Surprise a Football Fan With a Stay at The Shankly Hotel

If you’re in need of some gift inspiration for a football fan then look no further than The Shankly Hotel, an iconic venue that pays tribute to one of the most illustrious football managers in history.

With the end of the premier league season looming, there’s never been a better time to treat family or friends to an unforgettable weekend filled with football. A stay at this unique hotel is the perfect surprise present for any devoted football fan.

With a range of deals, packages and tours, The Shankly is dedicated to treating its lucky guests to a bespoke experience that really showcases the best of Liverpool and of course Bill Shankly.

So, if you know someone who lives for the beautiful game, this could be the perfect gift for them.

An Unforgettable Surprise

Book an overnight stay at the famous Shankly Hotel and experience luxurious accommodation in the heart of Liverpool city centre. Each room has a distinct link to Shankly and has been designed with comfort and elegance in mind.

Surprise a football fan

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

Featuring some never seen before memorabilia such as Shankly’s original LFC contract and the keys to the Shankly gates, it is sure to impress any football fan.

The Shankly Tours

Not just an overnight stay, the hotel also offers bespoke football themed tours of Liverpool and its most iconic cultural sights.

Bill Shankly

You can either design your own day out or follow one of our carefully crafted Shankly Tours that feature visits to the defining locations that led to the formation of both Everton and Liverpool Football Club. Guests have the chance to visit both the home of the Blues and the LFC new stadium and Museum Tour at Anfield. And of course, you can discover the connection between Bill Shankly and the city’s rivalling football teams.

Throughout the 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.

To really make this a day they will remember forever, take a picture with Shankly himself with our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

A Dining Experience like no other

Treat them to the ultimate LFC dining experience in the Bastion Restaurant and Bar. A truly unique dining experience, tuck into delicious food and choose from a wide selection of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails whilst you immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Shankly.

Bastion Bar and Restaurant

The restaurant and bar is decorated with a plethora of original relics kindly donated by the Shankly family, including handwritten tactical notes, letters from colleagues and fans, medals and training tracksuits.

If you happen to be with us on a match day, the Bastion Bar is the perfect place to catch the game. With around 10 flat screen TV’s and a brilliant atmosphere, it’s the best present a true football fan could hope for.

To make a devoted football enthusiast’s dreams come true, chat to one of our friendly team about organising the perfect surprise gift at info@shanklyexperience.com

5 of the Best Liverpool Hotel Offers from the Shankly Hotel

Looking to add some excitement to an otherwise boring week, or fancy treating yourself, a loved one or the family to a great hotel stay in Liverpool then check out these 5 amazing Liverpool hotel offers from the Shankly.

The Shankly’s Summer Stay and Spa

Summer stay and spa- Liverpool hotel offers

Great the summer months in style with the Shankly Hotel Summer Stay and Spa offer.

You and one other can take some well-earned time out together by relaxing in the luxury of Morgan’s Spa. Whilst there you can both partake in an indulgent 25 minute Elemis Spa treatment getting you summer ready for those sunny days ahead.

Feel your weekly stresses melt away in the tranquil surroundings of Morgan’s Spa and emerge an all round better you.

After your pampering check into your luxury, Bill Shankly themed hotel room where a bottle of chilled Prosecco will be waiting for you.

Then spend an evening enjoying the amazing facilities in your room. Recline on one of the comfortable double beds or take a dip in the double jacuzzi.

The perfect way to treat yourself in the lead up to the summer months for just £159 per couple.

Bubbles and Breakfast for Two

Bubbles and Breakfast - Liverpool hotel offer

It’s not every day you can indulge in a bottle of bubbly and an overnight stay in an award-winning hotel, but with this amazing Liverpool hotel offer, it could be.

For just £99.00 you and a special someone can spend a luxury overnight stay at the Shankly Hotel.

Make an average weekday special with an overnight break in Liverpool. Check into your suite and enjoy a bottle of bubbly before making the most of the exciting night life of Liverpool.

After you’ve enjoyed a great night out in Liverpool followed by a great night’s sleep make your way to the Bastion Bar and Restaurant where a buffet breakfast will be laid out for you to enjoy.

Choose from a selection of continental breakfast delights, or pick up a freshly baked pastry there’s even the option to have a belly bursting full English breakfast with all the trimmings.

The Bubbles and Breakfast Liverpool hotel offer from the Shankly Hotel is ideal for perking up any weekday and is the perfect way to enjoy a fun night out in Liverpool.

A Perfect Place to Watch the Premier League

Forget heading down your local for a basic pint and a bag of pork scratching. This weekend the Shankly Hotel have out together an amazing match day offer for those who want to dedicate their day to supporting their team.

The match will be screened across all 10 of the large flat screen TV’s and those in attendance can enjoy a host of match day food and drinks offers whilst watching.  The second best place in Liverpool to watch the match live.

On the morning of the hotly anticipated Premier league showdown, we will be serving a never ending breakfast buffet in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant accompanied by a refreshing pint for just £10pp.

Breakfast will be served from 08:00 am – 12:00 pm and for just £10pp this is a Liverpool hotel offer worth booking in for.

To keep you entertained the Bastion Bar and Restaurant have planned some halftime shenanigans. Take part in Bellefield Bingo and occupy those long minutes between halves, be in with the chance of winning some awesome Shankly Hotel prizes and have some fun too.

Pre-booking is essential whether just for breakfast or for breakfast and the game. Call 0151 541 9999 to book you table today, quoting football offers as a reference.

