Bill Shankly as Remembered by the People of Liverpool

Bill Shankly was a true hero of Merseyside. Not only for his raging success in turning Liverpool football Club into the undeniable force it is today, but for his demeanour and connection with the people of the city he came to call home.

If he wasn’t driving down the street with Nessie’s knickers stuck to his car roof, he was touching the lives of many, many people in Liverpool

To help celebrate The Shankly Hotel’s second birthday, we invited our Facebook followers to share some of their stories of the great man himself, offering an endearing insight into how Liverpool’s greatest football manager was a down to earth and well-loved man.

“Sometimes you have to lose to know how to win”

Bill Shankly stories

“When I was 11 my Dad used to run the local Boxing club when I had my first fight I was so excited partly because it was my first fight but mainly because Bill Shankly was giving the trophies out.

Well, I got beat and instead of picking up my runners up trophy I ran out of the ring and into the changing room. I was really upset because in my eyes I had let my Dad down and I had done it in front of the great man. My Dad was trying to console me saying it would be ok.i wasn’t having any of it. Then in came Shanks which reduced me to a blubbering jelly.

You forgot this and gave me the runners up trophy. He put his hand on my shoulder and said: ‘Don’t worry son sometimes you have to lose to know how to win.’

With that he went out to watch the next bout. There was me with a smile as wide as the Mersey I’ve never ever forgot that day and told the story many times over the years. The word legend is used too often these days but in my eyes, there couldn’t be a more appropriate word to describe Shanks”

Barry Robinson

The Letter to a Fellow Footballer

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“This is the letter Bill Shankly sent to Jeff Twentyman the father of my friend Will Twentyman congratulating him on his move to Liverpool and his step up from the third division to the first which is now the premier league and top tier of English football.

This letter which also features in his book the secret diary of a Liverpool scout all about the scouting work Jeff did as he continued to be a great servant to the club for many years after he finished playing for them.

The reason the story is also amusing is because the reason behind the move was a floodlight fire causing part of the ground at the club he was at before was the reason he was sold as the most valuable player at the club at that time to raise funds!”

Joanne Noone

Mobbed at a Charity Football Match

Bill Shankly stories

“In the early 1970’s, when I was about ten, the local football team Poulton Victoria had a football pitch at the back of our house in Wallasey and they hosted a charity match with some big celebrities such as Rod Stewart and Jimmy Hill and it was even filmed by the BBC!

Towards the end of the game Bill Shankly turned up and was absolutely mobbed by fans, I was so overwhelmed I touched his coat and he looked down at me and smiled.

I can still feel that coat, it was a brown raincoat and the memory is as fresh as yesterday over 40 years later.”

Pamela Quinn

Bill Shankly’s Toilet

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“We used to play football on Barnfield Playing fields now known as the Shankly playing fields when I was about 10. We had our jackets as posts and he lived opposite and used to come across and ref.

One day I needed the loo and was about to leave early but instead, he took me home to his to use his toilet so I didn’t miss the footy. Couldn’t believe I was sat on his loo. He also told me that if I wanted to play for Liverpool I should play for a team instead of watching them.

I did just that on his say so. Never played for Liverpool but love playing and love Mr Shankly as we used to call him. An absolute legend who always looked out for us kids.”

Keith Duckworth

Always the Life of the Party

Bill Shankly Boardroom

“It was either the 1971 or 1973 FA Cup Final when I would have been 10 or 12 years old. We were having a street party for the cup final in Handel Street (which was off Lodge Lane but sadly no longer there).

The road was partially blocked off due to the party and a car came down the street, stopped and out got Bill Shankly. He was made up we were having a street party for Liverpool. He stayed for a while and chatted to all the adults and children. I said “Hello Mr Shankly” and he shook my hand.

I couldn’t believe how friendly and down to earth he was and the memory will last forever.”

Jackie Curry

The Man Who Could Walk on Water

“When my husband and I were walking down Muirhead Avenue one afternoon Bill was waiting in his car for his wife Nessie to come out of the hairdressers.

My hubby asked him if it was true that he could walk on water. Bill looked him straight in the eye and said ‘Aye laddie aye.’”

Jeff Campbell

One thing is for sure, the people of Liverpool loved Bill Shankly and Bill Shankly loved Liverpool. Although he was raised in Scotland, the people and the city of Liverpool will always have space in their heart for the man that changed football forever.

