In the last decade, Liverpool and the Albert Docks area has had a multi-million dollar facelift, making a visit to Liverpool with teenagers an ideal destination for family travel. A family vacation in Liverpool, a city of 900,000 has many cultural, historical and engaging attractions for teenagers in Liverpool to enjoy. Being one of the main cities in England, you can get to Liverpool easily to experience the Beatles, The Dungeons and all the Merseyside attractions.
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Travelling to Liverpool can be such an enriching experience for the whole family. There are so many things to do in Liverpool and having the best place to stay in Liverpool and wander is extremely important. Here we’ve got some information to get you planning your family vacation to Liverpool to make it completely hassle-free.
The best places to stay in Liverpool with teenagers
You’ll never be short of options for your accommodation in Liverpool. In Liverpool, you find a range of hotels, apartments and hostels. You will be sure to be able to find something to fit singles, couples, families and groups on every budget. If you’re not keen on any of our picks below or have specific needs, we recommend using Trip Advisor and Booking.com to find the best prices in Liverpool accommodation.
- Luxury: Located just 1.3 km from the famous Albert Dock. Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre offers free Wi-Fi, an 18 m indoor pool and air-conditioned rooms with satellite TVs. Family rooms fitting up to 4 are available and you can eat onsite at the Plaza Brasserie
- Mid-Range: Ibis Liverpool Centre is opposite the Albert Dock and 300 m from the Liverpool One shopping centre. The Hotel features a restaurant, bar and car parking. For families, you will need to book 2 double rooms next to each other.
- Budget: Featuring rooms with 2 sets of bunks and a private ensuite, YHA Liverpool is one of the best budget accommodation in Liverpool options in the city. Featuring kitchen and washing facilities plus onsite restaurant and bar. Only 8 minutes from Anfield and close to the Beatles quarter.
Liverpool Airbnb alternative for your stay
If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation then an Air BnB in Liverpool is the best choice for family travel. There are so many options for singles, families and budget-friendly options as well. Check out the map below to find the perfect Liverpool Airbnb.
How to get to Liverpool United Kingdom
- Liverpool Airport is located 10 kilometres from the city centre. Liverpool is mainly serviced by budget carriers such as Ryanair and Easyjet. You can book Liverpool flights with Cheap-O-Air.
- You can book an airport transfer from Liverpool Airport to your hotel.
- Liverpool Lime Street Station is the worlds oldest city grand terminus station. Trains from London Euston, Manchester and destinations all across England arrive at Lime Street, There are 10 platforms at Lime Street. You can book your trains to Liverpool with Omio the worlds leading ticketing agency.
- Direct buses to Liverpool run on a daily basis from major cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Cardiff, Belfast and Glasgow. Long-distance bus services to Liverpool terminate at Norton Street Coach Station. Managed by National Express. You can book all your bus tickets to Liverpool with Busbud
- You can grab a hire car in Liverpool or any International airport in England Seach your Rental Car today!
How to get around Liverpool England
Trains run frequently throughout the day across 68 stations in and around the Liverpool area. Liverpool has a comprehensive bus network that can take you to all the city sites. The ferry service to navigates the Mersey River is a popular choice for tourists.
Using your phone in Liverpool
Relying on Wi-fi when you are travelling and sightseeing in Liverpool can be hard. Making calls and staying in contact with who you need is a top priority. Plan your trip out and order your sim before you leave home to stop any stress about travelling, data and calls.
Things to do in Liverpool with teens
So now that you have all the essentials organised for your family trip to Liverpool here are all the best things to do in Liverpool with teenagers.
Visit Anfield Staduim Liverpool
Anfield is the home of Liverpool Football Club and one of the top Liverpool attractions. Liverpool is one of the most famous football clubs in the world having recently won the Premier League and European Championships. A tour of Anfield will take you deep inside the stadium where you will see the players change room, the player’s tunnel, the managers dugout and more. The LFC story museum showcases the history of the club while the Steven Gerrard collection showcases one of the club’s best players.
Liverpool Hop on hop off bus
The Liverpool Hop on hop off bus has 13 stops around the city and is one of the easiest ways to get to all the best places to visit in Liverpool. You will stop at places such as Pier Head, Albert Dock, The Chinese Aech and Cains Brewery. Onboard the open-top bus tour is a Tour Guide who will help you explore the city’s best bits. The guide will inform and entertain you. They will guide you through the history and drama with talent and humour that people from Liverpool are famous for.
