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.
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.
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.
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!
Not sure how to spend the summer? Whether you’re a Liverpool local or simply plan on visiting soon, look no further than our bespoke tours of Liverpool.
Perfect for sunny family days out in Liverpool, our Shankly Tours invite you to embark on a range of jam-packed adventures.
Brought to you by the Shankly family in collaboration with The Shankly Hotel, you’ll discover the city that Bill Shankly loved and the Beatles called home.
Experience the very best of Liverpool, from the picturesque waterfront to the leafy suburbs of John Lennon’s childhood.
Following your busy day out, you may be in need of a well earned pint or two! And you’ll be able to enjoy 20% off at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant back at The Shankly Hotel.
Football Themed Tour of Liverpool
Bill Shankly famously said, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.” And with our ‘Liverpool was Made for Me’ tour, you’ll discover why the footballing legend held Liverpool so close to his heart.
This bespoke football themed tour of Liverpool will take you on an unforgettable journey around the city. On this tour, famous landmarks are interwoven with footballing history and remarkable stories, making it perfect for local football fans as well as tourists.
This tour includes the chance to embark on the new Liverpool FC Stadium and Museum Tour and see sights that shaped two of the biggest clubs in football, Liverpool FC and Everton FC.
Combining the best of the city’s landmarks and football history, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups of friends, family and couples to come along and explore this captivating city.
Bill Shankly/Beatles Themed Tour in Liverpool
For a bespoke Beatles tour of Liverpool, this is just the ticket to ride that you’ve been dreaming of.
With Shankly Tours, you’ll discover how Beatlemania ran parallel to the rise of Liverpool FC with this nostalgic tour of Liverpool.
Perfect for couples and groups with a wider variety of interests, our Fab Four and Shanks Tour incorporates unmissable Beatles landmarks and Bill Shankly/LFC themed sights.
We’ll take you on a journey through time as you find yourself transported to the 1960s – the atmospheric era that saw choruses of “She Loves You” fill the Liverpool Kop.
Catch some tunes at the Cavern Club or snap a shot by Strawberry Field with fantastic Bill Shankly sights and stories along the way.
So for those hoping to avoid a squabble over the map, we’ve got you covered with something fantastic for everyone.
Match Day Tour in Liverpool
Not forgetting, we also offer the fantastic Match Day Tour, designed specifically for Liverpool FC match days.
We’ll take you on a special detour before the match as you visit an array of football themed destinations, followed by the new LFC Stadium Tour before the big kick off!
Customised Tours of Liverpool
If you’re visiting Liverpool for the first time or with a larger group, you may have a lengthy list of sights and landmarks you’re hoping to squeeze in.
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 experience of Liverpool and we’ll do our best to create a personalised tour package tailored to you.
We can showcase the best of Liverpool by incorporating scenic suburban spots, famous homes and the most striking landmarks of Liverpool.
We hope to see you soon for an unforgettable summer day out. With our bespoke tours of Liverpool, you can see Liverpool through a whole new light.
Bill Shankly, Liverpool Football Club’s legendary manager, will be the subject of a new BBC feature length documentary that will hit the screens before the end of the year.
Bill Shankly was a hero to many people across the city and the film will look at his career and his goal to make Liverpool a ‘bastion of invincibility.’ Shankly: Nature’s Fire finished filming at the end of May this year and is due to air within a few months.
The Scottish manager was a true character on the streets of Liverpool and the new documentary will follow his story from start to finish, showcasing his charisma, strength, uniqueness and charm.
Shankly: Nature’s Fire
The film has received a great amount of support from the footballing community, with former players from Scotland and Liverpool Football Club acting as contributors. His family, fans and journalists, including Sports writer Hugh Mcillvanney and Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, have also taken part to make this the best tribute to the legend himself.
The film was two years in the making and Peter Hooton, producer of the film and lead singer of local band The Farm was determined to do the story justice.
He said: “Shankly epitomised a different set of values that I think are still admired to this day. I agreed to be involved in the making of this documentary because Shankly was my boyhood hero”.
Shankly: Nature’s Fire will feature archive footage and interviews with those who knew the man best, footage from matches and from his day to day life to give a great representation of the personality and charm that the man himself was known for.
Liverpool FC’s Hero
Bill Shankly was the saviour of Liverpool football club, he took the club from a dwindling position in Second Division to a team that had a trophy cabinet to be proud of, as well as a solid place in First Division.
His now legendary quote, “my idea was to build Liverpool into a bastion of invincibility. My idea was to build Liverpool up and up until eventually, everyone would have to submit and give in’, epitomised his attitude and determination to turn the club around.
He wasn’t always about the football, he was a stable family man who was loved by the community and his relatives alike. His grandson, Christopher Carline, credits his Nan, Bill’s wife, with the success and unfaltering determination of his Granddad. Agnes Wren Shankly supported the Scottish native through everything and is an icon and role model for the modern-day WAG.