The Rise of Kop and Pop Culture in 1965 Liverpool

In Liverpool, music and football go hand in hand thanks to the rise in both Merseybeat and the quality of Merseyside football in the 1950’s. After Bill Shankly accepted the manager’s role at Liverpool football club there was a dramatic turnaround in performance and of course, Beatlemania began to traverse the globe as the boys made headlines with their unique sound.

The Shankly Museum holds vast archives of rare Shankly memorabilia but none showcase the link between Liverpool music and football so much as the telegram that will be unveiled to mark the two-year anniversary of The Sahnkllky Hotel opening. Shanks received the telegram from the FabFour on the day of the 1965 FA Cup Final when Liverpool played Leeds and won.

This remarkable piece of footballing and music memorabilia marks an upturn in the pop and Kop culture of Liverpool. These two fascinating phenomena took audiences across the world by storm creating a combined passion for Liverpool football and Merseybeat music.

Kop Culture

“I’m just one of the people who stands on the Kop. They think the same as I do, and I think the same as they do. It’s a kind of marriage of people who like each other.”

Shankly was loved by Liverpool, not just for what he did to transform the city’s beloved team but also for his quick wit and sharp humour. Scousers are known for being direct, straight talking people with hearts of gold and that’s just what Shankly was like.

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Above all Shankly was a down to earth man who knew the magnitude of the task he had ahead of him when he walked through the main entrance at Anfield in December 1959.

It wasn’t long before his work was rewarded as Liverpool football club climbed the ranks sweeping into division one by April 1962.

The turn around delighted fans who could be heard singing their hearts out from the Kop urging their players onward and upwards.

Fathers would drop their boys into the “boy’s pen” and go stand with their mates bellowing out tune after tune from the charts, which at the time was filled with tracks from local Merseybeat bands.

“The fans here are the greatest in the land. They know the game and they know what they want to see. The People on the Kop make you feel great – yet humble.”

Pop Culture

The rise in the quality of Liverpool football, thanks to Shanks’, mirrored another sweeping craze of the sixties; Beatlemania.

Four boys from the city were taking the music world by storm producing track after track, each hitting the UK top ten and holding their positions for weeks on end.

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Of course, the people of Liverpool were jubilant at this point as two of their homegrown talents were sweeping the world and coming up trumps.

Liverpool Football club even played the top ten at Anfield matches through the PA system before the game as almost every song belonged to a Merseybeat band. This also became known as the earliest instance of pre-match entertainment.

Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black and The Beatles had arrived on the music scene as had Liverpool football club in the international world of football.

The synchronicity of the two occurrences stirred something inside the people of Liverpool creating the amazing mix of music loving football fans we have today.

The Beatles and Shankly

The Beatles are known for having no particular ties to either of the Merseyside football clubs and quite famously when Brian Epstein asked for tickets for the 1965 FA Cup final for the boys Shanks replied;

“I have never seen any of The Beatles standing on the Kop, any tickets I have spare will be going to my mates on the Kop.”

Never the less The Beatles sent support to their home team on the day of the 1965 FA Cup final against Leeds, the clubs greatest moment to date and a testament to Shankly, the man who put them there.

The FabFour sent a telegram wishing the team and Shanks the best of luck and letting them know they’d be watching on TV.

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Liverpool went on to play a gruelling match against Leeds, who also gave it their all, and the FA Cup final of 1965 went into extra time with no goals scored.

The first goal of extra time was scored in a matter of minutes putting Liverpool up by one, then Leed’s equalised seven minutes later making it neck and neck. The final goal was scored in the 117th minute by Liverpool winning the game and giving Liverpool their first-ever FA Cup triumph.

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Could the Beatles telegram have given them the extra push to perform or was it just the brilliance of Shankly and the player’s reluctance to disappoint him and their fans?

All we know is that The Beatles telegram to Shanks now serves as a reminder of one of Liverpool’s finest footballing moments and Shankly’s “greatest day”.

The Shankly Hotel Museum

Come along and learn more about the man and legend Bill Shankly, take a guided tour of the museum and be recounted with heartwarming stories about the great man from those who knew him best, his family.

Take a Shankly Experience tour around Liverpool, discovering important sites of local history and heritage as well as seeing the hallowed grounds of Anfield or Goodison.

You can even stay the night with amazing accommodation offers that can include, overnight stays, breakfast or evening meals in luxury Shankly themed hotel rooms.

After two wonderful years have passed since we opened our doors to the public The Shankly Hotel has helped make some amazing memories for our guests, our staff and the city of Liverpool. We look forward to what the future holds at The Shankly Hotel.

