Why Ness Shankly was the Mother of Liverpool Football

If Bill Shankly was the Father of Liverpool football then Agnes Shankly was undoubtedly the Mother.

Bill and Ness Shankly - the mother of Liverpool football

Agnes Shankly was as dedicated to Bill and his squad as Shanks was to his love of the game. It is because of Nessie’s moral support and unyielding devotion to Bill and the family that Liverpool football club were able to get the very best from Shankly as a manager and leader.

At the helm of the Shankly Family

As Bill took control of Liverpool football club, pulling them out of the slums and pushing them onto glory, Nessie was manning the fort at home.

The Shankly family - the mother of Liverpool football

Nessie was strong and would always give her opinions speaking her mind but always with wise words and a supportive manner

She was the captain of her ship, known for her unwavering encouragement of Bill and the lads he managed.

As a mother, Agnes ran a tight ship.

She had two daughters at home to think about whilst Bill was off conquering the world with the Mighty Reds.

Her daughter Jeanette told us;

“She was just an amazing Mum to my sister and me, and of course a fantastic wife to my Dad. She was the family matriarch and held it all together for us, continuing to do so when the grandchildren came along.

My memories of her are just the simple things in respect of her being a Mum.

She would take me to town every week, and we would go to a restaurant called Reece’s for lunch.

When I was younger; she would take me what was called the Doll’s Hospital,  a shop for dolls clothes and accessories, as I got older, we would go to WH Smith, both being keen readers, and would quite often read large sections of books stood in the shop!

She would always buy books for us to take home and after she had read them she would write on the inside cover to remind herself so she didn’t try and read it again!

When I got older, I would accompany her to a lot of her charity commitments. She did a lot for the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

They used to do events at local pubs to raise money called the ‘Piles of Pennies’ and we would have some fantastic nights.”

Jeanette, Ness & Bill’s second daughter.

Chris Shankly, Nessie’s only grandson, has fond memories of her as a grandmother popping round for guaranteed choc ice and a quid pocket money for the shops whenever he could.

“She was a proper lady. Always immaculate. She just wanted to look after you.

Every time you went round she would try and give you money. ‘Do you need any new clothes Chris?’ or ‘Do you need any new trainers Chris?’

We used to laugh that we had a job on our hands to get out of there without having money given to us.

That is the person she was though. She was all about everybody else.”

Chris Shankly

The first lady of Liverpool football

Nessie was known among the players for her kindness and as far as Bill’s own personal fans were concerned, her door was always open, inviting those who loved her husband in for tea and biscuits, or even full family meals when they came to call.

Nessie Shankly - the mother of Liverpool football

The people of Liverpool grew to love Nessie as much as they did Bill and during one event in the north of the city, Nessie was attending a presentation when someone broke into the car she came in and stole some of her things.

When word got out among the public the guilty individual swiftly returned the goods to the venue, no questions asked. Such was the influence Nessie had on the people of Liverpool.

Remembering the Mother of Liverpool football at The Shankly Hotel

Chris and the entire Shankly Family have recounted some touching stories of Nessie some and these are the memories that have endured and inspired the wonderful things The Shankly Hotel do for the public today.

Chris says that his mother Jeanette is everything that Nessie was as far as being a caring person who loves to give.

Ness and Chris - the mother of Liverpool football

“If I had to sum Nanny Ness up, I would say she was the best human being I have ever known. One of the most generous, strong, wise and loving people I have ever met. She was completely selfless. Where Grandy was all about the people, so was she. She never took anything for herself, she simply gave.”

Chris Shankly

Particularly on Mother’s Day at The Shankly Hotel we like to celebrate the Mother of Liverpool football Nessie Shankly and how by loving, encouraging and supporting her family she helped to make Liverpool football all it is today.

Love Stories of Past and Present from the Shankly Hotel

Another Valentine’s day in Liverpool and a chance to look back at the three great loves of The Shankly Hotel’s namesake; Bill Shankly.

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

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

First came love, then came marriage

Shankly and Ness - Valentine's day in Liverpool

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

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

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

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

There’s even word that Bill took Nessie to a Tranmere match as a birthday present also, this rumour was quickly quashed by Nessie who corrected

“it was Accrington Stanley but it wasn’t a birthday present”.

The life of the first WAG

Ness and the family - Valentine's day in Liverpool

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

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

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

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

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

Behind every great man, there is a great woman

Bill and Ness Shankly - Valentine's day in Liverpool

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

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

In his own words during his retirement announcement;

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

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

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

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

Love of the People

Shankly love of the people - Valentine's day in Liverpool


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

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

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

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

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

What the love of Bill and Ness inspired

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

The Shankly family love- Valentine's day in Liverpool

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

Love is always in the air at the Shankly Hotel

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

Some guests at the Shankly Hotel have proposed, others have said yes.

