City bus schedule.

If you are visiting Liverpool from overseas, instead of looking into flying into London and then travelling up to Liverpool, I suggest checking flights into Liverpool, or Manchester!

Check out flights to Liverpool on Skyscanner here!

One day in Liverpool, Liverpool Lime Street Station from outside
Liverpool is well connected by transport for a day in Liverpool!

Getting Around Liverpool

Liverpool is a very compact and walkable city so for your day trip to Liverpool you will be fine walking everywhere and won’t need to work out any public transport once in the city centre.

Liverpool Sightseeing Bus

If you have difficulties walking far, or your time in Liverpool is very limited, I do suggest booking a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour.

I saw many of these buses driving around on my day in Liverpool recently and they are a great way to see the top Liverpool attractions whilst taking it easy and not needing to walk far.

This Beatles sightseeing bus is particularly popular too!

One day in Liverpool, Liverpool red sightseeing bus
To help you see the best places to visit in Liverpool in one day, take the sightseeing bus!

A Day in Liverpool

Ok now let’s get into ways to spend a day in Liverpool and how to visit Liverpool in one day.

Remember, I’m going to give you a few different options as you can’t do everything in Liverpool in 1 day so you can decide what attracts you most to Liverpool, whether it be the football, music, shopping, the docks and focus your Liverpool one day itinerary around this.

One Day Liverpool Itinerary

As with all day trips, the earlier you get to Liverpool the better so you can spend a full one day there!

Morning – Breakfast in a cool cafe

There are so many places to get a great breakfast or brunch in Liverpool and don’t think of this as wasting part of your day in Liverpool because going to one of these cafes or restaurants is bound to give you a good feel for the city.

One day in Liverpool, Avocado on toast at Bold Street Coffee
There are many cafes and restaurants for breakfast or brunch in Liverpool,

I went to Bold Street Coffee on Bold Street for my recent breakfast in Liverpool and I loved the vibe, especially on a weekday.

Here are more breakfast and brunch places to visit in Liverpool!

One day in Liverpool, Bold Street Coffee Liverpool from the outside
Start your day in Liverpool at Bold Street Coffee,

Morning – Start with a Football Tour

If you’re coming to Liverpool for football, you can book a tour of Anfield Stadium and they start at 10:00 am so visiting as you arrive in Liverpool is a great idea (especially if you are driving to Liverpool).

As with all football stadium tours, they have to work around the matches so check in advance if the day you plan to travel to Liverpool has football stadium tours and availability.

All Anfield Stadium Tours and activities:

If you’re not into football or not a Liverpool fan, I did a tour of Old Trafford stadium tour in Manchester and even though I’m not a big football fan, it was really great to see the stadium with no one else there and access parts you can only visit on a tour like the changing rooms!

Mid-morning – Royal Albert Docks

The benefit of visiting a city like Liverpool for one day over a city like Manchester is that you can go to the Liverpool Docks, see the iconic red brick and red pillar buildings and straight away feel like you’ve been to Liverpool and this place is so famous!

One day in Liverpool, Royal Albert Docks
The Royal Albert Docks should be the first place you visit on your one day in Liverpool!

The first place I recommend you visit in Liverpool is the Royal Albert Docks. There are plenty of places to get coffee and food here as well so you could start your day in Liverpool here.

Rough Hand Made is a bakery I recommend, they make fresh pastries and bread onsite on the day and are right on the water. It is best to go early to get more options.

One day in Liverpool, pastries from Rough Hand Made Liverpool
Rough Hand Made is well known for its amazing pastries on the Liverpool Docks,

Museums in Royal Albert Dock

There are a number of great museums in Liverpool to visit and many are just a few minutes from each other around Albert Docks:

  • Museum of Liverpool
  • Maritime Museum
  • Tate Liverpool
  • The Beatles Story Exhibition / Museum
  • British Museum Experience
One day in Liverpool, Museum of Liverpool
If there’s one museum I recommend on your day trip to Liverpool, it’s the Museum of Liverpool!
One day in Liverpool, outside the Beatles experience Liverpool
If you’re in Liverpool for The Beatles, don’t miss the Beatles Exhibition and Museum!

Mid-Morning – Mersey Ferry Boat Cruise

Going on a Mersey Ferry Cruise is one of the best things to do in Liverpool and it makes sense to go during your one day in Liverpool whilst you are exploring the docks as this is where it departs from.

