Learning in Liverpool

During your stay in Liverpool studying and learning Chinese Culinary Arts is important, but it is also important to have fun and make lots of friends and happy memories.

We have a fantastic Social Programme that allows you to explore the city and the UK whilst meeting new people. Many of our activities are free or low-cost and you can join as many as you like.

Music and Theatre

Live Music Venues

It’s easy to see why Liverpool is known as one of the world's great music cities and there’s always somewhere to see live music. There is a fantastic variety of venues to fit all musical tastes. There is the great 11,000-seater Echo Arena where world famous acts perform such as Coldplay, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. We have the mid-size O2 Academy and smaller venues where you can see new and exciting musical acts. For those that prefer something more traditional, we have the Philharmonic Hall which is home to the oldest professional symphony orchestra in the UK. We also have open air concerts and lots of free music bars around the city.

The Cavern Club and Mathew Street

Mathew Street is the birthplace of the Beatles and the most famous street in Liverpool. It’s full of popular pubs and bars, some of which the Fab 4 used to drink in. You can see their influence on the area by walking down the street and seeing the statues and sculptures. The Cavern Club opened in 1961 and has been an iconic music venue ever since. The Beatles performed 292 shows here and over the years the venue has hosted some of the world’s most successful singers including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Queen, The Who, Oasis, Adele and Jessie J

.Attractions

There are many musical themed attractions to see to celebrate and learn about music in Liverpool. New for this year is the British Music Experience dedicated to the history of music in the UK. Fans of the Beatles can have the full Fab 4 experience by visiting the Beatles Story Museum, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. You can also take a specialised taxi or bus tour around the city to see the childhood homes and significant Beatles tourist attractions.

Events

The Liverpool music calendar continues to grow every year and has something for everybody. The biggest date in that calendar is the Liverpool International Music Festival which is held every August. There is also Liverpool Music Week which has been voted as the ‘UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival’ and Sound City which hosts bands from around the world. If dance music is your favourite style then we have the ‘UK’s Best Major Festival’ Creamfields and we even have the UK’s largest celebration of African culture with the Africa Oye festival.ree Beatles Story Museum, an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. You can also take a specialised taxi or bus tour around the city to see the childhood homes and significant Beatles tourist attractions.

Art and Culture

Museums

Liverpool has more museums than any other city in the UK outside of London. The World Museum combines historic treasures from across the globe with the latest interactive technology. The permanent exhibition includes collections about ancient Egypt, space, dinosaurs and geology; it even has an aquarium and a planetarium. The Museum of Liverpool specialises in the city’s social and cultural history whilst the Maritime Museum has exhibitions on maritime history, world trade and immigration. For music lovers there’s also the Beatles Story museum and the brand new British Music Experience museum.

Art Galleries

The Tate Art Gallery at the Albert Docks has one of Britain’s finest collections of modern art where everybody can find something they love. The Walker Art Gallery is known as the national gallery of the north. Here you can discover over six centuries of fine and decorative art. The Bluecoat is Liverpool’s oldest surviving building and holds art exhibitions and events throughout the year. The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) is a media arts centre which hosts art projects, exhibitions and also contains an art-house cinema where you can watch critically-acclaimed and foreign films.

Cathedrals

There’s an old Liverpool folk song with the lyrics “If you want a cathedral, we've got one to spare”. On each end of Liverpool’s famous Hope Street is a cathedral. Both are very different yet equally impressive. The Metropolitan Cathedral was built in 1967 and is a modern and iconic structure and one of the first to challenge the typical cathedral design. After a short walk down the street you come to the magnificent Anglican Cathedral. Built between 1904 and 1978 this is Britain’s largest cathedral and the fifth biggest in Europe.

Architecture

There is an impressive 2,500 listed buildings in Liverpool. Many of our grandest buildings were originally built as headquarters for shipping companies. Some of Liverpool’s most recognisable landmarks are the Three Graces on the riverside. One of these three buildings is the Royal Liver Building which is topped by two Liver Birds, the symbol of Liverpool. Another notable building is St Georges Hall which was built in 1854 and is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world. Walking around the different areas of the city is an architectural treat and there’s always something new to discover.