Some have celebrated special anniversaries whilst others have started their journeys into married life on their wedding day in our stunning Liverpool wedding venue Eden.

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

So on Valentine’s day in Liverpool this year and for the rest of the year ahead, make a visit to the Shankly Hotel to celebrate some fabulous love stories from the past.

Or perhaps make some lasting memories of your own.

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

Derby Food & Drink Offer: Liverpool v Everton this Friday

This Friday, come in from the cold and enjoy a cosy night at The Bastion with an unmissable offer!

Situated within Liverpool’s luxury Shankly Hotel, you can look forward to an unrivalled atmosphere.

Celebrating the life and legacy of Bill Shankly, visitors to The Bastion can also make the most of our exclusive memorabilia.

Provided by the Shankly family, our stylish bar and restaurant features a museum of special belongings.

Guests can admire everything from Bill’s personal typewriter to original LFC contract.

Derby Deal at The Bastion

Our fantastic Derby deal is available for just £12.95pp and includes live entertainment, food and drink.

You can look forward to delicious food and a drink on arrival plus the live game on big screen TVs.

Plus, you won’t want to miss our In-Play drinks offers including 2 for 1 on shots when LFC score first.

Not forgetting, LFC winning at halftime means 2 for 1 at the bar and an LFC win means 2 for 1 for an hour after the full-time whistle.

If you’ll be joining us with a group of mates, you can also enjoy 4 pint pitchers for £10 , 5 bottles for £12 and double up on house spirits for £1 extra.

This dazzling deal also incorporates a Triple AAA Sports memorabilia raffle and live themed music to keep spirits high!

So, there’s plenty to get your hands on while watching the match in action.

Staying at The Shankly Hotel

A blend of contemporary and classic style gives The Shankly Hotel a luxury yet comfortable feel.

Rooms at The Shankly exude charm and character with fantastic facilities for the perfect stay.

Spend a night in style with your very own double whirlpool Jaccuzi bath, 50″ TV Screen, Bluetooth and free Wifi.

Situated in the heart of Liverpool city centre, enjoy some New Year’s shopping the following day or explore the best of local attractions.

And there’s plenty more to keep you busy in your room. Our Midnight Munchies menu is available from 11pm – 5am so you can make the most of your stay.

The jam-packed menu includes 2 for £10 on selected cocktails plus a range of tasty snacks including sandwiches, pizzas and hot dogs.

And the next day, why not enjoy a lazy morning? Our Lazy Beer Brunch is available from 12pm – 2pm.

This includes full breakfast and chips served to your table with fresh orange juice, coffee, or tea and a hair of the dog pint!

The Upcoming Football Quarter

Last year, we announced the upcoming Football Quarter in Liverpool. And if you’re an Everton fan or you have one in the family, it’s well worth keeping an eye out!

Set to celebrate the friendly rivalry that unites football fans across the city, The Dixie Dean Hotel will sit opposite The Shankly.

The ‘Football Quarter’ will be the first in the world, showcasing the unique and long-standing football history of the city.

Following the success of The Shankly Hotel, the Dixie Dean themed venue will follow a similar format with close involvement from the football icon’s family.

So join us this Friday for an unforgettable Derby night! To book your table simply get in touch on 0151 541 9999.

The Shankly Hotel: What’s On in January Liverpool 2018

Leave the January blues behind and let the fun continue with a winter visit to Liverpool.

With so much to see and do, why not start the New Year in style at The Shankly Hotel?

Find yourself within walking distance of Liverpool’s world famous attractions and top theatres and shops.

So if you’re looking for the best of what’s on in Liverpool this January, take a browse of our recommendations…

Gerry and the Pacemakers

When: Until 7th January 2018

Where: Museum of Liverpool

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This January, don’t miss the last few days of the Gerry and the Pacemakers at Museum of Liverpool.

This spectacular exhibition captures the Merseybeat group at their very best.

Find yourself swept away by sentimental 60s nostalgia as you explore captivating images taken by Graham Spencer and Peter Kaye.

You can look forward to seeing Gary Marsden’s infectious charisma captured inside Liverpool’s world famous Cavern Club.


When: Saturday 9th December

Where: The Playhouse Liverpool

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Prepare to sit on the very edge of your seat this January in Liverpool.

Liverpool’s charming Playhouse theatre will be filled with the twists and turns of Baskerville, the Sherlock Holmes mystery.

Cosy up with a misty and mysterious moors tale as you laugh along to genius wit and gasp with suspense!

