Seen as I will be moving to Liverpool in August and as my girlfriend Laura is originally from here, I wanted to go and explore what the city has to offer. I took a trip round the Albert Docks and the Liverpool ONE shopping area last week and enjoyed all it had to offer in the great weather. 

Albert Docks








There are plenty of places to look around at the Albert Docks with some great views of Liverpool's great location on the Mersey. You could spent a whole afternoon walking round the docks with plenty of shops and museums to explore. There are some great places to have food and drinks with the 'Pumphouse' being in a prime location as you go over to the docks. If you were wanting to stay around the docks area there are a few hotels within the docks area which will put you in a great place to go and explore the other parts of the city with Liverpool ONE only being 5 minutes away.  


There are a number of ferries that you can catch from the docks to different areas, whether it be just across the Mersey or further afield. As you can see they have got some quite interesting designs and even if you aren't going to catch one its worth going down to have a look at them. 


The Wheel of Liverpool is located to the left hand side of the docks, although you will be able to see if from many areas. It's well worth going on the wheel especially on clear sunny days as you get some great views of the docks and all across Liverpool. It costs between £6.50 and £9 depending on your age, for a full price list check out their website here.

Liverpool ONE


These are the steps up to the top section of Liverpool ONE and you wouldn't feel like you were in the middle of a bustling city. Its part of another area to go and relax in the sun when you need a break from shopping.


Looking back towards the docks from the top of Liverpool ONE, there are steps down towards more shops and places such as Bierkeller and Bill's Restaurant, as well as some fountains on your walk towards the docks. 


While exploring we went for lunch in Bill's which is just across from the Hilton in the photo. The food in there is really good and well priced, and I got a fish finger sandwich. It sounds a little like a child's meal but it was very nice. 

One useful tip when either shopping or eating in Liverpool ONE is to download the 'Liverpool 1' app. There are numerous discounts and we got 20% off the food bill plus a free cocktail with the meal at Bill's. This was just one of many discounts so check it out before you start spending!


Liverpool ONE has loads of different shops and restaurants with many of the restaurants being located on the top flood and seen in the photo including Red-Hot Buffet, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Pizza Express, Cafe Rouge, Yee Rah, Zizzi's and Las Iguanas. You can't go far wrong shopping here either with two floors packed full of high street shops, and for any more shopping you want to do its only a short walk through to Church Street and the Met Quarter with a number of designer shops. There is an Q Park car park integrated within the shopping centre so you can walk straight through to your car from the shops.

If you find yourself wanting something a little different to do their is also an Odeon Cinema on the top floor as well as Crazy Golf just down the escalators from the top floor.

Over the summer there are usually plenty of events going on at Liverpool ONE, such as a beach on top of Chavasse Park across from the restaurants, so be sure to check out the website to see whats going on.

Have you ever been to Liverpool? If you have did you enjoy the Albert Docks and Liverpool ONE and is there any other parts you would recommend?

Andy.