The Liverpool Dungeons
The Liverpool Dungeons follows the successful formula of the other Dungeon sites across Europe and the UK. The concept is half history and half horror as you are taken through the gory history of Liverpool on a 1-hour experience with actors, lighting displays, props and much more. The Dungeon tours are more like a live stage show than a historical tour. You will find it highly entertaining.
Ferry across the Mersey
Like the famous song by Gerry and the Pacemakers, this trip across the Mersey Rivers is family-friendly, good for all ages and a good budget thing to do. It also has to be one of the top Liverpool tourist attractions for people of any age! The ferry takes in the sights of the waterfront and makes some stops that you can get off at and explore. New Brighton is a fairly underrated area with its own beach and small arcades. Fish and chips on the seafront are a must just watch out for the seagulls! Stops at Wallsby and Secombe are also recommended.
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Liverpool Big Wheel
Like most big cities these days Liverpool has its own version of a city Ferris wheel. Located just off the Albert Dock; The big wheel offers views around the cities and the 3 prominent docks. This is close to a number of restaurants and also close to the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool where multiple shows are held.
The Williamson Tunnels were built by tobacco merchant, landowner and philanthropist Joseph Williamson. The Williamson Tunnels are a maze of tunnels and underground chambers under the Edge Hill district of Liverpool. No one knows for sure why Williamson built the tunnels. The best theories include philanthropy, offering work to the unemployed of the district, to religious extremism as a safe place haven from a predicted Armageddon. Guided tours are available of the tunnels and entry is free. You must book your free tour on the Williamson Tunnels website.
Where are the Williamson Tunnels?
Paddington st Liverpool L7 3RG
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Arcains Liverpool has 3 floors of video games waiting to entertain teenagers and adults alike. Arcains entry is inclusive of the price and you are able to stay there for up to 5 hours with under 16’s. Some of the games at Arcains include Sega Rally, Walking Dead, Daytona, Big Buck Hunter and many more. At Arcains you can get food, drinks and cocktails. This is a fairly expensive excursion, though does provide lots of fun. Prices are 12 pounds for adults and 10 pounds for kids up to 16 years of age
Where is Arcains: ACAINS BREWERY VILLAGE, STANHOPE ST, LIVERPOOL L8 5XJ
Haunted Liverpool City Exploration Game & Tour
Theatrical mystery tours are becoming popular all over the world. This one in Liverpool is no exception as you use an app to make your way around Liverpool by following clues and solving puzzles that will unlock haunted stories about St. George’s Hall, Liverpool Town Hall, The Bluecoat, and The Playhouse Theatre. This is a fun 90 minutes activities for families visiting Liverpool.
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It is hard to mention Liverpool and not the Beatles. There are so many tours and attraction wrapped up in the history of Englands greatest rock bands. From the smooth vocals of John Lennon to the Paul McCartneys guitar playing. Most teenagers probably have little knowledge or interests in the Beatles but we thought we would highlight some Beatles attraction anyway.
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Cheap or free things to do in Liverpool for teenagers
Travelling with teenagers can be an expensive family holiday if you want to do it all. The great thing is that there are plenty of free things to do in Liverpool or tourist attractions in Liverpool that are donation based. This can help you so much during your trip to Liverpool with kids and not breaking the family travel budget.
I personally could walk around the Albert Dock for hours, often in September the Tall Ships visit, there are restaurants and bars, and for November the 5th there is River of Light which is a fantastic firework display.
The Albert Dock does various exhibitions and there is a walk that can be done straight down the prom to Otterspool (large play area and climbing activities located here). Generally, it is cheaper to eat out at the Albert Dock during the day, and there are plenty of options. This is a popular walk-in Liverpool with a couple of pubs along the way as pitstops!
Liverpool Street Art
Street art is a growing phenomenon around the world and so many cities have an area especially gorgeous with street art. Not only is the Street Art in Liverpool painting on walls but there are also monuments dotted around the city for you to find. Finding street art in Liverpool is a great way to see all of the hidden Liverpool tourist attractions and is a great way to save some money.
