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

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

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

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

An Afternoon Tea Service with Style

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

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

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

Remember you are supposed to be treating yourselves here!

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

afternoon tea week at The Shankly

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

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

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

Shankly memorabilia

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

Shankly Themed Luxury Hotel Room

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

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

Shankly Room - afternoon tea and stay

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

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

Shankly ensuite

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

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

A Brilliant Breakfast Buffet

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

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

Shankly breakfast - stay and afternoon tea

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

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

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

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

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

Exploring Liverpool The Shankly Way

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

Our sight seeing adventures take visitors all over the city.

Liverpool was made for me Shankly Tour

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

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

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

Shankly memorabilia - letters

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

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

*subject to availability offer only valid Sunday to Thursday.

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.

The Ultimate Team Building Day in Liverpool

For corporate team building in Liverpool with a special twist, look no further than The Shankly Family Experience.

Give standard team building exercises a miss and join us on a Shankly Tour for an unforgettable day in our wonderful city.

Bond with your co-workers over the course of the day as you learn more about Liverpool and most importantly, have plenty of fun!

Our tours of Liverpool offer the chance to see the city in a whole new light, so if you”re lucky enough to have some Scousers on your team, the day will be just as great for them.

Team Building Day in Liverpool

Far from bland and boring, our Shankly tours showcase the best of Liverpool with the flexibility to meet your company’s requirements.

Our tours can be tailored to your group on a personal level, so it’s well-worth letting us know exactly what you’re looking for from your experience with us.

And while our tours can be personalised, we also offer fantastic packages designed with the perfect blend of sightseeing and socialising.

Liverpool Tour Package: Liverpool Was Made For Me

Explore the wonders of Liverpool’s football heritage with our unmissable Liverpool Was Made For Me tour.

You’ll be taken on a tour of the city’s key historical and cultural locations in style, including Bill Shankly’s West Derby home and related locations.

Take a trip to the new stadium and discover a wealth of history upon the Museum Tour at Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield home.

What better way to spend a day out the office and celebrate the history of Liverpool?

The tour will finish at The Shankly Hotel where you’ll have access to our enthralling collection of unseen memorabilia and have a photograph taken with the legend himself via our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

Not forgetting, you’ll be able to finish the day off how it should be spent with 20% off at our Bastion Bar & Restaurant. Treat yourself to some delicious dishes and a drink or two after a busy day of exploring!

Liverpool Tour Package: The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour

For a little more variety, why not delve into Liverpool’s iconic music and footballing history with our Fab Four and Shanks Tour?

Renowned for the legendary success of four local lads, this package combines the best of Liverpool’s Beatles sights, thoughtfully interwoven with the city’s famous footballing landmarks.

This ultimate Ticket to Ride will take you on an unforgettable Liverpool journey, featuring the houses of the Fab Four and Bill Shankly, a visit to Strawberry Fields and a trip to Anfield.

Fantastic for a team building day in Liverpool, this varied tour is perfect for groups with a variety of interests.

Upon heading back to The Shankly, you’ll be given the once in a lifetime chance to view unseen memorabilia that you won’t forget.

This spectacular day out also finishes at the Bastion Bar & Restaurant where you can enjoy 20% off food and drink.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is a go-to spot in Liverpool for wining and dining in style. There’s truly something for everyone on our diverse and vibrant menus.

A fantastic space for gathering as a group, The Bastion is perfect for a sociable sit down meal or some tasty drinks served in a lively atmosphere.

Our menu features hearty dishes guaranteed to hit the spot after a busy day. Choose from dishes including our famous Shankly Burger to Chargrilled Lamb Rump and Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini.

We also have a scrumptious dessert menu featuring everything from Baked Chocolate Fondant and Golden Treacle Tart to our Selection of Local Cheeses.

The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool

At Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel we commemorate and celebrate the legendary legacy of Liverpool Football Club manager Bill Shankly.

The great Scotsman played an integral role in the city’s history, proclaiming “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.

We offer guests the chance to stay in the heart of the city, surrounded by plush decor and captivating stories about the man himself.

Hugely popular for group accommodation, you may want to book a stay with us as a final finish to your team building experience.