Call on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and book your stay at The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool’s only football-themed city centre hotel.

Family Fun; August Bank Holiday in Liverpool

This coming weekend of the 26-28th August is the last bank holiday of the year and the perfect opportunity to squeeze in a little family time before the school holidays end.

There has been so much to do in Liverpool over the course of the summer for all of the family and this weekend is no exception.

Take a look at some of the best events and things to do in Liverpool during the August bank holiday weekend.

Folk Festival on the Dock

Kick off the August Bank Holiday weekend with a trip to the beautiful Albert Dock where you can enjoy a bit of culture, plenty of music and loads of entertainment.

The Albert Dock’s annual Folk Festival will welcome over 450 performers for a weekend full to the brim of activities for all of the family.

The docks are a fantastic area to explore where you can enjoy a bite to eat, drink and water around the picturesque surroundings.

Folk Festival Liverpool

Pier Head Village

Haven’t had a chance to explore Liverpool’s summer-long festival yet?

Pier Head Village is the perfect family fun day out suitable for those of all ages and interests. From the little ones who can enjoy a go on the bouncy castle to thrilling rides for the adults, there really is nowhere better to enjoy a day out.

Indulge in a bit of retail therapy as you browse the wonderful independent stalls, stop off for a delicious ice cream, Nutella crepe or fish & chips and test your nerves as you enjoy the swing ride reaching the height of the Liver Building.

The bank holiday weekend is the perfect time to enjoy the Pier Head Village with the family as it will be The Beatle Weekender in partnership with The Cavern Club. Enjoy music from a fab four tribute band which will be playing on the Sound City main stage.

Pier Head Village

International Beatles Week

The Beatles are arguably the most famous band in the world and they’re proudly from Liverpool which means there is no better city to enjoy International Beatles Week.

Celebrate the Fab Four in their hometown with a week and weekend full of Beatles fun.

Live music will be the focus of the week with 70 bands from over 20 countries coming together to celebrate The Beatles and their greatest hits.

Bring the kids along for a fantastic bank holiday weekend in Liverpool with a distinctive Beatles twist.

International Beatles Week

Explore a Museum

Liverpool is home to some of the most fascinating museums in the country which offer a wealth of fun, entertainment and education for those of all ages.

From the International Slavery Museum which is located on the Albert Dock to the World, Museum is St George’s Quarter, there is bound to be a museum experience perfect for your bank holiday weekend in Liverpool.

Each of these award-winning museums have been designed with kids in mind meaning they’re fully interactive.

Museum of Liverpool

Ferry Across the Mersey

If the weather is good then there is nothing better than enjoying a ferry ride across the Mersey.

See Liverpool and the Wirral from a new angle as you board the Razzle Dazzle Ferry, a bright and fun ferry which was specially commissioned by Liverpool Biennial. Perfect for the big and little ones, a Ferry across the Mersey is a great way to see Liverpool’s magnificent skyline.

Mersey Ferry

Luxury Overnight Stay

Liverpool is the perfect city for a little bank holiday get away so bring the kids for one last summer blow out before the school year starts again.

Here at The Shankly Hotel we have a whole host of special dining and overnight stay offers to help you have a bank holiday weekend to remember.

From afternoon tea in the beautiful Bastion Bar & Restaurant to making your way to 30 James Street for a little indulgence in Morgan’s Spa, we have an overnight stay for you.

Situated on Victoria Street in the heart of the city centre, there really is nowhere else to enjoy a relaxing family break whilst enjoying the best Liverpool has to offer.

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For more information on our special offers, please click here or call our reservations team on 0515 601 8801.

Celebrate Your A Level Results in Style with a Stay at The Shankly Hotel

The exams have been marked, the marks have been counted and that important brown envelope is on its way to your college.

Yes, it’s that time of year again when thousands of nervous college and sixth form students anxiously await the results of two years of hard work at their A Level qualifications.

Liverpool boasts a number of highly regarded and well performing further education institutions and the pupils will find out the fruits of their labour this Thursday as national exam results are released.

Two years of blood, sweat and tears will have gone into endless hours of coursework and revision so now it’s time to kick back, relax and celebrate – no matter what the envelope holds.

Stay Overnight in Liverpool’s Best Group Accommodation

If a few drinks and fancy bar isn’t quite enough to satisfy your party needs and close the chapter on what might be the end of your educational career, then why not book a stay in one of The Shankly Hotel’s luxury party suites?

