Highlights from Easter Celebrations at Eden

This Easter, we celebrated in style at our beautiful Garden of Eden venue. The fun-filled day was packed with chocolate treats, face paint and even some furry friends.

Though Easter has been and gone, we suspect you still have a few eggs left to keep you in the spirit! So we thought we’d share some of the highlights from the eggcellent day…

(Dress code: plenty of face paint, plenty of chocolate)

A busy day for the little ones…

It was certainly a lively day for our little guests. With balloons, games and plenty of face paint, there were lots of tired faces at the end of the day.

The Easter bunny found himself out shined by our adorable newcomer Harry – Kay and Anthony’s sleepy bundle of joy was a definite highlight!

Furry friends visit Eden…

We welcomed some special guests to Eden on Sunday, including a visit from the Easter bunny himself.

Tasty Easter treats…

If you can’t indulge at Easter, when can you?

Here’s a glimpse at our Easter treats, featuring our Thorntons Marvellously Magnificent egg won by a lucky guest.

A Leading Liverpool Events Venue

If you’re in search of a top Liverpool events venue, the Shankly Hotel has got you covered.

Whether you’re looking for birthday party venues, wedding venues or family-friendly events venues in Liverpool, the Garden of Eden is the perfect spot for an unforgettable celebration.

With beautiful large windows illuminating the room, a rooftop terrace and a fantastic bar, Eden is equipped with everything you could wish for.

Located within the luxury Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, the Garden of Eden is a hugely popular events venue in Liverpool, particularly for elegant and stylish wedding and birthday celebrations.

We also host regular entertainment nights and events  in Liverpool at the Shankly which are open to all and normally ticketed.

One of our most recent events was the spectacular VIP Grand National Races Day – guests enjoyed plenty of bubbly and food, fabulous views across the city and could even place bets on our tablets.

The Shankly Hotel can be found in the heart of Liverpool city centre, surrounded by the city’s leading high street shops and vibrant nightlife.

To enquire about the Garden of Eden or our more intimate Little Eden venue+, simply give our team a call on 0151 601 8801.

Grand National Weekend Highlights at Eden

At the Shankly Hotel in Liverpool, we offered a variety of amazing Grand National packages this year.  And it’s no surprise that one of our most popular deals was the fabulous VIP Rooftop Races package!

Grand National weekend 2017 saw a dazzling few days at our stunning Eden venue.

Guests were able to catch all the action over Friday and Saturday, enjoying live coverage on our big screens and making the most of our wonderful outdoor terrace.

Soaking Up the Sun

Overlooking the most famous landmarks in Liverpool, our Garden of Eden terrace proved the perfect spot for a sunny Grand National weekend.

Guests enjoyed catching the rays while sipping away on glasses of bubbly and beers.

We captured some of the best moments from the day and thought you’d like to see!

Our lovely guests made the most of the sun!

The perfect backdrop on a sunny day…

Watching the Races in Action

We brought the atmosphere of the Grand National to the Shankly this year. Guests showcased the best of their wardrobe to see the races brought to life on our large screens.

Attendees were also able to use our interactive tablets to place bets throughout the day, making it all the more fun and building excitement.

The lovely ladies attending the weekend certainly dressed to impress from head to toe. We saw an array of stunning dresses and gorgeous make up showcasing true Liverpool style.

Ladies who lunched at Eden dressed to impress!

Hire the Garden of Eden

Our Garden of Eden space is available to hire, making your special occasions all the more magical.

The most scenic outdoor Liverpool wedding venue, our enchanting Eden room and garden terrace are situated on the top floor of the Shankly Hotel itself.

Offering the most breathtaking views of Liverpool, you’ll have the ultimate photo backdrop, helping you to capture the most memorable moments in style.

Stay at the Shankly Hotel

The Shankly Hotel is a luxury hotel in Liverpool city centre. Located within the heart of Liverpool’s shopping and nightlife scene, guests will find everything they could wish for right on their doorstep.

From Liverpool’s leading high street brands to the best night clubs in Liverpool, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice! Our Bill Shankly-themed hotel offers guests a unique experience of staying in the city. Guests can make the most of our Bill Shankly memorabilia featured within individual rooms and throughout the rest of the hotel.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant offers a diverse menu of heavenly dishes and handcrafted cocktails poured to perfection.

A favourite for birthday and anniversary meals in Liverpool, the Bastion serves a wide range of hearty dishes, thoughtfully created by our talented team of chefs. The Bastion is the ultimate Liverpool restaurant to indulge in fantastic meals with family and friends.

Make sure you look out for our unmissable offers throughout the rest of the year! We hope to see you soon at the Shankly Hotel. 

 

 

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.

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.