Dream Lunch Dinner Party

Lunch with Shanks - Liverpool hotel offer

We’ve all got dream dinner party guest lists and let’s face it the chance to live that dream dinner our is something we never think will happen.

With the Shankly Hotel, you could make a special somebodies dream dinner party a reality by booking lunch with Shanks.

Thanks to state of the art virtual reality technology when you dine at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant you can have Bill Shankly join you.

For somebody who worships the legend that is Bill Shankly, for any true Red a lunch with Shanks will be the stuff of dreams.

By upgrading to lunch with Shank’s for just £5 on top of your usual food bill, you can make a certain someone’s dream dinner party dreams come to life.

If you know somebody who would love to lunch with Shank’s then call 0151 601 8801 and book today.

Fun Family Fridays

Family Fridays - Liverpool hotel offer

Quality family time together can be hard to come by, so make the most of those rare family moments and spend them at the Shankly Hotel.

Tailored to make sure you and your special people can get together and enjoy each other’s company the Shankly Hotel have created the Family Fridays package.

Built for a family of four this superb Liverpool hotel offer includes a luxurious overnight stay in a family sized hotel room and a delicious two-course meal in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

For the kids, there will be a goodie bag waiting in the room on check in and for the adults you can choose from a bottle of Prosecco or free city centre parking.

The Shankly Hotel will provide a handy city sightseeing guide giving you and the family a choice of wonderful Liverpool activities to enjoy together.

 

So, whether it’s a midweek romantic treat, an indulgent summer spa session, time with the family or a place to watch the footy the Shankly have created an amazing Liverpool hotel offer to cater to you.

All you need to do is book and let the Shankly Hotel take care of the rest. Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and book your stay in Liverpool today.

Couple Share Their Inspiring Story with the Shankly

At the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool we were delighted to play host to inspiring couple Katie and Sam, who stayed with us over the Merseyside Derby weekend.

When tragedy struck in January 2016, Katie was left with a long recovery journey ahead. However, the unfortunate twist of fate didn’t hold Katie back; after making an inspiring recovery, we wanted to lend a small helping hand on behalf of Bill Shankly himself.

Katie’s Inspiring Story

In January 2016, Katie was making her way to work when she found herself faced with treacherous black ice. When her car skidded along the ice and tragically hit a tree, the accident caused significant injuries.

Thankfully, Katie’s local air ambulance team were able to airlift her to the major trauma unit in Plymouth, where she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit with a severe head injury.

3 weeks after being moved to a ward, Katie suffered a further setback; she required emergency surgery to her abdomen, meaning an extra three weeks on the Intensive Care Unit.

As time passed, Katie was transferred to a neuro rehabilitation unit where she was faced with the harrowing task to learn to walk, talk and regain her independence. After a turbulent time away from home, Katie was finally discharged home on the 28th April 2016.

A Miraculous Recovery 

The brave Primary Education student was completing the third year of her degree when the accident struck. Defying the odds, Katie has been able to return to studying, amazingly picking up her degree where she had left off.

Prior to the accident, Katie had bought tickets to take her boyfriend to watch the Liverpool v Sunderland match in February for his birthday.

A passionate LFC fan, Sam had never been to a home match before and the couple were devastated when their plans fell through. Katie and Sam were unable to attend the match as Katie had been readmitted to Intensive Care that weekend.

When Katie’s friend got in touch with Shankly Hotel Director and Bill’s Grandson Chris, to share her story, Liverpool Football Club stepped in to offer two tickets for Katie and Sam to attend the Merseyside Derby.

As the couple were in search of accommodation, we were delighted to welcome them to stay at the Shankly for two nights to top off their weekend with an extra touch.

We’re so pleased that Katie and Sam had an enjoyable stay with us at the Shankly Hotel. Bill Shankly was a man of the people and we always aim to celebrate his character and outstanding morals.

We would love to see Katie and Sam again soon and wish Katie the best of luck with her surgery coming up in May!

Shankly Family Foundation Project at Holly Lodge School

Holly Lodge School

An all-girls school in Liverpool which has been in operation for over 100 years has become the home and base of The Shankly Family Foundation.

Holly Lodge welcomed every female member of Bill Shankly’s grandchildren through its door as well as one of his daughters

The school grounds are 300 yards away from the Shankly family home in Liverpool, in an area where some of the Shankly family still reside. The school is adjacent to the Shankly playing fields and was where the famous player/manager could often be seen enjoying a kick about with the local lads or the girls from the school.

In fact, The Shankly Hotel offer a Shankly Training Experience on these very fields that are perfect to bring a group of people closer together. Train the Shankly Way with colleagues and friends and get a glimpse into what life was like under the tutelage of the greatest football manager of all time.

Holly lodges world class sporting facilities on offer were vastly enhanced in 2015 from a £7million investment. A funding project that reduced the number of existing school buildings, and created a much more modern educational complex.

Holly Lodge school home of The Shankly Family Foundation

The school now has its own state of the art indoor gymnasium, perfect for a game of indoor footy, all-weather outdoor pitches and a drama studio.

The facilities are well equipped to cater to the active needs of the pupils, the neighbouring public and beyond.

The Shankly Family Foundation

Founded by the family of footballing legend Bill Shankly The Shankly Family Foundation is an organisation that operates upon the strong values and morals that Shankly lived by and advocates through his legacy.

The Shankly Family Foundation is a charity that aims to develop the young people of Liverpool and their skills and responsibilities towards the community.

