Top family picks in Liverpool – and lots are FREE



Having grown up in Liverpool, it is very close to my heart and we often return. This week we went over to The Albert Dock near to Liverpool’s city centre for a wander around in the sunshine and also to call in at the newly opened Dockart – a fab shop of independent local artists. We have several pieces of Katherine Caldwell‘s artwork in our home. You should call in at this gorgeous shop if you are at the docks.

The Albert Dock at Liverpool is a fantastic hub of activity with cafes and bars, art and culture, museums and galleries – it is well worth a visit for families of all ages. The Albert Dock has family friendly events on all year round – check out what’s on and where via their website – this summer is The Summer of Football with free coaching and September sees a Pirate Festival coming to the docks.



Here I have listed our top picks at the docks – and a lot of them are totally FREE!




Tate Art Gallery – FREE

The Tate is always worth a look around. Although some exhibits are paid for, most are free and there are often family friendly workshops on. Always check the website as with lots of the attractions in this blog, although they are free, there may be a need to book in advance. Currently running through summer 2017 is the outer space Disco, don’t forget your dancing shoes! The Tate has a lovely shop which is most definitely not free and will see you parting with lots of cash for it’s lovely goods if you are not careful!



Maritime Museum – FREE


Another super family friendly experience. Currently there is an exhibition dedicated to The Titanic in addition to all of the usual exhibits including posters, ship models,  paintings and sometimes full sized liners. There are of course hands on workshops – check online for who they are aimed at and how to book on.


The Beatles Story

Although not free, this is a great journey through the history of the Fab Four – the largest of its kind in the world. Under 5s go free – make sure you do book tickets online in advance for this one. Maybe one for the parents more than your little ones but wonderful nonetheless.



Mattel Play


The docks’ indoor play centre has themed zones around Thomas and Friends, Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder. It is deffo aimed at the younger tourists and is £10 for adults and £2 for kids. There are daily visits from different characters – check out the website to find out who!


Pan Am

There are tons of places to eat and drink at the docks – whatever takes your fancy. One of my favourites which has both great cocktails and a reasonably priced kids’ menu is Pan Am. You can sit outside and watch the world go by – take your time, there is no need to rush.



The Liverpool Museum – FREE


This magnificent building tells of history and geography, culture and change – the journey of Liverpool. There is much to do for little hands and sessions throughout the summer offer choice for a variety of ages. Check the website for times and availability. Another great place to look around – Summer 2017 there is a great exhibit on Gerry and the Pacemakers – will come back to the ferry a little further on…


The International Slavery Museum – FREE


Hear previously untold stories of slavery – look into the past and learn about both historical and contemporary slavery. Activities and workshops make this another interactive experience for children and adults alike – banish the holiday boredom instantly!  Check online and see what’s what.


Ferry across the Mersey


If the sun is shining then you should be thinking about taking the ferry across the Mersey. There are a variety of routes to choose from including the summer evening cruises, the dazzle ship, daily river explorer cruise and more. Possibly not one to bother with if the weather is rubbish!


The big wheel! 

The wheel is situated by the Echo Arena and is great on a clear day – not so much in cloud or rain! Obviously you can’t get off half way round – worth considering when getting on with little ones.




Also worth a look on William Brown Street – all entirely free – all with fab family sessions on. Click the links to check what’s on and when. Some sessions are bookable due to capacity. William Brown Street is also city centre but a bit of a walk from the docks – check out the distance before you set off. Or, alternatively you can park near by.


Walker Art Gallery – FREE

Lots to see and also lots to do. Get your art on with your children and get the creative juices flowing.



The World Museum – FREE


This place is amazing – Rita’s favourite is the aquarium. Tickets are needed for the planetarium which is a fantastic experience. This building has floors and floors to discover and was named as Go Live’s best family day out for under 12s.



Central Library FREE

One of my most favourite buildings – worth a look around. Also has sessions on throughout the year for toddlers and families – check ages and availability online.


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