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!

The Shankly Hotel’s Weekly What’s On Guide to Liverpool

Easter time is near and what better weekend to book a family visit to Liverpool and stay at the Shankly Hotel. There are some superb family suites available at the Shankly Hotel, perfect for spending quality time together over Easter bank holiday in Liverpool.

There are also a whole host of events taking place in the city this week including live music and sporting events as well as some brilliant activities for the kids. Check out what’s on weekly guide to see if there’s something perfect for you and your family.

Daytime entertainment

Make some amazing memories during your time together in Liverpool this week and pay a visit to some spectacular one of events taking place across the city.

First glimpse of Minton Tiled Floor Revealed

Where: St Georges Hall 10 am-5pm

When: 13th April

family visit to Liverpool - Minton tile floor

Okay so this may not sound like something the kids will love, but a visit to St Georges hall will be unforgettable for the whole family.

The stunning interior of the building has long been admired by visitors to Liverpool and it is only this week that another part of St George’s halls amazing history will be unveiled for the public to see.

The Minton tiled floor was concealed in 1860 to protect the exquisite handcrafted mosaic during events that took place in the events space, since then it has remained hidden.

Until now, be among the first to see this stunning piece of Minton pavement depicting scenes of the goddess Neptune and the mythical Liver Birds.

Imaginative Worlds

Where: Albert dock

When: 13:30 -16:30 11th– 13th

family visit to Liverpool - Imaginative Worlds - TATE

If you have a budding theatrical performer in your family, or you simply enjoy getting hands on and crafty, step into Imaginative Worlds at the Albert Dock this week.

Taking inspiration from the O.K Musical, the Family Collective at Albert Dock’s TATE gallery has organised a series of family friendly workshops inviting you and the family to get dressed up and get involved.

Make your own masks, puppets and theatrical props and watch them take to the temporary stage that has taken over the gallery space.

Something fun, family friendly and completely theatrical to keep you and the family busy on your visit to Liverpool.

Meet Lloyd of Lego Ninjago

Where: Liverpool One Lego store

When: 15th April Night time events

family visit to Liverpool - Lloyd Lego Ninjago

 

Who didn’t love Lego when they were little?

The ability to hand build your own world and control everyone and everything in it was always enjoyable. Now with the popularity of the Lego Movie and the new Lego Batman, actual Lego has become a part of adulthood too.

That’s why a trip to the Lego store at Liverpool One is the perfect day out in the city for the whole family.

On the 15th take your little ones along to meet the star of Lego Ninjago Lloyd and truly make their Lego dreams come true.

Nightly entertainment in Liverpool

Instead of staying in for the night in your luxury Bill Shankly themed family hotel room, get out into the city and enjoy one of these interesting activities together.

Opening night of the Story Giant

Where: Everyman Theatre

When: 19:00 pm 13th April

family visit to Liverpool - The Story Giant

Adapted from the book written by legendary poet Brian Patten, The Story Giant is a fairy-tale adventure about the search for the last book in existence not owned by The Story Giant.

Sadly, without this last story, The Story Giant will perish and with the help homing chickens and plenty of other whimsical characters the Shanty Theatre company will take their audience on a journey throughout the folklore and myths of the world. All in the hopes of finding the last story and saving the giants life.

A perfect family theatre visit that everyone will enjoy during a visit to Liverpool.

Premier League Darts

Where: Echo Arena

When: 18:00 pm 13th April

family visit to Liverpool - Premier League Darts

Returning to the Echo Arena for a showdown sure to attract darts fans from across Merseyside, is the Premier League Darts Championships.

Those who follow the league will be aware that the coveted trophy is up for grabs from two-time winner van Gerwen.

Now broadcast worldwide and televised by Sky Sports the Premier League Darts Championship has become a popular sporting event that the audience is passionate about.

For darts fans, this is a Liverpool event not to be missed, for those simply looking for a good day out with the family in Liverpool.

