The Best Things to Do in Liverpool on a Rainy Day

Come rain or shine, Liverpool is bursting with cultural attractions and entertainment. And The Shankly Hotel is in the heart of it all.

From family fun to cosy pub visits, we’ve compiled an array of activities to tick off during your visit.

So while you’re staying with us at The Shankly, you’ll never find yourself stuck for things to do in Liverpool.

Afternoon Tea

Where: The Bastion Bar & Restaurant (The Shankly Hotel)

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Make your stay at The Shankly Hotel all the more special with our delicious Afternoon Tea.

This Autumn, we have an unmissable offer for you. Escape the rain and the cold with our Autumn Time for Tea deal.

Finish off a day of Christmas shopping with delicious comfort food, all washed down with a glass of Prosecco.

You can enjoy this afternoon of pure indulgence for just £24.95 per person.

The British Music Experience

Where: Cunard Building, Liverpool

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Take a step back in time to discover the best of British music at The Cunard Building.

You’ll be taken on an interactive journey through the decades as you admire costumes, memorabilia and instruments.

Whether you’re a fan of the Beatles, Bowie, Oasis, Adele or even X Factor,  the British Music Experience truly has something for everyone.

The Cunard Building is one of Liverpool’s stunning Three Graces, located along the iconic Pier Head waterfront.

So, it’s well worth heading down to have a look around and snap some photographs outside the Liverpool landmarks.

Liverpool Playhouse Theatre

Where: Williamson Square, Liverpool

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The Playhouse theatre is only a short stroll away from The Shankly, making it the perfect destination for a cosy night out.

The Grade II* listed building boasts an old 19th century auditorium and a traditional proscenium arch setting, transporting you back to the best of theatre.

Despite seating 677 audience members, the charming theatre has an intimate feel that simply can’t be found elsewhere.

This year, you’ll find plenty of choice over the colder months, ranging from Sherlock Holmes mystery ‘Baskerville’ to crowd-pleasing comedy ‘For Love or Money’.

World Museum Liverpool

Where: William Brown Street, Liverpool

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Perfect for a family day out on a rainy day, the World Museum showcases extensive collections and exhibitions.

Take a 5,000 year journey through time and discover Ancient Egypt, stargaze at the Planetarium or dive into the sea at the aquarium.

The museum features interactive games and technology to keep the little ones entertained all day long.

The World Museum is also home to a brand new cafe with striking architectural features and tasty bites to eat.

Morgan’s Spa

Where: 30 James Street Hotel – Home of the Titanic

Why not treat yourself to some TLC over at Morgan’s Spa in Liverpool?

Feel your worries float away as you sink into the rejuvenating hydrotherapy pool.

You may also want to try one of the relaxing treatments, which can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

From the Deeper than Deep Hot Stones Massage to a nourishing body wrap, Morgan’s Spa has got you covered.

Take Shelter in a Cosy Pub

Where: Ma Boyles, Liverpool

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There’s no doubt that one of the best things to do in Liverpool is to head to a cosy pub!

Only a short walk from The Shankly Hotel, Ma Boyles Alehouse and Eatery is one of our favourites.

A stone’s throw from the Albert Dock and Pier Head, why not stop off for a hearty bite to eat or refreshing pint after taking in the sights?

Filled with character and charm, find a comfy spot and indulge with their fantastic menu.

Choose from a wide range of selected rums, tasty cocktails and array of wines to take your fancy.

Visit Central Library

Where: William Brown Street, Liverpool

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Hogwarts? Liverpool? It’s hard to know for certain at Liverpool Central Library.

Explore the famous collections of rare books in the beautiful Oak room and magnificent Hornby Library.

Get cosy and snug in the magnificent Picton Reading Room, an ideal spot to spend a lazy afternoon alone or with friends.

The library also features the Deli Marche Cafe serving up scrumptious sweet and savoury treats.

Only moments from the World Museum, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice as you explore one of the best cultural areas of the city.

What better way to spend a rainy day in Liverpool?

Autumn Escape Offer £99 Per Couple

Our Autumn Escape offer is calling your name!

This unmissable deal includes an overnight stay in a double room featuring a double whirlpool bath.

Plus, you’ll be able to head down in the morning for a delicious Full English breakfast.

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So, whether you’re a Liverpool local or planning a winter visit to the city, we hope to welcome you soon at The Shankly Hotel.

One of the top hotels in Liverpool, our luxury rooms are ideal for treating yourself or someone special to a special weekend break.

To enquire further, you can call us on 0151 909 5526.