Fast and Furious Live

When: 11th – 12th January 2018

Where: Echo Arena Liverpool

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Get ready for a night of non-stop thrills at Fast & Furious Live this January in Liverpool.

The atmospheric Echo Arena is set to play host to two action-packed preview performances that you won’t want to miss!

This adrenaline-fuelled show is sure to keep you hooked from start to finish with showstopping stunts and precision performance driving.

You can also expect to feel transported straight into the Fast & Furious movies with the help of immersive 3D projection mapping.

The Late Wake Club: David Bowie

When: Saturday 13th January 2018

Where: Camp and Furnace

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Celebrate the life and legacy of the one and only David Bowie this January in Liverpool.

The Late Wake Club will be returning on Saturday 13th January for a night of dazzling music brought to you by Camp and Furnace’s resident DJ.

Get ready to hear every iconic Bowie hit as Liverpool’s leading warehouse venue is filled with electric atmosphere.

Not forgetting, you’ll have the chance to get Bowied over at the makeover station!

Celebrating Sgt Pepper: Live

When: 13th January 2018

Where: Liverpool Echo Arena

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Beatlemania is back this January at Echo Arena Liverpool. And it’s certain to be an evening of singing, dancing and non-stop entertainment.

The Bootleg Beatles and award-winning Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will be teaming up for an unmissable fusion of live music.

This spectacular night is set to celebrate 10 years of the arena and a half century of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Hear the iconic album in its entirety, as well as timeless favourites including ‘Strawberry Fields’, ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘All You Need is Love’.

The Band: Take That’s New Musical

When: 23rd January – 3rd February 2018

Where: Liverpool Empire

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The ultimate musical for anyone who grew up with a favourite boyband, get ready for a nostalgic coming-of-age journey with The Band.

Award winning writer Tim Firth tells the story of five friends in 1992 and 25 years later as they set out to meet their favourite band.

Hear the infectious sounds of Britain’s most successful boyband of all time with hits including ‘Never Forget’, ‘Back for Food’ and ‘A Million Love Songs’.

So don’t miss this breathtaking production at Liverpool Empire Theatre before it takes to the stage at London’s West End!

A Luxury Stay at The Shankly Hotel

Christmas doesn’t have to be the end of relaxation. Why not start January off in utter luxury at The Shankly Hotel?

Our stylish rooms and suites are perfect for enjoying an overnight stay in the heart of the city.

Rooms feature fantastic facilities including everything from double whirlpool baths to 50″ TV screens, Bluetooth and free WiFi.

As Liverpool’s unique Bill Shanky-themed venue, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy an abundance of exclusive memorabilia.

See Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract, personal typewriter and lots more within our hotel and stunning Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

To book your stay with us or to enquire further about what to expect, simply get in touch with our helpful team today on 0151 601 8801. 

Christmas With The Shankly Family

Every household has their own special Christmas traditions and the Shankly family are no different.

Despite his unwavering commitment to football; Bill Shankly was a big family man and loved to spend Christmas with his loved ones.

One of 10 children born to John and Barbara Shankly, his siblings were Alec, James, John Jnr, Bob, Netta, Elizabeth, Isobel, Barbara and Jean. Shankly placed a lot of worth and tribute to the family unit and carried these values into his own family when he married Nessie and had his own children.

We spoke to Jeanette Shankly, Bill’s second daughter, about what Christmas was like in the Shankly household with Bill, Nessie and her sister Barbara.

A Shankly Christmas

Christmas was a very traditional affair in the Shankly household. Every year, the Shankly’s would spend Christmas at their home and Nessie would cook their traditional Christmas dinner.

Shankly’s young family did a lot of moving around in their early years, and it wasn’t until 1959 when Bill became the manager of Liverpool F.C that they eventually put down permanent roots in the West Derby area of the City, an area the family never left to this day.

family and nessies dad

When she was young, Jeanette remembers their very traditional, happy family Christmases. However, on occasion, Bill would have to work.

“When we were younger, sometimes we were lucky if he was at home to spend Christmas with us. This was because depending on fixtures, he was usually playing or managing a team on Boxing Day. As a result, sometimes he would have to go away Christmas Eve or failing that, Christmas night.”

If by luck he wasn’t involved in football one way or another, he would spend the festive period with his family.

To celebrate this he would stretch to having a bit of whiskey in his tea. Shankly wasn’t a big drinker but on the rare occasion he did, it would always be a small whiskey.

Jeanette also remembers when Bill was managing Liverpool, every Christmas the Shankly family would receive a huge hamper full of festive food for the family to enjoy. Always a treat!

Bill and Agnes Shankly

As the family grew in size when both Barbara and Jean grew up to find partners, the whole family would usually go round to Bill’s on Christmas Day or Boxing Day and celebrate the festive season together.

