5 Unexpected Things to Do in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

5 Unexpected Things to Do in Liverpool

Consider these least touristy things to do in Liverpool on your visit to the UK.

2021 has been a stressful year, no matter how you spin it. Luckily, we have this year in order to get ourselves back on track and travel somewhere — and what better city than one of the least stressful cities in the world: Liverpool. It’s also a common tourist destination in the UK so you know there are plenty of things to do, such as visiting the pubs and checking out the Beatles’ famous haunts. However, let’s take a look at the more uncommon, least touristy things to do there.

Also read: 14 Fun Things to Do in Liverpool on Your First Trip

1. See the Law Oak

Seeing the Law Oak is one of the things to do in Liverpool

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The Law Oak is one of the oldest landmarks in Liverpool (over 1,000 years old, they say). It has been split in half somehow — some legends say it was lightning, while others claim it was an explosion from gunpowder — and still produces 100,000 acorns a year. Its name, the Law Oak, comes from the fact that it sheltered the medieval hundred court. The Law Oak, or The Allerton Oak, was also named England’s Tree of the Year twice now, once in 2014 and again in 2019. Money raised from these and other efforts go towards its maintenance.

2. Play bingo at Paradise Island Bingo

Paradise Island Bingo is reflective of historic British bingo culture, a culture that continues to develop and evolve today. Where gaming is concerned, the UK is actually known for playing a role in bingo’s digital resurgence. The Gala Spins gaming platform has gone a step further still, helping to make a blended version of bingo and digital slots popular throughout the UK and Europe. Book of Slingo and Slingo Lightning are two titles amongst their offering, evolving bingo for a modern audience. Despite this evolution, the UK still has some excellent in-person bingo halls too, and some consider this one in Liverpool to be one of the best in the world. Regardless of your preference — digital or in-person bingo — you’ll find something fun to do here.

3. Relive the Beatles memories at Strawberry Field

Liverpool Strawberry Field

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We’re pretty sure there’s a law that says you can’t go to Liverpool without being a Beatles fan (and if there isn’t, there should be). While Liverpool has quite a few special landmarks that the Beatles frequented, one of the less-visited ones is Strawberry Field, which inspired the song Strawberry Fields Forever. The landmark is now open to the public, which wasn’t always the case. In fact, The Guide Liverpool announced a new bandstand in the park, which will draw even more of the public to the place where John Lennon hung out as a child.

4. Enjoy local beer at HOBO Kiosk

If you’re looking for something strange, you found it. HOBO Kiosk is a small pub with a range of local beers and good company. As the owners Delia and Tristan Brady-Jacobs do what they can during the pandemic, the pub remains a place for friends to get together for a pint and have some much-needed social interaction while enjoying the weirdness of this Bohemian refuge in the Baltic triangle.

5. Try the pastries at Rough Hand Made

As the name indicates, this boutique bakery serves bread, cakes, pastries, and sandwiches made lovingly by hand. While not everything looks beautiful and perfectly symmetrical here, it tastes great and does warrant a visit if you’re in the area looking for a bite to eat. The bakery goods here aren’t typical UK fare, however: it’s a combination of things the owners have found from all over the world, and everything has a little bit of influence from every country. Rough Handmade also donates its unsold products to charity at the end of the day. How nice is that?

Also read: 18 British Foods You Should Try Other Than Fish and Chips

things to do in liverpool

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Liverpool is a mixing pot of cultures, history, and people. And even though there’s so much to do, it’s still considered one of the least stressful cities in the world. If that doesn’t call your name, we don’t know what will!

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