This is achieved through grassroots football and the focus the advancement of young people into mature responsible adults. Both of which were extremely important to Bill Shankly.

The Shankly Family Foundation

The strong focus on maintaining the health and education of the wider community is at the core of the charity. The Shankly Family Foundation works hard to promote and encourage physical activity in communities in which everybody can participate.

At the same time, the organisation aims to collaborate with educational partners to help to develop the minds of young people as well as their bodies.

By going into partnership with Holly Lodge The Shankly Family Foundation will have a lasting presence within the school. Through ongoing projects taking place on the school grounds, The Shankly Family Foundation will be taking a step toward achieving the self-sustaining nature they have been striving for.

Working together

Grassroots football The Shankly Family Foundation

Alongside Holly Lodge, The Shankly Family Foundation will offer educational programmes as well as sporting and leisure activities that nurture and encourage the progression of the younger generation

The Shankly Family Foundation will oversee the after-school sporting activities by promoting and letting out the amazing facilities of Holly Lodge to well-established sporting, leisure and performing arts groups.

There will be a host of activities with a full weekly timetable to encourage and include the wider community to get involved. By focusing on arranging a wide range of activity taking place in the school The Shankly Family Foundation will ensure there is something for everybody to be a part of, from the local community to the neighbouring public.

The Holly Lodge partnership links well into the Shankly family history as well as the existing goals and values of The Shankly Family Foundation and Holly Lodge combined.

All profits from the joint project taking place at Holly Lodge be used to fund further charitable work organised by The Shankly Family Foundation. Therefore, The Shankly Family Foundation project will be boosting Holly Lodge’s profile, showcasing the word class sporting facilities and attracting potential pupils.

In time The Shankly Family Foundation and Holly Lodge will become a pinnacle of sporting excellence in Liverpool. Hopefully, together this partnership will go on to produce well-rounded individuals with a passion for the sporting activity, artistic expression and a respectful interest in Liverpool’s interesting and historic culture.

For more information and to book any of the school’s facilities, please call Hughie Shacklock on 07515 637 130 you can also follow The Shankly Family Foundation on Twitter @ShanklyFF or Facebook search The Shankly Family Foundation to learn more and see how you can get involved.

4 Top Value Liverpool Food and Drink Offers at The Shankly Hotel

So, date night is coming up and you were supposed to book a great night out in Liverpool but you’re feeling the pinch just before pay day? Not to worry. The Shankly Hotel have four fabulous top value Liverpool food and drink offers for you and that special someone to enjoy.

At the Shankly Hotel’s Bastion Bar and Restaurant, you can choose your meal from a menu filled with gastronomic delights. You can book for a taste of the a la carte menu or go all out and include a bottle of wine too. Whichever you decide your date night will be saved at the Shankly Hotel.

Our stunning Liverpool city centre restaurant is in the ideal location to visit the shops and check out the sights along the way. The chic décor and friendly atmosphere are perfect for spending some of that rare time together after a fun filled day out in Liverpool.

A Low-Cost A La Carte

Our a la carte menu is superb for date night as it comes with an array of sharing dishes that were designed for bringing people together.

For the cheese lovers among you, the Bastion Bar and Restaurant’s molten baked Camembert is a bundle of cheesy excellence. Served with sticky caramelised onion chutney and a stack of crisp bread for dunking. You’ll just have to fight over who gets the last dip.

Enjoy a taste of the orient with an Asian inspired sharing platter. The dish is perfect for two and comes with crispy tempura prawns, duck spring rolls, sweet chilli chicken skewers and Maryland crab cakes all served with sweet chilli and soy dipping sauces.

Another great sharing dish is the double steak fillet served on a sizzling hot stone with rustic hand cut chips, a zingy pepper sauce and a side of vine tomatoes and flat cap mushrooms. The ultimate way to enjoy a great cut of fillet steak is from a hot stone sharing platter at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Push the boat out this date night, but don’t break the bank by taking advantage of our amazing Liverpool food and drink offers and 30% off our entire a la carte menu at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

An Excellent Early Bird Offer

The early bird catches more than a worm at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

If you have an event planned for date night in Liverpool but you’re struggling to find somewhere special to eat, the Shankly Hotel have an early bird menu designed for just such an occasion.

Our early bird menu was tailored to those who have concert tickets for a live gig in Liverpool or are going to see a play in one of Liverpool’s many theatres. Even though you are sticking to a timetable there’s no need to sacrifice the enjoyment of your meal in the process.

Dishes include classics like rib eye steak and fish and chips, or a touch of the Mediterranean with spinach and ricotta tortellini, pesto and pine nut cream, topped with a parmesan biscuit.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant early bird menu has a fabulous selection of delicious dishes, and there’s something for everybody’s tastes.

Choose two or three courses served Monday- Thursday before 8 pm and you and your date can dine in style before embarking on the rest of the fun filled evening ahead.

Cocktail classics Two for £10

Date night doesn’t need to include a meal if you eat before you come out you can spend more on drinks too.

For great date night in Liverpool sometimes just drinks will do. Especially if they’re made in the Bastion Bat and Restaurant. Our cocktail menu includes the classic tastes of Long Island Ice Tea, Strawberry Daquiri’s and creamy French Martini’s as well as the more tropical blends of Passion Fruit Caipiroska or the Malibu Wave.

What’s more, the Bastion Bar and Restaurant cocktails are two for £10 all week until 8 pm.