Liverpool Marine Museum
Located at the Albert Docks on the Mersey River is the Maritime Museum. This Liverpool attraction is a money saver, it’s free to get in. This museum tells the tale of Liverpool being the first industrial city in the world. How the ships were used to cart products made in Liverpool all around the world. You will see full-sized replicas of cabin interiors from different boats and even a Titanic exhibition. There are strong ties with the Titanic and the city of Liverpool
The world museum in Liverpool is huge and often has a different music exhibition as this is what Liverpool is famous for. There is an aquarium within the museum and a personal favourite is an Egyptian Exhibition (which I find to be one of the best places to go in Liverpool on a rainy day). Also free with a gift shop and a café located inside, this is run by donations only. There is plenty to see and you are able to take your own picnic and use their facilities which is a great budget-friendly option in Liverpool for families. Time allocated for this activity could be 2–6 hours.
Museum of Liverpool
Located on the Liverpool waterfront, this gives people a good opportunity to learn about the life and times of people in Liverpool, all the way through from the War to Modern Day. It is fairly interactive and budget-friendly on the basis that the museums are all donation only. If you are looking for Liverpool places to visit this should be high on your Liverpool itinerary.
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Day trips from Liverpool
Liverpool in the North of England is in a great spot to take a day trip or two. Located on the coast close to Wales and the island of Man you can take off for Liverpool day trip and easily find somethings to see and do
The North Wales coast is only 100 kilometres away from Liverpool. The English love North Wales and flock to towns such as Towyn, Rhyl and Llandudno for stays by the beach. North Wales is also famous for its ring of Edwardian castles built in the late 12th century. These mighty bastions were once English strongholds in the Welsh lands. Built to imitate and quell any Welsh uprisings. You can easily visit Conwy, Caernarfon, and Rhuddlan. The National Trust Bodnant Gardens and adventure sport such a zip ling, caving and mountain bike trails are all great things to do in Wales.
Just 45 minutes west of Liverpool is the other great city of the North, Manchester. Manchester has a strong industrial city dating back centuries, The city is dotted with old factories that have been turned into hotels, museums and bars. For those that follow Football both Manchester United and Manchester City, they are based here. There are numerous tours that you can do based on these two football teams. The John Rylands library in the city centre resembles more of a medieval castle that an 18th-century library. While the Science and Industry Museum showcases the industrial history of this proud city. Manchester makes a great place for a day trip.
Escape Rooms in Liverpool
For those new to Escape rooms, this is a quick run down.
An escape room, also known as an “escape game”, is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints, and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
Escape rooms may consist of a large, single room, or span multiple rooms. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. If your teen likes this stuff it is definitely one of the top things to do in Strasbourg with teenagers. You will find some of the best Strasbourg Escape Rooms below
- Breakout Liverpool – features theme rooms including Outbreak, Shipwreck and the Cursed Carnival
- 7-11 Sir Thomas St, Liverpool, L1 6BW / https://breakoutliverpool.com/
- Escape Hunt Liverpool – features theme rooms including the Last Vikings, Escape the Wild West and Blackbeard’s Treasure
- Atlantic Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool / https://escapehunt.com/uk/liverpool/
- Game Over – features theme rooms including money heist, espionage and maniac
Cinemas in Liverpool
Watching a movie is popular with teenagers anywhere in the world. Going to the cinema in Liverpool with teenagers is a great evening activity. You will find the state of the art screens and sound for your viewing enjoyment. Most of the cinemas are located in the blocks neat the waterfront Albert Dock area.
10 Pin Bowling in Liverpool
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Going to the Gym in Liverpool
Fitness is very important to a lot of teenagers these days. Working out is a big part of a healthy lifestyle. Just because one is travelling it does not mean you need to stop working out. In Liverpool, you can go to a number of Gyms that sell passes ranging from a day to a week and a month. Her you can find a list of gyms in Liverpool.
Bike riding in Liverpool with teenagers
Liverpool bike riding is a popular family activity when travelling with teenagers. Bike riding allows you to experience your location either in town or out in the surrounding areas. You will find bike tours are the best way to go if you want to get an up-close and personal experience of the city.
You will either have a guide to point out all the important attractions or a map to follow. The bike tours will take you on a Liverpool family vacation 2 wheeled adventure. Alternatively, you can find locations that hire bikes and let you explore on your own.
