Things to do in Liverpool with teenagers

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 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 apartment alternative for your stay

If you prefer a home away from home-style accommodation when you travel with teens then an apartment in Liverpool is the best choice for family travel with teenagers. There are so many options for singles, large families with teens and budget-friendly options as well. For Liverpool Search Airbnb or check out the map below to find the perfect apartment in Liverpool for teenagers on your Liverpool vacation with family.

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.
  • 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 visiting Liverpool.

Using your phone in Liverpool

Relying on Wi-fi when you are travelling and sightseeing in Liverpool with family can be hard. Making calls and staying in contact when you travel with teenagers is a top priority. Plan your family trip to Liverpool and order your sim before you leave home to stop any stress about travelling, data and calls on your family vacation in the United Kingdom.

Things to do in Liverpool with teens

So now that you have all the essentials organized for your family trip to Liverpool here are all the best things to do in Liverpool with teenagers.

Visit Anfield Stadium 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, memorabilia 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. This is a must for any football fan.

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 Cunard Building, Chinatown, Liverpool Cathedral 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 the architecture of the Port of Liverpool buildings. It 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, Wirral and Secombe are also recommended on these cruises.

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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 city on a clear day including the Royal Liver Building 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.

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Williamson Tunnels

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


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 activity for families visiting Liverpool.

Book your spot today on the Haunted Liverpool City Exploration Game and Tour before you arrive

The Beatles

It is hard to mention Liverpool and not the Beatles. There are so many tours like the Beatles Story and venues such as the Cavern Club wrapped up in the history of England’s greatest rock bands. From the smooth vocals of John Lennon to the Paul McCartney guitar playing and visits to Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.

Most teenagers probably have little knowledge or interest in the Fab 4 but we thought we would highlight some Beatles attractions anyway.

Read more: Keeping teens social when you are travelling is hard. Use our ultimate guide to keep your teens happy on vacation

Cheap or free things to do in Liverpool for teenagers

Traveling 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.

Albert Dock

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. Albert Dock is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site 

The Albert Dock does various exhibitions in public and at museums such as Tate Liverpool. Liverpool is a hot spot for modern art in Britain. 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 and sculptures 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 Liverpool Merseyside 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 between the Titanic and the city of Liverpool. Take time to visit the International Slavery Museum which is located on the third floor of the Maritime Museum 

World Museum

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. The 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 the 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.

Relax at Sefton Park

Sefton Park is a Grade 1 historic park set on 235 acres featuring scenery and famous monuments. You can take a walk around the park or even run on the walking jogging track. There is a playground for kids, a cafe for grabbing refreshments and the dome-shaped Victorian Sefton Park Palm House to explore. A lake dominates the centre of the park where fishing is popular. Sefton Park is a great place to relax in Liverpool.

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
  • Escape Hunt Liverpool – features theme rooms including the Last Vikings, Escape the Wild West and Blackbeard’s Treasure

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 near the waterfront Albert Dock area.

10 Pin Bowling in Liverpool

If you’re looking for a bit of fun, friendly family competition in Strasbourg then 10 pin bowling might be just the activity for you and your teenagers. You can go 10 pin bowling in Strasbourg at a number of different locations in the city centre. Most bowling alleys these days are more like multipurpose entertainment centres featuring food, drinks, amusements and more

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. Here 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.

Book your Liverpool Bike Tour today

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 recommendations for Liverpool shopping

Liverpool One

This shopping centre is located adjacent to Albert Dock and close to the Three Graces building. The shopping centre 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 to name a few. Liverpool One plays host to fashion parades, live music and more during the year

For more information on Liverpool One search their website here

Bold Street

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.

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 Isle of Man you can take off for a Liverpool day trip and easily find something to see and do.

North Wales

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 castles. 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.

The Llandudno Pier stretches out into the Irish Sea measuring half a mile


Just 45 minutes west of Liverpool is the other great city of the North, Manchester. Manchester has been 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 than 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.

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 locations, booking, menu and more check the Captain Alexander website

Frequently asked questions about Liverpool

What type of power socket do they use in England?

In England the power plugs and sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz

How do I call the police in Liverpool?

Call 999 for emergencies call 101 for general enquiries

Is tipping required in Liverpool?

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

What is the currency of England?

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.

Can you drink the tap water in Liverpool?

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 for you to find your perfect stay in Liverpool.

Liverpool on a budget travel tip: Have you considered staying in a hostel with your teens when you travel? Read why we love staying in hostels with our teens

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.

Travel with teenagers and tweens. Travelling with young adults has just as many issues as travelling with young children. Choosing the best teenage vacation destinations can be so time-consuming. Use our Travel with Teenagers Destination Guides from all over the world for your next family vacation inspiration to make your family vacations with teens epic.

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Rebecca Wyld

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Co-founder and SEO editor here at Wyld Family Travel. Bec has travelled to over 45 countries across 3 continents and is a travel with kids advocate. When Bec is not planning travel, she is creating content for our family travel blog or doing local community services work. You can find all of Bec’s detailed travel guides here on Wyld Family travel and on other popular websites such as Lonely Planet.

Things to do in Liverpool with teenagers

2 thoughts on “Things to do in Liverpool with teenagers”

  1. Looks like there a never ending supply of things to so in Liverpool! The Williamson Tunnels sound intriguing!

  2. Looks like there a never ending supply of things to do in Liverpool! The Williamson Tunnels sound intriguing!


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