Beau Dermott and friends

Where: Philharmonic Hall

When: 19:30 pm 15th April

family visit to Liverpool - Beau Dermott and friends

Those who tune into Britain’s Got Talent will be aware of Beau Dermott’s sensational singing talents. For those who were not aware of Beau, she quickly became recognised as one of Britain’s most gifted young singers when reaching the finals of 2016’s musical reality contest and winning.

Taking to the stage for the first time in concert, Beau will be performing the tracks that took her to the final of Britain’s Got Talent as well as adding some other well-known pop songs into the mix.

Enjoy watching one of the most well-loved talents to have performed on Britain’s Got Talent alongside a host of other special guests on the night.

The perfect family friendly live music performance in one of Liverpool’s most remarkable entertainment venues.

Staying at the Shankly Hotel

family visit to Liverpool - the Shankly Hotel

Whether you’ve booked to stay at the Shankly Hotel already or are thinking of taking a short city break with the family soon, take advantage of these amazing Liverpool accommodation offers.

Perfect for a family visit to Liverpool any night of the week and ideal for making the most of some quality family time together in the city.

For more information or to book your stay call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk

Horse Racing Tips, Tricks and Superstitions from the Shankly Hotel

When it comes to picking a winning horse at the races there’s a fine art to it. Most of us choose horses based on the name or the colour of the jockey’s silks, often there’s a lack of actual research or science behind our final decision and whenever we’ve managed to pick a winner it’s from sheer dumb luck. This year prepare yourselves and see if you two can perfect the art of “handicapping” to pick yourself a winner during Grand National weekend in Liverpool.

Art not Science

Grand National weekend Liverpool - art of handicapping

The art of picking a winning horse is called “handicapping”, using all the information at your disposal to select a horse more likely to win the race. We’ve simplified some of the basics for you below by giving you some questions to ask yourself before making a choice;

  • Where has the horse ran before and at what distance?

If the horse has performed well on a similar course in recent races this is a positive.

  • What condition was the track surface of the race previously run and is it the same as the track on the day of the race you are attending?

If not the horse may not perform the same for better or worse.

  • Has the horse travelled to race?

If so there is a likely hood that those involved in the shipping will be pushing the horse harder to recoup any travel expenses.

  • Has your horse had a holiday?

The ideal time for a break between races is between 30-45days. Any longer and the horse may need at least one run to get back in the game.

  • How many races has your chosen horse started in?

A good average of starts for a horse is around 13, an over raced horse may have experience but could do with a well-deserved holiday. Try and aim for lightly raced horses and watch out for the first time or new runners. These are a gamble as they could be raring to go but are also inexperienced.

Odds and Statistics

Calculating the odds of an intended bet can be quite confusing for those with little or no experience in betting and gambling.

A good thing to know is that the majority of winners are actually less than 20-1 on the morning line. Meaning the experienced odds maker has predicted the end of the day odds which are influenced by public betting throughout the day.

Check for recently beaten favourites as these are horses that can turn around their performance in later races. At the same time keep an eye out for horses that are always overbet and favoured and avoid them as they are unlikely to hold any value.

If the odds from your horses last few races were between 2-1 and 6-1 it shows money was taken from those races and the horse was expected to perform better. These horses are anticipated likely winners in their next races.

Lastly, high odds winners tend to repeat winning performances so pay attention to those that have come in winning at high prices.

Myths and Old Wives Tales

Grand National weekend Liverpool

There are a few tricks that long time gamblers will always employ when taking their money to the bookmaker. We thought we’d list the top 10 superstitions and see if they help or hinder yours during Grand National weekend in Liverpool.

  1. Bet on 10 stone Jockeys and 10-year-Old horses
  2. Never bet on fillies against colts
  3. Pick a horse wearing your lucky number or colour
  4. Always pick the younger horse in a race full of old timers
  5. Do not bet last minute
  6. Never let another person place your bet
  7. Grey horses for grey days
  8. Bet on horses with Gold or Win in their names
  9. Put your race ticket in the same pocket as your cash, money attracts money
  10. Use the same pocket for your race tickets until you lose then change pockets.

A Sure Thing

If you’d like to learn more about how to pick a winner and what factors determine the odds, make a visit to the Grand National Premier at St George’s Hall on 5th April.

