Monday, 18 February 2019

*How to spend and afternoon on the Albert Dock, Liverpool

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The Albert Dock area of Liverpool is somewhere I spend a lot of time. I love going for long walks along the front, listening to the waves, petting the dogs and dodging the seagulls. There’s so much to see and do around the dock area that it’s so easy to take it all for granted when you live so close. Living in the city centre, I forget to see my city through the eyes of tourists, often missing out on some of the amazing gems and experiences it has to offer! 

Liverpool is an amazing city break destination. From it’s maritime history to it’s contributions to all forms of arts. With many hotels in Liverpool to choose from, not only is it easy to find somewhere to stay for any budget, but each and every day of your trip will be filled with something new and unexpected around every corner. 

I decided it was about time I spent the afternoon as a tourist in my own city. Of course, it had to be spent down in the Albert Dock doing something other than just walking along the sea front and petting other peoples dogs. 


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The Wheel of Liverpool


We started by heading towards the M&S Bank Arena (sorry, but it pains me to call it that! It will always be the Echo Arena in my little scouse heart!) where The Wheel of Liverpool is located. Standing at an impressive 60 metres high, weighing in at 365 tonnes, carrying 42 gondolas up and around with 360 degree views of our beautiful city - it’s breathtaking! Prices range from £2 - £50, and if you’re feeling really fancy, you can even book a glass bottomed VIP gondola. We paid £10 per adult on a Saturday afternoon and only waited about 5 minutes before boarding the gondola. 


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Each gondola can seat up to 8 (6 adults and 2 children) but during quieter times your party will be given their own gondola. I much preferred having a gondola just to the two of us than sharing with strangers as we could move around and take pictures from every seat and angle. The wheel itself moves pretty quickly, and as the wind picked up we definatly got a bit of a swing going on! The views of the city and beyond where just stunning. The Cathedrals, Anfield, The Albert Dock, Wales, Snowden, out across the Wirral and more. The wheel rotates a few times so anything you miss on the first go around, you do get a chance to catch it again. On the last rotation (I we went around 3 times) we paused at the top for a few minutes and those views, oh me oh my! We did this on a sunny Saturday afternoon but I would love to go back in the evening and see the city lit up at night! The whole ride itself is roughly 10 - 12 minutes which I felt was enough time to comfortably take everything in. 


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The British Music Experience


Next up, we headed to the British Music Experience located in the Cunard Building, just across from the Museum of Liverpool. Located in the original passenger baggage hall of the infamous Cunard Building, this 20,000sq ft exhibit was originally installed in the Millennium Dome. It came to Liverpool in 2015 and looks to have made our fair city it’s permanent home. There are some amazing museums in Liverpool and I've been keen to get this one checked off my to explore list!

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Covering over 70 years of music history and pivotal changes, it was fascinating to watch our music story unfold. With a series of interactive exhibits, video archives and memorabilia to explore, we had a lovely time just wandering in and out of the various musical decades. There are over 600 outfits, instruments, hand written lyrics and other related objects to see. I loved seeing the stage costumes and the hand written notes and lyrics, like those to Queens I want to break free. I mean just think about what the moment was like, the blank sheet of paper suddenly given so much life and meaning as the lyrics to one of their most famous songs was jotted down. Oh it gives me shivers!


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One aspect of the museum I really loved was the instrument section. Drum kits, keyboards, and a range of guitars are all available for you to have a try of, including instructional videos that you can follow along with and learn a few notes or an entire song. I hefted an electric guitar up onto my knee, popped on the headphones and got lost for a good while trying (badly!) to learn a few chords. I have never heard a guitar before, let alone tried to play one and it was amazing! Memorabilia aside, this was the highlight of the museum for me!


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We probably spent just over an hour wandering through the exhibits, playing the instruments and taking in 1 of 3 shows that play every 30 minutes. 

It wouldn’t be an afternoon spent in Liverpool if we didn’t grab some food. So we headed over to the Dockside Diner,  a fabulous space that plays host to an array of pop up food stalls and kitchens, and a bar in the centre. We decided on 2 very hearty bows of vegetarian yakisoba from HaKu and a couple of drinks from the bar. The food was delicious, lots of noodles, lots of veg, lots of sauce, nothing to complain about from me! They had some really good looking sushi on offer too which I really want to go back and try next time!


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One of the best things about Liverpool is the variety on offer! From family friendly to date night, keeping teens entertained or taking the grandparents out for the day, there really is something for everyone. One trip to our fair city is never enough to sample not only its true delights, but to experience the warm welcome of it’s people too. This weekend has taught me to step back from time to time and not just look at the city as a local but as a visitor too, to see it through new eyes and walk down new streets. Even living here, in the heart of it all, there is still so much to see and explore!


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Have you ever spent the weekend in Liverpool? What did you get up to?

Until next time, 





*The spending money for our day out was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views and opinions are my own. For more information please see my disclaimer policy.

4 comments:

  1. Love your pictures. I had no idea Echo is now M&S Bank Arena, it sounds strange. Glad to see you've had a great time. x

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    1. I just can't bring myself to call it anything other than the Echo arena! M&S Bank Arena doesn't exactly roll off the tongue lol!

      Sarah :)

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  2. Oh my god get me in that instrument section! You are so cute.

    Corinne x
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    1. It was so much fun! You need to come for a day out in Liverpool! <3

      Sarah :)

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