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Shopping in Liverpool England
If you need to do some shopping in Liverpool there are so many places to go. Shopping is a popular activity with teenagers. You find American style malls and boutique shops across the city centre. Below you will find some recomendations for Liverpool shopping
This shopping centre located adjacent to Albert Dock features over 170 shops, bars and places to eat across five shopping districts. Much like different lands at Disneyland, Liverpool One has different shopping districts. You will find many High Street stores at Liverpool One such Debenhams, Apple, Fred Perry and HMV just name a few.
For more information on Liverpool One search their website here
Lonely Planet went wild for Bold Street Liverpool naming it one of the best shopping streets in all of the United Kingdom. Bold Street is full of independent stores and boutiques, cafes and restaurants. You will find artisan foods, vinyl records and first edition books. If a day wandering eating, drinking and shopping is your teenager’s thing then Bold St is just the place.
Tourist tip: At the top of Bold St is St Lukes Church. This city landmark was bombed during World War 2 and today stands with no roof since the time of its bombing.
Where to eat in Liverpool with teenagers
Family travel with teenagers can really add up and eating out with travelling teens can push the budget to the extreme. We have listed 2 food options in Liverpool for you. Wetherspoons is a chain of over 800 locations across England that serve affordable pub grub. Maray is a bit more upmarket but serves some very unique cuisine in Liverpool. A fellow travel blogger Karen from Mini Travellers recommended Maray for this article as a number of venues we had visited have closed due to Covid 19
Maray is located in 3 different sites across the city of Liverpool. Maray opened its first location summer of 2014 in Bond St Liverpool. The goal of Maray was to bring a piece of Paris’ 4th arrondissement to Liverpool. Maray serves sharing plates influenced by the flavours of the Middle East. The roasted cauliflower, Disco Cauliflower as its known is a share plate is one of the standout dishes served. Just look around the restaurant and you will see this dish on most tables. You will find flatbreads, shawarma, and even fried Hake and buttermilk chicken.
For locations, booking and more search the Maray website
The Capitan Alexander
Part of the famous Wetherspoons chain of pubs the Capitan Alexander is conveniently located close to Albert Dock. The captain serves up a vast variety of meals featuring beef, chicken, lamb, seafood and more. With real ales on tap for the parents and budget-priced meals, the Capitan Alexander in Liverpool is a great place to rest your feet and fill up on some good affordable food.
For location, booking, menu and more check the Captain Alexander website
Frequently asked questions about Liverpool
In England the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz
Call 999 for emergencies call 101 for general enquiries
The general rule is a 10% tip although if you weren’t impressed with the service, you’re under no obligation to pay that little extra
The British Pound is the currency of England. We suggest you get a Transferwise Money card prior to leaving to save on withdrawal fees. You can transfer money from your home country into pounds.
Yes, tap water is drinkable, If you are concerned we suggest you buy a water bottle with a filter
Where to stay in Liverpool with teenagers
At the top of the article, we suggested some Liverpool accommodation choices. If you are looking for a wider variety of choices please find below an interactive map from Booking.com for you to find your perfect stay in Liverpool.
Weather in Liverpool
Summer in Liverpool produces the best weather for visitors. Average summer temperatures in Liverpool range from 16°C (61°F) in June to a yearly high of 19°C (66°F) in both July and August. Winter can be bone-chilling cold in Liverpool. Winter in Liverpool has an average daily temperature between 6°C (43°F) in December to 5°C (41°F) in January and 6°C (43°F) in February. On average, Liverpool will experience just 3 to 4 hours of sunshine per day. The shoulder season has averages around 10-12 degrees. The shoulder season leading out of Summer is better than the season leading into winter
We hope this article from us here at Wyld Family Travel has you inspired to visit Liverpool with teenagers. There are so many things to do in Liverpool with teenagers that will have you entertained for your families the whole stay in Liverpool. For more amazing ideas on where to holiday in the United Kingdom click through to our England Destination Guide page for more brilliant inspiration.
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About the Author
Mark Wyld is a father, husband, traveler, and chief destination marketing manager at Wyld Family Travel. Having been to over 35 countries worldwide he knows a thing or 2 about traveling with kids and now traveling with teenagers. He has been writing first-hand, expert travel guides on this website for over 6 years and has featured on numerous other popular well-known websites. When he is not talking, dreaming, or planning travel he can be found working in disability support.