 

Stay at the Shankly Hotel: St Patrick’s Day 2017

Liverpool is one of the best city’s for celebrating St Patrick’s Day weekend in style. For great craic, top Irish food and music that will keep you on your feet, Liverpool’s bars and top nightlife venues have got you covered.

At the Shankly Hotel, we have the perfect group accommodation for celebrating Paddy’s Day the way it should be. We’re equipped with spacious rooms to accommodate large groups and a location that offers Liverpool’s top Irish bars right on your doorstep.

Group Accommodation for Nights Out

Shankly Room 15

While Liverpool’s nightlife never disappoints, the city’s hotels aren’t always suitable for a night out on the town. That’s where the Shankly comes in to save Paddy’s Day! Our rooms are designed to bring guests a sociable experience from start to finish, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have to split from your group of friends into separate rooms.

With the Bastion Bar & Restaurant located within the hotel itself, you can enjoy some light bites or a hearty meal before you head out for the night. We also have a fantastic bar to start the night as you mean to go on!

For Paddy’s Day 2017, we suspect you’ll be celebrating all night long. So, upon your return, you may want to order from our Midnight Munchies menu, featuring delicious treats ranging from sweet to savoury.

And the next morning, you can let your hangover pass in style as you make the most of our deluxe double beds and whirlpool baths at your leisure. In our group spaces, we offer plenty of space for getting ready in the morning without feeling cramped.

Located in the Heart of Liverpool City Centre

You’ll discover the Shankly Hotel located on Victoria Street, only moments way from Liverpool’s most vibrant nightlife spots and most popular places to wine and dine, or simply enjoy lashings of Guinness.

Liverpool will be playing host to an array of great events to celebrate its Irish community, including its famous St Patrick’s Day parade. If you’re visiting Liverpool for the first time, the parade is a brilliant way to discover some of the city’s most scenic streets, with plenty of pubs and cafes around along the way.

At the Shankly Hotel, we’re also only a short walk from the best Irish bars in Liverpool, favoured by locals and tourists alike. Located on dynamic Mathew Street, why not head to Flanagan’s Apple for a tasty Guinness and some traditional Irish food? Afterwards, you may want to stop off at Bar Signature to enjoy a couple of cocktails before continuing the chaos.

To book your stay at the Shankly Hotel, our fabulous reservations team will be happy to help you out. They’re available to chat to on 0151 909 3614.

 

 

The Shankly’s Liverpool Theatre Guide

At the Shankly Hotel, we’re lucky enough to be right in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre. And that means we have some of the best theatres in the UK right on our doorstep. For those who have booked theatre tickets in Liverpool and are looking for accommodation, the Shankly Hotel offers luxurious rooms and facilities in a thriving location of the city.

If you’re still planning a stay with us, why not take a look at our guide to the fabulous theatres of Liverpool? We’re located only a short walk or taxi ride away, so we recommend spending a cosy afternoon at the theatre or making your theatre visit a glamorous night to remember.

The Everyman Theatre

Situated on one of Liverpool’s best loved streets, you’ll find the Everyman on Hope Street, between the city’s two breathtaking cathedrals and surrounded by flourishing independent businesses. After reopening in 2014, the theatre won the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture, and with its trademark wrap-around auditorium and environmentally sustainable features, it’s easy to see why.

Renowned for its unique and creative productions, expect to see classic tales turned into plays, jazz nights in their basement Bistro and of course, their famous Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas panto.

The Playhouse Theatre

Escape from the hustle and bustle of life with a trip to Liverpool’s traditional Playhouse Theatre. You’ll find this iconic theatre right beneath the Radio City Tower in Williamson Square.

The Grade II* listed building showcases a 19th century auditorium and 20th century front of house extension. Radiating character from its striking proscenium arch design, you’ll find yourself transported into the show from start to finish.

This Liverpool gem certainly cultivates an atmosphere. Known to show plays such as The Woman in Black and Haunting of Hill House, this is the go-to theatre for horror lovers hoping to find themselves on the edge of their seat. And for those looking for a more laid back experience.

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Seating an impressive 2348 people with the largest two-tier auditorium in Britain, Liverpool Empire Theatre is arguably the most dynamic in the city. In recent years, the theatre has played host to impressive West End favourites such as Dirty Dancing and Wicked.

With big productions ranging from musicals to ballet, the Empire is one of the city’s best venues for family entertainment all year long.

Liverpool Unity Theatre

At the unitytheatre Liverpool, expect to be swept away into the world of theatre with productions frequently showcasing the local talent of Liverpool.

The Unity describe themselves as a “small-scale theatre with big ambitions”, and we’re inclined to agree. Located off the cobbled streets of Hope Street surrounded by picturesque houses and bars, the theatre never offers anything short of creative, innovative productions that can’t be found elsewhere.