However, it was still always touch and go whether he would be able to stay, as of course, football dominated his life!

Barbara gave Bill and Nessie their first grandchildren in the form of Karen, Pauline and Emma, and Jeanette soon followed suit with Jenny and Claire. Jeanette would go on to give birth to a sixth grandchild, and Bill’s first and one and only grandson, Chris.

Right up until the end, Bill Shankly’s family was the most important thing to him. Before his death he said: “There’s nobody closer to you than your own kith and kin; your own blood. I’ve got my wife, my daughters, grandchildren, and my sons in law. They’re the closest to me and I would die for them.”

The History of Football at Christmas

Of course, The Shankly Family weren’t the only ones who knew that Christmas Day and football went hand in hand.

Today, Christmas Day is football free, however up until the 1950s football was once as much of a Christmas Day staple as the Queen’s Speech and pigs in blankets.

One of the great festive traditions that began in 1889 and remained very popular until the end of the 1950s, the Christmas Day home fixture was often the occasion when clubs attracted one of their highest home gates of the season.

But throughout the 1950s, attitudes changed towards playing sport on the 25th December.

Christmas Day 1957 saw a near full round of fixtures: 37 out of a maximum 46 games took place; in 1959 there were just two games.

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Understandably, Christmas Day football was very unpopular with the players, who felt it meant they could not enjoy the festivities and see their families.

As transport systems declined and crowds began to dwindle, the fixture eventually disappeared from the football calendar.

The final December 25th programme of games in England was in the 1957/58 season.

Today, games are still played on Boxing Day but Christmas Day football is a thing of the past.

We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed our look inside the Shankly family Christmas.

Shankly’s Liverpool will be taking on Swansea City this Boxing Day 2017, with hopes they can maintain their top 4 place in the league! 

30 Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza at The Shankly Hotel

Spend a brilliant day watching boxing day football in Liverpool with the whole family at The Shankly Hotel. We’ve tailormade a special boxing day football event for families of footy fans to come together and enjoy the match in an amazing atmosphere.

Pop your new team shirt on and make your way to our 30 Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza this boxing day in Liverpool.

The best place to watch boxing day football 2017

Where else could you gather together with the whole family, enjoy a menu of delicious food, superb drinks offers and get a guaranteed seat to watch boxing day football in Liverpool?

At The Shankly Hotel, there’s nothing more important than family (but football comes close). Bill Shankly himself was a man who wholeheartedly dedicated himself to the game of football but still made time for his loving family.

Our Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza celebrates Shankly’s love of the game and his devoted family by giving people a safe and welcoming place to enjoy boxing day football in Liverpool.

The match will be screened on 10 TV’s dotted all around The Bastion Bar and Restaurant giving every fan unobstructed views of the action.

For just £19.95 per adult, a choice of meal from The Bastion Restaurant’s favourite dishes and a free drink is yours and better still your little footy fans eat for free.

Wait there’s more . . .

Throughout the game, a gifted local musician will be keeping the match day atmosphere alive playing a superb song list of LFC and other football-themed tunes.

To keep the whole family entertained we will also be giving you the chance to get your hands on some unbelievable prizes that include food, drink and accommodation in The Shankly Hotel.

Those in town to watch boxing day football in Liverpool will also have access to The Bastion Bar’s legendary drinks offers and enjoy the “In Play Drink” promotions where the prices are dictated what happening on the pitch.


On top of all this visitors will be able to peruse the wonderful collection of rare Shankly memorabilia including family photos telegrams and coveted LFC treasures.

The Shankly Hotel is Liverpool’s only football-themed hotel, that has family fun at its core so come enjoy the boxing day football in Liverpool as Shankly would have, surrounded by family.

Why Bellefield?

When Shankly came to Liverpool he and his loving family settled down in West Derby in a house that is now a footballing landmark.

This family home is situated in the leafy suburbs of Liverpool on Bellefield Ave, within an easy walking distance of Walker Playing Fields, Melwood Training Ground and what is now known as the Bill Shankly Recreation Ground.

It was common practice for the large Shankly family to come together in the Bellefield family home where Shank’s would have the footy on and Nanny Ness would whip up a delicious family meal for everyone to tuck into.


Why not book your family a Shankly Tour including a trip to the hallowed ground which is the Shankly family home?

This, as well as a guided trip around the city’s most iconic cultural and footballing landmarks, ensures the whole family enjoy a fun, family day together before sitting down to watch the boxing day football in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel.

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The Liverpool vs Swansea match kicks off at 17:30 pm giving you and the family plenty of time to enjoy a scrumptious evening meal, some “In Play Drinks” and toe-tapping music.