Ultimate Soul & Motown Weekend at The Shankly Hotel

Join us at The Shankly Hotel this November for the ultimate Soul & Motown Weekend!

Presented to you by The Greenroom, this showstopping night is set to be one of the best events in Liverpool.

With a dazzling package on offer, you could spend the weekend with us at The Shankly Hotel enjoying non-stop Soul and Motown!

So, if you’re ready to showcase your very best moves, take a look at what’s in store…

Soul & Motown Weekend – One of the Top Events in Liverpool

When: Friday 10th & Saturday 11th November 2017

Where: The Shankly Hotel, Liverpool

The Soul & Motown Weekend will feature a fantastic line-up of performers including Jocelyn Brown, Gwen Dickey/Rose Royce, Trevor Nelson and Kenny Thomas.

You can choose from two ticket options including the fabulous Luxury VIP Package for £250 or Evening Show Passes for £69.

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Our VIP Package includes a luxury 2 night stay at The Shankly Hotel including a delicious breakfast, champagne reception and access to all shows.

Alternatively, you can pick up evening passes from The Greenroom on Duke Street.

The Friday line up includes: Kenny Thomas, Trevor Nelson, Odssey and Gwen Dickey.

Our Saturday line up includes: Jocelyn Brown, Heatwave and Charlie C.

With such a star-studded line up, this is an unmissable opportunity to catch your favourite Soul and Motown icons in action!

So, this November, why not escape the cold and enjoy a well earned weekend of dancing the nights away?

Headlining Acts

Jocelyn Brown

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our headline performer Jocelyn Brown to The Shankly.

The singing sensation will have you up on your feet in no time with 80s hit “Somebody Else’s Guy”.

Gwen Dickey/Rose Royce

The weekend will also see soul diva Gwen Dickey of Rose Royce take to the stage.

You can expect to hear timeless hits including “Wishing on a Star”, guaranteed to lift your spirits!

The weekend will also feature the UK’s No.1 soul DJ Trevor Nelson, ensuring that your weekend is truly something else.

The Shankly Hotel Liverpool

The Shankly Hotel is one of the top hotels in Liverpool, offering guests a luxury and unique experience.

The Bill Shankly-themed venue specialises in spacious rooms sleeping both couples and groups of friends and family.

So whether you’ll be joining us with a larger group of Motown fans or your other half, we’ve got you covered.

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Each of our stylish rooms feature a double whirlpool bath, 50″ TV screen, Bluetooth and free WiFi.

Combining contemporary style with classic features, all of our spaces achieve the perfect blend of traditional and modern luxury.

You’ll have the space and facilities to get ready with friends before a night of entertainment.

And the next morning, why not treat yourself to a relaxing soak in our replenishing whirlpool bath?

With our VIP Package, you can head downstairs in the morning and enjoy a hearty breakfast in The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

The Bastion is renowned for its high quality produce and wonderful service from our talented team of staff.

The charming spot also offers guests the chance to admire exclusive Bill Shankly memorabilia, which is on display around the restaurant.

Donated by the Shankly family themselves, our collection includes Bill’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter.

To enquire further or to book your VIP Package at The Shankly Hotel, you can get in touch today on 0151 236 0166.

We hope to see you soon and wish you the most spectacular stay. 

Shankly: Nature’s Fire Package – Have the Ultimate Shankly Experience

By now, the people of Liverpool know how important Bill Shankly is in relation to not only football but the morale of the city.

The great man himself is now being honoured in a brand new feature-length documentary, commissioned by BBC Scotland and produced by the team behind the new Blade Runner sequel.

Shankly: Nature’s Fire is going to be a film to remember and as the premier destination for all things Shankly in Liverpool, The Shankly Hotel has managed to secure an incredible package deal for 16 lucky Shankly fans.

A Once in a Lifetime Package

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As the top place to visit for Shankly, LFC and football fans, The Shankly Hotel has arranged for a limited edition package to make sure all Shankly lovers can have an experience like no other.

For one day only, 16 people can take advantage of the Shankly: Nature’s Fire Package at The Shankly Hotel. Book today and on the 29th of October, you’ll get a totally unique Shankly Experience.

Here’s what you’ll be treated to on the big day: a meet and greet with a member of Bill Shankly’s family, with a chance to ask questions on what it’s like to be related to a hero, a guided tour of all The Shankly Hotel’s memorabilia, a photo with Bill Shankly himself (via Augmented Reality Technology) and a delicious three-course Sunday lunch at The Shankly Hotel’s amazing Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

After enjoying all the hotel has to offer, you’ll then be whisked off on a tour of the entire city’s footballing hotspots, including a stop-off at Anfield itself. At the home of LFC, you’ll be one of the first to try out their brand new interactive stadium tour, with beautiful views of the pitch, a hot seat in the new press room and a walk down the iconic player’s tunnel.