Liverpool Epstein Theatre

Formerly the Neptune Theatre, the Epstein Theatre is known for its sparkling pantomime productions, this family favourite is one that shouldn’t be missed during a visit with the kids to Liverpool.

Described by visitors as an “oldy worldy theatre”, the Epstein has managed to maintain the character of a traditional theatre while weaving in modern twists. Surrounded by Hanover Street’s bar and dining scene, expect upbeat shows and events that are perfect for a night out in the city centre.

Royal Court Theatre

If you ask a Liverpool local about the Royal court, they’re likely to tell you about a good night out. This unique theatre experience allows you to drink and dine in your seat before the show begins and enjoy drinks at your table throughout the production.

You can be certain of a fantastic auditorium, vibrant bar area and high-quality facilities at the Royal Court, which has seen significant investment over the past few years. Plans to continue the upkeep of this stunning venue are already underway.

The Lantern Theatre

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The Lantern Theatre is without a doubt one of Liverpool’s most charming and quaint hidden gems. A cosy, family-run company, this venue was grown from a love for the performing arts.

You’d be unlikely to stumble across the Latern unless you were looking, but located in the Baltic Triangle, just outside of the thriving Liverpool One shopping and dining area. And though the venue is low-key, we guarantee that it’s well worth a visit.

With a cosy bar and a blend of creative productions, visitors can indulge in a range of productions, varying from local writing, acting,  live music and laugh-out-loud comedy from talented performers who are ready to shine.

To start your Liverpool theatre experience with an unforgettable stay at the Shankly Hotel, our team will be happy to find the best available price for you. You can give them a call on 0151 601 8998.

 

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.

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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.

Liverpool: The UKs Hottest Destination to Visit In 2017

With its multitude of landmarks, top attractions and dazzling nightlife, it’s no wonder that Liverpool is the UK’s hottest destination to visit. A must-visit location for 2017, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to the city’s array of attractions and days-worth of sight-seeing!

 

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Unbeatable Group Accommodation in Liverpool

For luxury group accommodation in the heart of Liverpool city centre, you’ll find The Shanky Hotel rooms and suites waiting for you to enjoy. A tribute to the life of iconic LFC manager Bill Shankly, our hotel offers only the finest customer service and elegant decor that simply can’t be matched.

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We care about your experience of the city, so we ensure that it’s a great one! From our deluxe beds, to double Jacuzzi baths and 50″ TV Screens, we have everything you could need to feel right at home, without having to lift a finger.

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Dining at The Bastion

The wining and dining spots in Liverpool are undoubtedly one of the best parts of the city. And The Shankly’s Bastion Bar & Restaurant definitely doesn’t disappoint. Our menu features delicious hearty dishes and lighter bites, with perfected cocktails to complement your meal.

After a night of exploring Liverpool’s hidden gems and top bars and clubs, you can settle into bed with our Midnight Munchies menu, available until 5am. Tuck into tasty options from the comfort of your room. Our late night menu ranges from pizzas and sandwiches, so you can give the dodgy takeaways a miss!

A Night at Noctua

Make the most of Liverpool’s most exclusive VIP lounge, where you can enjoy the dynamic atmosphere that fills the club on a Saturday. You can guarantee that Noctua’s music that will keep you dancing all night long.

And if you want to plan an extra special night, you can build a booth and tailor your drinks to suit your group from start to finish.

Setting us apart from other bars and clubs across the city, you can expect a safe environment filled with people who are looking for a fabulous night out.

Moments From The Sights

Only moments away from the best sights in Liverpool, our helpful team are always on-hand to help you plan your ideal sight-seeing experience. If you’re in a group or just want to see the sights with someone guiding the way, our very own Shankly Tours are a unique way to see the best of the city, especially for LFC fans.

Bill Shankly

You can choose from our array of tours, offering something for everyone. From sights including Shankly’s West Derby home and the incomparable Anfield Stadium, to a personal tour of our Shankly memorabilia. You can even let us know what your ideal tour would look like, and we can put together a bespoke package for you.

To book the ultimate stay in the must-visit city of 2017, just contact a member of our helpful team on on 0151 909 3643 and they’ll be more than happy to help you out! Alternatively, you can book online and secure your stay today.

 

 

 

Unique Shankly Tours for Sight-Seeing in Liverpool

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

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

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

Tour A – Liverpool was Made for Me

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

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

Bill Shankly

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

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

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

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

Tour B – The Fab 4 and Shanks Tour

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

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

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

Tour C – The Match Day Tour

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

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Bespoke tour packages

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

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

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

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

The Bastion

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

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