Especially for A Level results day on 17th August, The Shankly hotel has launched an exclusive offer for one night only.

Stay overnight in a premium and luxurious party room at The Shankly Hotel and wave goodbye to any A Level worries. With amazing group accommodation in the heart of Liverpool, it’s the perfect place to begin the next stage of your journey.

Upon arrival to your room, you and your guests will be welcomed by chilled beers or prosecco on ice – the perfect way to get the party started.

With a jacuzzi bath in a gorgeous fitted bathroom, you can finally relax the way you deserve to after months of stress and pressure.

With a minimum of four people, this incredible, once in a lifetime offer is only £25 per person. If you and your course mates are looking for last minute arrangements for the big night look no further than a stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Dine in Style at The Bastion

While an overnight stay in Liverpool’s best group party room is fantastic and the best way to celebrate (or commiserate) your A Levels, you’re going to need a hearty meal to prepare for the main event.

Luckily, The Shankly Hotel is home to The Bastion Bar & Restaurant. The unique eatery treats diners to an experience of immersion in the life of Bill Shankly, but don’t worry if you’re not a football fan.

Our expert chefs have whipped up a fantastic menu of hearty meals and spectacular food, and our incredible mixologists can craft signature cocktails or advise on the best wine or prosecco we have.

Take a look at The Bastion Restaurant menu and prepare your stomach for a feast fit for a king.

Don’t Miss Out!

Our A Level results night offer is getting booked up fast, call us today on 0151 305 3742 to take advantage of the best A Level celebrations offer in the whole of Liverpool. Keep an eye on our Facebook for all the latest offers and events at The Shankly Hotel. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Will You Be Eating For Free This Monday?

At the Bastion Bar and Restaurant in The Shankly Hotel, we are offering lucky diners the chance to eat for free this Monday.

Are you feeling the Monday blues and fancy a treat to get your week off to a good start?

Join us at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant for a truly unique dining experience and make the dreaded Monday something to look forward to.

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Could You Be Chosen?

All you need to do is book a table in our stunning restaurant, enjoy your delicious meal and wait until the end of the night when we will announce which table have won their meal for free!

Yes you read that right, every Monday one table will be chosen at random to have their entire bill payed for.

If that sounds like your kind of deal, then book a table in the beautiful Bastion Restaurant and keep your fingers crossed.

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The Menu

Soak up the wonderful atmosphere as you enjoy delicious home cooked meals from an eclectic menu; it’s truly the best Monday treat.

At The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, we pride ourselves on serving only the highest quality dishes, from traditional meals to less formal, lighter bites for sharing and socialising.

Whether you fancy a three course luxurious meal with your nearest and dearest or just a wonderful evening of sharing dishes and tasty cocktails, our extensive menus provide plenty of flexibility.

goats cheese starter

To start why not indulge in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant’s creamy baked goats cheese crottin, served with sticky caramelised onion jam, candied walnuts and a stack of focaccia crisps that are perfect for dunking, it’s a bundle of gooey golden excellence.

Or, if you fancy a fish dish to begin your meal, delight in our delicious poached Scottish salmon, served on buckwheat blinis and topped with a runny quail’s egg, lemon and sea herbs.

salmon starter

For the main event, diners can choose from a glorious selection of dishes from the grill, including succulent steaks and pork, to the fabulous 16 oz sizzling fillet sharer which is served on a hot stone with rustic hand-cooked chips, a zingy pepper sauce and a side of vine tomatoes and flat cap mushrooms.

This is accompanied perfectly with a full bodied red wine, if you’re unsure of which is best suited to your dish, our helpful staff will be more than happy to suggest the perfect wine.

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Vegetarians can choose from delicious spinach and ricotta tortellini served with a fresh pesto and pine nut cream and topped with a crunchy Parmesan biscuit. Or for the spice lovers, we offer a colourful sweet potato, spring vegetable and chilli wellington with hispi cabbage wedge, a crispy fennel salad and onion creme friache.

Our dessert menu is bursting with sweet flavours, but our particular favourite is the raspberry and whisky cranachan mille feuille served with a delicious raspberry sauce.

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Everything on our menu is expertly crafted by our talented chefs, to ensure you have the most wonderful evening meal possible.

So, sip on beautifully mastered cocktails, tuck into spectacular food all within this striking restaurant and find out whether you’ll have to the chance to eat for free this Monday.

After Dinner

The Shankly Hotel and it’s restaurant are a tribute to the life and career of the great man, Bill Shankly and it would be a shame to miss out on our spectacular display of mementos.