At The Bastion Bar and Restaurant, the homely atmosphere is perfect for bringing families together and for true football fans, a chance to learn a little more about the sports greatest player-manager.

Thanks to the Shankly family there’s plenty of fascinating Shankly stories associated with his time at Liverpool Football Club and hilarious anecdotes detailing Shankly as a family man can be found among the memorabilia.

Our Bellefield Boxing Day Bonanza is the perfect combination of footballing family fun and the best way to enjoy the boxing day football in Liverpool this year.

Also is you are hanging around in town consider the amazing Stardust Boxing Night Disco taking place in Eden our fabulous rooftop events venue click here for more details.

Call to book your table on 0151 541 9999 and check out some of our amazing seasonal accommodation offers here built for families of football.

Liverpool Theatres Top Panto’s, Plays & Performances for the Kids in for December

Bring the kids to The Shankly this December and check out any of these amazing plays, pantos and performances taking place in top Liverpool theatres throughout the festive season.

There’s something for all age ranges, from everybody’s favourite classic a Christmas Carol to a rock n roll spectacular at the Everyman. A visit to any of these spectacular Liverpool theatres will make any festive visit to the city unforgettable.

Rock n Roll Panto The Little Mermaid

Where: Everyman

When: 25th November – 20th January

Bringing live music and panto fun to Disney’s magical tale The Little Mermaid, the genius at Everyman have put together a stage spectacular for the festive season.

The Everyman is one of the Liverpool theatres to do things a little differently and the Rock n Roll Panto The Little Mermaid is no exception to this rule.

There promises to be interaction with the audiences from seasoned panto dame Francis Tucker, getting the kids and adult up on their feet to sing along or dance to avoid a soaking.

Expect a whole new world of pantomime in Liverpool at Everyman this December.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Live Orchestra

Where: Echo

When: 1st December

Fans of J.K Rowling’s masterpiece, the Harry Potter saga will adore this performance taking place at the Echo Arena.

If you have a little witch or wizard in your family or are a wannabe Hogwarts student yourself, this is a one-off screening of the second instalment of the Harry Potter movies; The Chamber of Secrets.

The twist, the entire film will be backed by the sounds of orchestra bringing the musical magic to life and transporting audiences into the bewitching world where cars fly, snakes talk, and spiders are as big as houses.

The Jungle Book

Where: Unity Theatre

When: 1st December – January 6th

From classic novel to Disney animation to the latest Disney film The Jungle Book is a story that has captured hearts and minds all over the world and across generations.

This festive season Unity Theatre has adapted the much-loved Jungle Book to a superb stage spectacular fit for ages five and up.

Unity theatre has captured all the magic of Rudyard Kipling’s original novel transforming it into an engaging performance for the whole family to enjoy.

Get ready to sing along to Baloo’s ‘Bear Necessities’ and King Louis’s ‘I wanna be like you-oo-oo’ at Unity Theatre this Christmas.


Where: Empire

When: 16th December – 7th January

Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo your way to the Empire this December for a classic portrayal of the magical Cinderella.

This amazing princess fairy-tale has been adapted to create a hilarious pantomime with all the necessary ingredients to make audiences laugh.

Get the kids involved as they hiss and boo at the ugly sisters and enjoy clever performances from the celebrity cast members like the handsome Prince Charming, played by Duncan James.

Everyone can go to the ball this festive season and enjoy a truly magical Cinderella performance at the Empire.

Peter Pan

Where: Epstein

When: 8th December – 1st January

Follow the second star to the right as it takes you and the kids to the Epstein theatre where Never-neverland awaits.

The most frightening villain of all time, Captain Hook will be taking on Peter Pan, The Lost Boys, Tinker-bell and The Darling Family Cook in this swashbuckling adventure of magic and wonder.

If you and the little ones still believe in fairy’s, love going on adventures across the high seas meeting Indians and mermaids along the way then this is the perfect Liverpool Panto for you.


Where: Echo

When: 15th – 24th December

Taking panto back to its roots the Echo Arena is putting on a traditional pantomime performance of Aladdin.

Competing with other Liverpool theatres the Echo Arena have chosen a classic play to mesmerise audiences with. Join the cast as they take on the evil magician Abanazar as he tries to take over the world and stop Aladdin from winning the heart of Princess Jasmine.

There’ll be plenty of audience participation required as well as a little magic from the Genie of the Lamp and the Slave of the Ring.

See if your little ones can help make sure Aladdin gets his happily ever after at the Echo Arena this festive season.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Where: Grand Central Hall Liverpool

When: 16th – 23rd December

Jack and the Beanstalk

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Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum to Grand Central Hall you and the family will come, for the perfect Christmas panto experience.

In one of the grandest and oldest Liverpool theatres, an all-star cast will be re-enacting the classic fable Jack and the Beanstalk.

