Five Ideas… things to do in Liverpool away from Conference Floor

Tuesday 21-04-2015 - 19:36

A whistle-stop tour of Liverpool, the host city for this year’s National Conference.

Hundreds of student leaders from across the UK will descend onto the Liverpool ACC this week for our annual National Conference, contributing £1.9m to the local economy in the process.

National Conference is one of the largest democratic gatherings of students in the world, but if you’re a delegate, it’s important to unwind after a long day debating motions, electing national representatives and figuring out which of our fine fringes to attend.


So, whether you have some free time in the evenings or a couple of hours to kill before catching your return train on Thursday – even after the leaving speeches - here are five things to see and do in Liverpool at your leisure…

1. St. George’s Hall

Let’s begin with an easy scalp to bookend your visit. If Liverpool Lime Street is your terminus of choice for National Conference then just hop across the road to the nearby St. George’s Hall. The building is part of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site and architectural historians have regarded it as one of the finest neo-Grecian buildings in the world

2. Get some culture in at the Albert Dock

There are a plethora of great museums just a stone’s throw away from the ACC along the Albert Dock. The Tate Liverpool showcases an abundance of art from around the world, whilst the International Slavery Museum, Museum of Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum all document the city’s turbulent past.

If you’re looking for something further afield (time permitting!) then Antony Gormley’s permanent installation, ‘Another Place’, which consists of 100 cast iron sculptures strewn across Crosby Beach, is a must see.

3. Feel like the fifth Beatle

The city doesn’t like to boast about this fact too much but The Beatles, arguably the most ironing band on the planet resided here. Learn about their meteoric rise to fame in a number of ways - from The Beatles Story on Albert Dock to the Cavern Club, where they first performed. Or if you’re feeling a little more ambitious then carpool with a few other delegates and try Fab Four Taxi Tour.

4. Pick a footballing side

Football and Liverpool go hand in hand so we recommend a pilgrimage to either Anfied or Goodison Park, depending on your preference between Liverpool and Everton. If you’re a fan of the latter, there’s a prime photo op in visiting The Toffees’ official store ‘Everton Two’, which is located inside the Liverpool One shopping centre. We’ll leave you to work out that punchline...

5. Find an abstract view of the city

Find an abstract angle of the city – whether it’s from the Anglican Cathedral, ‘Paddys Wigwam’, the Williamson Tunnels or from a ferry ride across the River Mersey. Just remember to share your photos using the #NUSconference hashtag!


Not in Liverpool for National Conference? Watch our live stream here and follow the action on social media using the hashtag #NUSconference. 



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