Why not follow your delicious meal with a tour of the rare and previously unseen Shankly memorabilia that is on display in the hotel.

View cases containing Shankly’s awards and achievements, marvel at the letter wall where you can read his hand penned or typed correspondence with other famous names.

The Shankly museum is a great insight into a true legend of football, a worthwhile visit for any fan of Shankly.

The Shankly Hotel

Immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Bill Shankly in our luxurious hotel in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre.

If you’d really like to make the most of your visit to our hotel, why not book an overnight stay and make your Monday truly unforgettable.

Give yourself a treat to begin the week by experiencing pure luxury in one of our stunning suites that feature grand double beds, opulent fixtures, kitchenettes and beautiful features that have been designed and decorated with comfort in mind.

For the chance to be one of our lucky Monday winners, book a table by messaging us on Facebook or calling us on 0151 601 8801.

We look forward to seeing you soon and hopefully you’ll have the chance to eat for free this Monday.

Why You Should Stay at The Shankly Hotel During Afternoon Tea Week

Not that we need a reason to spoil ourselves but when one comes up it’s wrong not to take advantage. That’s why during afternoon tea week between the 14th and 21st of August The Shankly Hotel is inviting guests to stay overnight and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea after exploring the wonderful city.

Here’s how to make the most of a visit to The Shankly Hotel during afternoon tea week with our Stay and Afternoon Tea Offer.

As we said any excuse to spoil yourself and if a national celebration of afternoon tea isn’t a good excuse well we don’t know what is.

An Afternoon Tea Service with Style

Afterall, it is afternoon tea week and at The Shankly Hotel, our afternoon tea service certainly is a classy affair.

Served in the stylish and welcoming Bastion Bar and Restaurant our delicious afternoon tea will nourish you after spending some time in the city.

Take your afternoon tea with a nice hot cuppa or, as the national celebration dictates, make afternoon tea week special with a glass or two of bubbly.

Remember you are supposed to be treating yourselves here!

Our Shankly afternoon tea consists of mouthwatering preserves and pastries, delicate wraps and sarnies and a fresh selection of quaint cakes and sponges.

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What’s more, you can immerse yourselves into Shankly Experience by taking a stroll around the Shankly Museum afterwards.

Read through some of the heartfelt letters sent to the man himself throughout his career and pour over rare and mesmerising Shankly relics.

Our reception area includes magnificent displays depicting Shankly’s footballing legacy and family life, pieces of which have been kindly bestowed upon the hotel from the Shankly family archives.

Shankly memorabilia

So much more than afternoon tea, at The Shankly Hotel, we do everything with a touch of effortless elegance helping visitors make memories worth keeping.

Shankly Themed Luxury Hotel Room

Top off your day in Liverpool with a stay in absolute luxury in one of our superbly stylish Shankly Hotel rooms.

Each room has been carefully designed to give guests a one of kind hotel experience in Liverpool, with a dignified decor and amazing in room facilities.

Shankly Room - afternoon tea and stay

Our guests are blown away by the quality and comfort of the luxury rooms and studios at The Shankly Hotel, enjoying the flexible space and fabulous central location.

Every room comes complete with ensuite bathroom facilities, often including double whirlpool baths and rainfall showers.

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What’s more, guests can continue to learn more about the great man Shankly as they drift off to sleep reading the stories and anecdotes emblazoned into the ceiling of their suite?

Afternoon tea week is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to our Stay and Afternoon Tea Offer at The Shankly Hotel between the 14th and 21st of August.

A Brilliant Breakfast Buffet

When you awake from a perfect night of blissful sleep the only way to begin your day is with a full belly bursting breakfast.

Make your way to the Bastion Bar and Restaurant to enjoy an amazing breakfast buffet, or sit down to a full English served with tea, coffee and fresh juices.

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Our amazing chefs have sourced and prepared the best ingredients to fuel our guests up for the exciting day ahead.

Better still the breakfast is all part and parcel of the wonderful Stay and Afternoon Tea offer, so no need to shell out extra for this magnificent morning meal.

The entire Stay and Afternoon Tea offer is just £138 per couple including;

  • Luxury overnight stay
  • Amazing afternoon tea
  • Full buffet breakfast

So go on and book you and a special someone a little treat this afternoon tea week at The Shankly Hotel here or call 0151 601 8801 *

Exploring Liverpool The Shankly Way

Whilst you’re here really get to know the different sides of Liverpool and learn what helped shape the beautiful and exciting city we know and love today on a Shankly Tour.