A Lasting Tribute
The Shankly Hotel was a collaborative effort with the Shankly family to bring the people of Liverpool a lasting tribute to a Liverpool legend.
Offering fans a journey through the life and career of the man who changed the face of ~Liverpool’s football, The Shankly Hotel is a truly unique hotel and dining experience. From letters penned by Shankly himself to handwritten tactic sheets to private memorabilia, The Shankly Hotel is a one of a kind tribute to the man who was made for Liverpool.
Spoil the number one man in your life on this special day and make this a spectacular Father’s Day he’ll never forget.
A Breakfast of Champions
Starting in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, Dad can tuck into a huge buffet breakfast with all his favourites.
Fresh pastries and fruit, bread and preserves or a good old full English will be on the table as well as unlimited tea, coffee and fruit juice.
Start the day the right way in the Bastion as you and dad look forward to what’s still to come.
Take a look around the rare Bill Shankly memorabilia on display in our very own Shankly Museum before commencing onto the next portion of your special Father’s day out in Liverpool from The Shankly Hotel.
Liverpool Was Made For Me
The next portion of a truly memorable Father’s Day out in Liverpool’s comes in the form of a Shankly Experience Tour.
This amazing all encompassing tour will introduce you and dad to the city of Liverpool as seen through the eyes of Bill Shankly whilst he lived and worked in Liverpool.
Take a journey through the rich footballing heritage of Liverpool whilst enjoying tales about the legendary football manager as told by his family and friends.
After seeing and learning all about Shankly’s Liverpool your next stop will take you around the newly refurbished Anfield Stadium.
A New Anfield
Setting foot in Anfield for any football fan is a special experience, whether you are a Reds fan or not. The stadium holds so much history with regards to great footballing moments and sporting icons.
On this special Father’s Day out in Liverpool, you and Dad can take a tour around Anfield and check out the progress of works underway.
A brand-new pitch is being laid as we speak and there are another 40 jobs being carried out to improve the look and accessibility of Liverpool football clubs most hallowed grounds.
Dad will get to go behind the scenes and stand where legends have stood before him. A fabulous footballing experience for any true fan of the sport.
Back at The Shankly
With a new perspective on the life of Shankly in Liverpool, you can return to the Shankly Hotel and learn a little more about how the legend lived and worked.
Enjoy a complimentary drink as you hear all about the items on display in the Shankly museum.
Learn how each piece relates to the footballing icon and in doing so understand the effect Shankly had on all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Next, sit down to a superb three course Sunday lunch prepared by the talented hands of the Bastion Bar and Restaurant chefs who’ve made it their mission to provide a mouth-watering menu for dads who deserve treating this Father’s Day.
The special set menu includes;
Vine Ripened Tomato and Feta Bruschetta with Pine nuts and Ripped Basil
Roast Striploin of Beef, Tenderstem Broccoli, Chantenay Carrots, Mange Tout and Rich Beef Gravy, Served with a Yorkshire Pudding
Wild Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni Bake with a Garlic Ciabatta Crumb and House Salad (V)
Baked Chocolate Fondant, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce
What more could you want?
If all this isn’t enough why not top your Father’s Day out in Liverpool off with a luxurious overnight stay in the stunning Shankly Hotel.
Make dad’s day with a luxury hotel suite in the heart of Liverpool city centre complete with large flat screen TV that he can hog all night and an indulgent whirlpool bath (because we all know dad secretly loves a bubble bath).
Organise the perfect Father’s Day out in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel by calling 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Shankly memorabilia, stories and photographs celebrating the life of the football legend can be found around the restaurant and reception to all visitors, with more hidden gems tucked away around the hotel for overnight guests.
The special theme fills the stunning building with character and charm that simply can’t be found elsewhere. For football fans and those simply looking to delve into Liverpool’s history, this is the perfect venue for an atmospheric experience.
If your family don’t live in Liverpool, celebrating your graduation at The Bastion is a wonderful chance to showcase the best of Liverpool with a taste of what our fantastic city has to offer.
The Shankly Hotel
If you have family and friends coming to stay in Liverpool for your graduation, you may want to book your graduation accommodation in Liverpool this month.
With graduation season just around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to book the best accommodation in Liverpool before it’s too late.
And at The Shankly Hotel, our striking rooms and suites are the perfect spaces for a group stay in Liverpool with family or friends.
Whether you’ll be heading out to enjoy Liverpool’s nightlife scene or you’ll be having a celebratory night in, we’re the perfect place to do so.
Our rooms feature double whirlpool baths to enjoy the ultimate night of pampering! You’re sure to feel relaxed and rejuvenated after your big day.
We’re only a short walk from the best bars and clubs in Liverpool, whilst our Midnight Munchies menu means you can order tasty treats to your room until 5:00 am.
