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17 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do In Liverpool

When the Albert Dock and Cavern just won't cut it.

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1. Take in the amazing views at Oh Me Oh My.

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This rooftop eatery and bar offers the best view of the iconic Liver Buildings. Comfy seating areas and floor-strewn blankets make this a unique place to soak up the city view in the most chilled-out, unique of settings.

2. An excursion through the Sefton Coastal Path.

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Starting and finishing points are optional, but you've got anywhere between Crossens (Southport) to Crosby Marine Park to explore.

Checking out Antony Gormley's Another Place – 100 cast-iron, life-size statues spread across three kilometres of Crosby beach – before strolling along to Formby beach is highly recommended.

3. Eat cake at the Art School Restaurant.

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Sure you can pick up a Krispy Kreme from Tesco, but if you're after a different kind of tasty dessert to munch, there's none better than this. It ain't cheap, mind, but it's way more memorable than a glazed doughnut.

4. Head to Formby's National Trust to spot rare wildlife.

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Don't knock it until you've tried it. Whether you're out with mates, on a date, or simply want to do something different, Formby is home to a tranquil, picturesque woodland reserve where the rare red squirrel resides, and is just a few minutes from the beach.

Great for days out, hiking through and generally exploring the great outdoors.

5. Take a sunset cruise down the Mersey.

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Not only is it relaxing, but it's something you can't do in many of the UK's major cities, that's for sure. The picturesque tour lasts for around 50 minutes and costs as little as £8.50.

6. Check out FACT for its quirky art installations.

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The UK's leading media arts centre; instead of simply going there for a film (which they have a nice selection of), the creative, worldwide exhibitions they house are rather cool indeed.

A great, condensed alternative to The Tate or Walker Art Gallery.

7. Learn some history at The International Slavery Museum.

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Part of the Maritime Museum and situated on the third floor, its 1994 Transatlantic Slavery Gallery was the first of its kind anywhere in the world.

For a more impactful, fascinating, and eye-opening museum visit, be sure to check it out.

8. The Shiverpool ghost tour.

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This theatrically-led ghost tour of the city is famed for its revealing insight into the hair-raising history and eerie mysteries of Liverpool.

You certainly won't forget it in a hurry, nor will you walk down Hope Street the same way ever again.

9. Explore the Williamson Tunnels.

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Ever heard about the underground labyrinth of tunnels built in dedication to the 19th Century philanthropist Joseph Williamson? It's an intriguing, close quarters tour through the various tunnels, chambers and passageways that run underneath the city of Liverpool.

Like nothing you've experienced before (we'd bet).

10. Have an altogether different shopping experience at Grand Central Hall.

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Situated on Renshaw Street, the former Methodist church has an array of shops to snoop around. Many relocated there after Quiggins closed down in 2006; it's full of weird and wonderful places you won't find on the high street.

11. Sip some inventive cocktails at Aloha.

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Cocktails are usually pretty standard, but Aloha is an Hawaiian-themed bar that delivers when it comes to its mixers. I mean, life's more interesting when you're boozing out of a hollowed piece of fruit, isn't it?

Drink creations can get pretty flamboyant, so if you're game for trying something new, then it's worth taking a chance on.

12. Why not abseil down Liverpool Cathedral?

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Adrenaline junkies look no further. It's organised in the name of charity – Parkinson's UK, to be exact – so that's even more of a reason.

There's an entry fee, but as long as you raise a bit of cash in time for August 8th, you'll be fine.

13. Have a pint in the Crypt of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

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Alcohol and religion don't mix. Or do they? Focusing on the latter, The Liverpool Beer Festival, held annually each February, is the most important calendar date for all the beer connoisseurs out there.

14. Visit the Piermaster's House.

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Step back in time for a bit of World War II history by visiting the only remaining Piermaster House that remained standing after the devastation of the Blitz. In 2003 it was completely transformed into a wartime home, and contains authentic furniture and household items from the time.

It's completely free to have a nosey round during the daytime, too.

15. Ghosthunting at the Childwall Abbey Hotel.

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The origins of this place are (spookily) unknown.The Childwall sits a few miles outside of the city centre and it's dripping with history: from the tap room that hosted local band The Quarrymen (later to become small-known outfit The Beatles), there's apparently a 15th Century ghost that haunts the place.

So if you're feeling adventurous, this is an interesting alternative to your bog-standard Travel Lodge night away.

16. Partake in water sports at Peak Pursuits.

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Anything from a quick paddle to full-on sailing, you can do it at New Brighton's water sports centre. It's now a rejuvenated seaside town where you can spend the day out on the Marine Lake after hiring your canoe, KataKanu, or kayak, of course.

17. Go to an event at the bombed-out church.

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St Luke's is well-known by the locals, so instead of popping to the Odeon, get involved in this summer's outdoor cinema events, food fairs, and live music right here. It also has a fully licensed bar, so don't panic.

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