Join in as Jack climbs the magical beanstalk to a world beyond the clouds, meet the super scary giant who lives there.

The whole family will love a visit to Grand Central Hall this festive season to watch a timeless story played out with unexpected modern twists.

A Christmas Carol

Where: St George’s Hall

When: 21st – 23rd December

Dickens’ timeless novel that has inspired countless Christmas movies is being respectfully brought to the audience from the grandest of all Liverpool theatres, St George’s Hall.

Inside the grand space, audiences can enjoy this Christmas classic brought to life including ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet to come.

Introduce the family to some historic literary culture visiting the world of that of the greatest English writers of all time created for us at Christmas. All taking place inside one of Liverpool’s most amazing landmarks no more than five minutes’ walk from The Shankly Hotel.

Seasonal Stays at The Shankly Hotel

We welcome families all year round at The Shankly Hotel but on the lead, up to Christmas there are some superb family accommodation offers available that will help you have a great stay at an affordable price.

Check out these amazing offers here and start planning your Christmas day out with the kids to any of these Liverpool theatres. Book your stay or ask any questions by calling our team on 0151 601 8801 or email info@sigantureliving.co.uk.

Gifts for the Ultimate Shankly Fan this Christmas

If you have a dedicated Shankly fan in the family, then look no further for the perfect Christmas gift!

Forget the ordinary and treat someone special to a truly unforgettable Christmas.

Choose from a range of spectacular presents, including Shankly Tours and gift vouchers.

Shankly Experience Tours

Shankly Experience Tours offer bespoke tours of Liverpool.

Choose from an array of fantastic packages for the perfect personalised gift.

Some of our most popular tours include the Liverpool Was Made for Me tour and the Memorabilia Tour.

Liverpool Was Made for Me Tour

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Liverpool FC fans will find themselves in heaven with our Liverpool Was Made for Me package.

This football themed tour is a unique fusion of Liverpool’s world famous landmarks and footballing history.

Take a captivating journey through the remarkable past of two of football’s biggest clubs.

We’ll take a look back at Everton FC and its impact on LFC.

This tour also incorporates the unmissable Liverpool Football Club Tour of the stadium and Museum tour.

Memorabilia Tour

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The Memorabilia tour is another fan favourite at The Shankly.

Giving you an up close and personal experience, you’ll be greeted by a member of the Shankly family.

From there you’ll be swept away on a personal guided tour of The Shankly Hotel’s exclusive memorabilia.

Our collection includes Bill Shankly’s original LFC contract and personal typewriter.

You’ll also have the chance to experience our Virtual Reality Shankly experience.

For just £20pp this is an incomparable treat for Bill Shankly fans.

A Delicious Meal & Memorabilia

This winter, wine and dine in style at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

Treat your other half, friends or family to an exquisite meal in the heart of Liverpool.

The Bastion is a go-to spot for delicious meals prepared to perfection by our talented chefs.

Choose from warming winter dishes and hearty meals guaranteed to hit the spot.

Main Courses include everything from Slow Braised Ox Cheek to Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini.

Our tempting desserts range from mouthwatering Sticky Toffee Pudding to Strawberry Cheesecake.

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The Bastion is one of a kind. Ideal for Shankly fans, guests can dine surrounded by our museum of memorabilia.

Admire our archives of rare memorabilia showcasing the life and legacy of Bill Shankly.

One of our most fantastically festive why not join us for Festive Afternoon Tea?

Our famous selection of sweet and savoury treats has been given a special Christmas twist.

Food is without a doubt one of the best ways to the heart. And we’re certain this one will go down a treat!

Come in from the cold and tuck in to tasty scones, sandwiches and delicious cakes from just £19.95pp.

A Luxury Overnight Stay

Treat someone special to a luxury overnight stay at The Shankly.

Perfect for a cosy stay during the winter months, rooms at The Shankly blend classic and contemporary style.

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Enjoy a night of utter relaxation with our deluxe beds and rejuvenating whirlpool baths.

Located on bustling Victoria Street, you’ll find plenty to do surrounding the hotel.

We have a range of wonderful hotel offers to make your Christmas all the more magical.

Take a wander of Liverpool’s enchanting Christmas markets or explore the city’s top bars and restaurants.

Shankly Hotel Gift Vouchers

If you’re feeling a little spoilt for choice, our Signature Group gift vouchers could be the answer.

You can purchase and personalise a gift voucher by adding a message and sending it via email, text or 1st class post.

Upon receiving their gift voucher, Shankly fans will be able to choose the ultimate Christmas gift.

To enquire further or to book your visit to The Shankly or Bastion, you can contact us on 0151 601 8801.