For corporate team building in Liverpool with a special twist, look no further than The Shankly Family Experience.
Give standard team building exercises a miss and join us on a Shankly Tour for an unforgettable day in our wonderful city.
Bond with your co-workers over the course of the day as you learn more about Liverpool and most importantly, have plenty of fun!
Our tours of Liverpool offer the chance to see the city in a whole new light, so if you”re lucky enough to have some Scousers on your team, the day will be just as great for them.
Team Building Day in Liverpool
Far from bland and boring, our Shankly tours showcase the best of Liverpool with the flexibility to meet your company’s requirements.
Our tours can be tailored to your group on a personal level, so it’s well-worth letting us know exactly what you’re looking for from your experience with us.
And while our tours can be personalised, we also offer fantastic packages designed with the perfect blend of sightseeing and socialising.
Liverpool Tour Package: Liverpool Was Made For Me
Explore the wonders of Liverpool’s football heritage with our unmissable Liverpool Was Made For Me tour.
You’ll be taken on a tour of the city’s key historical and cultural locations in style, including Bill Shankly’s West Derby home and related locations.
Take a trip to the new stadium and discover a wealth of history upon the Museum Tour at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home.
What better way to spend a day out the office and celebrate the history of Liverpool?
The tour will finish at The Shankly Hotel where you’ll have access to our enthralling collection of unseen memorabilia and have a photograph taken with the legend himself via our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.
Not forgetting, you’ll be able to finish the day off how it should be spent with 20% off at our Bastion Bar & Restaurant. Treat yourself to some delicious dishes and a drink or two after a busy day of exploring!
Liverpool Tour Package: The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour
For a little more variety, why not delve into Liverpool’s iconic music and footballing history with our Fab Four and Shanks Tour?
Renowned for the legendary success of four local lads, this package combines the best of Liverpool’s Beatles sights, thoughtfully interwoven with the city’s famous footballing landmarks.
This ultimate Ticket to Ride will take you on an unforgettable Liverpool journey, featuring the houses of the Fab Four and Bill Shankly, a visit to Strawberry Fields and a trip to Anfield.
Fantastic for a team building day in Liverpool, this varied tour is perfect for groups with a variety of interests.
Upon heading back to The Shankly, you’ll be given the once in a lifetime chance to view unseen memorabilia that you won’t forget.
This spectacular day out also finishes at the Bastion Bar & Restaurant where you can enjoy 20% off food and drink.
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant
The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot in Liverpool for wining and dining in style. There’s truly something for everyone on our diverse and vibrant menus.
A fantastic space for gathering as a group, The Bastion is perfect for a sociable sit down meal or some tasty drinks served in a lively atmosphere.
Our menu features hearty dishes guaranteed to hit the spot after a busy day. Choose from dishes including our famous Shankly Burger to Chargrilled Lamb Rump and Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini.
We also have a scrumptious dessert menu featuring everything from Baked Chocolate Fondant and Golden Treacle Tart to our Selection of Local Cheeses.
The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool
At Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel we commemorate and celebrate the legendary legacy of Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly.
The great Scotsman played an integral role in the city’s history, proclaiming “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.
We offer guests the chance to stay in the heart of the city, surrounded by plush decor and captivating stories about the man himself.
Hugely popular for group accommodation, you may want to book a stay with us as a final finish to your team building experience.
If you like to play just as hard as you work, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect spot for accommodation in Liverpool on a big night out!
Voted as the best Liverpool F.C match day pub, The Sandon is a must-see on any tour of Liverpool’s most important footballing sights.
Located just a short walk from Anfield Stadium, this famous venue has been an institution for football fans since both Liverpool and Everton were founded and is famously the ‘birthplace of Liverpool Football Club’.
That’s why The Shankly Hotel are thrilled to announce they will be teaming up with this legendary pub as part of the new Shankly Experience Tour route. Guests will now be visiting the friendly team at The Sandon to uncover the history behind one of the most iconic footballing establishments in Liverpool.
A staple on match days and the perfect place to grab a pint before the game, we are really proud to be working with them to promote their remarkable history and legacy.
The History of The Sandon
The Sandon was originally built in 1870 as an outlet for selling beers by a local brewer named John Houlding.
John Houlding was a self-made English businessman with an education from Liverpool college and a keen interest in football.
However, back then there was only one main football team in Liverpool, St Domingo’s who were formed in 1878 and had no fixed football ground.
Houlding Calls A Meeting at The Sandon
Houlding’s interest in football led him to become more and more involved with St Domingo’s and when a ruling was passed that forced the team to play their games at an enclosed ground, a meeting was held at The Sandon.
Having previously played at the public Stanley Park, St Domingo’s needed to find a field they could rent, Houlding suggested a field off Priory Road which was just up the road from Houlding’s brewery.
