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A Romantic Guide to Bank Holiday in Liverpool

The Bank Holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to spend some quality time with your other half. The last bank holiday of the year takes place at the end of this month and we’re hoping it will be accompanied by some fantastic weather, but then again, we can’t have it all.

Liverpool is known for being one of the most romantic cities in the UK, with rich history, stunning architecture and a wide selection of intimate bars & restaurants, we guarantee there is plenty to do in Liverpool for a romantic bank holiday weekend.

From our very own version of the Love Locks along the River Mersey to Sefton Palm House, there isn’t anywhere else we recommend you spend your bank holiday.

So if you’re struggling for things to do this bank holiday, we’ve got you covered to ensure your other half is blown away.

Stroll Along the Albert Dock

One of the most romantic settings in Liverpool is the Albert Dock at sunset. Stroll hand in hand and take in the magnificent views of the River Mersey and the Albert Dock, lit up in all her glory.

The Albert Dock is home to the highest number of Grade I listed building in the UK and is filled with a number of fine restaurants and bars so you can enjoy a lovely meal or cocktail whilst watching the sun go down.

Picnic at Sefton Park

Weather dependent, a picnic at Sefton park is a brilliantly romantic way to spend your long weekend.

Walk around the beautiful park, feed the ducks and enjoy a bike ride; there is plenty to keep you occupied for a full day at Sefton Park.

Situated within Sefton Park is the breathtaking Palm House, a Grade II listed Victoria Glasshouse that has been remarkably restored to offer the public a beautiful oasis filled with palms and other exotic plants. Unless there is a private event taking place, the Palm House is open to the public for you to go and explore.

Get Scientific at The Alchemist

The Alchemist is Liverpool’s newest and coolest bar & restaurant.

Serving up an incredible selection of science inspired concoctions, you’ll be mesmerised watching your cocktail being made.

Not only does this fabulous venue serve breathtaking cocktails but there is also an excellently crafted dining menu filled with everything from traditional Spanish tapas to Japanese ramen ensuring that the eclectic menu has something for everyone.

Housed in an opulent Grade II listest venue within the business district, The Alchemist is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as delicious cocktails until late.

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Cinema Date to FACT

FACT is a unique picturehouse where people, art and technology come together. Offering something a little different than your normal cinema, FACT showcases some amazing independent and off the radar films which you won’t catch at Odeon.

There is also a lovely café which is operated by Leaf on Bold Street serving delicious teas and coffees, wine, a selection of hearty sandwiches and of course, scrumptious cakes.

Trip on the Liverpool Wheel

Want to show your other half the city from a different perspective?

Liverpool Wheel is a waterfront Ferris wheel offering panoramic views of the city from glass capsules.

Enjoy all of Liverpool’s incredible landmarks as you take four trips around the wheel, if you’re looking for something a little more unique you can choose the luxury VIP pod which has a glass floor and leather interior, you can also add a bottle of champagne to your trip to make it extra special.

Afternoon Tea in Style

30 James Street is an idyllic venue to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with a loved one.

Head to the top floor where you’ll find Carpathia, a stunning champagne bar & restaurant offering breathtaking views of Liverpool’s famous waterfront and three graces.

Afternoon Tea at Carpathia really is the perfect way to treat a loved one this bank holiday weekend. Offering a selection of delicious sandwiches, warm scones and mouth-watering cakes and pastries, you’re guaranteed to please your other half.

Explore the Bombed Out Church

St Luke’s or The Bombed Out Church as its locally known is Liverpool’s pride and joy. After being hit by a fire bomb during the Liverpool Blitz in 1941, St Luke’s became a shell of itself but remained open as a memorial to those who died in the war. Now, the church is home to a number of unique events, film showings and weddings. Opening every Wednesday – Sunday, you can explore the grounds and the church where fire damage is still apparent.

Make sure you check out their events calendar to see if there is anything going on during the bank holiday weekend.

Brunch All Day at The Brunch Club

Breakfast is one of our favourite meals but don’t you hate dragging yourself out of bed to make it before 11am. Well luckily for you, breakfast is served all day long at the Brunch Club.

The Brunch Club is a truly unique venue on Duke Street serving up the very best of breakfast from 9am until late every day. So whether you fancy a Full English, stacked pancakes or an Eggs Royale. pick a cocktail and you’re set for the day.

Pub Lunch & Walk in Formby

A romantic walk and trip to the pub is an idyllic way to spend a lazy Sunday and we’ve got the perfect place for you.

The Sparrowhawk is a classic country put situated in the picturesque town of Formby.

Popular amongst drinkers, diners and dog walkers, The Sparrowhawk is perfect following a long walk in the nearby Red Squirrel Nature Reserve. Discover the beautiful woodlands and catch a glimpse of the rare red squirrel on the 1.8 mile route before refuelling at The Sparrowhawk.

With a varied and fresh food menu and a hearty roast served each Sunday, The Sparrowhawk is the perfect bank holiday pub to take your other half.

Champagne at Bubbles Beach Club at Pier Head

If you didn’t manage to book a romantic break in St Tropez for bank holiday than Liverpool’s Pier Head is the next best thing.