If you like to play just as hard as you work, The Shankly Hotel is the perfect spot for accommodation in Liverpool on a big night out!

You can book your tour online today  or enquire for more information at info@shanklyexperiene.com. We’d love to be of assistance!

The Sandon – The Home of Liverpool Football

Voted as the best Liverpool F.C match day pub, The Sandon is a must-see on any tour of Liverpool’s most important footballing sights.

Located just a short walk from Anfield Stadium, this famous venue has been an institution for football fans since both Liverpool and Everton were founded and is famously the ‘birthplace of Liverpool Football Club’.

That’s why The Shankly Hotel are thrilled to announce they will be teaming up with this legendary pub as part of the new Shankly Experience Tour route. Guests will now be visiting the friendly team at The Sandon to uncover the history behind one of the most iconic footballing establishments in Liverpool.

A staple on match days and the perfect place to grab a pint before the game, we are really proud to be working with them to promote their remarkable history and legacy.

The Sandon Pub Liverpool

Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield

The History of The Sandon

The Sandon was originally built in 1870 as an outlet for selling beers by a local brewer named John Houlding.

John Houlding was a self-made English businessman with an education from Liverpool college and a keen interest in football.

However, back then there was only one main football team in Liverpool, St Domingo’s who were formed in 1878 and had no fixed football ground.

John Houlding

Houlding Calls A Meeting at The Sandon

Houlding’s interest in football led him to become more and more involved with St Domingo’s and when a ruling was passed that forced the team to play their games at an enclosed ground, a meeting was held at The Sandon.

Having previously played at the public Stanley Park, St Domingo’s needed to find a field they could rent, Houlding suggested a field off Priory Road which was just up the road from Houlding’s brewery.

In 1879 St Domingo’s, now playing at Priory Road, officially changed their name to Everton Football Club and Houlding became their first president.

Everton Move To Anfield Road

The arrangement with the owner of the field off Priory Road didn’t last long and the team were eventually asked to leave.

St Domingo’s

As the club’s president, Houlding secured a new pitch at Anfield Road, paying a small rent to John Orrell, a fellow brewer and friend of Houlding.

“As many reds and blues know, in the early 1880’s Everton Football Club used to play their games at Anfield.”

The first football match at Anfield Road was played on 28 September 1884, when Everton beat Earlstown 5-0.

Houlding led many Everton Football Club meetings from his brewery, The Sandon. The pub became the headquarters for the team and was used as a dressing room by the players for many years.

The Transformation

The Sandon continued to be used as a hub for Everton Football Club and for over 10 years the team were transformed from amateur enthusiasts into League champions.

Anfield 1891

Stands were erected at the Anfield Road ground and attendance figures reached 8,000 per game.

In 1888 Everton became a professional football club and played their first Football League fixture against Accrington Stanley on 8 September 1888.

The club continued to grow and in the 1890-91 season, Everton won their first championship, playing in front of crowds of up to 20,000.

Success Soon Brings Trouble

As Everton began to gain more popularity, complications started to arise regarding the ground rent and ownership.

In 1885 the owner, Orrell, wanted to use the land for redevelopment, which would have left Everton Football Club homeless and threatened their existence as a team.

The football committee went to Houlding for help and subsequently, he purchased the land at Anfield Road from Orrell for a sum he couldn’t really afford.

Houlding understood Everton could not offer any promises financially and were only in a position to pay a rent of £100 each year. However, he accepted the terms hoping that with Everton’s growing popularity the team would be able to afford the going rate of £240 a year and the payments would increase.

The Sandon, Oakfield Road, Anfield. 1902

This arrangement continued until three years later when Everton won the Football League title for the first time.

Houlding saw this was the beginning of something big for Everton, becoming champions was a golden opportunity to take the club to the next level.

He proposed Everton should buy his land, plus a plot adjoining it and develop the facilities to cater for cycling and athletics.

It was a visionary idea, as it would mean the club could secure year-round revenue, but the committee rejected it.

They felt the price Houlding was asking for his land was too high at a time when land prices were generally falling.

Many of the club’s members accused Houlding of trying to make a profit at the club’s expense as the rent they were paying was increasing and Houlding wanted only his sparkling ales to be sold at the ground, which would be a considerable profit for him.

