Local information

Tourist information

Liverpool is a city of culture, heritage & people. With its unique attractions, exciting events, world class sport offerings, unrivalled musical heritage and famously warm welcomes, Liverpool is the ideal destination to visit and explore.

For Liverpool tourist information, please visit www.visitliverpool.com.

The nearest Liverpool Information Centre (Tourist Information Centre in Leeds) is situated in Lime Street Station on Platform 7. It is open 7 days a week from 9:00 - 16:30. 

Highlights include:

  • Sight seeingPier Head and Three Graces - For nearly a century the magnificent Three Graces - the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building - have defined one of the world’s most recognised skylines. Albert Dock - Restored in the 1980s, these beautiful old warehouses are the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK and now host visitor attractions, bars and restaurants. Liverpool Cathedral - The biggest cathedral in Britain – incredibly impressive both inside and outside, especially if you head up the tower to see the amazing views across the city. 
  • Shopping - Liverpool ONE is home to over 160 shops, leisure attractions, bars and restaurants.
  • William Brown Street (Liverpool Quarters) - Possibly the most architecturally stunning street in Liverpool, you can find iconic and beautiful buildings such as St George’s Hall, Walker Art Gallery and Central Library here.
  • Museums - Museum of Liverpool - The new Museum of Liverpool is dedicated to the history of a city, and what a history! Explore Liverpool’s industrial past and cultural heritage, from its early days as a port city through the music, culture and football that have ensured the city’s name has resonated around the world. Tate Liverpool - The home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North and one of the most visited galleries outside of London. The gallery stages a changing programme of special exhibitions throughout the year.

Useful local information 

  • Money - Britain's currency is the pound sterling (£). Credit cards - especially Visa and Mastercard - are widely accepted in restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. American Express and Diners Club cards are less commonly accepted. There are plenty of cash machines (also known as cashpoints or ATMs) available in and around Liverpool.

  • VAT - Value-added tax (VAT) is a 20% sales tax levied on most goods and services except basic food items, books and children's clothing. Restaurants must, by law, include VAT in their menu prices. If you are travelling for leisure or business purposes, you may be eligible for a VAT refund. The VAT refund scheme is called the Retail Export Scheme or Tax-Free Shopping. www.hmrc.gov.uk/vat/sectors/consumers/overseas-visitors.htm

  • Electricity - UK appliances are fitted with three-pin plugs that can be connected to the UK mains supply through wall sockets. Unlike the sockets in many other countries, these have a switch to turn the power supply on and off - make sure you've turned it on if you're trying to charge your appliance. UK power sockets deliver an average voltage of 230v, although in practice this can be slightly higher. To charge devices that are compatible with this voltage, simply buy the appropriate adapter from the airport or from high street shops. If your device runs on a lower voltage, however, then you will also need a converter to stop it from over-heating. Even if your country uses lower voltages, remember to check whether your device is dual-voltage (look for the 110-240v notation) before buying a converter.

  • Telephone - If you're visiting the University of Liverpool from abroad, don't forget that the UK dialling code is +44 (which replaces the 0) and to check your own country's code before you travel. If you are travelling to Liverpool from abroad, using your mobile phone may cost you more than it does at home. Check your network's roaming charges before you travel.

  • Climate and weather - The UK has a changeable climate, Liverpool has a changeable climate, the average yearly low is 5°C (41°F) and average yearly high is 16°C (61°F).  For the latest local BBC weather report click here.

  • Health services - The National Health Service (NHS) is the main healthcare provider in the UK. NHS treatment is free for UK residents. Overseas nationals are not eligible for free NHS treatment except if they need emergency treatment while in the UK. You are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any medical expenses. If you come from a country that holds a UK healthcare agreement, you are entitled to free or reduced-cost medical treatment if needed immediately for a condition that started after your arrival in the UK. If you're visiting from Europe, you need to carry a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) in case you need immediate and necessary medical treatment in an NHS hospital. Without this you can be charged for treatment. Travel insurance is still advisable as it offers greater flexibility over where and how you're treated, and can cover expenses not paid for by the NHS. Find out more on the NHS website www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad

  • Emergencies - Visitors should be aware of their personal safety. Call 999 for the emergency services (police, fire and ambulance) which is a free call from any phone. You can also call 112 for non-life threatening assistance and to report crimes. To report non-urgent crime, call the police on 101 from within the UK.

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline:
    23 February 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    22 March 2016