In 1879 St Domingo’s, now playing at Priory Road, officially changed their name to Everton Football Club and Houlding became their first president.
Everton Move To Anfield Road
The arrangement with the owner of the field off Priory Road didn’t last long and the team were eventually asked to leave.
As the club’s president, Houlding secured a new pitch at Anfield Road, paying a small rent to John Orrell, a fellow brewer and friend of Houlding.
“As many reds and blues know, in the early 1880’s Everton Football Club used to play their games at Anfield.”
The first football match at Anfield Road was played on 28 September 1884, when Everton beat Earlstown 5-0.
Houlding led many Everton Football Club meetings from his brewery, The Sandon. The pub became the headquarters for the team and was used as a dressing room by the players for many years.
The Sandon continued to be used as a hub for Everton Football Club and for over 10 years the team were transformed from amateur enthusiasts into League champions.
Stands were erected at the Anfield Road ground and attendance figures reached 8,000 per game.
In 1888 Everton became a professional football club and played their first Football League fixture against Accrington Stanley on 8 September 1888.
The club continued to grow and in the 1890-91 season, Everton won their first championship, playing in front of crowds of up to 20,000.
Success Soon Brings Trouble
As Everton began to gain more popularity, complications started to arise regarding the ground rent and ownership.
In 1885 the owner, Orrell, wanted to use the land for redevelopment, which would have left Everton Football Club homeless and threatened their existence as a team.
The football committee went to Houlding for help and subsequently, he purchased the land at Anfield Road from Orrell for a sum he couldn’t really afford.
Houlding understood Everton could not offer any promises financially and were only in a position to pay a rent of £100 each year. However, he accepted the terms hoping that with Everton’s growing popularity the team would be able to afford the going rate of £240 a year and the payments would increase.
The Sandon, Oakfield Road, Anfield. 1902
This arrangement continued until three years later when Everton won the Football League title for the first time.
Houlding saw this was the beginning of something big for Everton, becoming champions was a golden opportunity to take the club to the next level.
He proposed Everton should buy his land, plus a plot adjoining it and develop the facilities to cater for cycling and athletics.
It was a visionary idea, as it would mean the club could secure year-round revenue, but the committee rejected it.
They felt the price Houlding was asking for his land was too high at a time when land prices were generally falling.
Many of the club’s members accused Houlding of trying to make a profit at the club’s expense as the rent they were paying was increasing and Houlding wanted only his sparkling ales to be sold at the ground, which would be a considerable profit for him.
So, in January 1892 the club’s 279 members met at The Sandon to discuss the matter.
Oakfield Road Then And Now – Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield
Everton F.C Leave Anfield
Trouble had been brewing for some time and Houlding clashed with the committee led by George Mahon over the direction the club was heading in.
On 25 January 1892, George Mahon, who had grown tired of Houlding, told members of the club that he had an option to buy Mere Green Field, situated on the north side of Stanley Park.
A second committee meeting took place on 12 March 1892, in the upstairs room of The Sandon that changed everything.
Following this meeting Everton F.C moved to Mere Green Field in 1892, which was to become Everton’s new home, Goodison Park.
The Formation of a New Team
After Everton had moved on, Houlding and Orrell were left with an empty football ground and were in desperate need of a new team.
Houlding decided to form a brand-new club, which he initially called Everton Athletic. The team had an identical crest, colours and league position as Everton F.C.
The Football Association refused to countenance two Everton teams, so Houlding was forced to rethink his strategy.
At the end of March 1892, from The Sandon, Houlding decided to rename the club Liverpool Football Club and it gained official recognition three months later.
John Houlding and Liverpool F.C first ever team 2nd September 1893, photographed in The Sandon Car Park Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield
The Birth of Liverpool F.C
Liverpool Football Club prospered and became financially sound with astute guidance from their President John Houlding, their first ever game was a friendly match with Rotherham Town, then of the Midland League, on 1 September 1892.
The team won the Lancashire League in its début season and joined the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893–94 season.
After finishing in first place the club was promoted to the First Division.
Within nine seasons Liverpool Football Club were appointed League champions.
What Happened To John Houlding?
John Houlding was an active Tory councillor, he was later elected to the Liverpool City Council as a Conservative representing the Everton ward, before being appointed Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1897.
Houlding eventually saw his team win the Football League championship in 1901 but his health was by then giving cause for concern. He took a trip to the South of France which he hoped would restore his strength.
However, during the second week of March 1902, his condition became serious and he died on the morning of March the 18th in Nice at the age of 70.
Tributes were paid to him in all the local newspapers when the sad news of his death reached Liverpool the next day.
At his funeral, players of both Liverpool and Everton carried his coffin as a mark of respect for all he had done for football in the city.
Anfield Stadium 1912
The Sandon Pub
In the early 1980`s The Sandon was re-branded as a fun pub and renamed “The Picture House”. The pub was a huge success until the decline in this sector and was closed in 1990.