Our sight seeing adventures take visitors all over the city.

Liverpool was made for me Shankly Tour

From the hustle and bustle of the thriving city centre to the quaint and charming suburbs that filled with history and character.

Fans of footballing legends will know that Bill Shankly played a huge part in reviving Liverpool football club and transforming the team into the dominating football force we recognise today.

The Liverpool Was Made For Me tour stops at LFC rival club Goodison and LFC hallowed ground Anfield, after which fans of Shanks will get the chance to see his Liverpool family home followed by a tour of our wonderful Shankly memorabilia collection inside the hotel.

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Just one of the fabulous tour packages on offer, and perfect for starting your break at The Shankly Hotel checking out some of the most iconic parts of the city.

Check out our other tour options here or contact our team via email info@shanklyexperience.com, they’ll be happy to help tailor your tour to suit you.

*subject to availability offer only valid Sunday to Thursday.

Weddings at The Shankly: Stunning Photography by Matthew Rycraft

The Shankly Hotel is a premier location for weddings in Liverpool. With the beautiful Garden of Eden offering unrestricted views across the city, it is undeniably the ultimate rooftop wedding venue for that special day.

It only makes sense that such a stunning venue on such a special day needs to be captured forever and frozen in time for years of vibrant memories. That’s why it is so important to get the right photographer for the big day. So much effort goes into getting everything perfect, getting an eternal keepsake is an aspect of your wedding that cannot be overlooked or done by half.

At The Shankly Hotel, our weddings offer a different class of event and many of our happy couples are looking for the best of the best for all aspects of the ceremony.

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Finding the Best Photographer

Matthew Rycraft has shot many weddings in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel, guiding couples through their day and ensuring each photograph captures a special moment. The care and dedication that goes into every wedding shine through in the stunning photos that come out the other end.

When the Garden of Eden opened for weddings in 2016, Matt photographed the very first ceremony, beautifully capturing and showcasing the elegance of the unique venue.

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It’s an undeniable fact that the Merseyside based photographer has set the standard for architectural wedding photography in the area. It’s clear from his breath-taking portfolio that having an expert eye for a dramatic and inspiring shot can be the difference between a good photo and a great photo.

The passion that emulates through the photos helps to make Matthew’s photos the benchmark for wedding photography not only at The Shankly Hotel but at our sister hotel, 30 James Street. His wedding photography really helps to enhance the already stunning features of both iconic buildings, with the entrance archways and the staircase at the former home of White Star Line headquarters being particularly favourite locations of his.

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It’s these great aspects and years of experience that has led to a firm and reliable relationship with the wedding teams at both hotels. This connection and rapport really help to bring a wedding together, ensuring the day runs smoothly and the bride gets the images that she will cherish for a lifetime.

Making decisions in partnership with the wedding team is the key to making the day perfect, running smoothly and in the best interest of the happy couple. Matt helps to capture the perfect moment in time, using years of experience and a well-established, tried and tested style that incorporate a vision of drama, the classic and the natural.

The Perfect Heavenly Venue

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It’s not hard to show the Garden of Eden or Baby Eden in a good light, the venues are beautiful and a destination within themselves, but Matthew manages to bring out the best in our stunning event backdrops and somehow makes them look even more gorgeous than they already are.

It’s not just the beautiful event space that makes The Shankly Hotel the perfect place for your dream day. The city centre hotel is one of the most iconic hotels in Liverpool, minutes walk from the thriving centre of Liverpool and designed with utter luxury in mind, your wedding guests can enjoy unique suites and luxurious furnishings and fittings.

There’s even a bridal suite that is guaranteed to take your breath away. With a private snug area, double shower and in-room jacuzzi bath, the bridal suite is definitely somewhere that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Being one of the most popular photographers at our hotels, Matthew Rycraft’s diary gets full months in advance. Visit his site to enquire about availability and don’t miss out on your very own wedding photography experience, with complete care from start to finish. Make sure you check out his Twitter for the latest updates or browse the Instagram for wedding inspiration.

If you want to plan your wedding at The Shankyl Hotel and have an incredible and memorable day, email our coordinators at weddings@shanklyhotel.com or call 0151 541 9999 and select option 2 then option 5.

Catch All The Action From The Champions League at The Shankly

This Tuesday, Liverpool Football Club are set to return to the elite to take on Bundesliga opponents Hoffenheim for a place in the Champions League Group stages.

