When it comes to finding an activity in the heart of a busy city centre that won’t break the bank, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start

 

That’s why we’ve put together our very own blog on 5 Free Things to Do in Liverpool – just for you!

 

The Tate Gallery

A mix between British and international, modern and contemporary art; Liverpool’s Tate Museum is a day out you don’t want to miss.

The Tate boasts a range of exhibitions and holds a national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. There’s also the opportunity to drop in on the Tate Exchange sessions, where visitors have the chance to collaborate with artists, completely free!

 

 

Entrance to The Tate is free of charge spare a couple of regular exhibitions. There is however, an on-site souvenir shop and a quirky café where you can drink and dine amongst the vibrant designs of British Pop Artist, Sir Peter Blake, if you fancy splashing out a little!

Visit http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool to plan your visit.


Central Library

Liverpool’s Central Library is a beautifully re-modelled building with Wi-Fi access throughout and offers a whopping 150 iPads and computers available to use for free and even an XBOX 360 to master in its games area!

There’s a vast collection of rare books stored in the Hornby Library and Oak Room, as well as a selection of unique archives from the 13th Century which tell the history of Liverpool.

 

 

The unusual acoustics in the impressive Picton Reading Room make for fantastic events too – there has been the odd silent disco hosted here and the room could easily be mistaken for a grand hall at Hogwarts!

Visit http://liverpool.gov.uk/libraries/find-a-library/central-library/ to plan your visit.


The Walker Art Gallery

One of the finest art galleries in Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery is home to a selection of true renaissance masterpieces and a stunning collection of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the UK.

Many of the gallery’s most important pieces have been housed in Liverpool for almost 200 years and The Walker also proudly displays the works of contemporary artists David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley.

 

 

Where entrance to The Walker is free of charge, visitors also have the option to pick up an Audio Guide from the welcome desk at a cost of £2.50 per set, which guides you around the collections and gives historical information on artists.

There’s also an on-site gift shop and café if you fancy a snack, but if you’d prefer bringing along your own nibbles, directly opposite the gallery is a picnic area in St. John’s Garden ; the perfect stop after a day of art and culture in the heart in Liverpool’s centre.

Visit http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/index.aspx to plan your visit.


Visit Penny Lane

For true Liverpool fans, a visit to Penny Lane is a must.

Made famous by The Beetles 1967 track, John Lennon and Paul McCartney used to meet up at Penny Lane to catch a local bus into Liverpool town centre.

 

 

Many Beetles fans make the trip to Penny Lane as it’s still a very lively area with a range of independent businesses thriving, including the Barbers Shop which is referenced in the song – “In Penny Lane there is a Barber showing photographs”

Of course, it’s possible to walk or drive to Penny Lane free of charge, but if you really wanted to make a day of it you could also join the Magical Mystery Tour from the city and there’s even a Penny Land hotel!

Plan your visit here.


The Bluecoat

The Bluecoat in Liverpool’s busy centre is one of the city’s most historic buildings which often showcases a number of events from music and dance to contemporary art exhibitions.

This stunning 18th Century building is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its early exhibitions showcased Picasso, Cezanne and Van Gogh.

 

 

Back in 1967, Yoko Ono also held a performance here and returned in 2008 after the buildings’ redevelopment and reopening.

The regular exhibitions here are free of charge but there’s also the option to attend paid-for events when they’re running.

Visit http://www.thebluecoat.org.uk/ to plan your visit.


And there we have it, a short guide on 5 Free Things to Do in Liverpool. We hope you spot something which catches your fancy, and let us know how your trip went by commenting on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

If you know of a hidden gem in your local area, we’d love to hear from you. Send your experience to social@swanswaygarages.com for the chance to have your say in our next 5 Free Things Blog.