Of course, the highlight of the package is the ticket to see the world premiere of Shankly: Nature’s Fire at The Liverpool Philharmonic.

Shankly: Nature’s Fire

The film has been two years in the making and is a poignant and nostalgic journey through the history of the beautiful game.

Legends from the world of sport have contributed to the story with frank and heartfelt interviews about Shankly, the origins of football and football in the modern world.

Keep an eye out for the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Kevin Keegan, Roger Hunt and Denis Law as well as comments from sports writer Hugh Mcillvanney and Scottish author Irvine Welsh.

The film explores the life of the man that changed Liverpool Football Club forever, and how his vision made him a legend that left a lasting impression on a city that wasn’t his home. It also looks at how heroes still matter in the world of contemporary football, with legends that transcend generations.

The likeability of and fondness for Bill Shankly is passed down through the years, with even younger football fans expressing a love for the passionate manager. Shankly: Nature’s Fire will give a real insight to those viewers who are perhaps of a time too late to experience the personality and philosophies of Bill Shankly.

World Premiere at The Philharmonic

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On Sunday 29th October, the world premiere of Shankly: Nature’s Fire will be screened exclusively at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

The beautiful and iconic venue will host a limited run of the film before its release on DVD in December.

Get your place on this package now before it’s too late by emailing info@shanklyexperience.com or calling 0151 305 3742, secure your place now for just £99.

If you miss out on winning our amazing package, you can still buy tickets from the Philharmonic for £10 each (or £8 for concessions). It’s a must-see not only for LFC fans but anyone who has an appreciation for the love of the game.

The Shankly Hotel: Book an Enchanting Christmas Party in Liverpool

One of the best Christmas party venues in Liverpool, Christmas at The Shankly Hotel is set to be a truly magical affair.

Liverpool’s Bill Shankly-themed hotel offers fantastic events space in the heart of the city centre.

With two stunning venues, we can accommodate intimate or larger groups of guests.

So this year, why not make your office Christmas party an unforgettable one at The Shankly?

Party Nights at the Garden of Eden

Our enchanting Garden of Eden is bursting with yuletide charm and character.

Party nights at the Garden of Eden include a delicious three-course meal including a complimentary glass of fizz.

We’ll be transforming this dazzling space into a charming winter wonderland.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. We’ll be topping off the night with dynamic entertainment from a live band, singer and DJ.

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Our extensive Eden Christmas Party Menu truly offers something for everyone.

Wine and dine in style as you choose from an array of exquisite dishes and three fantastic courses.

Starters include Spicy Parsnip Soup or Candied Fig and Goats Cheese Tart. Main courses include Cheshire Turkey Breast, Parsnip and Truffle Pudding and Pan Seared Fillet of Sea Bass.

And of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without pudding! You can top it all off with sweet treats including our Chocolate and Orange Cheesecake or Wild Berry and Kirsch Tart.

Party Nights at Baby Eden

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Our delightful Baby Eden venue is perfect for smaller Christmas parties in Liverpool.

Atmospheric and cosy with an intimate feel, this stylish space is ideal for seasonal celebrations throughout December.

The Shankly is located only a short walk from Liverpool’s picturesque waterfront. You’ll also find the city’s top nightlife spots right on your doorstep.

Staying at The Shankly Hotel

We also encourage guests to make their night all the more convenient with an overnight stay at The Shankly.

Whether you fancy heading out for the night to continue the fun or heading to bed, you’ll have both options to choose from.

Rooms at The Shankly offer a lavish blend of contemporary decor and classic style. Sink into a comfortable double bed and enjoy luxury facilities at your leisure.

And if you have a little too much festive cheer, you can recover from the night before in a rejuvenating whirlpool bath. Perfect!

So for the ultimate Christmas party in Liverpool, look no further than The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.

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The Shankly Hotel offers guests an entirely unique experience. The stylish hotel attracts football fans from around the globe as well as guests in search of something special.

Restaurant visitors and overnight guests are welcome to enjoy the exclusive collection of memorabilia on display.

Kindly donated by the Shankly family, our fascinating museum includes Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant boasts a fantastic menu of tantalising light bites and indulgent meals. The Bastion is also a local favourite for a refreshing pint or eclectic cocktail.