After numerous fires, a demolition order was placed on the pub due to it being in a state of dereliction.
In 1994, George Hindley who owned Sam Dodd’s on the other corner of the block, bought the property from the brewery and began the long restoration process to what The Sandon is today.
Over the years other properties were bought in between Sam Dodd’s and The Sandon and the site now has 2 public bars and 6 function rooms.
The Sandon holds a special place in the hearts of Liverpool football fans and was the first official LFC partner to provide corporate hospitality outside of the stadium in 2008.
It offers excellent matchday hospitality in its newly refurbished function suites, one of which is called the Houlding suite.
Guests can enjoy great food and a friendly service, as well as experiencing the famous pre-match atmosphere.
Shankly Experience Tours
The Shankly Hotel are proud to be working with this historic venue to enhance our famous Shankly Experience Tours. We hope you agree, The Sandon really is where it all began for football in Liverpool.
The Tours provide a unique insight into the City that Shanks loved. Brought to you exclusively by the Shankly Family with The Shankly Hotel, our range of tour options provide something for everyone ensuring you get to take in the best of what the wonderful city of Liverpool has to offer.
A man of the people, the tours take you on a day out to remember and visit all of Shankly’s favourite places around the city.
“Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.”
If you want to learn about and experience the real history of Liverpool Football Club, Bill Shankly and The Sandon, the Shankly Experience Tours are the only way to really see Liverpool.
These amazing tours feature entrance into the official LFC stadium and Museum Tour, the home of Bill Shankly in West Derby, a visit to the iconic Sandon pub and off course a tour around the magnificent Shankly Hotel.
If you’d like to delve into the history of both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs and visit the place where it all began, book one of our unique football themed tours and become an expert in Liverpool’s footballing legacy.
Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience Tour of Liverpool.
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Or to arrange a stay at the Shankly Hotel please call 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com.
When people visit Liverpool they often come one of four things, football, nightlife, music or culture. Liverpool is a city famed for producing legendary musical talents such as The Beatles, it’s two premier league football teams, Everton FC and Liverpool FC and oodles of culture from past and present. Sometimes it’s hard to fit everything in that you wish to see, but not when you book a Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool direct from the Shankly Hotel.
Choose from one of these amazing tailored tours of Liverpool that are designed to cover all the best sights of the city you want to see.
Liverpool Was Made For Me
If you’ve seen and heard all about The Beatles before, and want to learn a little more about the city beyond the Fab Four then this is a tour of Liverpool perfect for you.
Taking tourists on a journey into Liverpool’s interesting footballing past and exploring some of the key historical and cultural locations along the way, this tour combines all the best bits in Liverpool for one affordable price.
You will learn all there is to know about the cities amazing sights and the best bits of our amazing footballing heritage.
What’s more, tourists will even get to see where the legend that is Bill Shankly lived and trained during his time in Liverpool. His family home and the surrounding local areas which he frequented are all covered under this amazing all-encompassing tour of the city.
The Fab Four and Shanks Tour
Two of the things that attract many a tourist to Liverpool are music and football.
In the early sixties, Merseybeat swept across the nation as did LFC under their new management, Bill Shankly.
Together these two phenomena became synonymous with Liverpool and transformed the into the globally recognised tourist location it is today.
During this superb tour of Liverpool, you will be whisked away on a voyage of discovery. Check out all four of The Beatles Liverpool homes, visit the iconic Strawberry fields then it’s on to the revered footballing stadium, Anfield, topped off with a call to the West Derby home of Bill Shankly.
See parts of Liverpool like you’ve never seen them before, venture outside of the city centre and pass through streets of legend. Imagine The Beatles strolling down these very streets, passing by the home where Shankly and his family lived.
Culminating the tour at The Shankly Hotel, tourists can see a final piece of precious memorabilia. A telegram sent to Shanks ahead of his 1965 FA Cup Final wishing him good luck signed by the Fab Four themselves.
This inclusive tour of Liverpool will give patrons the opportunity to immerse themselves in the parts of Liverpool’s past that ultimately shaped the present. Who knows you could even see a famous face along the way?
The Match Day Tour
If you’ve come to Liverpool to attend one of the amazing home matches at Anfield, let us make the experience even more memorable by taking you on a tour of Liverpool tailored to delivering the perfect match day experience.
This particular Shankly Experience tour will take visitors to Liverpool on a grand tour of the city. Patrons can soak up plenty of Liverpool’s interesting culture, taking a tour around the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and vibrant cultural hotspots.
Once the city tour is complete, fans will be taken to Anfield before kick-off to embark on a bespoke expedition around the hallowed ground that is Anfield stadium.
Taking Liverpool football club fans behind the scenes of this iconic football ground, educating them on the history of the club and the legacy that Bill Shankly left behind following his work with the club.
