Bill Shankly as Remembered by the People of Liverpool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barry Robinson

The Letter to a Fellow Footballer

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

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

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

Joanne Noone

Mobbed at a Charity Football Match

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

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

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

Pamela Quinn

Bill Shankly’s Toilet

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

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

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

Keith Duckworth

Always the Life of the Party

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

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

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

Jackie Curry

The Man Who Could Walk on Water

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

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

Jeff Campbell

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

The Rise of Kop and Pop Culture in 1965 Liverpool

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

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

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

Kop Culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pop Culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Beatles and Shankly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Shankly Hotel Museum

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

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

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

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

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

The Shankly Hotel’s Guide to What’s On in August

Summer’s not over yet and Liverpool is treating us to lots of fun events and exciting experiences to help us see off the summer in style. We’ve rounded up the best of the best to make sure you have the best August possible in 2017.

The Biggest Fattest Football Quiz

When: 2nd August

Where: Camp and Furnace

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Camp and Furnace’s legendary themed quiz takes on a football frenzy this August, with the ultimate quiz on the beautiful game. The quiz features rounds of football general knowledge, audio questions, visual quizzing and even music rounds! There are also bonus questions for those all important extra points. With a grand prize of £150 for the winning team, the competition is fierce and you’ll have to get your head down to come out on top amongst the football aficionados.

Football kits and top banter are encouraged, so gather a maximum of eight friends to form your team and head to Camp and Furnace for 8 pm to begin the best football quiz in  Liverpool. Buy your ticket before it’s too late and don’t miss out!

Hope and Glory Festival

When: 5th – 6th August

Where: St George’s Quarter

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Hope and Glory festival will take over St George’s Square for the first time this year for a weekend of live music and unforgettable entertainment. There are some big names set to perform over the course of the weekend, including The Fratellis, Razorlight and Charlotte Church.

the festival is aiming for a carnival atmosphere, with crafts, workshops and comedy all coming together to provide a spectacular weekend. The main stage is the place to be for all the best music, but there are equally interesting acts performing on the Wonders of The age Stage and the Pop Up Stage.

Let’s not forget the delectable tastes that will be provided by local food vendors, as well as a gin palace and other pop up bars within the festival area.

It’s going to be an amazing festival in the heart of the city so make sure you don’t miss out!

Summer Football on the Dock

When: Until 11th August

Where: Albert Dock

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The artificial football pitch opened earlier in the year but the special event finishes this month so get yourself down there before it’s too late! There’s no need to book and it is the perfect day out for any football mad family.

Lovers of the beautiful game will be able to get involved with free coaching sessions and demonstrations from a disability football team. Everton Ladies will also be appearing to inspire and engage young girls with a passion for football, nurturing and encouraging their talent.

The football pitch is open to everyone, so whether you’re a red or a blue or a different colour altogether, get down to Albert Dock for the ultimate family football fun.

Premier League Returns to Liverpool

When: 19th August & 27th August

Where: Anfield Stadium

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It’s that time of year again where football madness descends on the city. Liverpool is a sporting city at its heart with two of the greatest teams calling our beautiful city home. the Premier League returns in August to kick start the season and get everyone ready for an incredible few months of football. Liverpool’s first home game sees them face Crystal Palace on 19th August at 3 pm in a bid to get an early start on their position in the table.

Anfield gets to experience a second game this month as strong contender Arsenal makes the trip to Merseyside to face the reds. Catch the action at 4 pm on 27th August,

When: 12th August

Where: Goodison Park

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The blues will face their first Premier League rival, Stoke City, for a 3 pm kick off at Goodison Park. Everton will undoubtedly want to climb the table to improve on their respectable position of 7th last season. Clawing their way above their Merseyside rivals who finished 4th.

If you don’t manage to get tickets to see the games at the stadium, The Bastion Bar and Restaurant at The Shankly Hotel will be showing all Merseyside games live on the big screens.

Liverpool Prosecco Festival

When: 27th August

Where: Camp and Furnace

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Camp and Furnace is the place to be this August with another incredible event. The Bank Holiday weekend is the best time to load up on prosecco and get your live music fill.

The ultimate celebration for prosecco lovers will feature tastings and masterclasses aplenty, with some of the best producers from across the Northern Italy bringing their best prosecco for the people of Liverpool to try.

The price of the tickets will get you five free glasses of prosecco and four hours to guzzle as much prosecco as you can handle.

There are so many amazing events on in Liverpool throughout August, it would be impossible to see and do everything in one day! Book a stay at The Shankly Hotel and take your time to see the best of Liverpool in August.

We’ve got suites suitable for everyone, whether you’re in Liverpool for the football or experiencing the culture The Shankly Hotel can help to make your stay perfect.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to make sure you don’t miss out on an amazing stay at The Shankly Hotel this August.

