Liverpool is a major city in Merseyside, England, famed for culture, football teams, The Beatles and buzzing nightlife. It lies within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire.
Liverpool is a large, vibrant city with great cultural heritage and was awarded the title of European Capital of Culture 2008, with the famous Pier Head Waterfront being a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. Liverpool is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and is also renowned for being the birthplace of a wide range of popular musicians including The Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Frankie goes to Hollywood, Echo & the Bunnymen and many more. The city has two cathedrals and possesses the largest national museum collection outside of London. It has a fascinating and turbulent history as a great world maritime centre and is home to Europe's oldest Chinatown. The famous Grand National Horse Race takes place in the outskirts of the city (Aintree). It is also home to two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, which are both among the most successful British football clubs. Each year about 70 million tourists visit Liverpool to see its cathedrals, museums, and galleries, and according to prominent travel journalists, they found the city very welcoming while doing so. A poll in 2014 by readers of travel magazine Rough Guide revealed Liverpool people to be among the most welcoming to travellers, and named Liverpool as the fourth friendliest city in the world. This followed on from a survey earlier in 2014 which saw Liverpool named number three in the world of the top destinations to visit by Trip Advisor. Rough Guide salutes Liverpool for its 'magnificent municipal and industrial buildings' plus its 'fine showing of British art in the celebrated Walker Art Gallery and Tate Liverpool.' The magazine goes on to hail the 'multitude of exhibits in the terrific World Museum Liverpool, and a revitalized arts and nightlife urban quarter centred on FACT. In 2015 a YouGov poll voted Liverpool the friendliest city in the UK. In 2016 Liverpool was named the UK's best cruise port of call for the third time in four years. Cruise Critic, a sister site of TripAdvisor, handed the city the accolade due to the range of attractions within walking distance of its cruise terminal. Judges praised the 'warm welcome' offered by the people of Liverpool and the city's range of architectural treasures. They said 'The revitalised Albert Dock houses numerous restaurants and attractions - like the Beatles Story museum - and the adjacent billion-pound Liverpool One retail park is the UK's largest open-air retail complex.' In 2017 Liverpool was voted the second friendliest city in the UK by Travel Bird, above cities such as Amsterdam, Vienna and Madrid in the world rankings. This accolade follows Liverpool being voted the Kindest City in the UK having topped a survey of over 2,000 people, conducted by Travelodge, on random acts of kindness in the UK. In 2018 Trip Advisor named Liverpool one of the top places in the world to visit, voting Liverpool the third best city in the UK and the best city in England outside London. Meanwhile travel website Cheapflights voted Liverpool John Lennon airport the friendliest in the UK and the second best airport for baggage wait.