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A Fresher's cultural guide to Liverpool

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Are you a fresher wondering what Liverpool has to offer? Look no further to a comprehensive guide to Arts & Culture within Liverpool.

It can be a daunting concept moving to a completely new city with completely new people, leaving everything and everyone you know behind you. If you’re like me and find comfort in a good book, you’ll find this guide extremely helpful in settling you into the vibrant and bustling city of Liverpool.

Image: Grace Adele Dutch 

Everyman and Playhouse Theatres

If you’re into plays, musicals, theatre in general then Liverpool is right up your street! Two theatres, Everyman and Playhouse, are run by the same people and are situated in two different locations in Liverpool’s vibrant City Centre. So you’ll never be too far away from a theatre! The Everyman Theatre Company is known for taking famous plays like ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and turning it into ‘Romeo and Julius’, or for having a female Othello. These spins on a classic are normally making a social comment and so interesting and entertaining to watch.

 

Tate Liverpool & The Docks

Take a trip down to the famous Albert Docks and particularly the Tate Liverpool. ‘The Tate of The North’ opened its doors to the public in May of 1988 and is one of four main Tate sites across the country. The artwork is modern and unusual, and it’s a great place to go and compare the pieces to those of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, which has more classical pieces of artwork. Whilst around the Docklands you can also take a stroll around the docks themselves and overlook Liverpool’s famous Mersey River.

 

Images: Grace Adele Dutch

Liverpool Central Library

As well as the masses of books, Liverpool Central Library is home to over 150 computers and iPads and even an Xbox. However, I would recommend taking a good book into the Picton Reading Room and step back into time, the room is beautifully designed and kept. The library has so many nooks that are great for studying, reading and just getting away from the hustle and bustle of Liverpool’s thriving City Centre.

 

Antony Gormley’s Another Place

Liverpool isn’t known for its beaches and it’s hard to see why. Take a short train ride out of town into Crosby. Crosby Beach is where you’ll find Antony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’, a captivating art installation of 100 cast iron statues spread over three Kilometres of seashore. The pieces are very emotive and captivating, as art that is accessible and interactive to the individual who is experiencing it. The beach itself is an amazing place to take a Sunday stroll or for the more adventurous people, take a run or cycle.

 

News from Nowhere Bookstore

Bold Street is one of the best places to go to in town. It has an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants, vintage clothes shops and a bookstore called News from Nowhere, Liverpool’s only non-profit radical bookshop. If you’re a bookworm at University in Liverpool, you’ll spend a good chunk of your time is this bookshop. It sells new books, old books, fiction, and non-fiction so really will cater for all needs.

 

Architecture

Lastly, I am going to leave you with a few pictures of the amazing architecture all around Liverpool. There is a mix of old and new and some truly spectacular buildings, just like the iconic Liver Building. It is worth taking some time getting lost in the city and exploring these buildings and as there is a real beauty in Liverpool and now it’s right on your doorstep, so make the most of it.

Images: Grace Adele Dutch

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