Family Days Out: Albert Dock, Liverpool

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Famous as the home of the Beatles, there’s a lot more on offer in Liverpool than just the ‘Fab Four’ – especially down at the Albert Dock.

Recently we had to travel to Liverpool for a family wedding and decided it would be the perfect opportunity to make this a fun-filled family break away.

The journey itself should take just under three hours but the traffic was particularly bad on the M6 and with three pit-stops for loo breaks, it ended up as a five-hour journey.

However, on arriving at our hotel at the Albert Dock, it all felt worth it!

The Dock looks impressive and it was teaming with places to visit and eat.

Opposite our hotel was the Liverpool Wheel which, standing at 196ft, looked magnificent against the skyline.

We’d booked a three-night stay and as it was early evening when we arrived, we freshened up and headed out for dinner at a lovely place called Gusto.

Just a five-minute walk from the hotel, it serves classic Italian dishes and pizza in a room with vaulted brick ceilings, wall mirrors and retro photos.

The next day we all started off with a hearty breakfast at the hotel.

It was £8.75 per adult for a full cooked breakfast and two under-16s can eat free with each adult (who orders a cooked breakfast).

Perfect for our family of five! It was an all-you-can-eat buffet style breakfast too, so we certainly recharged our batteries, ready for the day ahead.

After breakfast we headed into town which is only a short distance away from the Albert Dock.

There is a plethora of shops to keep everyone happy – and the street entertainers were just fantastic too.

We saw a man ‘frozen’ in time on a windy day (and when you popped some coins into his collection box, he dropped his suitcase before resuming his frozen position).

We also came across several singers and the children were mesmerised by their talent and confidence.

In the town centre, we also came across an outside wooden ‘library’.

Basically it was an area full of wooden chairs and ‘trees’.

The trees had holes cut into them which were filled with books.

The policy was simple: if you take a book away, you need to replace it with another book. The children loved it.

After shopping we headed back to the Albert Dock to explore some more.

My two eldest (aged eight and six) went on a pirate ship and did a mini-treasure hunt – and found some gold coins (OK, they were chocolate ones – their favourite!).

The scenery here is just beautiful – made even more so by the glorious weather we were blessed with.

And there is certainly plenty to see and do here.

During our stay we also visited the Tate Liverpool – an art gallery and museum situated on the Albert Dock.

My eldest daughter, Ella, was especially pleased to find a unique five-seater bicycle – something she has often wished for but I have always said never existed (I didn’t mind being proven wrong though, even if it was just a museum exhibit!)

As a family, we certainly made plenty of happy memories in Liverpool and we all left wanting to come back again.

A place I would certainly recommend for family fun and culture.

Things to do

There are stacks of things to do around the Albert Dock including visiting the Tate Liverpool, the Beatles museum; plus many more museums which are all free to visit.

You’ll also find the main shopping centre is only a five-minute walk away.

Also here is the Wheel of Liverpool which offers panoramic views of the city’s famous landmarks along with commentary as you sit and enjoy the views of Liverpool (it’s the same concept as the London Eye).

The wheel is 196ft (60m) and has 42 capsules.

Getting there

Travelling from Corby, we took the M6 and the M62 before heading towards the city centre.

Journey time (depending on traffic) is just under three hours.

Where to stay

If you want to make more of your visit and stay over, then there are plenty of hotel options available.

We stayed at the Premier Inn Albert Dock Hotel which is in the heart of all the action.

Prices start at £49 and family rooms are available.

Breakfast, although not included in our room price, was available for £8.75 per adult (price is for a full breakfast; it’s £6.25 for continental).

But two children under 16 eat free with every adult paying for a full breakfast, so that’s great value – especially as it’s an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast!

Want to find out more?

For more ideas and inspiration for your visit to Liverpool, take a look at www.visitliverpool.com/things-to-do.