So, in January 1892 the club’s 279 members met at The Sandon to discuss the matter.

Oakfield Road Then And Now – Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield

Everton F.C Leave Anfield

Trouble had been brewing for some time and Houlding clashed with the committee led by George Mahon over the direction the club was heading in.

On 25 January 1892, George Mahon, who had grown tired of Houlding, told members of the club that he had an option to buy Mere Green Field, situated on the north side of Stanley Park.

A second committee meeting took place on 12 March 1892, in the upstairs room of The Sandon that changed everything.

Following this meeting Everton F.C moved to Mere Green Field in 1892, which was to become Everton’s new home, Goodison Park.

The Formation of a New Team

After Everton had moved on, Houlding and Orrell were left with an empty football ground and were in desperate need of a new team.

Houlding decided to form a brand-new club, which he initially called Everton Athletic. The team had an identical crest, colours and league position as Everton F.C.

The Football Association refused to countenance two Everton teams, so Houlding was forced to rethink his strategy.

At the end of March 1892, from The Sandon, Houlding decided to rename the club Liverpool Football Club and it gained official recognition three months later.

The Sandon Pub

John Houlding and Liverpool F.C first ever team 2nd September 1893, photographed in The Sandon Car Park Facebook.com/TheSandonAnfield

The Birth of Liverpool F.C

Liverpool Football Club prospered and became financially sound with astute guidance from their President John Houlding, their first ever game was a friendly match with Rotherham Town, then of the Midland League, on 1 September 1892.

The team won the Lancashire League in its début season and joined the Football League Second Division at the start of the 1893–94 season.

After finishing in first place the club was promoted to the First Division.

Within nine seasons Liverpool Football Club were appointed League champions.

Anfield 1901

What Happened To John Houlding?

John Houlding was an active Tory councillor, he was later elected to the Liverpool City Council as a Conservative representing the Everton ward, before being appointed Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 1897.

Houlding eventually saw his team win the Football League championship in 1901 but his health was by then giving cause for concern. He took a trip to the South of France which he hoped would restore his strength.

However, during the second week of March 1902, his condition became serious and he died on the morning of March the 18th in Nice at the age of 70.

Tributes were paid to him in all the local newspapers when the sad news of his death reached Liverpool the next day.

At his funeral, players of both Liverpool and Everton carried his coffin as a mark of respect for all he had done for football in the city.

Anfield

Anfield Stadium 1912

The Sandon Pub

In the early 1980`s The Sandon was re-branded as a fun pub and renamed “The Picture House”. The pub was a huge success until the decline in this sector and was closed in 1990.

After numerous fires, a demolition order was placed on the pub due to it being in a state of dereliction.

In 1994, George Hindley who owned Sam Dodd’s on the other corner of the block, bought the property from the brewery and began the long restoration process to what The Sandon is today.

Over the years other properties were bought in between Sam Dodd’s and The Sandon and the site now has 2 public bars and 6 function rooms.

The Sandon Pub Liverpool

Facebook.com/SandonPub

The Sandon holds a special place in the hearts of Liverpool football fans and was the first official LFC partner to provide corporate hospitality outside of the stadium in 2008.

It offers excellent matchday hospitality in its newly refurbished function suites, one of which is called the Houlding suite.

Guests can enjoy great food and a friendly service, as well as experiencing the famous pre-match atmosphere.

Shankly Experience Tours

The Shankly Hotel are proud to be working with this historic venue to enhance our famous Shankly Experience Tours. We hope you agree, The Sandon really is where it all began for football in Liverpool.

The Tours provide a unique insight into the City that Shanks loved. Brought to you exclusively by the Shankly Family with The Shankly Hotel, our range of tour options provide something for everyone ensuring you get to take in the best of what the wonderful city of Liverpool has to offer.

A man of the people, the tours take you on a day out to remember and visit all of Shankly’s favourite places around the city.

“Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.”

If you want to learn about and experience the real history of Liverpool Football Club, Bill Shankly and The Sandon, the Shankly Experience Tours are the only way to really see Liverpool.

These amazing tours feature entrance into the official LFC stadium and Museum Tour, the home of Bill Shankly in West Derby, a visit to the iconic Sandon pub and off course a tour around the magnificent Shankly Hotel.