So, we hope you’ll join us this Christmas at The Shankly Hotel for a Christmas party filled with merriment!

To book your office’s Christmas party in Liverpool at one of our venues, you can contact us on christmas@signatureliving.co.uk.

Man City vs Liverpool: Watch & Stay at The Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel offers Liverpool FC fans the ultimate stay in the city. Filled with the stories that shaped the life of Bill Shankly, the truly unique hotel also offers guests in-depth insight into the life of the footballing legend.

The upcoming Premier League game on Saturday 9th September 2017 is an unmissable one. If you won’t heading to Manchestser, don’t worry! The game will be awaiting you at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

A hidden gem within the hotel, The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot to catch Liverpool matches in action. See the highly anticipated game unfold in fantastically atmospheric surroundings.

At the Bastion, you’ll find yourself surrounded by fans just as passionate as you are. You’ll also have the chance to spend some time discovering memorabilia including Bill Shankly’s personal typewriter and original LFC contract.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

Serving up a variety of hearty dishes, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you sit back, relax and let the game begin.

The Bastion menu includes everything from grilled Sirloin Steak to Corn Fed Chicken Breast and an array of delicious sides. Wash it all down with a good old fashioned pint or one of our tasty cocktails.

Perfect for groups of family and friends, the Bastion offers an unrivalled atmosphere with a special buzz on match days.

Staying at The Shankly Hotel

Situated in the heart of Liverpool city centre, The Shankly Hotel offers guests the chance to stay only moments from Liverpool’s famous nightlife scene.

A favourite for group accommodation in Liverpool, stay in luxury room or suite for a sociable, stylish stay in the city.

Why not enjoy the match and treat yourself to a stay overnight at The Shankly? Fitted with stylish decor and bedding, sink into a comfortably plush bed at the end of the night.

Rooms also include a relaxing whirlpool bath, perfect for washing off the night before! You’ll leave us feeling restored and rejuvenated.

Serving a scrumptious breakfast the following morning, head down to the Bastion to fuel the day ahead.

With Liverpool landmarks and the city’s vibrant shopping district just around the corner, you’ll find plenty to do and see right on your doorstep.

The Shankly Tours

However, you may fancy embarking on one of our fascinating Shankly Tours, offering bespoke, guided tours of Liverpool.

Shankly Tours offer a brilliant way to see the best of Liverpool in a whole new light, whether you’re a local Scouser or paying a visit to the city.

The Liverpool Was Made for Me tour is a favourite amongst our guests. The captivating tour covers the city’s famous landmarks in Liverpool’s footballing history and includes the brand new Liverpool FC Stadium and Museum Tour.

And if you’re in search of a little variety, look no further than the Fab Four and Shanks Tour, transporting you back through the iconic era that saw The Beatles and Liverpool Football Club rise to success.

So, make this weekend a memorable one and treat yourself or someone special to the ultimate footballing weekend.

Whether you join us at The Bastion for the atmospheric match or you embark on a Shankly Tour, we hope to see you soon!

 

Shankly Hotel: Events in Liverpool in September 2017

Enjoy charming afternoon tea, a dazzling musical or tasty treats with our guide to the best events in Liverpool in September 2017.

This September is set to be bigger and better than ever in Liverpool and we couldn’t be more excited!

The stylish Shankly Hotel is located within the heart of Liverpool city centre. A fantastic location for seeing the best of the city, we’re a favourite for theatre-goers and visitors to the city.

Fairytale Afternoon Tea

When: 10th September 2017

Where: Eden at The Shankly Hotel

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One of the most enchanting events in Liverpool in September 2017, why not bring the little ones along to Fairytale Afternoon Tea?

Hosted within The Shankly Hotel’s charming Garden of Eden, step into a world of wonder including fabulous princesses and tasty food and drink.

The Shankly Hotel is only moments from Liverpool’s most famous landmarks, so this is the perfect afternoon treat before exploring the city!

Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

When: 16th – 17th September 2017

Where: Sefton Park

Liverpool Food & Drink Festival

Undoubtedly the most delicious of events in Liverpool in September 2017, the unmissable Liverpool Food & Drink Festival is back!

Indulge in an array of tasty bites and refreshing beverages as you sit back, relax and enjoy entertainment at the picturesque Sefton Park.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this September, choose from a wide variety of eclectic street food and mouthwatering desserts from local independents and more.

This year, you can expect to see Caribou Poutine bringing the best of Canada to the UK as well as Mexico Joe and Squidly Diddly.

