Although my first two months of working abroad through Workaway were spent mainly in Ireland, I took the time to visit parts of the UK also. The first place I saw was Liverpool, England. I was a bit intimidated before arriving because several people said “You’re going to Liverpool? Alone?!” when they found out I wasn’t going for a visit with friends or family.
It all turned out well though, because I had a blast in Liverpool. There were plenty of things to do, places to see, and vegan food to eat. Plus any time I got lost (which I’m embarrassed to admit happened a few times), passersby were always happy to help and point to a spot on the map or tell me that Google Maps had sent me the wrong way.
Museum of Liverpool
The Museum of Liverpool, is a great free place to explore the city’s past. Their exhibits are extensive and include the history of several people groups (the Irish, black, and Jewish communities), along with a large feature on the LGBTQ movement. My favorite part was their highlight on transgender individuals.
Albert Dock is an adorable little area that holds several entertaining spots. From independent shops to the Merseyside Maritime Museum, there’s something for everyone here.
While wandering around the dock, I was drawn into the Quay Confectionery shop due to their amazing jelly bean portrait of The Beatles (who originated in Liverpool). Inside, there were plenty of vegan-friendly sweets options.
The Wheel of Liverpool (also known at the Echo Wheel) is nearby and definitely worth a ride. Although I’m not a huge fan of heights, I got on it anyway and had a great time being terrified of the squeaky ride.
For any history buffs, or even those with a mild interest in WWII, Western Approaches is a must-visit when in Liverpool. Tucked away in the center of the city, the museum is inside the underground command center used during WWII by the Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Much of the same furniture and equipment still exists, so you can view the war cabinet’s telephone, the code deciphering room, and even a disarmed German bomb.
Walker Art Gallery
With one of the largest art collections in England, visiting Walker Art Gallery is a great way to see pieces dating from the renaissance all the way to modern day. During my visit, I was amazed by the exhibit displaying some of the gorgeous quilts by Grayson Perry. Since the collection is so large, it took me about two hours to wander through the entire building.
It’s hard to turn around in Liverpool without seeing some sort of street art. From professional murals to impressive graffiti, the city streets almost always have some colorful message to convey. While there, I saw one of Banksy’s originals (see above) without even realizing it at the time.