For any football fan staying in the city on match day, this is the ultimate tour of Liverpool that covers the most sought after city attractions as well as a unique look into the Liverpool’s most legendary football club.
Bespoke Tour Packages
Whilst each Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool has been designed to encompass a variety of interesting sights around the city, there may be something that you think we’ve missed.
If there are parts of Liverpool that you want to visit or if you would like to cover a particular part of our existing tours in more detail then our Bespoke Tour Packages can be adapted to suit your interests.
We are open to suggestions and will always work in partnership with our friends and associates around the city to deliver the most personal tour that’s suited to you. Simply let us know what it is you want to do or see and we will do what we can to make it happen.
After all, Bill Shankly was a man of the people, and we like to operate with the great man always in mind.
The Shankly Hotel
Each tour of Liverpool includes a visit to the Shankly Hotel where visitors are treated to a tour of the Shankly Museum and given VIP access to memorabilia not out for display.
There will be opportunities to enjoy the amazing Shankly Virtual Experience where fans can have their picture taken standing next to a virtual representation of Bill Shankly to take home.
Dining in Liverpool doesn’t get much more fabulous than in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and as part of the tour package guests can enjoy a whopping 20% off the menu including food and drinks.
During any Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool visitors are given a one of a kind excursion across the UK’s most vibrant city. Visiting iconic landmarks of music, heritage, culture and football all in one day.
Each tour is guided by an expert of Liverpool, armed and ready to answer all your questions about Liverpool’s exciting history and today’s vibrant culture.
Why not book the entire Shankly package with a stay in the stunning Shankly Hotel for your visit to Liverpool?
There is always amazing accommodation offers on for groups, families and couples staying in Liverpool so make the most of your time in the city with a Shankly Experience tour and an unforgettable overnight stay in an award winning hotel.
Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool you’ll be glad you did.
The city of 2 cathedrals, 2 iconic football teams and home to the Beatles, it can be hard to see the best of Liverpool’s dazzling sights all in one go. And that’s where Shankly Tours comes in to save the day!
Whether you’re visiting the city for a weekend or you’re staying for a full week, the variety of attractions in Liverpool aren’t always in walking distance of each other, so you can end up wasting time with a map.
To make your experience stress-free and worth your while, we’ve put together our very own Shankly Tours of Liverpool to ensure that you there’s truly something for everyone. For a set price to suit your group, you can experience Liverpool the way you want to, all with the one package.
If you’re travelling in a larger group or simply have a long list of sights to see, this is the perfect solution for keeping everyone happy as you see the best of the city.
Design Your Own Tour
If you’re someone who likes to plan things from scratch, then this option to design your own tour is ideal for you.
You may have an LFC fan in the group, someone who’s been dreaming of Strawberry Fields, or just fancy taking the perfect snap of Liverpool’s infamous architecture and maritime heritage. With this bespoke package, you have the freedom to pick something for everyone.
All you need to do is decide what your perfect tour of Liverpool would look like, let us know what you want to see and we’ll work out the best plan and price tailored to your group.
Tour A – Liverpool Was Made for Me
As the Shanks once said, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.
Taking you on a tour of the city that football legend Bill Shankly held close to his heart, you can experience a blend of the city’s best football heritage, and most iconic cultural sights.
Throughout this tour, enjoy exclusive Shankly family anecdotes to give you a real feel for the city through the eyes of Bill Shankly. The package also features a visit to Shankly’s West Derby home.
Taking you on a broad tour of the city’s football history, you’ll see the defining locations for the formation of both Everton and Liverpool Football Club. And of course, you can discover the connection between Bill Shankly and the city’s rivalling football teams. You’ll have the chance to visit both the home of the Blues, and the LFC new Stadium and Museum Tour at Anfield.
Back to the Shankly
And that’s not all! You’ll need to save some energy because you’ll be in for a treat when you return to the Shankly Hotel.
We’ll be taking you on a tour of our personal Shankly memorabilia, featuring unseen items that aren’t on display to the public. You’ll also have the chance to get your photo taken with the Shanks himself, thanks to our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.
We sense that after this busy day, you may be in need of a cold pint and some tasty food! So at the end of the tour, you’ll be awarded 20% off all food and drink in the hotel’s stunning Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
Tour B – The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour
Liverpool is one of the most visited cities in the world, and arguably the legacy of the infamous Beatles has a lot to do with that!
There’s an array of iconic sights and venues across the land of yellow submarines that played a part in the lives of the four Liverpool lads. And for those waiting to see exactly what shaped the timeless band, our organised tour will go above and beyond fulfilling your dreams.
The growth of the Mersey Beat ran parallel with the rise of Liverpool FC into a ‘Bastion of Invincibility’, and LFC fans would often sing Beatles lyrics at matches. Since the city is renowned for the Fab Four and its thriving football scene, this tour combines the two, bringing you a unique tour that you won’t forget.
