It’s been a while since I have put together a travel inspired post, so today I wanted to share with you the best way to spend a budget weekend in one of my favourite North West cities – Liverpool. Last weekend, I opted for some quality family time from Friday to Sunday staying at the Travelodge on Exchange Street, to spend a little time exploring Liverpool and having a budget break away from Manchester.
There are over 500 Travelodge hotels across the UK, so no matter which city I want to take a weekend break to, I usually always end up having a little check at Travelodge’s availability and prices before I look elsewhere. I guess it’s because I know them as a reputable, trusted name in the accommodation world. Everytime I have stayed in one of their hotels, I have always had a clean and pleasant room for a really affordable price. So for this particular weekend, it made sense to stay here…
It’s not often I get to spend quality time with my Mum and Sister, so as my sister works and spends a lot of time in Liverpool, my Mum and I got the train to Liverpool on a Friday afternoon to meet her and checked into the Exchange Street Travelodge, before heading out for a good old fail-safe meal at Pizza Express. Our room was a basic double room but was roomy, clean, comfortable and cheery, with all inclusive buffet style breakfast for Saturday and Sunday. For a casual little weekend trip, it was everything we needed.
I found that throughout my stay, the staff were attentive all-round and helped us with anything we needed. We experienced a cold shower situation in our room, in which the staff were more than helpful to move us room and offer complimentary drinks at the bar to apologise for the inconvenience. And they do have a great range of spirits and whiskeys may I add! The Bombay Sapphire and Jack Daniels did the trick as perfect end-of-the-night drinks.
Nothing beats a good old traditional all-you-can-eat English Breakfast style buffet breakfast! We were fully satisfied after two days of stuffing our faces with toast, eggs, beans, sausage, tomatoes, cereals, blueberry muffins, coffees, teas, yoghurts… you seriously can’t beat a bit of everything right?
So you are probably wondering what I had planned to do in Liverpool for the weekend, as staying at the Travelodge was literally just a place for us to rest out heads so surely my whole weekend isn’t just going to involve a discussion of my accommodation…
I have put a couple of photos together which capture a little glimpse of the relaxed weekend, and have also put together a few little pointers which I recommend bearing in mind in case you plan on taking a weekend trip to Liverpool yourself. It truly is a lovely city – many a time I have came here for friends birthdays and done nothing else but go out in the city for a night out (which is still a very good reason to visit Liverpool at night, as it is an awesome place for drinks and dancing), but this time I opted for a few more chilled out attractions:
1. If you love music, and more importantly the history of music, take a walk down to The Cavern Club on Matthew Street to see where The Beatles started out. We took a walk here on the Sunday daytime, but I have heard it’s a great place to check out at night too.
2. Save a few hours aside for a shopping spree at Liverpool One and indulge in a spot of retail therapy – you’ll find all your favourite brands and more around this shopping area. There are also little side streets too around Liverpool One with more premium stores, and then of course the main shopping High Street which has a few more budget shops. It is pretty spot on for shopping. There are lots of cute coffee shops around too for a little break, and if you are into your tea’s, check out Leaf for a little tea break. You won’t be disappointed if you are a true fan! I’ve mentioned it in an older blog post here.
3. Visit the Empire Theater and book in to see a show. I attended a Matinee performance for Dirty Dancing on the Saturday which was a lovely change for me, as I usually see shows and musicals in the evening. It was nice to spend the day watching the show, and then heading back to our hotel to get ready for an evening out. If Dirty Dancing is touring when you are looking for a show to see, then I do really recommend watching it. It’s a really fun, feel-good girly show, so definitely one I recommend rounding up your ladies and booking to see. The soundtrack is phenomenal and really gets you in a dancing mood. A show that makes you ponder dance classes afterwards!
4. Book a meal at the Albert Dock in the evening, and visit the neighbouring bars for a cocktail or two. I visited Gusto on the docks, and couldn’t fault the ambiance, food, service, drinks and price. This restaurant never fails to impress me. The best Gnocchi around!
5. For a little more culture, there is the Liverpool Cathedral, Central Library and Tate Liverpool Gallery worth checking out if you have spare time. The Tate is fantastic if you love modern art, and if beautiful architecture is something you love to explore, then Liverpool boasts not one, but two of these! Have a bit of a research and see if you can fit these into your itineraries.
Overall, we had the nicest of weekends in one of my favourite UK cities. Thanks to Travelodge for providing a comforting place to rest our heads at night and for giving us a fantastic central location. Whilst I have just shared my fun weekend with you all- which is your favourite UK city to visit for the weekend? Do let me know, as a blogger who regularly features travel, I am always interested in hearing everyone else’s favourite spots!