Bubbles is a fantastic pop-up champagne bar positioned on the scenic Pier Head for the cities three-month festival, Liverpool Village.

The luxury bar offers some of the most prestigious champagne brands such as Moet and Veuve Clicquot Rich with an impressive selection of mixers and unique cocktails to suit anyone. With an incredible backdrop of the Three Graces, Bubbles is the perfect date spot on the river.

If you’re feeling peckish, why not try some beach style BBQ snacks which are on offer including prime beef sliders, proper fish & chips and halloumi fries.

Watch the Sunset at 30 James Street

30 James Street is one of the most romantic rooftop spots in Liverpool.

Head to the 7th floor where you’ll discover breathtaking views of Liverpool from Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant. Sip on a delicious cocktail and enjoy some tapas as you watch the sun go down over this magnificent city. We guarantee this little trip will earn you serious brownie points with the other half.

Canoe Along the Albert Dock

Are you and your partner adventure hunters?

Spend your bank holiday taking in the wonderful sites of Liverpool’s docklands from the water. Hire a canoe from Liverpool’s Watersports Centre with your other half and have an action packed day exploring Liverpool from a new and exciting perspective.

If you don’t fancy canoeing, you can go paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing or even water trampolining.


Bike Ride to Croxteth Park

Croxteth Park is one of the biggest open spaces in Liverpool making it perfect for a romantic bike ride during the bank holiday weekend.

Spanning across an impressive 500 acres, Croxteth Park is made up of The Historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm and the Victorian Walled Garden as well as the country park where the local nature reserve is situated. You could spend hours biking around Croxteth Park but we suggest you take a picnic with you and head to the hall, which is steeped in history and grandeur. You can enjoy the hall which is open to the public as well as the gardens and glasshouses where Liverpool’s historic botanical collection is housed.

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Cocktails & Pizza at Santa Maluco

If you’re a couple who loves pizza more than life than a visit to Santa Maluco should definitely be on your list.

Bank Holidays are all about indulging and what better way is there to indulge than with unlimited pizza and a few cocktails.

Santa Maluco is the newest and most exciting addition to Castle Street and the latest opening from the guys behind Sancta Chupito’s and Salt Dog Slims.

Serving Rodizio pizza, you can literally eat as much pizza as your heart desires as and when it comes out of the oven including Nutella pizza for desert, thank us later.

Lock at the Docks

We may not be Paris, but we are a city filled with romance.

Liverpool’s very own version of the Love Locks are situated right along the footpath which runs alongside the River Mersey and the Albert Dock.

Make a romantic gesture to your partner and attach a personalised lock to the railings, throwing the key into the River Mersey, symbolising your eternal love whilst also enjoy a visit to one of Liverpool’s most loved areas.

Couples Spa Day at Morgan’s Spa

Looking to pamper your partner this bank holiday weekend?

A day at Morgan’s Spa is just what you need for a relaxing break in a tranquil setting. Enjoy a luxurious couples massage followed by the sauna and a soak in the soothing 40 sq ft hydrotherapy pool with a glass of bubbly in hand.

Morgan’s Spa is the perfect break to relieve your stresses and really help you to unwind during the long weekend.

Take a Trip to Crosby Beach

Crosby beach is a must-see for Liverpool locals and visitors alike.

Ideal for couples looking for a romantic place to aimlessly wander, Crosby beach is the permanent home to Antony Gormley’s Another Place art installation which features 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along the beach, making for an eerie yet captivating view.

Whether you’re simply going for a romantic walk with your partner or taking the dog, we definitely recommend a visit to Crosby beach.

Situated just 30 minutes from Liverpool city centre, Crosby beach makes for the ultimate bank holiday weekend activity where you can take in views of the Wirral, the River Mersey and even North Wales, all whilst enjoying an ice cream.

Walk up the Cathedral

For one of the best views in Liverpool, we recommend a trip up the Anglican Cathedral.

One of the greatest buildings in the world is open to the public and makes an idyllic place to bring the one you love this bank holiday weekend.

As well as taking in the incredible architecture, stain glass windows and sheer enormity of this magnificent building, why not try something a little different and take the lift, or stairs (if you’re fit enough) up the tower.

Situated 500ft above sea level and with 360 panoramic views of Liverpool you’ll have never seen Liverpool from this angle before. On a good day, you can even see Blackpool Tower, making it an iconic and extremely romantic venue in the city.

Experience a Zombie Apocalypse at Newsham Park Hospital

Are you a couple who thinks they’d fair well during a zombie apocalypse?
If so, then The Asylum at Liverpool’s abandoned Newsham Park Hospital is the perfect test for you. Spend three hours avoiding and fighting real life zombies as you try to find a cure to save the world.

If The Walking Dead is your cup of tea, then this is an experience you definitely need to try with your other half. You’ll have to work as a team so this is a fun activity which will really test you both.

If you love heading to the pub with your other half, then you’re in the right place. Liverpool is full of fantastic pubs and boozers and we’ve compiled a list of the very best beer gardens in the city as well as the best places in the city to get some proper BBQ food.

About Laura Bowery

Laura is a creative writer who has an interest in all types of artistic expression, be it food, music, fashion or art and she enjoys sharing those interests through her writing

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