All for one price, you’ll be transported around the city from sight to sight, saving you lots of time.
Back to the Shankly
We didn’t want the tour to stop there, so on return to the Shankly, you’ll be taken on an exclusive tour of our Bill Shankly memorabilia AND have the chance to view a priceless piece of memorabilia linking Bill Shankly to the Beatles on a touching and personal level.
Again, we know you’ll be in search of an ice cold drink and some hearty British food! So, sit back and relax as you enjoy 20% off at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, right within the hotel.
Tour C – The Match Day Tour
If you’re in town for a match day and want to see what our tours are all about, we offer a bespoke tour just for match days so that you can see the best of Liverpool.
Perfect for football fanatics and those who love the city, you can enjoy the Shankly elements of Tour A followed by an exciting match day stadium tour at Anfield.
To book your dream tour of Liverpool, just let us know what you’re after, and who will be joining us at INFO@SHANKLYEXPERIENCE.COM
Bill Shankly is arguably one of the most famous figures in Liverpool Football Club’s history. Notably leading them to great success during his reign.
Shankly, or ‘Shanks’ as he is more affectionately known by Anfield faithful lead Liverpool Football Club to win; three First Division titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup in his fifteen years at the club.
Recently, Liverpool Football Club stadium underwent a dramatic redevelopment which saw the main stand increase its capacity by 8,500 seats. Now total capacity at the stadium stands at just over 54,000 people.
The new development took a grand total of 643 days to complete and with it came a number of changes. One of which was the replacement of all seats in the Main Stand.
A gift that kept on giving
When Bill retired from management at Liverpool Football Club, the club gifted him two season tickets for the Main Stand. These seats were row 17, seats 134 and 135 which he regularly used for himself. When Bill passed away in 1981, the Shankly family took over the seats and when Shankly’s grandson Chris Carline was 7 years old, he began regularly attending the game, sitting in the very seats his grandfather was gifted.
Chris sat in seat 134 for 27 years, attending all Liverpool Football Club home games until May 2016 when the last home game was played before the redevelopment of the main stand began.
A piece of Liverpool history
The original seats which were used by Bill Shankly have been transferred into The Shankly Hotel where they can be admired along with a whole host of Shankly Memorabilia which is displayed in the reception area of the hotel and within the Bastion Bar & Restaurant.
It’s a huge honour to have these seats with us and we hope you enjoy them as much as Bill and his family have over the years.
To book a stay at the iconic Shankly Hotel, please call our reservations team who will be able to help you to make your trip to Liverpool and The Shankly nothing short of magical.
Here at The Shankly Hotel, our guests are at the heart of everything we do.
Bill Shankly was devoted to his loyal supporters, friends and family and we feel the same way about each and every guest who walks into the magnificent Shankly Hotel.
We only opened our doors 12 months ago but in such a short space of time, we have welcomed guests from all corners of the earth. Whether they’ve bed avid Shankly fans, families or couples looking for a break in the city, The Shankly Hotel has become a home-from-home for many visitors.
One of the biggest compliments a hotel or restaurant can receive is returning guests and we’re pleased to say we have a number of regulars who we welcome with open arms each and every time.
To thank all of our amazing guests and customers, we’re pleased to launch the exclusive Shankly Loyalty Card which gives members access to exclusive deals and offers throughout the week.
The perks included
With the Shankly Loyalty Card, guests can enjoy 20% stays from Sunday – Thursday and 10% off stays on Friday & Saturday (minimum two-night stay)
Guests at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant can furthermore enjoy 20% off food and drink Monday – Thursday and 10% food & drink from Friday – Sunday.
Loyalty members will furthermore receive exclusive offers and invites to our most incredible events.
What’s best is that the Shankly Loyalty Card is free; all you need to do is sign up here.
Where my Grandad won Liverpool’s first ever European trophy with the 1973 UEFA Cup, Jurgen Klopp has the chance to add to what is now an illustrious European history tonight. A mere 43 years on from that great day, the Euro 2016 final.
Why I’m not there
I’ll get it out the way now; I haven’t travelled for tonight’s game and I’ll tell you why.
Mainly because UEFA’s ridiculous decision to stage a major European Final at a stadium that holds around 35,000 people. I mean an average capacity Premier League ground, if you will, leaves a lot to be desired.
Europe’s governing body were well aware of that size of some of the sides in this year’s competition. The possibility of those that could join after the first phase of the Champions League was high.
A side like Liverpool would bring in 35,000 alone (and the rest). To a wet windy night at the furthest flung destinations of the world.
It perplexes me that a destination such as Basel’s St Jakob-Park Stadium was the final choice for such a monumental match. Add to this the fact that at least a third of the 35,000 will go to UEFA, and then a third to each club, allocation for fans would be low.
