RANGERS fans looking to get the inside knowledge on their Liverpool rivals for their next Champions League match should get themselves down to the city a few days early and book a tour of Anfield.
The stadium tour includes visits to the home and away dressing rooms, a walk through the players tunnel, a chance to sit in the dugout, views from the Main Stand, entry to the museum and the Boom Room – the story of Jurgen Klopp’s Dream Team.
There’s obviously no admission to certain part of the ground on the day of the big match on October 4 but you can book the hour and a half visit for October 2 to access all of the above. And why not? Liverpool is a fabulous city with so much more to see and do outwith the glorious game.
Jump in the car and in less than four hours the Liver Birds building will be in view. You can also let the train take the strain and be whisked down to the lively city on the Mersey in just over three and a half hours.
The train is probably best if you plan to return home the day after the match and plan a night out in the many pubs and bars to either celebrate or commiserate the result.
Liverpool prides itself on its vast choice of accommodation – from luxury big brands to independent hostels, quirky BnB’s to city-centre boltholes – you can rest easy when you come to this city.
If you don’t mind being a little out of the city centre, then hotels.com has room sat The Standard Bed and Breakfast from £55 on the night of the game or if you want to be smack bang in the middle then The Premier Inn Liverpool City Centre has rooms from £159.
The Britannia Adelphi City Centre has avialability from £214 or if you plan to splash out then the Liverpool Marriott has rooms from £382 on October 4.
BEST PLACES TO EAT
If you don’t fancy getting up early but don’t want to wait until lunch, then brunch in Liverpool is for you. From full English breakfasts to a whole host of eggs, stacks of pancakes and signature dishes, there is something for everyone to start a day exploring the city.
Duke Street Market has a brunch menu which runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 12pm.Guests can enjoy a range of dishes from all six kitchens, and the Market’s independent restaurant, Barnacle.
Dishes include brunch favourites like Eggs Benedict, Avocado on Toast, as well as Market specials including Salmon and Pastrami Hash and Breakfast Burritos.
The Full English breakfast at Tavern Co on Smithdown Road has won awards so you know brunch is going to be good here. Browse their huge menu of American and Mexican inspired dishes, from Huevos Rancheros, to breakfast burgers, you can’t go wrong.
The Baltic Market is street food heaven, Lu Ban for authentic Chinese small plates, The Baltic Social for punk afternoon tea and Dockleaf for a Sunday roast to end the week. Fancy a coffee? No problem! Coffee & Fandisha, Ditto Coffee, Ryde and – a coffee shop and a bike repair store in one.
If you haven’t been lucky enough to get a ticket for the match and looking for somewhere to watch the football, then you’ll easily find a venue perfect for cheering on your team.
From sports bars to warehouses full of TV screens, outdoor gardens, huge Irish bars or cosy pubs, there are plenty of places in Liverpool to pull up a seat to watch the beautiful game.
Head over to the Royal Albert Dock to the Long Shot. It’s the perfect place to go for live sporting events, innovative cocktails, craft beers and food & drink.
The Bridewell is an old police station and the cells have been turned into seating areas, there’s outdoor seating for the summer months and they also show the football in their upstairs bar.
Nestled into Hackins Hey off Dale Street, The Denbigh Castle shows a whole range of sports including all the football! Pull up a chair, grab a drink from the large selection of German lagers, cask and craft beers and enjoy.
Or head into the basement of Slim’s to find Peppercat Sports bar. With 14 LED TVs, you won’t miss out on any of the action whilst enjoying their great American food and drink.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
You can’t come to Liverpool without encountering something from the Fab Four. The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ is the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to telling the story of The Beatles’ rise to fame – a must for any music fan.
Located on Royal Albert Dock it takes visitors on a journey through the lives, times, culture and music of the world’s greatest band. See beatlesstory.com
One of the best ways to see all the famous Beatles locations across the city is with Fab 4 Taxi Tours. Grab your ticket to ride in a private black cab as a tour guide takes you on a journey around Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, Eleanor Rigby’s grave, Woolton Village and the childhood homes of the four lads from Liverpool. fab4taxitours.com
Older fans will well remember Gilbert O’Sullivan from the 1970s and 80s. And he’ll also be in the city at the time of the Champions League clash, taking to the stage at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, the night before on October 3. See liverpoolphil.com for tickets.
Doctor Who fans should grab the chance to see the Doctor Who Worlds of Wonder exhibit at the World Museum on until October 30. See liverpoolmuseums.org.uk
Liverpool city centre is often referred to in ‘quarters’ – and there’s more than four! There’s Georgian Quarter, Ropewalks, Chinatown, Baltic Triangle, St George’s Quarter, Waterfront, Cavern Quarter and the Knowledge Quarter all to explore when full-time is called on the big match.
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