Liverpool is constantly re-inventing itself. From industrial superpower at the turn of the 20th century to music mecca of the 1960s, and footballing capital in the 1970s and 1980s. These days Liverpool regularly appears on lists of the best cities to visit in the UK, if not the world.

Why? Because, quite simply, as well as its fantastic heritage, Liverpool has so much to offer: sport to shopping and cuisine to culture. With so much going on, we at Motor Range felt the need to award our own ‘Best Of’ titles to honour our fantastic city.

Building Greatness

It’s well known that outside of London, Liverpool has more listed buildings than any other city in the UK, 2400 in fact. The stunning skyline boasts the likes of St George’s Hall and the Three Graces - The Cunard Building, The Liver Building and The Port of Liverpool - as well as newer additions such as the St Johns Beacon and the Museum of Liverpool building. Even the football stadiums are works of art!

Our favourite architectural feat is Liverpool Cathedral. As the largest Anglican cathedral in Europe, its sheer size is awe-inspiring. Old meets new as the stunning century old stained glass windows stand alongside installations from contemporary artists such as Tracy Emin. The 100m-tall tower provides an excellent vantage point to take in the vista of Liverpool and the surrounding area.

In A League Of Its Own

We can’t mention Liverpool bests without looking at football teams, the contenders here being Liverpool and Everton. Between them, they make Liverpool the number one UK city when it comes to Football League Titles. With LFC gaining 18 League wins to EFC’s 9, and at the risk of upsetting the blue half of the city, we’ll have to award the honor of best football team to LFC.

And as for individual players, there are too many to choose from. Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Luis Suarez all lending their skills to LFC at some stage while Gary Lineker, Wayne Rooney and Phil Jagielka have contributed valiantly to Everton’s successes. Our all-time favourite, however, has to be Steven Gerrard for his longevity at Liverpool and time spent as England Captain.

Culture Vultures (Or Liverbirds)

For culture of a different kind, Liverpool is jam packed full of museums and galleries. World-renowned art venues such as Tate Liverpool, and educational sites like the Maritime Museum and FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) are scattered throughout the city. Liverpool's various stunning museums gain hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. Recently voted to possess the UK’s most stunning view, the Museum of Liverpool has many fantastic sights within its walls too. The purpose-built structure houses exhibits featuring history and culture from Liverpool as well as locations all around the world.

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Classy Cars

While the rest of the country might plump for the Ford Fiesta as most popular car, Liverpool’s drivers are more discerning. To prove this fact, research shows that the BMW Series 3 is the most popular choice when it comes to a new car in Merseyside. 

Yes, smaller, more affordable cars might be the choice of vehicle in the UK as a whole but according to Auto Trader, half of the top ten cars searched for in Liverpool are made by BMW or Mercedes, leaving the Fiesta in a humble 5th place.

In For A Penny

Once Liverpool’s only shopping centre, the High Street chains of St John’s Precinct now  compete with Liverpool ONE, the boutiques of the Met Quarter and quirky independents of Bold Street. All within the city centre, you’ll be able to tick everything off your shopping list with just a short walk.

Our ‘Best Of Shopping’ award goes to Bluecoat Retailers, a collection of specialist vendors offering an eclectic range of products at Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts. Book and music sellers, art galleries, silversmiths and tailors will surprise and tempt you with their wares, allowing you to fill your shopping basket with something a little out of the ordinary.

Liverpool City Centre

Stay A While

New hotels are constantly appearing in Liverpool, creating a vast array of accommodation choices. Crash pads to 5-star luxury, Liverpool has got it all covered in abundance.

The imposing Adelphi, once one of the country’s most luxurious hotels now fades in comparison to the likes of party palace, the Signature Living Hotel and the football themed Shankly Hotel.

Hope Street Hotel gets our vote. It has remained under the same ownership since it was converted from a warehouse in 2004, and it shows. Standing between Liverpool’s 2 cathedrals and opposite the Philharmonic Hall, the location is enviable, as is the accommodation and service.

Claim To Fame

Many a famous face has links to Liverpool - once a scouser, always a scouser. Comedian John Bishop has ran, swam and laughed his way through the length of the UK and still calls Merseyside (or thereabouts) his home. Craig Charles tried to escape to London as Rimmer in the comedy space series Red Dwarf  but returned to live in the North West as he acted in Coronation Street for 10 years. Others have travelled further afield to demonstrate their acting skills, such as David Morrissey, lately acting as The Governor in US TV series The Walking Dead.

One of Liverpool’s most famous sons, and recipient of our title for ‘Best Celebrity in Liverpool’, is Daniel Craig of 007 fame. A graduate of the Everyman Theatre, he resided in Liverpool during his youth, obviously gaining the skills required to defend the UK as James Bond.

Well-Tuned Transport

Not many cities can claim to have a song about their transport. Liverpool’s Mersey Ferry aka Ferry Across the Mersey (by Gerry and the Pacemakers), Liverpool Cruise Terminal, Ports at Seaforth, Wallasey and Birkenhead, and Lime Street train station make the city a veritable transport hub. Probably the travel option that makes the most difference to the region is Liverpool John Lennon Airport, generating an estimated revenue of £175 million per year and supporting 4,500 jobs in the region.

Flying directly to more than 60 airports in 30 different countries worldwide, LJLA has enabled Liverpool to gain international weight as a credible holiday and business destination.

The Car's The Star

These great transport links and a skilled workforce make for a fantastic location for industry, which is once again booming in Liverpool, following a few dark years after the decline of the shipping industry.

Tourist business is thriving, and the wide range of architecture coupled with a pool of creative talent has seen the film industry choose the city for on-location shooting, time and time again. The service sector also makes a huge contribution to Liverpool’s economy with many insurance and financial companies as well as government agencies choosing to make the city their home.

In our view, the most notable industry in the Liverpool area has got to be automotive manufacturing. Part of the largest car producer in the UK, Jaguar Land Rover is located in Halewood amongst other car and parts manufacturers providing employment for thousands throughout the city.

Thankfully, the used car retail industry is also thriving in Liverpool. When you’ve finished taking a look at our Best Of Liverpool recommendations, come along to our Merseyside showroom and let us know if Motor Range gets your vote as the best in its field.

While you’re there, take a look at our wide range of used cars and choose the best car to take you home.