14 Things Liverpool is Known and Famous For

Liverpool is famous for its unique accents, friendly people, and of course musical exports such as The Beatles. Liverpool is also known for its historic role as a key UK city, its diverse culture, and its great food!

I’ve pulled together a list of 14 things that Liverpool is most known for all around the world.

1. Music

A bronze statue of the four Liverpool Beatles stands on Liverpool Waterfront
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Across the entire world, Liverpool is known for its huge contribution to music. It’s even picked up recognition from Guinness World Records as the world’s ‘Capital City of Pop’.

The Beatles is arguably the most successful band in history and was first formed in Liverpool in 1960. They’re still hugely celebrated there, and dozens of attractions are available for enthusiasts in the form of museums, plaques, and guided tours.

If you’re flying into Liverpool, you’ll probably be reminded of the huge impact that the band continues to have – its most popular airport was renamed John Lennon Airport in 2002.

2. Football

Anfield stadium, the home ground of Liverpool FC
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Football fever (soccer fever if you like), runs through the city of Liverpool. Fans are naturally drawn to the infamous Anfield Stadium – the home of Liverpool FC.

Here they hope to get a taste of the continued glory that the club enjoys, with great success in the English League, Champions League, and holding the most European Cup titles of any football club.

Attractions that play into this reputation are extremely popular, such as the interactive museum at Liverpool FC, where fans flock to check out the popular Steven Gerrard Collection.

Everton FC is also located close to the city centre and is an important hub for footie fanatics. Another hugely successful team, Everton truly has fans in every corner of the globe.

3. Diversity

Diversity of people in Liverpool
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Collectively known as Scousers, Liverpudlians or Liverpolitans, people from Liverpool are famous for their welcoming and inclusive attitude.

As a city that has so often been defined by its port, immigrants from every corner of the globe have often rubbed shoulders together for the first time here. It’s home to the oldest black community in the UK dating back to the early 1700s, and the oldest Chinese community in Europe. 

The result is a hugely multicultural bunch that are nevertheless bound by an unmistakable love of their city. A sense of pride and of being from Liverpool rather than from England is not uncommon among residents.

4. Friendliness

Friendly people in Liverpool

It can’t be a coincidence that so many people have a hilarious story to tell about ‘that one time I met a Scouser on a night out. 

Scousers are known across the UK for being friendly, honest and chatty to everyone they meet, including strangers! As an extension of their inclusive and welcoming attitude, the Liverpool FC motto ‘You’ll never walk alone’ is a value that they take to heart.

Whether it’s exchanging morning smiles, sharing your woes, or taking part in a light conversation over tea or a pint, Scousers always seem to be up for a chat and some banter. If you’re lucky, they might even endear you with titles like “la”, “babe”, “kidda”, “hun” or “queen”.

And they’re not known for mincing their words either. Politics, religion, or the latest family dramas will not be off-limits – they’ll say what they mean, and mean what they say!

For this reason, Liverpool has consistently been ranked as the kindest, friendliest, and most honest city in the UK.

5. The accent

The first thing that will spring to mind for a lot of people when they think about Liverpudlians is their accent! It’s very distinct from other accents in the UK and can be very confusing for fresh-faced tourists and natives alike.

As an extension of the constant presence of new immigrants in the city, the Scouse accent has probably been influenced by the peoples of Ireland, Norway, and Wales. 

Despite perhaps being a little unpleasant on the ear to some, it usually ranks as one of the friendliest in the UK.

6. Its role in WWII

St Luke's Church a former Anglican parish church, which is now a ruin, built between 1811 and 1832 badly damaged during the Liverpool Blitz in 1941
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During the Second World War, Liverpool became victim to the worst series of air bombings in the whole of Britain. 

Even London did not sustain as much damage, with 200,000 out of 300,000 homes in Liverpool being damaged. 4,000 were killed, 10,000 were injured and 70,000 of the city’s inhabitants became homeless.

St Luke’s Church, or simply ‘The Bombed Out Church’, remains standing and has become an enduring symbol of this period. It also serves as a beacon of the resilience and spirit of the people. These days you can visit the church for music gigs, theatre performances, and food markets.