Been there got the t-shirt
I’ve been there and done it when it comes to Liverpool (and I’ll never get tired of it), but, with the ticketing situation, I just thought I’d let someone else have a go for once.
Thrown into the mix the stress levels of booking flights etc. and I made the calculated decision that I would watch it in the splendid comfort and company of The Shankly Hotel (with Messrs St John, Lawler and Callaghan).
In the immediate aftermath of the semi-final, I have to profess I was glad I made that decision. Lads I know who went ran round stressed to the max. Having to identify which whacky route across Europe would be most efficient to get to them to Basel left me satisfied that I’d stood firm on my decision.
Sadly, as Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday arrived this week, second thoughts loomed. The lads began uploading photos of their epic journeys to the Swiss City. I have to admit I cast an envious eye at their shenanigans!
Matthew, behave yourself out there, mate! Chappy, Bernie, Vinny, The Farmer, Tom, Katie, Motty and all the rest of you, have a great time!
Alas, no time to dwell. There is a major European trophy at stake here. It’s the Euro 2016 final. I’m relatively confident ahead of the game as nn paper we should win. But of course paper doesn’t win football games, we all know that.
A strong starting XI…?
Jurgen spun a trick against Chelsea with his starting team selection. I don’t think anyone would argue that this wasn’t Liverpool’s strongest available XI and should almost certainly be his team for the euro 2016 final barring any mishaps.
I liked what he did in respect.
West Brom was always going to be a formality in terms of team selection. Going full strength against Chelsea was the manager’s way of throwing down the gauntlet. The players to cementing their place in the starting XI for Basel.
For me, the only question mark with respect of the team selection is around Can, a controversial opinion, I’m sure, for some.
I’m not his biggest fan. I think he is limited and I don’t think he has the first touch or presence on the ball to play central midfield for a top Premier League club.
His performance against Chelsea was poor, with his passing wayward I think he almost played himself out of the team with that showing. Only time will tell and it is win-win if I am wrong, but the jury is out for me.
It means that Joe Allen comes into play, and given the lads form over the latter part of the season, who could complain?
Credit where credit is due
I take my hat off to him in many, many ways. Football is a cruel game, especially at the highest level and especially at a club the size of Liverpool.
Joe wasn’t helped out by Brendan Rodgers’ comments that he was ‘Welsh Xavi’ . Given Brendan signed him from Swansea, he became viewed as something of an obsession to our former manager which led to a comedic tag being placed over his head.
In short, he became the latest in a long line of players tagged with a comedic persona who fans make a scapegoat out of. You’d have been forgiven in thinking that once Rodgers was ousted, you wouldn’t see him again.
However this was not the case. He has embarked on something of a resurgence under Jurgen Klopp; and the now ‘Welsh Piro’ has, in fact, earned the respect of fans across the board.
I use the word respect because that’s exactly what it is. When a player gets stuck in something of a rut, as he did, and is tagged with this persona, it becomes increasingly difficult to escape from it. Players are not stupid. They hear chants from the terraces, they hear ironic cheering and they read papers and social media.
When your confidence hits rock bottom, and the fans have no faith in you, usually there is only one escape route – into another club.
Putting up a good fight
To fight out of this scenario and re-earn the trust, support and respect of the fans is something of an achievement. Not one many can claim to have successfully done. The only other I can think of is a certain Lucas Leiva.
Klopp’s decision to allow Joe to actually cross the half way line has proved an inspired one. The Welshman finds himself on the score sheet and amongst the assists all of a sudden.
Now we find ourselves on the cusp of the euro 2016 final and Joe Allen, for me, is a very real prospect for a starting berth. Does this come at the expense of Can?
Should he? Would he? Could he?
Milner’s form has been superb in the last few weeks captain for the team in the absence of Henderson, who I am almost certain will not be fit enough to start.
Lallana, Coutinho and Firmino are a given as on their day, all on form they are unplayable and will create and get amongst the goals. The only other suggestion would be Sturridge not starting. Firmino as a false 9 and an extra midfielder coming in there. I just don’t think it is something Klopp should or would do.
Dan is a proven talent on his day, and we are in a major European final, and goals win games, simple as that.
If I was a betting man, I’d hazard that wee Joe will start from the bench. Klopp seemingly having a soft spot for his German counterpart Can, and the team being will be that which started the Chelsea game.
In great company
So there it is, all set for tonight. Usually round about now I’d be lapping up the atmosphere with the travelling Kop on the Swiss border. Instead I’ve got a more than able deputy lined up for tonight.
Sat in the splendour of The Shankly Hotel with three absolute legends: Ian St John, Ian Callaghan and Chris Lawler, cheering the reds on in a sold-out restaurant. Sitting back and enjoying fine food and the company of the rest of the Shankly family.
Fingers crossed we will be watching Jurgen add another chapter to the story my Grandad started all those years ago!