The atmosphere in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant is mellow and friendly, with an eclectic mix of guests all out to enjoy their own night in Liverpool. Because the Bastion Bar and Restaurant has an ideal central location, there’s easy access to Liverpool’s nicest bars and clubs for when you’re ready for a change of scenery.

A wonderful place to start, spend or end a date night in Liverpool with a tasty cocktail or two at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Our Wine and Dine Deal

If you are really trying to impress on this date night, then an amazing wine and dine offer for the Shankly Hotel will do the trick.

Spoil your date rotten with a full 2-course meal and a bottle of wine to share for the evening. The Bastion Bar and Restaurant’s premium wine stores will be sure to amaze even the pickiest of wine palettes, as well as a choice of food from and extensive dinner menu.

No matter what their favourite dish is, the kitchen team in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant will have a dish to suit.

If seafood’s your favourite then try pan seared hake served in a cockle broth, or something from the grill where the famous Shankly Burger is a must.

All the dishes at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant were created using locally sourced produce, as we believe this it’s best way to create delicious tasting home cooked food.

This is the best of our latest Liverpool food and drink offers for you and your date to enjoy a leisurely, tasty meal together accompanied by the finest wine in a memorable and friendly atmosphere.

The Shankly Museum

Shankly Hotel Memorabilia

When the meal is done, the experience doesn’t stop there. You and your date can peruse a huge collection of rare Bill Shankly memorabilia all of which has been donated by the Shankly family and used to preserve the memory of a legend.

Learn more about the greatest player/manager in footballing history, and how his strong family morals and values have helped shape the Shankly Hotel and the Shankly families’ future.

Make this date night memorable, and better still affordable, at the Shankly Hotel with our top value Liverpool food and drink offers. Trust us you’ll be glad you did.

Marie Curie Daffodil Afternoon Tea at The Shankly Hotel

It’s nearly time for Marie Curie’s annual ‘Every Daffodil Counts’ campaign and we at The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool are looking forward to lending our support by hosting a special Marie Curie Daffodil Afternoon Tea.

Marie Curie

The amazing work that Marie Curie nurses do across the UK is immeasurable. They provide unyielding support to people living with terminal illness and their families.

Often during their last few months of life people with terminal illnesses spend most of their time in hospital rooms, away from home or loved ones. This is simply because there isn’t an adequate level of care at home for that person and their needs.

Marie Curie nurses work day and night to make sure that as many people as possible can enjoy the final stages of their lives in the comfort of their own home.

The nurses work free of charge day and night to help support families who are caring for somebody with a terminal illness, or to simply provide companionship for those without families.

Daffodil Campaign

The very first Daffodil Appeal took place in 1986, where volunteers were raising funds for the charity by handing out fresh daffodils and collecting donations from the public.

Since then the appeal has grown and in 2005 the charity began using the term ‘Great Daffodil Appeal’.

Now, 12 years on, Marie Curie are the largest provider of UK beds outside of the NHS, in anyone of their nine charity supported hospices.

The Great Daffodil Appeal allows for an excellent standard of one to one nursing care in homes across the UK. Something that families and those who are terminally ill simply cannot put a price on.

The Shankly hotel Daffodil Afternoon Tea

Marie Curie Daffodil Afternoon Tea - The Shankly hotel

The Shankly Hotel was built upon the family values of a great man, and it is by those family values that we continue to support charities like Marie Curie, who are making the world a better place.

We will be handing out Daffodils during the month of March in support of the Great Daffodil Appeal and will look forward to the amazing turnout expected at our Marie Curie Daffodil Afternoon Tea.

The event is due to take place on the 25th March between 12-3pm. To arrange your attendance and do your part for Marie Curie call 0151 541 9999 and quote Marie Curie.

Every little bit helps, so if you aren’t attending the Daffodil Afternoon Tea, pop in and donate for a Daffodil. What costs a little to you is priceless to a terminally ill person and their family.

30% Off Your Entire Bill at Bastion Bar and Restaurant

Do you need to spoil somebody with a fancy meal in Liverpool this week? Perhaps you’ve got a visit from the family or you need to impress the future in-laws. Either way, we have an amazing offer that’s ideal for you to foot the bill without breaking the bank.

The Bastion Bar and Restaurant has an amazing offer on for this Thursday 16th February only that gives you and your party a whopping 30% off your entire restaurant bill.

That’s right food, drinks, desserts the whole thing will be 30% less than usual.

So, bring along the in-laws, why not ask them to bring the neighbours too, so you can treat them all to a superb evening meal at a fraction of the cost.

New menu

Asian Sharing platter - meal in Liverpool

 

With the Bastion Bar and Restaurant’s exciting new menu your dinner guests will be spoiled for choice.

Spring out for a sharing platter of tempura prawns, Maryland crab cakes, sweet chilli chicken skewers, duck spring rolls and sweet chilli and satay dipping sauces.

Our stylish starters now include pressed pork belly in sweet apple and chilli sauce or beetroot and gin cured salmon.

For main course, there are choices from traditional fish and chips to the more exotic hanging chicken kebabs.

Our mouth-watering dessert menu will have you licking your lips just reading it and our new dipping doughnuts with a coffee flavoured sauce are divine. For those, without a sweet tooth, there is a tantalising cheese board to pick at with a delicious real ale chutney.

A great place to enjoy a stunning meal in Liverpool for with an equally impressive discount off the bill.

