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21 Things Nobody Tells You Before Visiting Liverpool

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1. The architecture will blow you away.

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There are more than 2,500 listed buildings in Liverpool. 85 are Grade II, which translated means they're of outstanding architectural or historic interest.

2. And the Albert Dock will be a pretty memorable experience.

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Museums, listed buildings, restaurants, and the actual sea are within touching distance. You won't find anywhere that looks this picturesque at night.

3. Toilets on trains do not exist.

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Seriously, they're nowhere to be seen. So if you're travelling locally around the north west, make sure you go beforehand or have an empty bottle handy.

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4. Trains in and out of town don't run very late at all.

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Unless you're happy to fork out for a cab, you'll need to make sure you hop the train home – which will be long gone before midnight.

5. Practically all the shops are shut by half five.

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OK, this was totally true until Liverpool One came along, but generally anywhere other than L1 will be shut before tea time.

6. These fuckers are still all over the place.

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Known as Lambananas or, as per the above photo, Superlambananas; these emerged to celebrate the 2008 Capital of Culture.

7. Everything's within walking distance.

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There's no need to fret when it comes to getting from A-to-B. Everything from the city centre shops, to the cathedrals, to Liverpool One, to the Echo Arena, to the Albert Dock is walkable – which is really quite handy.

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9. Everyone needs to sample real scouse made by Scousers.

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Anyone living in the UK may be aware this exists but visitors further afield likely won't. It's essentially lamb or beef stew that originally became popular with people docking in Merseyside's port.

10. And there's incredibly inventive food to eat.

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Place like the Art School Restaurant give alternative ways to experience food and culture.

11. Plus the average cost of a pint is just £2.66.

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The official stattos at Go Euro revealed Liverpool is ranked 25th in the world for beer prices and is the cheapest place in the whole of the UK for both supermarket booze and pints purchased in a pub.

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14. There are more beaches than you can shake a stick at.

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Finding a large English city with actual sand and sea water nearby is almost impossible, but here you're stuck for choice: Moreton, New Brighton, Crosby, Formby, to name a few.

15. There's A LOT of football knocking about.

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Both Everton and Liverpool are clubs dripping with history so naturally their brands are plastered all over the city. There's even a club store called Everton Two... located at Liverpool One. (See what they did there?)

16. So it's best to avoid visiting on a match day.

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Obviously both sides don't play home games on the same day but even when only one does it's best to steer clear of an extra 40,000+ people out and about.

17. The Sun newspaper is pretty much outlawed.

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After the Hillsborough disaster and decades-long smear against Liverpool fans, the people of the city haven't forgiven or forgotten.

18. The area’s home to the super rare red squirrel.

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Formby, which is a 25-minute drive from the city centre, is one of only 10 places in the UK where you can see these furry chaps.

19. You can go on an actual mini-cruise.

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Wanna live the dream but not splurge your savings on it? Sunset cruises are a thing and you don't even have to pack a suitcase.

20. You're never the same after you discover The Krazy House.

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One of the biggest clubs spanning three floors, the Krazy House is where dreams are made and shattered all in the space of a few short hours.

21. And the cathedrals are utterly stunning.

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There's more than one dotted around the city and even if there's no annual beer festival or event going on at them, they're still the most amazing places to walk around.

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