The terminal is located next to the Museum of Liverpool and ferries run pretty much every hour on the hour.

I do recommend booking a ticket in advance, especially on the weekend and you can buy tickets online here for the same price as in the terminal. You don’t pre-book a set time either, just a ticket to use any time that day.

One day in Liverpool, Mersey Ferry on the water
Rest your feet for an hour and book a Mersey Ferry Cruise for your day in Liverpool!

I recommend getting to the terminal 20 minutes before the next scheduled departure because it does get busy and it’s first come first on the next ferry departure.

The River Cruise is 50 minutes, it takes you over to the Seacombe ferry terminal first which is the side of the Wirral and you can disembark here for a bit if you want.

If you are on looking for things to do in Liverpool with children, Eureka Science Museum aimed at children is next to Seacombe Port and a good place to visit whilst on your day trip to Liverpool with kids.

But, with just 1 day in Liverpool, it might be best to stay onboard and enjoy the views of the River Mersey and Liverpool City for 50 minutes.

The easiest way to book your Liverpool sightseeing tickets in advance:

One day in Liverpool, Mersey Ferry view of Liverpool City
It’s great seeing a view of Liverpool from the ferry cruise!

Lunch Option – On the Docks

There are lots of places to get lunch at the Royal Albert Docks, there are food vans and cafes attached to the museums and the river ferry port for a quick and easy lunch.

One day in Liverpool, Food trucks on the docks
There are plenty of food trucks and places to eat around the Royal Albert Docks,

Lunch Option – Duke Street Food Market

But, if you can wait, after the Docks, head into Liverpool One a few minutes walk away and go to Duke Street Food Market.

One day in Liverpool, inside Duke Street Food Market
I really recommend getting lunch at Duke Street Food Market on your Liverpool itinerary!

There are a few street food markets in Liverpool, Baltic Market is another popular one but Baltic Market is a bit further out of the city centre and only open in the evenings so it doesn’t work well for a day trip to Manchester, hence my recommendation for Duke Street Food Market.

Duke Street Food Market offers 6-7 restaurants of different cuisines to order from but everyone sits together in the middle.

One day in Liverpool, Sushi from Duke Street Food Market
Sushi from Duke Street Food Market

Lunch Option – Water Street

Another option for lunch in Liverpool is on Water Street which is also close to the Docks. Water Street is one of the famous streets in Liverpool for films being shot here.

There are many places to eat in Liverpool on Water Street, mainly chain restaurants and the ones I recommend are Mowgli Street Food and Rudy’s Pizza.

After visiting Water Street, don’t leave without finding Queens Ave on the attached street. This is a small arcade which is beautiful and easily one of the hidden gems in Liverpool!

One day in Liverpool, view of Water Street Liverpool
Water Street is a popular area to eat in Liverpool,
One day in Liverpool, Queen Ave Liverpool
And don’t miss the impressive Queen Ave, a hidden gem in Liverpool!

Mid Afternoon – Shopping in Liverpool One

Liverpool is known for its shopping and I must say, I prefer the shopping here to Manchester.

Liverpool has so many sides and the Liverpool One shopping district really reflects this. Some shopping streets are older and not so nice to walk along but if you seek out John Lewis, Harvey Nichlos and Peters Lane shopping street you’ll find some nice areas and more upmarket shops to browse.

One day in Liverpool, inside Liverpool one shopping centre
Liverpool One is the main shopping area of Liverpool!

Mid Afternoon – St Johns Beacon Tower

Radio Tower can be seen all over Liverpool City and going to the top is one of the top things to do in Liverpool and top Liverpool attractions!

Whilst many locals will call it Radio Tower, the viewing platform is called St Johns Beacon where an elevator will take you all the way to the top for a 360 view of the city which I recommend on your one day in. Liverpool! You can buy tickets online or once you arrive.

One day in Liverpool, view from St Johns Beacon Tower over Liverpool
Don’t miss this amazing viewpoint during your 1 day in Liverpool!

Mid Afternoon – Churches & Cathedrals

Liverpool has 2 impressive cathedrals and an impressive Church all within walking distance from one another and you don’t have to be religious to appreciate them.

