I have wanted to go back to London since I first stepped foot in the English capital about 9 years ago, and this month I made that a reality!
I had been planning this big “United Kingdom” getaway for about half the year now, and I knew I wanted to spend some time in London again, but also see more of what England has to offer (before going to my next country). So, I present to you: London and Liverpool – two iconic English cities.
Let’s start with London, because that’s where I flew into and was my first stop of many throughout two weeks. This was also the only city I was staying in alone, since my mom was coming a few days later, and I opted to stay in a hostel to 1) save money and 2) connect with other, younger travelers. I stayed in the Palmers Lodge Dormitory and it was close to two stations, away from the busier city streets and had about 15 bunk beds to a room. To be honest, this didn’t bother me too much, because I knew I wasn’t going to be spending a lot of time there anyway.
While in the city, I first made my way to the Tower Bridge and the accompanying castle, since I remembered liking this from my first visit. I did do something new, though – if you pay about 7 Euros, you can go up into the Tower Bridge and look at the view below from the glass floors! The ticket also lets you see into the engine room (equally as neat).
When we got to Liverpool, we only had one full day here so we tried to pack as much into it as we could. After dropping our bags off at the hotel, we walked to the Royal Albert Dock and made our way to The Beatles Story (we were in Liverpool after all). The Beatles Story was a self-guided audio tour detailing the story of the Fab Four where each room was detailed to look like an important place in their lifetime.
Next, we went to the International Slavery Museum and learned about England’s (and Liverpool’s) role in the internal slave trade. We finished our night by walking along the pier, next to the water and ended up at a cozy little pub where we drank before heading back to our hotel for the night.
Stay tuned to hear about the rest of my mom and I’s adventure! More blogs coming soon as we made our way across Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Iceland.
I love, love London! I didn’t know you could go up in Tower Bridge, will have to do that next time!
yes! its so neat – thanks for reading 🙂
How many days would you recommend in Liverpool to really see it? I’m a big Beatles fan so I feel like I need at least 2 days.
Depends! We were there for only 1 day and felt like we got to see everything we wanted to, however, I would recommend 2 days if you dont want to feel rushed
I’ve been to London only on an 8 hour layover, but I’m headed back this spring! Thanks for these great tips. I’m so excited to see the Tower Bridge, and you’ve inspired me to maybe pop into Liverpool as well.
I love London too! I’ve been twice and my husband wanted to go back — so we are booked to go next spring!
ugh so jealous – have lots of fun!!!
My daughter will be in London this summer. She is really looking forward to this trip!
she’ll love it !!
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