Oktoberfest

When: 21st – 24th September 2017

Where: Pierhead

Oktoberfest Liverpool 2017

This September, Oktoberfest is back! Best-loved for igniting the spirit of Munich in the heart of Liverpool, this is one event not to miss!

The dynamic weekend is set to include everything from live music and decorations to a giant tent creating the atmosphere of an authentic Oktoberfest hall.

Providing the perfect backdrop, this fantastic celebration will be held at Liverpool’s stunning Pier Head surrounded by the city’s world-famous landmarks and striking architecture.

Dirty Dancing

When: 18th – 23rd September 2017

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Dirty Dancing Empire Theatre 2017

Celebrate the last of summer with a night out to see Dirty Dancing at the Liverpool Empire Theatre 2017.

See the timeless love story and iconic dance moves of Johnny and Baby brought to life on Liverpool’s famous theatre stage.

Featuring 35 hit songs including Hungry Eyes and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life this spectacular show is guaranteed to lift your spirits and leave your toes tapping all the way home!

The Johnny Cash Roadshow

When: 30th September 2017

Where: Liverpool Empire Theatre

Johnny Cash Roadshow

One of the most highly anticipated events in Liverpool in September 2017, don’t miss the Johnny Cash Roadshow at Liverpool Empire Theatre.

Whether you’re a die-hard Cash fan or a casual listener, this dazzling show provides the perfect night of entertainment.

Transporting you through the years, audiences are taken from the 1950s to 2002 including all of the legendary musicians greatest hits.

To enquire further about booking Fairytale Afternoon Tea or to book a fantastic stay at The Shankly Hotel, our team are ready to help on 0151 601 8801 today.

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.

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!

Summer Days Out: Bespoke Tours of Liverpool

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 & LFC

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. 

BBC to Broadcast Feature Length Documentary on the Life of Bill Shankly

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

Young Bill Shankly

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 & LFC

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

shankly

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.

Spend a Special Father’s Day out in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel

The perfect Father’s Day out in Liverpool starts and ends at The Shankly Hotel this year with our Dads and Lads on Tour package.

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

Full English at Bastion

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

Shankly at LFC

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

Anfield football ground

source: www.thisisanfield.com

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

Bastion main meal

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;

Starter:

Vine Ripened Tomato and Feta Bruschetta with Pine nuts and Ripped Basil

Main Course:

Roast Striploin of Beef, Tenderstem Broccoli, Chantenay Carrots, Mange Tout and Rich Beef Gravy, Served with a Yorkshire Pudding

Or

Wild Mushroom and Truffle Macaroni Bake with a Garlic Ciabatta Crumb and House Salad (V)

Dessert:

Baked Chocolate Fondant, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce

What more could you want?

Luxury suite at the Shankly

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 info@signatureliving.co.uk.

It’s time to make dad’s dreams come true this year with the full Shankly Experience Dads and Lads on Tour Package the best Father’s Day gift you can give.

Book An Unforgettable Graduation Meal in Liverpool

We would love to bring you an unforgettably special graduation meal in Liverpool. After all, what better venue to celebrate the end of an era than The Bastion Bar & Restaurant?

With a complimentary glass of fizz for everyone dining with you on your special day, you can say “cheers” to your years of hard work within a dynamic atmosphere in the heart of Liverpool.

You’ll find the stylish spot located within Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel, only a short journey from Liverpool John Moores University and University of Liverpool.

Graduation Meal Deal in Liverpool

It’s always a good idea to organise your graduation meal in advance as tables in Liverpool tend to get booked up quickly.

This year, we’ll be serving all graduate meals with complementary Prosecco, so don’t miss out on this fantastic deal.

We’re expecting to play host to a number of graduation meals this year, so we’d love to help organise your day and ensure than it runs smoothly!

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

Double Steak Fillet Sharer

At The Bastion Bar & Restaurant, we serve everything from hearty, high quality meals to less formal, lighter bites for sharing and socialising.

Whether you fancy a full meal with your nearest and dearest or just to share a couple of dishes and tasty cocktails, our extensive menus provide plenty of flexibility.

When you book with us everyone dining with you will receive a complimentary glass of fizz to celebrate all your hard work.

A Very Special Theme

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is in keeping with the unique theme of The Shankly Hotel.

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.

Our Midnight Munchies menu includes pizza, sandwiches, hot dogs and 2 for £10 cocktails.

So, why not stay up all night reminiscing with your best friends from university? We suspect it’ll be a night you won’t forget.

To enquire further or to book your graduation meal in Liverpool, simply give our team a call on 0151 601 8801.