The organisers have enlisted the advice of a panel of racing experts to help you mark your card for the races. They will be talking about form, luck and helping any race goers pick between the losers and hopefully help pick a big winner for a lucky few on the day.

Also, proceeds from the event are donated to Stamp out Suicide.

VIP Racing Events and Offers at The Shankly Hotel

Grand National weekend in Liverpool - VIP races event

Due to the fact that Grand National weekend in Liverpool is treated like a national holiday, the Shankly Hotel have organised some amazing events and offers.

The VIP Races Event taking place in the Garden of Eden is the place to spend Grand National weekend in Liverpool if you’re not going to Aintree for the day. Get yourself dressed up and book your tickets to see all the live action, place some winning bets and enjoy a delicious lunch with superb live entertainment.

If you have been lucky enough to get time off to go to the races then stop off at the Shankly Hotel for a superb champagne breakfast. What’s more, there will be luxury transport laid on to get you to the course on time.

Make the most of our helpful hints and amazing offers during Grand National weekend in Liverpool this week and who knows you could be in the big money come Monday.

Call 0151 6018801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information or to book your tickets for any of our up and coming race events.

The Shankly Hotel’s Weekly What’s On Guide to Liverpool

On a visit to Liverpool with the family or a loved one book to stay at the Shankly Hotel and guarantee yourself the most memorable experience of Liverpool. Not only will the Shankly Hotel leave lasting memories of a great family holiday in Liverpool, but our helpful weekly events guides to the city will make sure you enjoy the best of what’s on in Liverpool during your stay.

What to do during the day in Liverpool

Do something a little different during your visit to Liverpool with any one of these amazing daytime city events.

Family Concert: Magical Musical Kingdoms

When: 9th April begins at 14:00

Where: Philharmonic Hall

Family visit to Liverpool - Phillharmonic

On a short city break with the family, it can sometimes be difficult to find a one of a kind activity that the whole family can enjoy.

Liverpool is full of amazing things to see and do, but for a memorable, magical, musical experience of Liverpool take the family along to Liverpool Philharmonic’s Magical Musical Kingdoms.

Let the sounds of the full symphony orchestra take you and the family on a journey through Disney classic fairy tales like Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty and Frozen.

A fun filled fantasy day out for the whole family and a way to introduce the beauty of orchestral music to a younger generation.

Grand National Eden rooftop VIP event

When: 7th/8th/9th

Where: Eden Rooftop The Shankly Hotel

Grand National event at Eden

For the biggest weekend in Liverpool make sure you have your seat booked into the best place to be other than Aintree for the Grand National.

The Shankly Hotel are hosting a fabulous VIP Rooftop Races event in their stunning Garden of Eden rooftop venue complete with live betting and huge screens showing the latest live races action.

To add a giant cherry on top of all that there will be a lovely lunch and bar service accompanied by live entertainment and a DJ.

Where better to be for Liverpool’s most exciting event weekend of the year than at the Garden of Eden’s VIP rooftop Races Event.

The WHO Rock Opera

When: 3rd of April

Where: Echo Arena

The Who Rock Opera

For fans of classic rock and roll, a musical extravaganza will be taking place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on the 3rd of April.

The performance of greatest hits from the Who’s extensive back catalogue will be performed alongside the legendary Rock Opera. Watch as members of The Who bring a show to audiences that haven’t been seen since the 1970’s.

Get your tickets here and make sure you are part of this amazing musical performance during your visit to Liverpool from The Shankly Hotel.

Fun Night time events

Instead of spending the night in your luxury Liverpool hotel room at the Shankly Hotel check out one or two of these fun family nights out in Liverpool’ vibrant city centre.

The Witty Committee Marie Curie Fundraiser

When: 4th April 19:00

Where: Hot Water Comedy Club

Comedy visit to Liverpool Witty Committee

If you love to laugh and enjoy doing a daily good deed kill two birds with one stone at The Witty Committee Marie Curie Fundraiser.

A comedy night taking place in Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club that is guaranteed to leave you with all sorts of good feelings.