After dinner

Shankly Memorabilia

If there are any footballing fans among your party, our entire restaurant is a tribute to the life and career of the great man himself; Bill Shankly.

You can enjoy your splendid meal and follow it up with a tour of rare and previously unseen Shankly memorabilia.

Take the folks around cases containing Shankly’s awards and achievements, show them to the letter wall where they can read his hand penned or typed correspondence with other famous names.

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

Stay the night

Shankly Hotel Room

As you’ve saved so much on your meal in Liverpool why not make the most of your visit and stay overnight in one of our luxury Shankly themed hotel rooms.

Enjoy a peaceful nights sleep in a huge comfy double bed and relax in a stylishly decorated ensuite bathroom and double jacuzzi tub.

The Shankly Hotel is perfectly located in Liverpool’s bustling city centre with plenty to do both before and after your fabulous meal. Book to dine on this fabulous offer and maybe even make a short city break of it with friends and family.

Do not miss out on this one-off chance to get the family together in a Liverpool restaurant that’s full of character and history. Call and book your table today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Love Stories of Past and Present from the Shankly Hotel

It’s an undeniable passion that Bill Shankly had for the game of football. In fact, he would probably scoff at the fact that we have just referred to football as a game. Shankly’s love for the sport ran so deep he is known for having just three great passions.

His footballing career, his darling wife Nessie and their family.

First came love, then came marriage

Shankly and Ness

The pair met during Bill’s time stationed as a Corporal at RAF barracks just outside Glasgow where Nessie was working in the WRAF. They were married in 1944 and had their first child, Barbara, shortly after in 1945.

It is rumoured that despite his new-found love for Agnes, Bill couldn’t let go of his passion for football and rumour once had it that Bill took Nessie to see a Rochdale game on their anniversary, something that was however quickly discredited by Shanks himself who barked;

“Of course I didn’t take my wife to see Rochdale as an anniversary present. It was her birthday. Would I have got married in the football season? Anyway, it was Rochdale reserves.”

Nessie’s unquestioning attendance of a match for a birthday present set the pace for a future life of supporting her husband’s insatiable appetite for football.

There’s even word that Bill took Nessie to a Tranmere match as a birthday present also, this rumour was quickly quashed by Nessie who corrected “it was Accrington Stanley but it wasn’t a birthday present”.

 

The life of the first WAG

Nessie was a player’s wife before she became the second lady of Liverpool football.

During the early years of her marriage, she married a star player whom 5 years later became manager at Carlisle United.

From here Bill went on to manage Huddersfield in 1956, then came made the final move in his career to Liverpool in 1959.

Through all that Nessie was behind Bill, never complaining and resiliently supporting her husband’s unrelenting passion for football.

Whilst Bill would be out giving his all to LFC, Nessie would be at home helping raise the grandchildren. Having already brought up 2 daughters Barbara and Jeanette Nessie would also devote her time to entertaining and feeding fans of Shankly and the grounds staff of LFC.

Behind every great man, there is a great woman

Bill and Ness Shankly

After all the support Nessie gave Bill over the years, through thick and thin the couple remained a beacon of true love.

It wasn’t until 1974, 30 years after they married, that Bill decided to relinquish his greatest passion in life in favour of spending quality time wife his wife and family.

In his own words during his retirement announcement;

“I’ve been so wedded to Liverpool that I’ve taken Nessie out only twice in 40 years. It’s time she saw more of my old ugly mug”

So, in time Nessie’s utter devotion to the great man paid off. He had come to realise that even though his love for Liverpool football was strong he had a family and a wife who were missing his attentions.

After half a century of living and breathing the game, Bill Shankly relinquished his strong ties to Liverpool football and began devoting more time to his family. After all;

“There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them.”

Love of the People

Shankly love of the people

 

Bill Shankly was and still, is adored by the people of Liverpool.

His dedication to the city earned him the title of honorary Scouser. Without the unyielding love and support of Nessie, his achievements would not have been possible.

Today Bill and Nessie are remembered as the couple who made people happy.

After years of tracking his successful career across the country, Nessie and the Shankly family had set up home in Liverpool. Laying down routes that would help them leave the loving legacy that they both created.

Even with the tragic passing of her one true love, Nessie was comforted in the fact that the people of Liverpool would remember Bill Shankly with such fondness and hold him in loving memory.

What the love of Bill and Ness inspired

Today at the Shankly Hotel our guests can come and learn all about the happiness Bill and Ness shared, as well love they passed onto their children and grandchildren.

The Shankly family love

The Shankly Hotel was built upon the strong family values that were made by Bill and Nessie and during their own relationship. The commitment they had to each other’s happiness filtered down into the family we all know today.

Love is always in the air at the Shankly Hotel

Love continues to be a huge part of what goes on at the Shankly Hotel, as we celebrate many happy couple’s special occasions.

Guests at the Shankly Hotel have proposed, others have said yes. Some have celebrated anniversaries of happy marriages and others have started their journey into married life in our stunning Liverpool wedding venue Eden.

Even our own Shankly Hotel Director and grandson of Bill and Nessie; Chris Carline, popped the big question to Lisa, now his intended on the Eden rooftop garden where so many happy dreams have come true.

So on Valentine’s day this year and for the rest of the year ahead, make a visit to the Shankly Hotel to celebrate some fabulous love stories from the past. Or perhaps make some lasting memories of your own.

Call 0151 601 8801 or check out our latest Valentine’s day offers here.