World Kindness Day: Touching stories about the kindness of the Shanklys

The people of Liverpool and fans of LFC remember and cherish Bill Shankly’s name and memory as an undeniable force of kindness. On world kindness day we’ve decided to explore some of the ways in which Bill Shankly’s kindness has endured today.

The kindness of Shankly

It’s a well-known fact that Bill Shankly was a man of the people in every interview given by those who knew him well, endless anecdotes are recounted about his unfailing ability to lift people’s spirits.

Accounts of utter selflessness, unyielding determination to get the best out of people and a wicked sense of humour are all available to read about in the Shankly stories.

We have picked out a few instances where Shankly’s kindness stood out for family members and fans, remaining still strong in their memories today.

Grandson Chris Shankly recalls an interview with his mum when probing about what Shankly was like in the home.

Jeanette remembers her father being entirely devoted to football and LFC, but this didn’t detract from his domestic duties around the house. He helped wherever he could and often got involved in household improvements proving he could still be counted on as the man of the house.

The stories, however, did not always involve domestic successes as Jeanette thinks back to a time when the garden wall was repointed. Shanks came home and realised the workmen had left quite a mess on his front path, so he grabbed the hose to wash away the debris only to also remove all the fresh pointing from the wall as well.

The kindness of Bill Shankly certainly didn’t stop at work or at home and it was his love of the people of Liverpool that has kept him held in such high esteem for all these years, a hero of the city.

After retiring from his position as manager at LFC to spend some quality time with his family Shanks often received fan mail and it was his pleasure to reply to as many as humanly possible. One such letter to a 13-year-old boy shows just how much he honoured his fans and cherished their admiration and support.

It’s not hard to see why Liverpool adopted Shanks as an honorary Scouser the man literally lived for his family, the game and the people and was devoted wholeheartedly to all three until the end.

The kindness of Nessie

The woman behind the great man, Agnes Wren Shankly was hailed by many as the first lady of football. A gentle soul with a strong spirit and an unwavering support for her husband, Nessie was credited with being the glue that held the Shankly household together.

When she wasn’t cooking or providing refreshments for fans who knocked to see or speak to Bill she was getting involved in as many local charities as possible including RNIB among others.

Chris has fond memories of calling in on his Nanny Ness whilst playing with friends, asking for his usual weekly pocket money and a Chunky Choc Ice. His memories include having the best cups of tea and being quizzed about his wellbeing.

“Nanny Ness would always ensure we had everything we needed and when she was satisfied we did she would give us something anyway just to be sure”

A story about Nanny Ness that perfectly supports the ideas behind world kindness day is the day Nanny Ness was robbed.

She had driven to show her face at an event and left her belongings in the car which was broken into and her belongings were stolen. When word got out that these belongings were that off Nessie Shankly’s they were returned sharpish showing that because Nessie looked after the people they, in turn, looked after her.

These may seem like the actions of any devoted Grandmother and wife but given the fact that Nessie’s husband was also married to the game of football it must have taken a lot for her to remain such a steadfast support to Bill Shankly and their family.

Shankly Hotel Kindness

Of course, any venture to bear the name of Shankly under the guidance of the Shankly family themselves has at its heart a drive to satisfy and impress; just like Shankly himself.

With this in mind, those who own and operate The Shankly Hotel work hard to ensure every guest through the doors are given exceptional experiences and the chance to make fond everlasting memories.

There have been instances where staff have been able to continue the legacy of kindness left behind by Bill Shankly. These have been wonderful opportunities where a Liverpool hotel has enriched the lives of individuals by extending the type of kindness expected from Bill Shankly himself.

Marie Wright

Like the terminally ill elderly lady who was welcomed at The Shankly Hotel during a trip to Liverpool to see LFC play at Anfield.

Marie Wright’s wish was made true by the wonderful fans at Irish Reds Club and Dublin 15 LFC, who arranged for a carer and wheelchair access into the match so Marie could see her team play a home game at least once in her lifetime.

Upon receiving contact from the groups Chris Shankly arranged for Marie to visit The Shankly Hotel along with her family where she could shake the hand of LFC Legend Roy Evans.

Katie and Sam

Just like Bill Shankly, when an inspiring story concerning a diehard LFC fan reached the ears of Chris Carline he did what he could to reach out and do something kind.

Katie and Sam are a young couple who had planned to visit Liverpool to watch Sam’s team, LFC at, home. This was a gift from Katie and the pair were very excited to visit the city.

Sadly, one January morning in 2016 Katie was unfortunate enough to have a car accident which left her seriously injured and unable to carry out her well-laid plans to join Sam at Anfield. The pair gave up their match tickets worked on Katie’s recovery.

