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Date published: April 24, 2017

Liverpool - it's not all about The Beatles or is it?

This blog is written by Maryna Loznieva, a 25-year-old student at the Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany. Maryna has just finished an Erasmus placement at the University of Salford. In her free time she is probably making another list of places to visit, buying loads of stationary for her filofaxing hobby, watching The Walking Dead, or fangirling over Ed Sheeran and Coldplay.

“Let it be, let it be. Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.” Does this sound familiar? If yes, than Liverpool is definitely a city that you should visit. If not, here is a small hint: The Beatles! Not just a worldwide famous band but a phenomenon which conquered the whole world back in the 60s.

However, it is not only the Beatles that Liverpool is famous for. Liverpool, like Manchester, is a city of football. We all know how Manchester City and Manchester United are rivals.  Blue ones against red ones. Liverpool’s Everton and Liverpool FC are also rivals and, as in Manchester, it is also blue vs red.

Anyway, whether you are a hard-die fan of the Beatles, or you are all about football, or none of this, Liverpool should be definitely on your places-to-visit-while-in-Manchester-list. Myself and a friend decided to do exactly this and boarded a train from Salford Crescent to Liverpool Central. The train took around one and a half hours and the price for both ways varies from £10 to £12 depending on when you travel.

As a student, in other words almost always broke, I have one rule – travelling as cheap as possible, mostly visiting places which are for free, but always going to one place which is expensive, BUT ONLY ONE! So before going anywhere I make a list of sights and decide which one is a 'must' no matter the price (when I say no matter I mean everything up to £15). This scheme works perfectly for Liverpool.

First on our list was Radio City Tower, also known as St. John's Beacon. It is only a 5 minute walk from the train station and it is a good way to get a first impression of the city. Luckily the weather was very nice and the view from 138m high was very clear and fantastic! The prices are £4.50 for students and £5.50 for adults.

Right next to it is World Museum, Walker Art Gallery and Central Library; entry is free to all of these. My personal favourite is the library. First of all, I am absolutely in love with the path etched with classic film and book titles. I couldn’t walk in before I read all of the titles. I felt proud of myself to find out I had read 75% of the books mentioned. The library itself is a mixture of modern and classic. On one hand, you see a modern glass stairway up to the glass ceiling. On the other hand, Picton Reading Room and Oak Room have the traditional library ladders and that unique smell of books. Make sure you go to the top, as you can walk out to the roof terrace and get a view of Liverpool. If you decide not to go to Radio City Tower, it is a good alternative.

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Another place to visit is Albert Dock. It is in walking distance from St. John’s Garden and takes approximately 15-20 minutes. Albert Dock is a very nice place just to have a walk. It is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses, which now features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the country. However, if a stroll along the dock is too boring for you, you can visit Tate Liverpool, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, or the Beatles Story – my highlight of this trip.

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The Beatles Story is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles.The prices are from £12.00 for students or £15.95 for adults and your ticket is valid for two days. The exhibition is extremely informative, it includes historic facts about the band and the lives of the band members. I really liked the recreation of the original Cavern Club and John Lennon’s "white room."

This was the last stop on my trip to Liverpool. When we were done it was dark outside, so we enjoyed our walk through beautifully lighted streets back to the train station.

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