The Best Cultural Attractions within Walking Distance of The Shankly Hotel

On the doorstep of the Shankly Hotel is a wealth of Liverpool culture that guests of The Shankly Hotel can walk to in under 15 minutes.

No matter where your interests lie, a simple hop skip and a jump will take you into several of Liverpool’s most widely visited cultural attractions.

We have put together a helpful guide so that you can make the most of your visit to Liverpool with The Shankly Hotel.

6 Fascinating Museums

Liverpool has a wide selection of museums both big and small, and what’s more, they are all within 15 minutes’ walk of The Shankly Hotel.

The World Museum – 4 minutes’ walk

The World Museum - Liverpool culture

Host to exhibitions about space, biology and natural history all giving visitors the chance to gain extensive knowledge on the planet we inhabit.

During interactive workshops inspired by museums exhibitions visitors can learn all there is to know about planet earth. From the deepest depths of the sea to the furthest reaches of space, there’s something for every age at The World Museum.

Western Approaches Museum – 11 minutes’ walk

Western Approaches Museum - Liverpool culture

For those with an interest in wartime history take a walk to Western Approaches Museum, an expertly restored bunker surviving from WW2.

Inside, war history enthusiasts can enjoy touring hidden rooms including The Map Room which has remained as it was from the day the doors were sealed in 1945.

The Western Approaches bunker played an important part in the strategy implemented during WW2 that some say had a massive impact on our victory.

The Museum of Liverpool – 15 minutes’ walk

Liverpool Museum - Liverpool culture

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A trip to the Museum of Liverpool will leave you with an in-depth knowledge of our fascinating city. Exhibitions on display depict the past, present and predicted future of Liverpool and teach visitors all that helped shape the landscape of the Liverpool we know today.

Information on the sporting and creative achievements of Liverpool’s people, as well as the impact of Liverpool maritime involvement, is all on display at the Museum of Liverpool.

The Piermaster’s House – 15 minutes’ walk

Piermaster's house - Liverpool culture

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On historical Albert Dock visitors to Liverpool can take a stroll around The Piermaster’s House. This stunning period building has been recreated in the style of a genuine WW2 homestead, complete with ration booklets and gas masks.

The original purpose of the dwelling was for the Piermaster and his family to stay, the Piermaster being responsible for directing ships in and out of Liverpool’s busy port in the latter half of the 18th century.

The Piermaster’s house is just one of four houses built that survived heavy bombings during the second world war.

The Merseyside Maritime Museum – 15 minutes’ walk

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For an insight into  Liverpool’s maritime past, The Merseyside Maritime Museum has it all. There are theatrical performances recreating major moments from Liverpool shipping past as well as interactive lessons on LGBT lives in the Navy.

There are theatrical performances recreating major moments from Liverpool’s shipping history as well as interactive lessons on LGBT lives in the Navy.

A real chance to learn about how influential Liverpool was on the seas.

The International Slavery Museum – 15 minutes’ walk

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The last museum in our list is the only one of its kind, serving to highlight the past and present day issues of the human slave trade.

The International Slavery Museum is home to some inspiring historical collections. Each tells the stories of countless individuals and their journeys. From being plucked out of their countries, documenting their harrowing journey across the sea to reach their destination to serve as slaves in America.

Although a troubling part of Liverpool’s past a visit to The International Slavery Museum is well worth it. Learn about the history of slave trade and the huge roll Liverpool played in the import and export of humans over the course of four centuries.

Must See Liverpool Landmarks

As well as museums, there are some exciting Liverpool landmarks that are not to be missed all within walking distance from the Shankly Hotel.

Three Graces – 15-minutes’ walk

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The Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building are three of Liverpool’s most iconic structures. Sitting proudly along the Mersey River these three buildings played a huge part in Liverpool’s long history.

The Cunard building was home to the Cunard shipping line and has recently celebrated its 100th birthday. Now owned by Merseyside Pension Fund the Cunard Building has hosted short exhibitions and public events.

The Liver building was originally constructed to house the Royal Liver Assurance group who assisted families when a wage-earning member was lost.

When the Liver building was originally constructed it was the tallest in the city and one of the first buildings made with reinforced concrete. It is now a nest for symbols of the city the Liver Birds and an iconic part of Liverpool’s unforgettable skyline.

The Port of Liverpool building is a stunning architectural creation noted in Liverpool for its ornamental detailing.

The domed centre and surrounding cupolas give the Port of Liverpool building a somewhat palatial appearance.

All three buildings make up a large part of the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront each is a definite must see during any visit to the city for learning more about Liverpool culture.

Albert Dock – 20 minutes’ walk

Albert Dock Liverpool culture

The very first building in the UK to be built without using wood and thus Albert Dock was the first non-combustible dock warehouse in the world.

After a peak in business being used as a docking facility fast advances in shipping technology relegated Albert dock to use as a storage facility.

Then commissioned by the Admiralty during WW2, Albert Dock provided a base for the British Atlantic Fleet.

After this Albert Dock was unused for approximately a decade until Merseyside Development Corporation was created and took control of the renovation.

Since re-opening in 1984 Albert Dock has become a major tourist attraction home to a few Liverpool museums and art galleries as well as a host of popular bars and restaurants.

St George’s Hall – 5 minutes’ walk

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One of Liverpool’s most visually appealing buildings is St Georges Hall.

Originally built to host music festivals, banquets and concerts, today this stunning venue still houses some of Liverpool’s most exciting events. These include live music performances, culinary and vintage fairs, corporate events and even weddings.