The night is a free event and you simply make your donation on the door in the amount of what you think the evening was worth.

Once you are in be prepared for your sides to split as a variety of comedic personalities take to the stage to raise your spirits as well as funds for a worthy cause.

Grand National Aintree preview

When: Wednesday 5th 18:30 pm

Where: St George’s Hall

Grand National Weekend

Get a leg up on the rest of the UK on the 5th of April and educate yourselves on the art of picking a winner during Grand National Weekend at Aintree this year.

St George’s Hall has arranged for an expert panel, made up of racing aficionados, to pick the winners of the races taking place over all three days.

Learn how to pick a winner like the professionals do and put your skills to good use. All proceeds raised from the event will go to the Stamp Out Suicide charity, so by helping yourself to some valuable inside racing knowledge, you will also be helping somebody in need.

ABBA Revival

When: 18:30pm – 11:30pm 7th April

Where: Hangar 34

ABBA funky visit to Liverpool

During your visit to Liverpool make your way down to Hangar 34 on the 7th of April for a revival night full of ‘Dancing Queens’ and ‘Super Troupers’.

The world’s number one ABBA tribute act will be gracing the stage at Hangar 34 and performing those familliar dancefloor filling hits of the 70’s and 80’s.

For fans of ABBA, this revival night will be a great place for you to bust out your signature ABBA style moves. The tribute act performing on the night have travelled across the world have even been asked to grace the band’s homeland of Sweden with a five-day tour.

So ‘Take a Chance’ on ABBA Revival night at Hangar 34 April 7th and say, ‘Thank you for the Music’ to the world’s greatest ABBA tribute act.

 

Stay at the Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel

Liverpool is a city that is celebrated for its musical and cultural heritage so you will never be stuck for something to do, especially with our helpful weekly what’s on guide to Liverpool.

At the Shankly Hotel, we want to make sure you leave Liverpool with memories you can cherish for a lifetime.

Check out our latest accommodation offers and book you and your family for a short city break in Liverpool they’ll never forget.

Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk, for the latest prices and availability.

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.

How to Get to Aintree Races 2017 (On Time!)

With the races coming up on 8th April 2017, you may be worrying about the upcoming train strike…but the good news is, you don’t need to fret. If you’re stuck for Grand National transport, look no further than our Grand National deals.

The Guardian reported:

“Many people travel to the Grand National at Aintree in Liverpool by train, so any disruption to Merseyrail services will hit those going to the biggest horse race in the world.”

At the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, we’re offering a range of Grand National packages to ensure that you arrive to the races on time, and in style. If you’ve travelled to the races by train in previous years, we can guarantee your experience with us will be one to remember!

Champagne Breakfast with Travel

£38.95

Get whisked away to Aintree Racecourse, following a delicious champagne breakfast in our fabulous Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

You can wave goodbye to feeling cramped on the train and waiting around for taxis! With this dazzling deal designed for your enjoyment, you can trust our team to ease your worries and ensure that you don’t miss a thing.

Full Day Package with Travel

£75.00

Fancy treating yourself to something special? To ensure that the day runs smoothly with a touch of sparkle, look no further than our amazing Full Day package. We’ll be doing the organising from start to finish.

In the early hours of the day, you can sit back and relax as you enjoy a champagne breakfast with your nearest and dearest, the perfect chance to snap some photos before the big event. Following breakfast, we’ll whisk your group away to Aintree Racecourse.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. Upon your return, you’ll be invited to tuck into a luxury 3-course meal, enjoy a ½ bottle of wine and make the most of our dazzling live entertainment. We can’t think of many better ways to finish off the day!

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is located within Liverpool’s stunning Shankly Hotel. With its stylish interior and diverse menus, you can’t go wrong with a luxury meal at the Bastion. In keeping with the hotel’s Bill Shankly theme, you can admire the array of Bill Shankly memorabilia around the restaurant area itself. There simply isn’t a better restaurant venue for LFC fans!