Shankly Hotel: Our Guide to What’s on in Liverpool in July

Summer fun starts in Liverpool in July when the city centre comes into its own abuzz with festivals and outdoor events in the sunshine.

Check out our handy guide to the best of what’s on in Liverpool in July 2017.

Liverpool Arab Arts Festival

When: 8th – 16th July

Just one of the many festivals taking place in Liverpool in July the Arabic Arts Festival has events popping up all over the city.

Starting on the 8th with Eid on the square and culminating with a concert from ‘the new star of Nubian pop’, Alsarah and the Nubatones at Sefton Park.

The Liverpool Arab Arts Festival unites everybody from every culture in a celebration of art appreciation as well as local, national and international awareness.

Join in the festivities and experience the beauty of Arab culture in this July in Liverpool during your stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Singing Waiter Afternoon Tea

When: 16th July

Treat yourself, your family and friends to a unique Afternoon Tea Experience in our stunning events venue Baby Eden.

Come and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea of tiny cakes, dainty sandwiches and delicious pastries, glasses of bubbly and hot cups of tea all complemented by singing waiters.

Each of your servers will be vocally gifted and whilst they serve your food and drinks will be happy to serenade your table with your favourite pop song or show tune.

A magical, musical Afternoon Tea during your visit to Liverpool in July at the Shankly Hotel.

The Biggest Fattest Football Quiz

When: 19th July

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Think you’re the guru when it comes to football knowledge?

Test out your theory at Camp and Furnace during your visit to Liverpool in July and join them for The Biggest Fattest Foot Quiz.

The team at Camp and Furnace have come up with some fun interactive challenges, bonus rounds and there’s even a huge cash prize up for grabs.

Get your group together and get your tickets to what is sure to be a rip-roaring event at Camp and Furnace.

146th Golf Open

When: 16th– 23rd

The 146th Golf Open returns to Royal Birkdale or the 10th time and is set to be a grand affair as always.

So, grab your windbreaker, pop on some comfortable shoes and get your tickets to the greatest golfing event of the year.

Follow your favourite along the fairways and over the sand dunes and cross your fingers for a sunny day at The Open’s second favourite venue Royal Birkdale.

Arrange your visit to Liverpool in July and stay with us at The Shankly Hotel call us on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signaturelliving.co.uk so you can enjoy the best events in taking place in the city.

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

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

A Bastion Day of Sport: Food, Football & Boxing

If you’re stuck for plans this weekend, then look no further than the Bastion Day of Sport in Liverpool. In the Bastion Bar & Restaurant within the Shankly Hotel, we’ll be holding 3 unmissable events on Saturday 4th March 2017.

For LFC and boxing fans, it’s set to be a jam-packed day of action. You can find out full schedule below:

11:00 – 12:00 – Pre Match Breakfast Q&A with former Liverpool full back Vegard Heggem (including chance for photos/meet and greet)

17:30pm – Liverpool vs Arsenal Kick off 17:30 – exclusive match day menu and drinks offers available

10:30pm –  Haye vs Bellew live in Bastion with drinks offers on the bar following the conclusion of LFC vs Arsenal

Guests can either access all 3 events or attend separate events individually. Pre-booking for each event  is advised to avoid disappointment.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

Located within the Shankly, the Bastion is the perfect place to sit back with a beer and enjoy some live sport. This Saturday, you’ll be able to choose from our hearty match day menu. The menu features the Bastion’s famous Shankly Burger, Southern Fried Chicken Burger and good old fashioned Fish and Chips. Plus, our delicious 6oz Rump Steak with Chips, Mushrooms and Tomatoes.

And if it’s your first visit to the Liverpool hot spot, then don’t forget to take a look around at the Bill Shankly memorabilia around the restaurant and bar area. The Shankly Hotel provides guests with a fantastic range of personal memorabilia, thanks to the Shankly family themselves.

Haye V Bellew

Set to be an unforgettable night, we’ll certainly be rooting for Liverpool’s very own Tony Bellew when he takes to the ring. The Merseyside athlete grew from being a three-time ABA heavyweight champion, to making his professional boxing debut in October 2007.

One of the most intense grudge fights in modern British boxing history, Saturday will showcase the ongoing feud that everybody’s talking about. To say that the pair have “bad blood” is an understatement; the hype surrounding the fight was taken to a new level at Thrusday’s press conference when the two came head to head. While Haye issued a series of threatening remarks, Bellew shared:

“Nearly time to rock and roll. Lets see what happens. The main thing is no excuses. They have been put out to the media. We all get sore, we all get knocks and bumps. This is the combat business, it’s called boxing.”

