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Experiencing European Culture in Liverpool, England

© Lisa Linder Albert Dock

Photo: Albert dock

Why has this once dreary waterfront city been dubbed a European culture capital?There's more to Liverpool than just memorabilia in the Beatles’ hometown. Its architectural bravado, manifested over hundreds of years in soaring cathedrals, Victorian mansions, and ambitious skyscrapers, shows best against a dun-colored backdrop. Yet Scousers, which is what people from the area call themselves (after scouse, a ubiquitous meat-and-potato stew), are as sunny as their weather is grim. Read the article

Destinations: Liverpool

Inspired by: Experiencing European Culture in Liverpool — by Bruce Schoenfeld, Published Mar. 2008

Hotels (5)

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    Hard Days Night Hotel

    A few doors down Mathew Street from where the Beatles played the Cavern, is the Hard Days Night Hotel. With Beatles-themed rooms and other nostalgi

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    Radisson Blu

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    The Print Hotel

    This members-only club is geared toward a younger set. It has music pumping, no reception area, and six spacious, starkly designed guest rooms. It

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    Malmaison Liverpool

    The glass-and-steel Malmaison is a flashy addition to the banks of the Mersey. A shiny industrial metal stairway spirals upward at the front desk t

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    Hope Street Hotel

    A once-dreary waterfront city recently dubbed a European Capital of Culture, Liverpool has always prided itself on being out of the mainstream. The

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Restaurants (4)

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    Philharmonic Pub

    Ornate pub with Art Deco touches, once a Beatles’ favorite.

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    Spire Restaurant

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    Side Door

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    London CarriageWorks

    Chef Paul Askew is determined to earn Liverpool's first Michelin star with this sophisticated restaurant designed in two-colored brick with a strik

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Activities (6)

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    Walker Art Gallery

    Small but impressive collections, from medieval book panels to David Hockney paintings.

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    Tate Liverpool

    Converted-warehouse branch of the London museum.

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    Liverpool Playhouse

    Theater classics performed in a 19th-century music hall.

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    Everyman Theatre

    New plays, often by local writers.

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    The Bluecoat

    Legendary gallery and performance space.

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    Anfield

    Anfield has been called soccer's Fenway Park, though from the outside it seems a particularly unlovely factory. The field is an otherworldly green,

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