7. Its place in history

Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum entrance.
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Liverpool is famous for being the origin of most of the Irish and English immigrants who left for America in the 1800s. During the industrial revolution, it also became the center of the world’s cotton trade and was famous for its high-quality fabrics.

The port served as a major hub for slave trading and is thought to have been the source of up to three-quarters of slaves sent to Europe by the end of the 18th Century. 

This grim feature of Liverpool’s history is commemorated in the present day at the International Slavery Museum at the Royal Albert Dock.

8. Manufacturing

Luckily, Liverpool is also famous for manufacturing a variety of more innocent and well-loved exports.

In addition to cotton, factories in Liverpool have also produced the products of Ford, Meccano, Dunlop, Glaxo, Jacob’s, Jaguar, Princes, Tate and Lyle, and Sony.

9. Being a UNESCO World Heritage Site

View of liverpool waterfront from the windows of Liverpool museum at the docks

In 2004, UNESCO declared many areas in the center of Liverpool and around the docklands as World Heritage Sites. This recognized the rich history and key importance that the city has come to be known for.

Unfortunately, UNESCO removed this designation in 2021 due to what it saw as excessive development, but the importance of these areas will undoubtedly live on.

10. The Chinese Arch and Chinatown

Chinese arch on Nelson Street
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With the oldest Chinese community in Europe, it’s no surprise that Liverpool is known for its famous and bustling Chinatown.

The most prominent feature is a 44ft Chinese Arch, the largest example that exists outside of China.

A population of around 10,000 Chinese people remains in the city, responsible for a vibrant community that celebrates their culture and traditions. You can still find a huge variety of Chinese restaurants, takeaways, grocery stores, and delicatessens.

11. Museums and Art

World Museum Liverpool houses extensive collections of archaeology, natural and physical sciences
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Liverpool is crammed full of amazing museums and galleries. Apart from London, there’s nowhere else in the UK that you’ll find more.

Popular museums include the World Museum, Maritime Museum, Customs and Excise Museum, and International Slavery Museum.

And if we can shoehorn it into the category of art – the annual Africa Oye festival, a celebration of African music and culture, is pretty great too!

12. The Hillsborough Campaigners

In 1989, a tragic crush occurred during a football game in Sheffield that claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool F.C. fans. Initially blamed on the behavior of supporters by the police and the media, a 27-year fight began to clear their names.

A series of campaigns by the affected families and others culminated in judgments being made by investigators that the primary cause of the crush was in fact a failure of police control, and that the Liverpool supporters were in no way to blame. Campaigners also successfully exposed a subsequent cover-up campaign.

Despite the tragedy, one of the clearest enduring stories of the Hillsborough disaster is the persistence, resilience, and determination that was shown by Liverpudlians in standing up for their community, and for the truth.

13. The Grand National

Horse racing in Liverpool

Gamblers and horse racers probably know Liverpool is for its famous racecourse above all else.

Aintree Racecourse is home to the extremely popular Grand National event – the most valuable jump race in Europe with a grand prize usually in excess of £1 million.

14. Food

There are plenty of cold days in Liverpool, so why not warm yourself up with some of the famous local cuisine. 

Scouse - type of lamb or beef stew. stew commonly eaten by sailors throughout Northern Europe, which became popular in seaports Liverpool.

The term ‘Scouse’ actually comes from a well-known local food of the same name – a simple beef or lamb stew made with lots of chunky vegetables. 

A number of restaurants have scouse on offer in Liverpool and usually serve it up with pickled cabbage or beetroot, and fresh bread.

Healthy English food of mashed potatoes with greens including cabbage and cauliflower, called Bubble and Squeak

‘Bubble and squeak’ is another local delicacy to tuck into. While it may not originate from Liverpool, you won’t find it on the menu more often anywhere else.

Usually made with a potato base and a variety of other vegetable leftovers (from the Sunday roast), everything is chopped up and fried to crispy perfection.

Aerial view of Liverpool

This list covers a lot of things that Liverpool is known for, but there’s always more to explore. Did we miss anything? Let me know in the comments.

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