Liverpool Cathedral is the big red Cathedral you’ll see perched up high on the hill whilst walking around Liverpool, you can enter for free and go up to the tower for £6.00,

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is a modern and unique-looking building and very cool to visit, you can go inside for £5.00 pp.

The Bombed Out Cathedral is only open for events and is not a working cathedral but located at the top of Bold Street, it’s worth having a look in through the fence to see this historic building which was bombed in World War 2 and now acts as an open-air venue in Liverpool.

One day in Liverpool, Liverpool Bombed out church
The Bombed Out Church is easy to pass by when sightseeing in Liverpool,
One day in Liverpool, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
This modern-looking Cathedral is one of the top places to visit in Liverpool too!

Evening – Dinner on Bold Street

Bold Street is a great place to go for dinner in Liverpool, especially if you are finishing your day in Liverpool by getting the train from Liverpool Central Station as Bold Street is just next door.

Bold Street is a street full of restaurants offering fairly casual dining with cuisines around the world from Greek, Persian, Arab, Indian and more.

Elif, Bakchich and Leaf are the best Bold Street restaurants I was given on Instagram when I recently spent a weekend in Liverpool.

If you are looking for halal food in Liverpool, Bold Street is where you’ll find it!

One day in Liverpool, Bold Street Restaurants
Dinner on Bold Street is the best way to end your day trip to Liverpool!

Evening – Fancy Dinner in Liverpool

If you are looking for a more fancy dinner in Liverpool to end your day in Liverpool on a high, here are my recommendations:

  • The London Carriage Works
  • NORD
  • San Carlo
  • Hawksmoor
  • Gaucho
  • Marco Pierre White Steakhouse
  • Gino D’Acampo
One day in Liverpool, Desert at The London Carriage Works
A amazing desert at The London Carriage Works

Late Evening – Drinks at Gino D’Acampo Sky Bar 360

After dinner, we went to watch the sunset here and it was such a great way to end our day in Liverpool so I really recommend checking out the 360 Sky Bar Liverpool too!

One day in Liverpool, sunset view from Liverpool 360 Sky Bar
Sunset view from Liverpool’s 360 Sky Bar. A great way to end my day in Liverpool!

Late Evening – Theatre and Shows

Liverpool is known for its theatres and shows so if you are looking for things to do in Liverpool at night, check out what the Liverpool Theatres have on offer!

One day in Liverpool, outside Liverpool theatre
For things to do in Liverpool in the evening, check out the theatre and shows happening.

Best Hotels in Liverpool

If you’re staying for 24 hours in Liverpool and need a hotel rather than doing a day trip to Liverpool, I recommend staying central within the city.

On my recent visit to Liverpool I stayed at School Lane Hotel which I really recommend for a Liverpool city break. This is a brand new hotel in Liverpool One which is the very centre of Liverpool and the only independent hotel in Liverpool One.

This means School Lane Hotel has an amazing central location, less than a 5-minute walk from Liverpool Central Station and with shops and cafes directly outside of the hotel but, inside the hotel feels peaceful and modern and a great base to see the city from, especially with limited time.

Other city centre hotels in Liverpool I recommend are:

Search for more Liverpool accommodation on here!

Liverpool One Day FAQ

Here are answers to frequently answered questions about visiting Liverpool:

Can you do Liverpool in one day?

Yes! Liverpool is a fairly compact city and therefore very easy to walk around and see a lot of in one day. Plus, many of the top places to see in Liverpool are around the waterfront and easy to see in a short time.

How do you spend the day in Liverpool?

Start your day in the Royal Albert Docks and on Liverpool Waterfront taking in the architecture, River Mersey and Museums and then go out on a River Mersey Cruise. Head into Liverpool one for some shopping and go to the top of St Johns Beacon to see a 360 view over Liverpool.

How long should I spend in Liverpool?

A weekend in Liverpool or 2 days in Liverpool is a good amount of time, however you can certainly visit Liverpool for 1 day and see a lot.

Is Liverpool worth visiting for one day?

Yes! Liverpool is a great city for a day trip and to spend 1 day in. Liverpool is a compact city and very walkable so you can see a lot of the top Liverpool attractions in a few hours.

I hope this has helped your plan your one day in Liverpool and your Liverpool one day itinerary!


Thursday 4th of January 2024

Thank you so much for this guide, it was incredibly helpful! We had a great day in Liverpool. We just followed the summary list at the beginning. Cheers!