If you’d like to delve into the history of both Everton and Liverpool Football Clubs and visit the place where it all began, book one of our unique football themed tours and become an expert in Liverpool’s footballing legacy.

Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience Tour of Liverpool.

To keep up-to-date with all things Shankly follow us on Twitter @ShanklyTours and Facebook – The Shankly Family Experience.

Or to arrange a stay at the Shankly Hotel please call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

Step Back in Time with our Traditional Swing Afternoon Tea

Get ready to step back in time and indulge in the perfect traditional swing afternoon tea at The Shankly Hotel.

Afternoon tea is nothing but traditional, so we wanted to take it back to its roots and serve it the way we used to.

If you enjoy a little live music when dining, you’re in luck. Our amazing swing singers will provide the entertainment, whilst our elegant waitresses serve you wearing white gloves, making it a luxurious experience you won’t forget.

So, give into temptation and taste the divine for Liverpool’s best afternoon tea service at our famous Garden of Eden.

Traditional Swing Afternoon Tea

Traditional Swing Afternoon Tea £29.95

When? Sunday 4th June at 3pm

Where? Garden of Eden

The talented serving staff will provide your party with a delicious afternoon tea accompanied by some amazing vocal talents.

Enjoy three tiers of delicate finger sandwiches, tasty cakes and pastries, accompanied with a choice of tea, coffee or add a taste of decadence with a glass of bubbly.

Immerse yourself in our version of paradise and enjoy this afternoon of fun and frivolity.

Don’t be shy, sing along with our talented swing singers and ensure that your afternoon at The Garden of Eden is utterly fabulous.

For an unforgettable afternoon of fine food and music to match, join us with friends and family for a special occasion.

Traditional Swing Afternoon Tea

The Garden of Eden

Located within the beautiful Shankly Hotel, Garden of Eden is our most lavish event venue and the setting for our traditional swing Afternoon Tea.

Enjoy culinary delights with a stunning backdrop of unrestricted views across the city of Liverpool.

Housed in a glass box, you’ll have panoramic views of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks, including the Three Graces, Pier Head and, of course, the Liver Building.

With a breath-taking setting and delicious food, this unique Afternoon Tea experience will transport you back to a time of opulence.

Garden of Eden

The Shankly Hotel

At The Shankly we pride ourselves on providing the best service to our guests, from our dedicated staff to the luxurious design and features of our rooms, we hope to create a memorable experience for all of our visitors.

Themed around the footballing legend, Bill Shankly, our hotel is a beautiful tribute to a man that stole the hearts of Liverpudlians.

Our football-inspired hotel not only caters to sporting fans, but provides our guests with a sophisticated, comfortable and flexible experience in Liverpool city centre.

Each room has a décor themed for the hotel’s namesake, Bill Shankly, reflecting the unique style and individuality of the man himself.

Visitors can enjoy beautiful accommodation alongside never seen before Shankly memorabilia, including his tactical notes, trophies and much more.

The Shankly

Book your place

Spoil yourself or a loved one and come along to our traditional Swing Afternoon Tea in the stunning Garden of Eden.

To book your place for our traditional Swing Afternoon Tea simply call and speak with our friendly reservations staff on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more details.

The Best Heritage, Culture and Football Tour of Liverpool

When people visit Liverpool they often come one of four things, football, nightlife, music or culture. Liverpool is a city famed for producing legendary musical talents such as The Beatles, it’s two premier league football teams, Everton FC and Liverpool FC and oodles of culture from past and present. Sometimes it’s hard to fit everything in that you wish to see, but not when you book a Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool direct from the Shankly Hotel.

Choose from one of these amazing tailored tours of Liverpool that are designed to cover all the best sights of the city you want to see.

Liverpool Was Made For Me

If you’ve seen and heard all about The Beatles before, and want to learn a little more about the city beyond the Fab Four then this is a tour of Liverpool perfect for you.

Taking tourists on a journey into Liverpool’s interesting footballing past and exploring some of the key historical and cultural locations along the way, this tour combines all the best bits in Liverpool for one affordable price.

You will learn all there is to know about the cities amazing sights and the best bits of our amazing footballing heritage.

