Holidays are about accumulating happy memories – not holiday debt – so here at 9Honey Travel we created the ‘$100 Helpline’ for Aussie holidaymakers who know good value when they see it, and want to get the most out of a destination. Our mission: to find you the best travel experiences of a particular region for under $100.
The English city of Liverpool, found in the north west of the country, has a lot to shout about. It’s best known as the birth place of The Beatles but Liverpool is also an Unesco World Heritage City and home of not one but two of the world’s biggest football teams.
In fact, sport is taken very seriously in Liverpool and this July the city will host the 2019 World Netball Cup. And there’ll be plenty of Aussies heading over to support the Samsung Australian Diamonds Netball World Cup team.
So there’s perhaps no better city to focus on for our $100 helpline, where we handpick three of the best activities to book that cost $100 or less.
Pie, pint and footie at Anfield
Anfield Stadium has been the home of Liverpool FC, or as the locals call them “the Reds”, since 1892 and there’s perhaps no better way to experience the stadium than to watch a game.
Liverpudlians are passionate about their team and it means the atmosphere on game day spills out of the stadium and into the many pubs that can be found in the suburb of Anfield. A 90 minute game definitely turns into a whole day of celebration (or commiseration) in the city.
Tickets for a match start at $80 but can go into the hundreds depending on who’s playing. It’s best to head to their website and pre-book before arriving in the city.
If your travel dates don’t tally up with a game day then you can still do a tour of the stadium and learn about its history, taking two hours and costing $45. Or you could check out the city’s other club, Everton, which isn’t as popular but still is a good day out.
Cost: From $45
Embrace Beatle mania
Liverpudlians are proud of their biggest export, The Beatles, and even to this day the band is celebrated throughout the city. There’s immersive walking tours, bars dedicated to the fab four, their own museum and merchandise available at every turn.
So, where to start? The Beatles Walking Tour is just $40 and is perfect on your first day as you’ll also learn the lay of the land in Liverpool. The tour guide will share the boys’ favourite hangouts while also offering an insight into the historical docks and famous waterfront.
And then, of course, it has to be a visit to Matthew Street. The most famous street in Liverpool that is packed with bars. But the one that attracts the most attention is The Cavern, where The Beatles played regularly during their heyday and still attracts the world’s biggest acts.
If you’re still wanting to learn more about the British music scene then head to the incredible British Music Experience. Entry into this vibrant exhibition costs $30 and is packed with costumes, instruments and memorabilia from the likes of Adele, David Bowie and of course, The Beatles.
Cost: From $40
The ultimate booze cruise
Liverpool is a brilliant night out. In fact, it’s probably one of the best in the whole of England. The city is teaming with unique bars, traditional English pubs, plenty of restaurants and a lively club and music scene.
Our top pick for kicking off a night on the town has to start on the river with a boat cruise. The River Mersey runs through the heart of the city and even got a name check in a song by Gerry And The Pacemakers.
And most nights of the week Mersey Travel run a themed boat party with a fully licensed bar and live music that runs for 2.5 hours from 7.30pm. It’s a great option for a solo traveller or for those who like to make friends on their travels, with those on-board usually continuing their fun on land after the boat moors.