Liverpool’s growing presence as a centre of art is one of the main reasons why tourists from around the world head to the city every year.
While the UK’s north-west metropolis might still be better known for Premier League football club Liverpool FC and its greatest export – 1960s rock group The Beatles – it is also regarded highly among culture vultures as a good place to check out the latest exhibitions.
Ever since The Beatles became internationally famous, people from around the world have headed to the city to see where members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr grew up.
And for Beatles fans, there is even a visitor centre dedicated to the four-piece band on the Albert Dock.
The Beatles Story is packed with original paraphernalia, which is bound to bring back memories for many people who head through its doors.
But Albert Dock is also home to one of the UK’s biggest art galleries – Tate Liverpool.
Opened in 1988 as an exhibition centre for modern art, this Grade I-listed building has become a must-see for tourists heading to the city.
Within its walls are contemporary pieces from around the world, including works from Picasso, Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin and Salvador Dali.
Special events and exhibitions regularly take place at the gallery and it has become recognised as a major force in the art world.
Indeed, Tate Liverpool shows tourists that there is far more to the city than The Beatles and in 2008, Liverpool was named the European Capital of Culture for its influences in art, drama, music and history.
People who are interested in historical pieces of art can take a look at the variety of paintings, furniture, tapestries and antiques at the Lever Art Gallery.
Set in an iconic building in the heart of the city, this institution holds artefacts from the 19th century belonging to William Hesker Lever.
He opened the gallery in 1922 to honour the memory of his late wife Elizabeth.
If you’re tempted to stay somewhere that is only a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s biggest cultural sites, then the Jurys Inn hotel may be an option.
It is located beside the Albert Dock on the waterfront and allows guests to enjoy a central location from where they are able to walk to shops and restaurants, as well as galleries and museums.
For those who want to learn more about the city, where the Fab Four came from and how it has developed its unique charm and atmosphere, a visit to the Museum of Liverpool may be of interest.
Here, holidaymakers can develop a better understanding of how important the city’s port is to Liverpool as a location for trade and movement, the unique geography of Merseyside’s surrounding area and the city’s history in general.
Football fans can even learn more about Liverpool’s sporting triumphs, while there are exhibitions on its musical influences and great achievers, and how these still have an impact on its residents today.
If sampling the city’s traditional fare and eating at its most prestigious restaurants is something you might be interested in then a stay at the Atlantic Tower hotel could be something to consider.
This is situated near most of the eating establishments and guests are within walking distance of its bars and nightlife – which means they won’t have to walk far after a whole day learning about the sights, sounds and stories behind Liverpool.