If you’re travelling with the little ones, you’ve come to the right place – family days out in Liverpool are never boring. From wandering around Albert Dock and its famous waterfront museums to cruising up and down the River Mersey, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Liverpool with kids.
Thanks to its many museums, musical marvels and maritime history, the attractions in Liverpool are suitable for all ages
Hop onboard a Mersey Ferry
The best way to see the best of Liverpool and its UNESCO World Heritage skyline is from the water. The whole family can take an hour long River Explorer Cruise on an iconic Mersey ferry that will not only show you all the sights, but also give you a running commentary, so you can learn more about the city’s fascinating past and present; from illegal smugglers to modern day music groups. If the sun is shining, you can enjoy the fresh air up on deck, or if it’s a bit chilly, warm up with a hot chocolate downstairs and watch the world go by from the large windows.
Help out on the farm
A short 20-minute drive from the city centre is Croxteth Hall and Country Park, one of the best things to do in Liverpool for kids. The main building, Croxteth Hall was once the home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton and is one of Liverpool’s most important heritage sites. You can walk through the historic house that has been left in its original Edwardian style, then head outside to see the beautiful Victorian Walled Garden and the 500-acre nature reserve. There’s also a traditional working Home Farm, where kids can learn about the importance of farming and pet rare breed animals including Irish Moiled cattle, different pig breeds, endangered sheep, as well as goats, Shetland ponies, donkeys and baby chicks.
Curious About Liverpool gives you a unique insight into the city and its history. There are two treasure hunt style walks that will last an hour or two and help you uncover lots of the city’s secrets and untold stories. The first walk covers museums, music and culture and will lead you on a trail with clues, games and hidden hints to see sights such as St George’s Hall, Walker’s Art Gallery, the Central Library and the World Museum. The second walk covers the river, port and docks, and takes you through the ancient streets, past parish churches and along the River Mersey. You can download or buy the maps online.
Down at the dock
Albert Dock is one of the city’s main attractions, and home to must-see museums such as The Beatles Story, the International Slavery Museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Tate Liverpool. If the kids aren’t necessarily interested in music and maritime tales, there’s also the brand new Mattel Play! Liverpool, an indoor activity attraction based on TV characters like Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam. Divided into three interactive zones, kids are invited to explore the Island of Sodor and learn all about trains and movement, get to work and build construction sites, and head down to the fire station to learn all about rescue and safety.
Drop the kids off for some personal time
If you need a much-deserved break, head straight to the new Liverpool ONE, the UK’s largest open-air retail complex. For kids, there’s the Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf course, two indoor 18-hole putt putt courses, a 14-screen ODEON cinema, complete with IMAX 3D, and the Dome, an activity area on Chavasse Park where there are regular children’s workshops and performances. On weekends, you can take advantage of the ODEON Kids Clubs, where the centre will look after your little ones while you enjoy the great shopping, museums and other nearby attractions.