The Bastion’s impressive menus include hearty dishes that are bound to prevent the hangover. With options ranging from Chargrilled Lamb Rump, The Famous Shankly Burger, Beer Battered Fish and Chips and our refreshing Halloumi and Artichoke Salad, we’re sure you’ll be left feeling restored and replenished after a busy day out.

And for those who intend to stay out all night, our drinks menu is certain to hit the spot. Offering a range of wines, champagne and 2 for £10 cocktails, you’ll be ready to hit the town in no time.

To book your perfect Grand National package, simply give our friendly team a call on 0151 601 5834. Alternatively, you can contact our team online and they’ll be happy to help!

Spend the Ultimate Boys Friday at the Shankly

With Liverpool’s vibrant nightlife, it’s never a bad time for a catch up with the boys. And at the Shankly Hotel, you can spend the night in style. For just £99 per person, you could enjoy the Ultimate Boys Friday deal at Liverpool’s luxury, Bill Shankly-themed hotel.

£99 per person

  • Overnight Stay
  • Breakfast
  • Beer and Burger in The Bastion, The Shankly Hotel
  • Booth in Bar Signature / Art House with a personalised drinks package 

Located right in the heart of Liverpool’s nightlife, you’ll have the best bars and clubs in Liverpool right on your doorstep. Victoria Street is only a short walk from local favourites Mansion and Heaven, while you’ll find the infamous Cavern Club only moments away Mathew Street.

Luxury Rooms

The Shankly Hotel - Liverpool hotel ofers

Group accommodation in Liverpool reaches new heights at the Shankly Hotel. Our luxury rooms are fantastically spacious, ensuring that our group hotel rooms never compromise on quality.

You can expect deluxe beds complemented by stylish decor and high-quality facilities to use at your leisure. Designed with luxury interior decor, our rooms feature 50″ TV screens and whirlpool baths to sit back, relax and prep for a big night out.

An Experience of Liverpool

Of course, hotel guests can enjoy our full range of Bill Shankly memorabilia throughout a stay at the Shankly. Our range of memorabilia includes fascinating keepsakes such as the football legend’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter.

Rooms at the Shankly feature personal stories about the man himself. And not forgetting, you can also embark on one of our Shankly Family Experience Tours for a day of adventure in Liverpool.

Our tours cover exciting sights such as Bill Shankly’s former West Derby home and the Stadium and Museum Tour at Anfield. If you like, you can even incorporate your favourite Liverpool landmarks and Beatles sights. Our packages are flexible for you, so our team are always happy to help make your group’s experience perfect. What better way to spend a weekend than exploring the sights and suburbs of Liverpool?

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant is the go-to spot for a pint, chunky chips and one of our famous burgers. Whether it’s before you head out on the town or the perfect hangover cure, this unbeatable combo is bound to hit the spot.

We also have a fantastic drinks menu, so you can start your night out as you mean to go on! Our drinks menu includes a great variety of beers and ciders, from Carling and Guinness to Brooklyn Lager and Magners.

To book your stay at the Shankly, simply give our friendly reservations team a call on 0151 601 5732. We suspect it’ll be a night you won’t forget anytime soon! 

The Ultimate Beatles Tour of Liverpool

Home of the Beatles, you can’t explore the best of Liverpool without walking in the shoes of the Fab Four. From Liverpool’s leafy suburbs to city centre landmarks, there’s an essence of John, Paul, George and Ringo wherever you go.

At Shankly Tours, we’re here to ensure that your sight-seeing journey runs smoothly, so that you can enjoy a full Beatles experience. Your visit to the city may be fleeting, but there’s plenty you can fit in with a great plan.

Cementing an iconic era, the rise of the Beatles ran parallel with Liverpool Football Club’s rise into a ‘Bastion of Invincibility’. It didn’t take long for excitement surrounding Liverpool’s stars to intermix; Bill Shankly’s Liverpool FC was one of the first clubs to have fans sing Beatles songs from the terraces. Liverpool is now renowned worldwide for two defining reasons: the Fab Four and its vibrant football culture. So, we thought we’d combine the two to create the ultimate tour of Liverpool.