Perhaps the most striking feature of St Georges Hall is the Great Hall, with ornate tiled flooring and gilded carvings, a breath-taking sight to behold.

Visitors can view St George’s hall as part of a tour or during a visit to one of the amazing events taking place.

Remarkable statues, memorials and monuments

• Eleanor Rigby statue – 3 minutes’ walk
• Wellington memorial – 9 minutes’ walk
• Queen Victoria monument – 8 minutes’ walk
• Titanic memorial – 15 minutes’ walk
• Lennon statue – 5 minutes’ walk
• Cilla Black statue – 5 minutes’ walk

Our own slice of Liverpool’s historical culture

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The Shankly Hotel is the ideal place to stay for an experience of Liverpool’s interesting past. Even in the hotel itself, guests can learn all about one of Liverpool’s most iconic player/managers Bill Shankly.

Our Bill Shankly Museum details the life and career of Shankly, with rare memorabilia on display that includes handwritten letters, award and medals, even a training tracksuit from his time at LFC.

Learn all you can about Liverpool culture from the past and present during a visit to the Shankly Hotel.

Book your visit today here or call 0151 601 8801.

3 Unique Ways to Explore Liverpool’s History

Have you ever wanted to explore a piece of Liverpool’s history that’s a little off the beaten track?

If so we recommend one of these three unique tourist experiences that will show you pieces of Liverpool’s past from a unique perspective.

Slavery Trail

Take a walk back in time and explore Liverpool’s history by learning about what helped shape the exuberant waterfront architecture and early wealth of the city.

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Liverpool’s position on the Mersey River made city docks the hub of UK trade from overseas. Goods such as tobacco, spices, cotton and Gin flowed through Liverpool bringing extreme wealth and prosperity to the area.

This wealth was also built on the sale of humans as goods at the peak of slave trading.

In what was once known as the ‘Slave Trade Triangle’ Liverpool played a crucial role.

The port of Liverpool served as the beginning and end point for a staggering three-quarters of the slaving ships coming to and from Africa and the Caribbean.

There are traces of this sad part of Liverpool’s history all around us, in the artwork found on the cities most prominent buildings and monuments.

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The Liverpool Slavery Trail is operated Eric Lynch, a man who has educated himself on the intricate details of Liverpool’s history.

Eric shares this wealth of knowledge with those partaking in the walkign city tour.

Shankly Experience

Another huge part of Liverpool’s interesting history is football.

Evident in the numerous tours in operation that ferry visitors around the two major premier league football stadiums and training grounds in the city.

We recommend another way to explore the unique footballing history of Liverpool with our Shankly Experience tour.

Take a journey with the Shankly Family Foundation and learn how the power of one man transformed a football club and stirred inspiration across a city of people.

Bill Shankly

Pioneering the ‘Liverpool way of play’, Bill Shankly made the city famous through football. Because of his efforts at LFC, his working-class background and outstanding moral compass, the people of Liverpool loved him.

His character was admired by many, known as a stand-up family man dedicated only to his wife, children and the game of football.

During a visit to the Shankly Hotel take a chance to explore a piece of Liverpool’s history through various displays of Shankly memorabilia.

Never before seen iconic items donated by the Shankly family can be viewed, such as rare photos and his own training tracksuit. This, as well as handwritten letters and tactics notes, give visitors a keen insight into the mind and life of the great man.

Why not book an exclusive training session on Shankly playing field to see where Bill Shankly worked and played during his Liverpool career?

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Participants can enjoy running drills fashioned from handwritten notes taken from Shankly archives and learn to understand the ethos of Bill Shankly; that you can play hard as long as you work harder.

You can even play in and keep a limited-edition training kit as a memento.

The Shankly Tours and training experiences are bookable here and are a unique way to explore Liverpool’s history from a different perspective.

Williamson Tunnel tours

There are some magnificent sights across Liverpool city centre.

The Three Graces, The Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals and Albert Dock are all stunning pieces of Liverpool history…above ground.

How about what lies beneath the city?

Liverpool's history underground - Williamson's tunnels

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In 1995 a series of tunnels were discovered by a university student beneath the streets of Liverpool. Since then these tunnels have been slowly excavated by volunteers.

The tunnels are the work of a wealthy tobacco baron, Joseph Williamson. After building what were known to have been grand mansions of unconventional design, Williamson moved onto constructing his obscure series of underground tunnels.

His reasons behind constructing these tunnels remain unknown but have been widely speculated upon.

Theories include Williamson’s involvement in a religious sect, convinced the apocalypse was looming. The tunnels, therefore, built as a post-apocalyptic haven for Williamson, his family and friends.

Others suspected Williamson of being involved in smuggling using the tunnels to transport goods across the city undetected.

A popular explanation is that Williamson’s tunnels were built to employ hundreds of soldiers returning from the Napoleonic war.

Liverpool's history underground - Williamson's tunnels

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It seems construction carried on for 70 years and ceased immediately after Williamson’s death.

Now the Joseph Williamson Society are exploring this mysterious piece of Liverpool’s history concealed within these fascinating underground structures. You too can explore the Labyrinth as part of a guided tour and check out the progress of ongoing excavation.

Explore Liverpool’s History from the Shankly Hotel

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If you are planning a short city break, then explore Liverpool’s history during one or all of these unique city tours.

Other popular city attractions such as the amazing nightlife and superb shopping complexes are within easy reach of the Shankly Hotel.

