Hosting on behalf of war-torn Ukraine, Liverpool's musical heritage makes it the perfect location to host Europe's largest singing competition.
In 2022, despite our impressive record of attaining nil poi, the UK came second with Sam Ryder's Space Man. Ukraine came in first with Kalush Orchestra's Stefania.
The country's current situation, coupled with issues with Kyiv's infrastructure and increasing security concerns, led organisers scrambling to find an alternative host. That's where Liverpool came in...
Things to do in and around Liverpool
Liverpool has seen a cultural boom in recent years. In 2008, it was named the European City of Culture, highlighting its fantastic sporting, literature, arts, theatre and music scenes. Despite being later stripped of its UNESCO World Heritage status, the city has proudly embraced its industrial, architectural and musical history.
History & culture
Royal Albert Dock Opened in 1846, Royal Albert Dock was the first non-combustible warehouse in the world, being built from cast iron, brick and stone with no structural wood. Historically it stored valuable cargo such as brandy, cotton, tea, silk, tobacco, ivory and sugar, though nowadays, it houses shops, cafes, restaurants, museums and galleries.
Liverpool Cathedral This imposing architectural gem is Britain's largest cathedral and the largest in the world by total exterior length. It's free to visit, although a fee of £6 must be paid if you wish to ascend the tower.
Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral Linked by Hope Street, Liverpool's other cathedral, the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral, is starkly different. Construction began in 1962 with a modernist design, an in-the-round altar and central ceiling stained glass window panels.
Mersey Ferries Perhaps best known from the 1964 Gerry & The Pacemakers' song Ferry Cross the Mersey, this iconic ferry service transports passengers from Liverpool's waterfront across the Mersey River to Birkenhead and Wallasey on the Wirral Peninsula. You can jump on a boat from the Pier Head jetty opposite the Royal Liver Building.
Royal Liver Building Known as one of Liverpool's Three Graces alongside the Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building, this Grade I listed, the early 20th-century structure was once headquarters to the Royal Liver Assurance group - set up in 1850 to provide locals with assistance related to losing a wage-earning relative. The clocktower now forms part of a new 360 experience, offering interactive displays on the history of the building and a guided tour of the upper observation deck.
Goodison Park Home to Premier League club Everton FC since its completion in 1892, Goodison Park lies just north of the city centre. In 1966, it hosted a semi-final match and has previously hosted FA Cup finals. Tours of the stadium are available from £22, bookable on the Everton website.
Anfield Britain's seventh largest football stadium, Anfield is the home ground of Liverpool FC. Like Goodison Park, tours can be booked online.
The Beatles Story was Awarded Britain's best tourist attraction in 2015; this museum charts the Beatles formative years and fame through interactive displays, recreations and artefacts, including John Lennon's orange spectacles, the group's musical instruments and an original EMI BTR2 tape recorder used at Abbey Road Studios.
The Cavern Club Perhaps one of the most famous nightclubs in the world, The Cavern Club has played host to plenty of acts since its opening in 1957, including the Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Kinks, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Queen, the Who and the late Cilla Black (whose statue stands proudly outside). But none are more legendary than Liverpool's own Beatles, who played at the venue on and off between 1961 and 1963.
British Music Experience There surely isn't a more suitable location for a musical museum than Liverpool. The British Music Experience charts Britain's love affair with music from 1945 to the present day with exhibits including over 600 stage outfits, instruments, hand-written lyrics, and around 6000 images and video clips. Highlights include outfits worn by the Spice Girls, Elton John, Amy Winehouse and David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust costume, and guitars previously owned by Noel Gallagher, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman, Pete Townshend, Brian May, Jamie Cook and Paul Weller.
Paul McCartney's Childhood Home To the average passerby, 20 Forthlin Road is just an ordinary house on an ordinary street in the suburbs of Liverpool. But step inside this National Trust property, and you will be transported back to the 1950s when a young McCartney was living here with his parents and younger brother, Mike.
Beatles Statue Looking out towards the Mersey, walking away from Liverpool's Three Graces, this statue (designed by Andy Edwards) was commissioned in 2015 to celebrate the band and their impact on the city. It can be found at Pier Head.
Museums & Galleries
Museum of Liverpool Opened in 2011 on the waterfront, the Museum of Liverpool covers the city's history from neolithic times to the present day, spanning over 4,000 years. It also looks at migration and the various communities and cultures contributing to the city's diversity.
Tate Liverpool Part of the Tate Group, which has galleries in London and St Ives, Tate Liverpool was the first of the Tate galleries to open outside of London. Until 2003, it was the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art outside the capital. It comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day and international modern art.
Our favourite Liverpool campsites
Good luck finding accommodation in Liverpool in the week beginning 8th May! Within a week of the announcement that Eurovision would be hosted in Liverpool, hotels, B&Bs, and Airbnbs had been booked up. But these campsites, all within 15 miles of the city, still have availability (as of 7th Feb 2023).
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