For Beatles fans visiting Liverpool, it can be tricky to fit everything in. To truly experience the Beatles’ Liverpool, you’ll need to head out of the city centre and discover the most sentimental spots of the suburbs.  That’s where we come in to save the day!

What to Expect

  • Begin and finish the tour at the fabulous Shankly Hotel in Liverpool city centre
  • A combination of sights, incorporating Bill Shankly/football history and Beatles landmarks
  • The houses of the Fab Four
  • Visit Anfield
  • Strawberry Fields gates
  • Bill Shankly’s former home
  • 20% off food & drink at the Shankly’s Bastion Bar & Restaurant
  • A once in a lifetime Beatles/Shankly memorabilia viewing at the Shankly Hotel

A Full Experience of Liverpool

Nestled away from the bright lights of the city centre, the story behind John Lennon’s nostalgic and and dreamy “Strawberry Fields Forever” revolves around Lennon’s very own childhood dreamworld.

You’ll be taken to the gatepost to Strawberry Field, where Lennon and his childhood friends would spend hours playing within the wooded garden. The popular tourist attraction is located close to Lennon’s childhood home in Woolton, one of Liverpool’s most scenic suburbs. A chance to truly follow in the footsteps of John Lennon, exploring this sentimental suburb will certainly be a day to remember for Beatles fans from near and far.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

What better way to end a busy day than with some hearty food at the Bastion? Upon returning from your tour, you’ll be awarded 20% off at this Liverpool favourite for food and drink, the perfect excuse for a refreshing Beer or a fruity cocktail!

With an array of delicious dishes to pick from, you’ll find everything from our famous Shankly Burger to Beer-Battered Fish and Chips, Steak and Mushroom Pie and Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Rocket Risotto. And for those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on our tasty desserts, ranging from Baileys and White Chocolate Cheesecake and Glazed Lemon Tart.

Whether you’re planning your first visit to Liverpool or it’s one of many, we’re sure this memorable experience won’t be your last! To enquire about our fabulous Fab Four and Shanks Tour, our helpful team would love to hear from you here. You can also contact our team on info@shanklyexperience.com.

 

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.

 

Life is a Cabaret at The Shankly Hotel’s Fabaret Friday’s

It’s Showtime this Friday at The Shankly Hotel as we welcome Fabaret to the Bastion Bar and Restaurant. Provided by acclaimed Liverpool theatre production company Life in Theatre, Fabaret is sure to have everybody’s toes tapping by the end of the night.

What to expect

A fabulously fun night of free entertainment including live performances of sultry soul and funky Motown. For the movie lovers among you, there will even be a tribute to Bond films of old and new and a spot of Disney magic to round off a night of superb live entertainment.

A little history of Cabaret

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Unless you have been living under a rock then you must be aware of the musical Cabaret starring a very young Lisa Moneli. The bowler hat, short shorts, and suspenders are an iconic Hollywood image today.

But the origins of Cabaret can be traced to the early 16th century in France. The meaning of the word originally pointed to the venue the performance was held in. Be it a bar, restaurant or nightclub, cabaret was often performed to patrons who were enjoying another leisure activity, the performance just being the background filler.

In short, Cabaret was not as grand as a theatre performance and came just short of being classed as a concert. Cabaret was essentially the DJ of ancient times, a soundtrack to accompany your evening meal or drinks.

Book your Fabaret today

The Shankly Hotel will be hosting this Fabaret spectacular for foreseeable Fridays to come.

Make sure you have your seat booked and like Lisa sang;

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a Cabaret old chum Come to the Cabaret.”

Why not surprise somebody who loves live entertainment and book a Friday night at The Shankly?

You and your party can then enjoy a fun Fabaret performance in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant and then a luxury overnight stay in one of our Bill Shankly themed hotel rooms.

Fabaret is free to attend and the curtain lifts at 20:00 pm this Friday, do you have your dancing shoes ready?

Heritage to Football: Tailored Tours of Liverpool

The city of 2 cathedrals, 2 iconic football teams and home to the Beatles, it can be hard to see the best of Liverpool’s dazzling sights all in one go. And that’s where Shankly Tours comes in to save the day!

