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Best day ever: Things to do with kids in Liverpool

7 months ago

In search of things to do with the kids in the summer holidays? Take a look at our 20 best days out in Liverpool for families – including visitor attractions in Merseyside and Cheshire that you can travel to within an hour or so.

You’ve got a lot of options here, from gaming and escape rooms, to parks and pottery painting. To filter the list by activity type, location and price, use the search.

  • Gaming at leveltap Liverpool
    Ropewalks

    leveltap

    Activities

    leveltap is one of the latest gaming bars to arrive at Liverpool’s bustling Ropewalks. Immerse yourself in enthralling modern and classic games to play on PC, Playstation and more. 

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  • Trophies and famous football shirts on display at the Liverpool FC stadium tour.
    Anfield

    Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour

    Tours

    Can I kick it? No you can’t. But with a Liverpool Football Club stadium tour fans can walk through the players tunnel. However, that’s as close as you’ll get to playing on the hallowed pitch.

    The Anfield stadium tours allow you to walk in the footsteps of your favourite players and people with a visit to the home team dressing room and a trip to the Dugout where you can sit in Klopp’s seat for a photo opportunity.

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  • One of the bedrooms in the Beatles Childhood Homes tour
    Book Now Speke

    The Beatles’ Childhood Homes

    Tours

    The National Trust tour is the only way to get inside the houses where John Lennon and Paul McCartney grew up.

    Each tour is limited to 15 people so booking well in advance is required. After all, you are wandering around what used to be someone’s home, and a relatively modest home at that.

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  • The spiral staircase at the Museum of Liverpool.
    Albert Dock

    Museum of Liverpool

    Museums

    The Museum of Liverpool on Pier Head is an eclectic and diverse collection of Liverpool stuff and stories. Part of the National Museums Liverpool group, you’ll find everything from one of Villanelle’s stylish costumes from Killing Eve (as worn by local actress Jodie Comer) to a carriage from Liverpool’s overhead railway which you can climb aboard.

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  • Prescot

    Knowsley Safari

    Farms, Zoos & Wildlife Parks

    Knowsley Safari is an exciting day out for all animal-lovers – not just for kids. Who wouldn’t want to watch their car’s windscreen wipers being expertly deconstructed by some cheeky little baboons?

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  • The exterior of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
    Liverpool City Centre

    The Walker Art Gallery

    Art Galleries

    The Walker Art Gallery has housed Liverpool’s world-class art collection for over 130 years and includes everything from Renaissance masterpieces to big names of the 20th century. Some of the world’s most famous painters are represented here: Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Monet, Degas, Rossetti and Hockney.
    The collection includes everything from Renaissance masterpieces to Impressionist and Pre-Raphaelite works with some of the world’s most famous painters represented: Rubens, Rembrandt, Turner, Monet, Degas, Rossetti and Hockney.

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  • A pumpkin patch at Speke Hall, a National Trust property near Liverpool.
    Speke

    Speke Hall

    Historic Buildings & Sites

    Speke Hall is a National Trust property on the outskirts of Liverpool. You could say it’s an old Tudor dame of a house dressed up like a young Victorian whippersnapper.

    The house itself is a wood-framed wattle-and-daub manor house dating from the 1530s. There’s even a priest hole. So far, so Tudor.

    However, after 400 years of a rather turbulent history including riches made on the back of the slave trade, the house fell into decay and was literally falling down. At one point it was used as perhaps the world’s grandest cowshed until it was brought back to life in the Victorian times.

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  • Inside The Palm House at Sefton Park in Liverpool
    Sefton Park

    Sefton Park

    Parks & Gardens

    Sefton Park is larger than most parks, although it’s still not Liverpool’s biggest – that award goes to Croxteth Country Park. There’s something for everyone with suburban pleasures and a chance to feel closer to nature.

    Woodland trails, carpets of bluebells and an abundance of daffodils in the springtime as well as plenty of wildlife – watch out for the kingfishers near the lake – mean that Sefton Park often doesn’t feel like a city park at all.

