One of the most popular cities in the UK, Liverpool is well served by the cruise industry with a large number of cruise liners heading for the North West as they sail around the British coast.
Those who do head for Liverpool will enjoy the chance to visit a city that is rich in history and culture, being home to a variety of famous buildings that are deemed to have important architectural value.
One of the most popular parts of the city can be found within minutes of setting foot on dry land, with the Albert Docks forming part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City; an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Amongst the attractions within Albert Dock are the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Tate Liverpool art gallery and the Beatles Story; which tells the story of how four young men from Liverpool went on to become one of the most famous bands the world has ever seen.
The Dock is also home to a number of bars and restaurants, whilst the Pier Head – part of the same World Heritage Site - is just a few minutes walk away.
The three buildings that make up the Pier Head – the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building – are three landmarks of the city, and amongst its most recognisable.
Amongst the other attractions to be found within easy access of the dockland area are the Museum of Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, the large Liverpool One shopping complex and Liverpool Cathedral.
Heading further afield across the city, the National Trust offers a tour that takes in the childhood homes of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney whilst sports fans can take a tour of Anfield – the home of Liverpool Football Club.
Tours of Goodison Park, home of arch rivals Everton, are also available on the other side of Stanley Park.
Whilst there is plenty to see and do in Liverpool, some cruise lines use the time docked in the city to offer day excursions further afield; with a trip to the Lake District being one such option that may be offered.