The Shankly Hotel are honoured to announce that the Bastion Bar and Restaurant will be screening both legs of the contest and offering exclusive offers to all fans.

Arguably the toughest draw available for Klopp’s side, the match promises to be a brilliant contest.

With the first leg kicking off at 19:45 in Germany on Tuesday 15th August and the second leg at Anfield on Wednesday 23rd August at 19:45, we can’t wait to see the Reds in action.

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Watch the Match With Us

If you’d like to ultimate match time experience, the Shankly Hotel are offering an exclusive deal for those watching the game in the Bastion.

For just £50 per person you will get:

  • Access to our private dining room area where the match will be shown on large screen TV’s
  • Your own private bar
  • All inclusive food served from 7pm
  • All inclusive drinks served from arrival through to post game including draught beer, soft drinks and selected wines
  • Discounted rates on selected spirits and mixers

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We are now taking bookings for both games with our unbeatable exclusive offer for Europe’s Premier Competition.

Who Are Hoffenheim?

Sure to be a tough contest for the Reds, Hoffenheim finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season, two points off Borussia Dortmund in third and five points adrift of runners up RB Leipzig.

Their coach, Julian Nagelsmann, is also the youngest Bundesliga head coach in the league’s history and was linked to succeeding Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman’s future at Arsenal looked uncertain last season.

Roberto Firmino’s former team, Hoffenheim will be a challenge for Liverpool, however the past week has seen the preparation for this season focused on Germany – Liverpool emphatically defeated both Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich.

So, we’re feeling hopeful.

The Best Place To Catch The Action

Recently voted the best sporting city in the UK, Liverpool has a long history with football and the Shankly Hotel are proud to be a part of it.

A self-confessed mini museum to the great player and manager, Bill Shankly, the hotel offers its guests an incomparable insight into his fascinating career and life.

Bastion Champions League

The admiration for Bill Shankly is shared between all true football fans and taking a walk around the Bill Shankly museum in The Shankly is truly unforgettable.

Our magnificent restaurant, The Bastion, recognises the importance of football and its place in the DNA of the hotel. With large screen TVs and all the sporting channels, it’s the perfect place to watch the Champions League match. Indulge in a delicious pre-match burger as you prepare to watch Liverpool kick off.

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Why not book an overnight stay and have the ultimate football celebration for the important match, The Shankly are here to make your experience the best it could be.

To book, call one of our friendly team on 0151 541 9999 and select Shankly then Bastion.

We only have limited numbers available for this fantastic Champions League deal, so book now to avoid disappointment. 

Dixie Dean Hotel to Open across from The Shankly

This week at Signature Living, we announced our plans for the world’s first ‘Football Quarter’ based in none other than our home city, Liverpool.

Set to become neighbours, the Dixie Dean Hotel will open its doors across from The Shankly Hotel in celebration of Liverpool’s unique footballing culture.

The new luxury hotel will commemorate iconic Everton footballer William Ralph “Dixie Dean”.

An Everton fan as a child, Dean memorably scored a record 60 league goals during the 1927-28 season and was the first Everton player to wear the number-9 shirt.

Famously, when Dean died in 1980 at Everton’s home ground, Bill Shankly commented:

He belongs to the company of the supremely great, like Beethoven, Shakespeare and Rembrandt.

Fans visiting Liverpool or locals looking for an overnight stay in the city will be able to visit the quarter and choose between a stay at the Shankly or the Dixie Dean.

The two teams are very much ingrained in Liverpool’s history and culture. If you grew up in Liverpool, you’ll have spent many years in the school yard answering the age old question of whether you were “a red or blue”.

And whichever side you’re on, it’s the buzzing, friendly rivalry and passion that makes the city so great.

Dixie Dean

With plans well underway, work on the Dixie Dean will begin in September. And there’s plenty in store for you.

Football fans can look forward to seeing Liverpool’s gothic Jerome and Carlisle Buildings transformed into a luxury 100-bedroom hotel, echoing elements of the Shankly which have proven successful with guests.

Currently, overnight guests and restaurant diners at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant can enjoy an array of Bill Shankly memorabilia and exclusive stories interwoven around the rooms.

Fans can expect a similarly atmospheric feel to the Dixie Dean with history and character radiating from the striking venue. The hotel will be fitted with spacious, unique rooms and of course, memorabilia donated from the Dean family themselves.

Creating a huge variety of new jobs in Liverpool, the hotel will similarly include a bar and restaurant along with a wedding and events venue, expected to attract fans, locals and tourists from all around the world.