Whether you’re visiting the city for a weekend or you’re staying for a full week, the variety of attractions in Liverpool aren’t always in walking distance of each other, so you can end up wasting time with a map.

To make your experience stress-free and worth your while, we’ve put together our very own Shankly Tours of Liverpool to ensure that you there’s truly something for everyone. For a set price to suit your group, you can experience Liverpool the way you want to, all with the one package.

If you’re travelling in a larger group or simply have a long list of sights to see, this is the perfect solution for keeping everyone happy as you see the best of the city.

Design Your Own Tour

If you’re someone who likes to plan things from scratch, then this option to design your own tour is ideal for you.

You may have an LFC fan in the group, someone who’s been dreaming of Strawberry Fields, or just fancy taking the perfect snap of Liverpool’s infamous architecture and maritime heritage. With this bespoke package, you have the freedom to pick something for everyone.

All you need to do is decide what your perfect tour of Liverpool would look like, let us know what you want to see and we’ll work out the best plan and price tailored to your group.

Tour A – Liverpool Was Made for Me

As the Shanks once said, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool”.

Taking you on a tour of the city that football legend Bill Shankly held close to his heart, you can experience a blend of the city’s best football heritage, and most iconic cultural sights.

Throughout this tour, enjoy exclusive Shankly family anecdotes to give you a real feel for the city through the eyes of Bill Shankly. The package also features a visit to Shankly’s West Derby home.

Taking you on a broad tour of the city’s football history, you’ll see the defining locations for the formation of both Everton and Liverpool Football Club. And of course, you can discover the connection between Bill Shankly and the city’s rivalling football teams. You’ll have the chance to visit both the home of the Blues, and the LFC new Stadium and Museum Tour at Anfield.

Back to the Shankly

And that’s not all! You’ll need to save some energy because you’ll be in for a treat when you return to the Shankly Hotel.

We’ll be taking you on a tour of our personal Shankly memorabilia, featuring unseen items that aren’t on display to the public. You’ll also have the chance to get your photo taken with the Shanks himself, thanks to our Virtual Reality Shankly Experience.

We sense that after this busy day, you may be in need of a cold pint and some tasty food! So at the end of the tour, you’ll be awarded 20% off all food and drink in the hotel’s stunning Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

Tour B – The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour

Liverpool is one of the most visited cities in the world, and arguably the legacy of the infamous Beatles has a lot to do with that!

There’s an array of iconic sights and venues across the land of yellow submarines that played a part in the lives of the four Liverpool lads. And for those waiting to see exactly what shaped the timeless band, our organised tour will go above and beyond fulfilling your dreams.

The growth of the Mersey Beat ran parallel with the rise of Liverpool FC into a ‘Bastion of Invincibility’, and LFC fans would often sing Beatles lyrics at matches. Since the city is renowned for the Fab Four and its thriving football scene, this tour combines the two, bringing you a unique tour that you won’t forget.

All for one price, you’ll be transported around the city from sight to sight, saving you lots of time.

Back to the Shankly

We didn’t want the tour to stop there, so on return to the Shankly, you’ll be taken on an exclusive tour of our Bill Shankly memorabilia AND have the chance to view a priceless piece of memorabilia linking Bill Shankly to the Beatles on a touching and personal level.

Again, we know you’ll be in search of an ice cold drink and some hearty British food! So, sit back and relax as you enjoy 20% off at the Bastion Bar and Restaurant, right within the hotel.

Tour C – The Match Day Tour

If you’re in town for a match day and want to see what our tours are all about, we offer a bespoke tour just for match days so that you can see the best of Liverpool.

Perfect for football fanatics and those who love the city, you can enjoy the Shankly elements of Tour A followed by an exciting match day stadium tour at Anfield.

To book your dream tour of Liverpool, just let us know what you’re after, and who will be joining us at INFO@SHANKLYEXPERIENCE.COM

For more information, check out The Shankly Family Experience.

 

 

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.

Liverpool waterfront

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

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

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

Explore Liverpool’s History from the Shankly Hotel

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

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

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

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