Miraculously Katie did pull through and was able to walk, talk and study again by April 2016. A friend got in touch with both LFC and The Shankly Hotel and between the two Katie and Sam were invited to watch another game at Anfield and enjoyed a two-night stay at The Shankly Hotel.

Bill Shankly would be beaming at his grandson’s actions to both Marie and Katie as his own kindness was his dedication to the fans believing and knowing it was their support that made his time at Liverpool so rewarding.

It costs nothing to be kind

The Shankly Hotel is dedicated to making happy memories for everyone who comes through our doors. From the individual guest to entire wedding parties, we make it our mission to be kind and considerate to everyone we come into contact with every day.

See if you can remember the last time you reached out with an act of kindness on world kindness day 13th November 2017, or let us know if you can remember a time when someone was particularly kind to you.

It costs nothing to be kind.


Bill Shankly as Remembered by the People of Liverpool

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barry Robinson

The Letter to a Fellow Footballer

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

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

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

Joanne Noone

Mobbed at a Charity Football Match

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

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

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

Pamela Quinn

Bill Shankly’s Toilet

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

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

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

Keith Duckworth

Always the Life of the Party

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

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

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

Jackie Curry

The Man Who Could Walk on Water

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

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

Jeff Campbell

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

Summer Days Out: Bespoke Tours of Liverpool

Not sure how to spend the summer? Whether you’re a Liverpool local or simply plan on visiting soon, look no further than our bespoke tours of Liverpool.

Perfect for sunny family days out in Liverpool, our Shankly Tours invite you to embark on a range of jam-packed adventures.

Brought to you by the Shankly family in collaboration with The Shankly Hotel, you’ll discover the city that Bill Shankly loved and the Beatles called home.

Experience the very best of Liverpool, from the picturesque waterfront to the leafy suburbs of John Lennon’s childhood.

Following your busy day out, you may be in need of a well earned pint or two! And you’ll be able to enjoy 20% off at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant back at The Shankly Hotel.

Football Themed Tour of Liverpool

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Bill Shankly famously said, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.” And with our ‘Liverpool was Made for Me’ tour, you’ll discover why the footballing legend held Liverpool so close to his heart.

This bespoke football themed tour of Liverpool will take you on an unforgettable journey around the city. On this tour, famous landmarks are interwoven with footballing history and remarkable stories, making it perfect for local football fans as well as tourists.

This tour includes the chance to embark on the new Liverpool FC Stadium and Museum Tour and see sights that shaped two of the biggest clubs in football, Liverpool FC and Everton FC.

Combining the best of the city’s landmarks and football history, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups of friends, family and couples to come along and explore this captivating city.

Bill Shankly/Beatles Themed Tour in Liverpool

For a bespoke Beatles tour of Liverpool, this is just the ticket to ride that you’ve been dreaming of.

With Shankly Tours, you’ll discover how Beatlemania ran parallel to the rise of Liverpool FC with this nostalgic tour of Liverpool.

Perfect for couples and groups with a wider variety of interests, our Fab Four and Shanks Tour incorporates unmissable Beatles landmarks and Bill Shankly/LFC themed sights.

We’ll take you on a journey through time as you find yourself transported to the 1960s – the atmospheric era that saw choruses of “She Loves You” fill the Liverpool Kop.

Catch some tunes at the Cavern Club or snap a shot by Strawberry Field with fantastic Bill Shankly sights and stories along the way.

So for those hoping to avoid a squabble over the map, we’ve got you covered with something fantastic for everyone.

Match Day Tour in Liverpool

Not forgetting, we also offer the fantastic Match Day Tour, designed specifically for Liverpool FC match days.

We’ll take you on a special detour before the match as you visit an array of football themed destinations, followed by the new LFC Stadium Tour before the big kick off!

Customised  Tours of Liverpool

If you’re visiting Liverpool for the first time or with a larger group, you may have a lengthy list of sights and landmarks you’re hoping to squeeze in.

Why not let us take care of the planning with our customised tours of Liverpool?

You can tell us what you’re looking for from your experience of Liverpool and we’ll do our best to create a personalised tour package tailored to you.

We can showcase the best of Liverpool by incorporating scenic suburban spots, famous homes and the most striking landmarks of Liverpool.

We hope to see you soon for an unforgettable summer day out. With our bespoke tours of Liverpool, you can see Liverpool through a whole new light. 

5 of the Best Liverpool Hotel Offers from the Shankly Hotel

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

The Shankly’s Summer Stay and Spa

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bubbles and Breakfast for Two

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Perfect Place to Watch the Premier League

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dream Lunch Dinner Party

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fun Family Fridays

Family Fridays - Liverpool hotel offer

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

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

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

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

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


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

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