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  • Artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor at Tate Liverpool
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    Tate Liverpool

    Art Galleries

    Tate Liverpool on the Royal Albert Dock is the northern outpost of the Tate galleries. With an impressive free collection alongside major exhibitions from internationally-renowned artists, it’s a must-see for any art lover visiting Liverpool.  

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  • Everton

    Goodison Park Stadium Tour

    Tours

    If you’re visiting Liverpool as an Everton FC fan, make sure the Goodison Park Stadium Tour is on your itinerary. 

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  • Air hockey at ArCains Liverpool
    Baltic Triangle

    ArCains

    Activities

    Part of the Cains Brewery Complex, ArCains is a gamers paradise. Whether it’s date night, a stag or hen do, team building with new colleagues or you’re just out with mates, there’s plenty of arcade games to keep you entertained and bring out the kid in you.

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  • Waterfront

    Royal Liver Building 360 Tour

    Tours

    If you have a head for heights you can ascend to the tenth floor of the Royal Liver Building and then climb 124 steps to the 15th floor and look out over Liverpool. The Royal Liver Building 360 tour is a chance to see the city from the top of one of the Three Graces, right up where the Liver Birds perch.

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  • Pots made at Frankie's Paint-It Pottery
    Mossley Hill

    Frankie’s Paint-It Pottery

    Activities

    Get stuck in with a pottery painting session at Frankie’s Paint-It Pottery. Whether you’re crazy about clay or it’s your first time getting your fingers dirty, there’s a wide selection of bisque and coloured glazes to choose from.

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  • Artwork at Zap Graffiti
    Ropewalks

    Zap Graffiti

    Activities

    Zap Graffiti is one of Liverpool’s most unique art venues, focused on showcasing graffiti designs and even giving you the option to pick up a spray can yourself. 

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  • A taxidermy bird at The World Museum in Liverpool
    Liverpool City Centre

    World Museum

    Museums

    The World Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, is selling itself short. It’s not a World Museum, it’s an absolutely everything museum – there’s even a full dome planetarium. When you’ve discovered everything there is to know about our world, you can move on to outer space.

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  • Breakout Liverpool
    Cavern Quarter

    Breakout Liverpool

    Activities

    Work as part of a team with friends, family or work colleagues and try to escape the room you’ve been locked in. Solve a series of puzzles, riddles and tasks to be granted your freedom. 

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  • Inside the Bluecoat, an arts centre in Liverpool city centre.
    Ropewalks

    The Bluecoat

    Arts Venues

    The Bluecoat is Liverpool city centre’s oldest building, and the oldest arts centre in the country.

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  • Crosby

    Another Place

    Monuments

    Another Place, Crosby, by sculptor Antony Gormley consists of 100 cast-iron figures gazing wordlessly out to sea from the beach. 

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  • The exterior of The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool
    Albert Dock

    The Beatles Story

    Museums

    The Beatles are probably Liverpool’s most famous export and it stands to reason that the city has quite a few attractions paying tribute to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

    The Beatles Story is the straight-up Beatles museum where you’ll find authentic memorabilia like handwritten lyrics, outfits, instruments and Lennon’s glasses.

    However, there’s more to it than that. This is the largest permanent Beatles exhibition in the world and key locations in the band’s history have been recreated.

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  • A model ship on display in the Maritime Museum in Liverpool
    Albert Dock

    Maritime Museum

    Museums

    Liverpool’s Maritime Museum is part of the National Museums Liverpool collection. As one of the country’s major ports, seafaring and shipping has played an important part in the city’s history. Discover more about it at the Royal Albert Dock where the Maritime Museum is located.

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  • Outdoor swimming at Wild Shore Delamere
    Delamere

    Wild Shore Delamere

    Activities

    If you’ve never known the joy of flying over a lake on a rope swing and daring yourself to let go, get it on your bucket list, and then get yourself over to Wild Shore Delamere to tick it off.

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  • Swimming at Manley Mere in Frodsham, Cheshire
    Frodsham

    Manley Mere

    Activities

    This man-made lake used to be a field full of cows until the owners diversified their business model from dairy farming into water sports. Manley Mere is now home to an adventure trail, aqua park, cafe, and sailing centre. Sounds like they made the right decision.

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