Why not book to stay at the Shankly Hotel and see what you can learn about the interesting history of Liverpool?

Call 0151 601 8801 or email ifno@signatureliving.co.uk.

The Ultimate Birthday Present for LFC Fans

If you have a diehard Liverpool Football Club fan in the family, look no further than The Shankly Hotel and The Shankly Experience for the perfect LFC birthday present or celebration.

A tribute to one of the most iconic football managers in history, The Shankly offers overnight guests and day visitors incomparable insight the fascinating career and life of Bill Shankly.

From his time as Liverpool Football Club’s manager to his personal life, you simply won’t find another hotel offering what we do. Whatever the occasion, we can tailor our facilities to your needs.

A Stay at The Shankly

Bill Shankly’s influence on Liverpool Football Club is truly timeless. Kindly provided by the Shankly family themselves, we offer Bill Shankly memorabilia that can be admired from the moment you enter the hotel reception to sinking into your luxury bed at the end of the day.

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With memorabilia interwoven with our hotel rooms and public spaces, you’ll be able to admire items ranging from the football icon’s original LFC contract to Bill Shankly’s This Is Your Life book and personal treasures.

Bastion Bar and Restaurant

To treat someone special to the ultimate LFC dining experience, the Bastion Bar and Restaurant has everything you could need to dine in style from our much-loved menu. If you’re looking for a lighter option, you could join us for the Bastion’s luxury Afternoon Tea, which is also available with Prosecco. 

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We pride ourselves on exceptional service and we want you to have the best possible experience, whether it’s an everyday visit or a special birthday. Our team are always happy to go the extra mile because we care about bringing you the finer details.

Shankly Tours

Offering fans an organised, interactive experience, our range of Shankly Tours are a unique method of seeing Liverpool’s best sights without the usual travelling problems. You won’t need to worry about transport or keeping everyone together. 

Featuring LFC favourites the new Stadium and Museum Tour at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home, our diverse tours are an ideal way to spend a birthday or celebration in the iconic city of Liverpool.

Bill Shankly & LFC

Offering a Match Day Tour designed specifically to fit around your day watching the Reds, our variety of tour options can also incorporate Bill Shankly elements and The Beatles into your experience. Not forgetting, you can customise your tour entirely with our flexible bespoke tour package.

So, for football fans who want to delve into Liverpool’s history a little further, there’s no better way to discover the main sights of Liverpool and hidden gems along the way.

To chat to one of our friendly team about organising the perfect birthday gift or celebration, simply get in touch at info@shanklyexperience.com

 

Unique Shankly Tours for Sight-Seeing in Liverpool

The best sights of Liverpool simply can’t be seen in one particular area. With an iconic football history and timeless musical influence, there’s just too much to fit in!

From the city’s picturesque town centre to its leafy suburbs, Liverpool is illuminated by character, charm and stories you’ll remember. So, to avoid the stress of public transport, why not leave the worrying at home and let us take care of the sight-seeing?

We have a range of tours designed thoughtfully by people who really know the city. To discover which option is best for you, why not take a quick browse at what we offer?

Tour A – Liverpool was Made for Me

As Bill Shankly said himself, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.

After this one of a kind tour, we’re sure that you’ll feel the same. Tailored for football and Shanks fans from start to finish, this tour provides the ultimate experience of the city.

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Starting and finishing at the Shankly Hotel, you can expect a visit to the home of Liverpool FC rivals the Blues, along with the new Stadium and Museum at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home.

You can also enjoy a visit to Bill Shankly’s very own West Derby home and exclusive anecdotes about the Scots legend, adding a personal touch to the day.

Following a tour around the Shankly Hotel’s public memorabilia, you’ll also be granted access to our unseen collection which isn’t available to the public, and have the chance to take a photo to cherish with our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

After the tour you can enjoy a free drink and will be awarded 20% off  in our stunning Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Tour B – The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour

Undoubtedly one of the most iconic and timeless pieces of Liverpool’s history, we’re sure you’ll want to add an element of Beatles to your visit. And we have the ultimate surprise for you to enjoy on this tour.

Following the devastating effects of war, both the Fab 4 and Bill Shankly played an integral role in Liverpool’s rise to success. With the Beatles unknowingly redefining music and Shankly leading the Reds to victory, the city was revived with a new found sense of hope and passion. Linked by their success, fans of LFC would recite Beatles lyrics from the terraces in support of their team, while in 1965 the Beatles boys sent a telegram wishing him luck for the FA Cup Final.

To refuel after a day of excitement, this package also includes a free drink and 20% off at our elegant Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Tour C – The Match Day Tour

If you’re visiting Liverpool specifically for a match day, we recommend booking our fantastic Match Day Tour. To get in the mood before the game kicks off, this tour takes you on the LFC Stadium Tour and features our fantastic Bill Shankly elements from Tour A.

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Bespoke tour packages

For a little more flexibility, we also offer our bespoke package, where you do the thinking and we do the organising.

Simply let us know what your ideal tour would look like and we’ll do our best to design one personally tailored to your requirements.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

After a busy day of sight-seeing, you can sink into a comfortable chair within our elegant Bastion Bar & Restaurant, featuring memorabilia to admire while you wine and dine.

The Bastion

The delicious menu crafted by our talented chefs provides an arrangement of delicious dishes for you to choose from, while you sit back and relax with a glass in hand.

To book your unique Liverpool city tour, check out The Shanky Experience or chat to someone from our friendly team on info@shanklyexperience.com