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Travel Spotlight: Take The Long And Winding Road To Liverpool

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Liverpool, an English city with an Irish warmth, is so much more than the home of the Beatles. The city has outgrown its reputation as a gritty industrial town, jazzing itself up after being named European Capital of Culture in 2008.

Sure, its fun to walk in the footsteps of young John Lennon or to have a few photos taken on Penny Lane.

But don't forget the museums near the gorgeous Albert Dock. Shop for the latest styles at the city's gleaming new retail district, Liverpool One, then soak up the greatest atmosphere in sports at Anfield Road, home to fabled soccer team Liverpool FC.

Walker Art Gallery, steps from Liverpool's Lime Street train station, hosts a stunning collection of paintings and sculpture, from the 13th century to the present day.

Walker welcomes children with its Big Art for Little Artists gallery. There are games, dressing-up and all sorts of art activities. A colorful book 'Something Wild...at the Walker Art Gallery' is an ideal way to introduce them to the paintings and sculptures in the main gallery.

Next, meet six life-life animatronic dinosaurs, a short walk away at the World Museum. From there, amble down to the city's famed Albert Dock for a visit to the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Uncover objects from the Titanic, find out about life at sea and learn about the port of Liverpool.

Three excellent cultural sites for the low, low price of...nothing. Admission is free, leaving you plenty of pounds to spend on cask-conditioned real ales and a proper Sunday roast.

Nearby Manchester may be winning more trophies these days, but the heart of English football beats on the banks of the Mersey, with two of the sport's most decorated clubs located on either side of Stanley Park.

Soccer tourists flock to Liverpool for a chance to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone" with the supporters of Liverpool FC. A friendly-by-English-standards rivalry exists with the city's other club, Everton FC, and the twice-a-year matches between the local sides are a celebration of civic pride.

Tickets are tough to find for matches at LFC's Anfied Road and Everton's Goodison Park, but its worth the fortune charged by online ticket brokers.

Get your Beatles fix with a 3-hour magical mystery tour provided by Fab Four Taxi Tours. Fab Four Taxi Tours is consistently ranked in the top spots on TripAdvisors "Things To Do In Liverpool" list.

A group of five can squeeze into a cab to visit all the significant locations. Your loveable Scouse driver will tell tales as he whisks you around the city to Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, and the other places where the four lads that rocked the world came of age.

Flights to Liverpool from the U.S. will connect in Amsterdam, but an alternative choice is to fly into Manchester and take a quick train ride from the airport into Liverpool.

Mid-week flights start at around $700 dollars from the East Coast of the U.S.

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