Liverpool V Arsenal

Liverpool V Arsenal is also expected to provide plenty of entertainment. If Liverpool win tomorrow’s game then it will be their 50th home league win over Arsenal, so we have our fingers crossed that they’re ready!

To pre-book your space at the Bastion, just give our friendly team a call on 0151 541 9999.

 

Signature Living Release Plans for George Best Themed Hotel in Belfast

The hotel developers behind The Shankly Hotel have released plans for another football legend themed hotel in Belfast.

Signature Living has revealed that they plan to develop five hotels in the northern Irish capital of Belfast with one hotel having a distinct theme of one’s of the city’s finest football players, George Best.

Founder, Lawrence Kenwright, said the hotel will take on the same template as The Shankly Hotel on Victoria St, which since opening August 2015 has become a landmark destination for football lovers all over the world.

With further dedicated tours will you take you around the beloved football ground and city which Bill cherished, the plan is to create this same complete experience at the George Best Hotel.

Talking about the George Best Hotel, Lawrence said; “we are using the knowledge that we have gleaned from The Shankly Hotel. Every room has a story of an individual that knew him.

“It’s about unearthing those stories… not so much the main life stories that everyone knows, this is about the stories you don’t know about.”

The Shankly Hotel is filled with unique, never-before-seen memorabilia which was kindly donated by the Shankly family, from Bill’s old typewriter to LFC contracts, his tracksuit and letters from fans, the George Best hotel will take on the same ilk.

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The perfect site has not been chosen yet but it’s expected to be as magnificent at other Signature Living developments.

The plans have the full backing of George Best’s family who after visiting The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, signed a contract.

Signature Living has furthermore said they plan to develop five hotels in the city of Belfast, with one other taking on the theme of Titanic due to the city being the birthplace of the ill-fated vessel.

This Belfast-based Titanic Hotel will, just like 30 James Street- Home of the Titanic in Liverpool, celebrate the ship’s history as well as the people aboard and involved in the ship as well as the building it resides.

Two sites are close to completion but founder Lawrence has other iconic landmark building in his sights.

The completion of these five unique hotels will create 500 jobs in the city across all sectors, from builders to hospitality staff, maintenance and chef’s, the creation of these hotels is hoped to further the cities tourism industry and make it a must-visit, just like Liverpool has become.

This is a hugely exciting time for Signature Living and we’re looking forward to not only seeing the building which is planned for development but to see how George Best is honoured.

You can keep up to date with the George Best hotel development and the other four hotels by following Lawrence Kenwright’s blog.

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.

Slavery in Liverpool

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

source; www.tunnelvision.com

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.

Shankly’s Greatest XI Event Celebrates The Footballing Legend

Bill Shankly is often referred to as one of the greatest footballing managers of all time.

He transformed Liverpool Football Club and coached some of the most famed players in the world ensuring he is celebrated by fans for an eternity.

Earlier in the year, we set out on a quest to find Shankly’s Greatest XI, made up of former players from his 15 years at LFC. We wanted to bring these iconic men together to celebrate Shankly and all he did for football and the Liverpool community.

Using a 4-3-3 formation, we asked the public to vote in players based on positions, over the course of a few weeks, the votes poured in and we eventually found Shankly’s Greatest XI.

Players included Lawrence, Lawler, Smith, Yeats, Hughes, Callaghan, Hall, Thompson, St John, Hunt, Keegan. Roy Evans was also in attendance as an original member of the boot room.

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On Thursday 8th December, we hosted an incredible dinner in the beautiful Garden of Eden at The Shankly Hotel where these former players along with the families of Emlyn Hughes and Brian Hall were in attendance. Members of the public were able to buy tickets to the event with 330 people overall enjoying this remarkable event.

Each former player was formally inducted into the XI with Kevin Keegan himself hosting the evening and welcoming each player.

Guests had the option to book specific tiers depending on what they wanted their ticket to include, for those with a red tier ticket, they were invited to a private meet and great with the players in Baby Eden before the main event.

Shankly's Greatest XI

As well as a delicious three-course meal, there were lots of old stories shared around each of the tables with unique tales from the former players, Shankly’s grandson Chris Carline and live entertainment.

There was furthermore a silent auction which saw memorabilia such as a Luis Suarez signed shirt and signed Steven Gerrard Boots and framed photographs.

It was a memorable night and absolutely incredible to have all of these amazing players in one place.

We’d like to thank all former players who were in attendance and we hope to be hosting more events like this in the future.

Chelsea vs Liverpool

The Barclays Premier League fixtures have been announced and The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is sure to be a great place for you and your friends to get together and enjoy the game.

Our stylish bar has a selection of great beers, wine and spirits available during the game and our restaurant has the perfect menu to satisfy a hungry footy fans appetite.

We will soon be announcing offers on food and drink for you to enjoy, making The Bastion Bar and Restaurant the place to be this season.