Cathedrals

There’s an old Liverpool folk song with the lyrics “If you want a cathedral, we've got one to spare”. On each end of Liverpool’s famous Hope Street is a cathedral. Both are very different yet equally impressive. The Metropolitan Cathedral was built in 1967 and is a modern and iconic structure and one of the first to challenge the typical cathedral design. After a short walk down the street you come to the magnificent Anglican Cathedral. Built between 1904 and 1978 this is Britain’s largest cathedral and the fifth biggest in Europe.

Sports and Fitness

Football

We’re very proud in Liverpool of our title as the most successful footballing city in England. We have two Premiership football teams Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C. who have been playing in the city since the late 1800’s. Football fans can do a tour of their stadiums Anfield and Goodison Park, get tickets for a match or enjoy the atmosphere watching a game in a local pub. Some of the greatest British players come from Liverpool including Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, proving that football really is part of who we are.

More Sports

Here in Liverpool we don’t just enjoy football, there’s a sport for everyone and an event to go with it. England’s ‘Golf Coast’ is in Merseyside where we have 12 of the best golf courses in the UK and players come from around the world to play. The St Helens rugby team the Saints is the most successful team in the Rugby League. Horseracing is also very popular in Liverpool where we have two traditional racecourses. Aintree hosts the world-famous Grand National where the world’s top jockeys race and the audience compete for the best-dressed award.

Keeping Fit in Liverpool

Liverpool has more gyms per person than any city in the UK so keeping fit is easy and accessible to all. Many of the gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go or sign up for a month so whatever your usual exercise regime you can continue it during your stay here. We have several swimming pools and sports centres where you can play a game of tennis or squash with your friends. For the more adventurous there is the Liverpool Watersport Centre where you can enjoy the River Mersey on a canoe, stand-up paddleboard or sailboat.

Nights and Days Out

Bars and Clubs

Liverpool’s nightlife is one of the best in the UK. Whether you’re into house music, heavy rock, eighties classics, techno, RnB, indie or pop music there’s always a venue where you can dance the night away. There’s a large choice of cocktail bars such as the Hawaiian-themed Aloha or the hidden prohibition bar Berry and Rye. We have Salt Dog Slims with hot dogs and steins on the menu, and student favourites like Heebie Jeebies and The Krazyhouse. Concert Square has some of the city’s biggest bars and clubs with well-known names such as Walkabout and Revolution.

Traditional Pubs

If you prefer a nice cosy pub then Liverpool has a great selection of traditional English pubs for you to visit. In the summer there are some great beer gardens where you can enjoy a refreshing cider in the sunshine and in the winter you can be nice and warm in front of an open fire. We have the Beatle’s favourite pubs like Ye Cracke and The Grapes, the grand Philharmonic with the magnificent dining room and The Baltic Fleet which has been serving beer for around 400 years. New microbreweries are appearing all around Merseyside and their craft beers can be sampled in many pubs around the city.

The Baltic Triangle

This recently developed neighbourhood has become the home of creativity in the city and has recently been voted as one of the ‘hippest areas in the UK’. The old factories and shipping warehouses of the 1800’s have been changed into some of the best bars, clubs, and restaurants in the city whilst keeping their old, raw charm. Just a short walk from the city centre you will find VW campervan food trucks, vintage clothing markets, art fairs, live music, pop-up street food stalls and summer gin gardens.

Theatres

The theatres in Liverpool provide the city with a great choice of entertainment. The Empire Theatre is the biggest with space for over 2300 people. It stages plays, musicals, ballets, comedy acts, and pantomimes. Over the years it has hosted some of the most successful West End productions ever including Rent, Wicked, Cats, Grease and Ghost. The renowned Everyman and Playhouse theatres show ground-breaking shows and plays and are responsible for starting the careers of Bill Nighy, Julie Walters and Pete Postlethwaite. If comedy shows are more your thing we have a great collection of comedy clubs around the city to get you laughing.