Liverpool, United Kingdom travel tips

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If you feel like doing some exploring, take the ferry to Dublin. You can be in Ireland in a bit over seven hours.

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One of the most charming sights in the city is the Port Sunlight Village, a Victorian garden village built by soap manufacturer William Lever for his employees.

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Tour the Anglican Cathedral, the largest Anglican cathedral in the world.

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One of the city's newest and best museums is the International Slavery Museum.

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If you have an interest in art, don't miss the Walker Gallery.

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Liverpool has a long and impressive history as a port city. Be sure to check out the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

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Many people come to Liverpool for its Beatles-centric history. But immediately adjacent to the Beatles Story is the Tate Gallery...don't miss it!

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See the city by water. Take the Mersey River Explorer Cruiser, which offers a hop-on, hop-off cruise. You can also buy a combination ticket that gives you admission to various sights.

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For an elegant place to stay while in Liverpool, there are few places better than the Brittania Adelphi Hotel. It has a spa, steam room, and features a white-marble indoor pool.

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Liverpool's twin city is Shanghai. At the entrance to the city's Chinatown, you'll find the Chinese Arch, which was designed by Shanghai artisans and transported to Liverpool piece by piece.

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Currency can be exchanged at any post office.

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Another option for seeing the city is by bike. It's an especially nice option outside the most crowded areas and along the waterfront.

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For travel within the city, trains and taxis are generally a better option than the buses, which can be inefficient and frequently clog the city center.

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If you're going to be in the city for several days and plan on using Merseyrail, plan on getting a day or week pass. Details can be found at www.merseyrail.org/trythetrain/

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If it's Chinese food you're looking for, head to Liverpool's Chinatown, the oldest Chinese community in Europe.

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Whatever you do, don't miss the Beatles Story, the largest permanent attraction in the world devoted to the Fab Four.

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The connection to the Beatles makes Liverpool an obvious choice for music lovers. But the city is also home to a growing music scene, and there is regular live music to be found at Liverpool Academy, Bumper, and Magnet.

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Liverpool shed its gritty, working-class image a long time ago. The city is now home to the stylish Cavern Walks, which features designers Vivienne Westwood and Ted Baker.

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Beatles fans can't pass up the Cavern Club. The birthplace of the Fab Four still hosts music gigs, making it a must for any music lover.

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No visit to Liverpool would be complete without stopping by Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, the former homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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