Signature Living founder Lawrence Kenwright said:

“This project will help further regenerate what was, until recently, a forgotten corner of the city centre. It’s now thriving, with top hotels, restaurants and bars.

In fact, Lawrence Kenwright has emphasised that The Shankly Hotel attracts far more than just Liverpool FC fans throughout the year. And the same can be expected for the Dixie Dean.

Dixie Dean

Ian Snodin, Melanie Prentice, Melanie’s daughter Scarlet, Ian St John

On Friday 28th July, we were delighted to welcome members of the Dean family to the launch and to hear their excitement surrounding the hotel.

Daughter of the Everton legend, Barbara expressed:

Dixie was great friends with Bill Shankly. They had an enduring friendship despite representing rival teams, so it’s good to see them commemorated side by side. It means their legends will live on.”

Granddaughter Melanie Prentice added:

The Dixie Dean hotel cements my grandfather’s status as a footballing icon, I couldn’t be prouder of the amazing plans for this hotel.

The Shankly Hotel has paved the way for a fresh take on hotels in Liverpool, giving generation after generation the chance to discover Liverpool’s history.

After growing such a fantastic venue in commemoration of Bill Shankly, it’s time to even the score in true red and blue style!

Discover the Best of Liverpool With Our Brand New Walking Tours

If you’re looking for a perfect summer activity for you and your friends or family, check out the Shankly’s brand new walking tours that showcase the very best of Liverpool.

From the picturesque, idyllic waterfront, to the famous red gates of the Strawberry Field, or the historic cathedrals and the iconic football teams, this city has some of the best cultural sights and landmarks in the world.

Take the stress out of sight seeing and book one of our amazing brand new walking tours and experience Liverpool the best way possible.

The Best of Liverpool Walking Tours

The Albert Dock

The Best of Liverpool Walking Tours

How much: £20pp

Where: Meet outside The Shankly Hotel

When: Every Friday at 10am (starting from Friday 25th August)

The Best of Liverpool Walking Tours

Hannah in front of the Fab Four

Bring Liverpool to life as you discover the history of our great city and uncover some hidden gems along the way.

This fantastic tour will last around an hour and a half, starting from the Shankly Hotel and working its way around the must-see city sights.

Expect to be impressed by the Chinatown arch, mesmerised by the Bombed Out Church and entertained in the Cavern Quarter.

Working in collaboration with Daytripper Liverpool, your tour will be directed by our friendly tour guide Hannah (pictured above), who will ensure you don’t miss a thing!

The tour also includes an exciting surprise experience that will be revealed on the day. This secret experience could be anything from a thrilling ride on The Liverpool Wheel, a trip around Cathedral Tower, a boat ride over the Mersey, a traditional Scouse lunch, drinks in the Cavern Club, a spectacular visit to the Radio City Tower or the Empire theatre tour.

chinatown

Chinatown

The tour ends with a coffee stop in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant in the famous Shankly Hotel.

Relax with a delicious slice of cake and cup of tea or coffee, as you take in the beautiful surroundings.

This fabulous tour also entitles you to 20% off at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, so you can enjoy some of the delicious food and drink they have on offer for an excellent price.

Explore all of the places you’ve always wanted to with the Shankly’s Best of Liverpool Walking Tours.

the bastion

The Bastion

More Tours!

As well as the brand new Liverpool Walking Tours, the Shankly is proud to bring you an experience tour that has been designed for especially for students and the option to tailor your own tour that is personal to you.

Shankly Student Experience

The Shankly Experience will also be launching an exciting day trip designed exclusively for students from language schools and universities.

Working in collaboration with Daytripper Liverpool, this tour will include a Beatles themed tour of the city, a British themed lunch at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, set within the Shankly Hotel and an amazing Liverpool Football Club Stadium Tour.

the best of liverpool walking tours anfield

Anfield Stadium

Bespoke Experiences

Maybe you’ve got a long list of sights and landmarks that you’re eager to see, why not let us take care of the planning with our customised tours of Liverpool?

You can tell us what you’re looking for from your tour of Liverpool and we’ll do our best to create a personalised package that is tailored to you.

We can showcase the best of Liverpool by incorporating scenic suburban spots, famous homes and the most striking landmarks of Liverpool.

the best of liverpool walking tours

The Liver Building

To book your ‘Best of Liverpool Walking Tour’ or to enquire about dates simply click here or drop our friendly team an email – info@shanklyexperience.com