What’s more, tourists will even get to see where the legend that is Bill Shankly lived and trained during his time in Liverpool. His family home and the surrounding local areas which he frequented are all covered under this amazing all-encompassing tour of the city.

The Fab Four and Shanks Tour

Fab Four and Shanks tour of Liverpool

Two of the things that attract many a tourist to Liverpool are music and football.

In the early sixties, Merseybeat swept across the nation as did LFC under their new management, Bill Shankly.

Together these two phenomena became synonymous with Liverpool and transformed the into the globally recognised tourist location it is today.

During this superb tour of Liverpool, you will be whisked away on a voyage of discovery. Check out all four of The Beatles Liverpool homes, visit the iconic Strawberry fields then it’s on to the revered footballing stadium, Anfield, topped off with a call to the West Derby home of Bill Shankly.

See parts of Liverpool like you’ve never seen them before, venture outside of the city centre and pass through streets of legend. Imagine The Beatles strolling down these very streets, passing by the home where Shankly and his family lived.

Culminating the tour at The Shankly Hotel, tourists can see a final piece of precious memorabilia. A telegram sent to Shanks ahead of his 1965 FA Cup Final wishing him good luck signed by the Fab Four themselves.

This inclusive tour of Liverpool will give patrons the opportunity to immerse themselves in the parts of Liverpool’s past that ultimately shaped the present. Who knows you could even see a famous face along the way?

The Match Day Tour

tour of Liverpool - match day tour Shankly Experience

If you’ve come to Liverpool to attend one of the amazing home matches at Anfield, let us make the experience even more memorable by taking you on a tour of Liverpool tailored to delivering the perfect match day experience.

This particular Shankly Experience tour will take visitors to Liverpool on a grand tour of the city. Patrons can soak up plenty of Liverpool’s interesting culture, taking a tour around the city’s most celebrated historic landmarks and vibrant cultural hotspots.

Once the city tour is complete, fans will be taken to Anfield before kick-off to embark on a bespoke expedition around the hallowed ground that is Anfield stadium.

Taking Liverpool football club fans behind the scenes of this iconic football ground, educating them on the history of the club and the legacy that Bill Shankly left behind following his work with the club.

For any football fan staying in the city on match day, this is the ultimate tour of Liverpool that covers the most sought after city attractions as well as a unique look into the Liverpool’s most legendary football club.

Bespoke Tour Packages

Whilst each Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool has been designed to encompass a variety of interesting sights around the city, there may be something that you think we’ve missed.

If there are parts of Liverpool that you want to visit or if you would like to cover a particular part of our existing tours in more detail then our Bespoke Tour Packages can be adapted to suit your interests.

We are open to suggestions and will always work in partnership with our friends and associates around the city to deliver the most personal tour that’s suited to you. Simply let us know what it is you want to do or see and we will do what we can to make it happen.

After all, Bill Shankly was a man of the people, and we like to operate with the great man always in mind.

The Shankly Hotel

Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool

Each tour of Liverpool includes a visit to the Shankly Hotel where visitors are treated to a tour of the Shankly Museum and given VIP access to memorabilia not out for display.

There will be opportunities to enjoy the amazing Shankly Virtual Experience where fans can have their picture taken standing next to a virtual representation of Bill Shankly to take home.

Dining in Liverpool doesn’t get much more fabulous than in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and as part of the tour package guests can enjoy a whopping 20% off the menu including food and drinks.

tour of Liverpool - Bastion Bar and Restaurant

During any Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool visitors are given a one of a kind excursion across the UK’s most vibrant city. Visiting iconic landmarks of music, heritage, culture and football all in one day.

Each tour is guided by an expert of Liverpool, armed and ready to answer all your questions about Liverpool’s exciting history and today’s vibrant culture.

Why not book the entire Shankly package with a stay in the stunning Shankly Hotel for your visit to Liverpool?

Liverpool accommodation the Shankly Hotel

There is always amazing accommodation offers on for groups, families and couples staying in Liverpool so make the most of your time in the city with a Shankly Experience tour and an unforgettable overnight stay in an award winning hotel.

Click here to book or create your own Shankly Experience tour of Liverpool you’ll be glad you did.

To arrange a stay at the Shankly Hotel please call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk.

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.