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.

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

At the Helm of the Shankly Family

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

She was a strong woman who would always give her opinions freely, speaking her mind but with wise words and in a supportive manner

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Nessie was the captain of her home ship, known for her unwavering encouragement of Bill and the lads he managed, and as a mother, Agnes ran a well-ordered household.

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 to 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.

 

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Ness, Bill and The Shankly family

Chris Shankly, Co-Owner and Director of The Shankly Hotel and Nessie’s only grandson, has fond memories of his grandmother. Taking time to pop 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 unyielding kindness. As far as Bill’s own personal fans were concerned, their door was always open. Nessie often invited those who loved her husband in for tea and biscuits, or even full family meals when they came to call.

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Nanny Ness at home

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, inspiring some of the wonderful things that The Shankly Hotel do for the public today.

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

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Nanny Ness and Chris Shankly

“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

Celebrating Mother’s Day in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel

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.

Celebrate your own mother with us this Mother’s Day, as we host one of our spectacular Swing Afternoon Tea events, in the stunning Garden of Eden.

Our fabulous rooftop events venue will be full of families on the 31st March, all here to toast to the woman in their lives who mean the world to them.

With live swing performances, delicious food and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, our Mother’s Day Swing Afternoon Tea will make the perfect gift for Mother’s Day 2019. Call to book your tickets on 0151 236 0166 or follow this link to buy your Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea tickets direct.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day With Bill and Nessie

Another Valentine’s Day in Liverpool and another chance to look back at the three great loves of The Shankly Hotel’s namesake.

It’s an undeniable, unrelenting passion that the Liverpool manager had for the game. Indeed, he probably would’ve sneered at us for referring to football as a game. Shankly’s love for the sport ran so deep, as deep as a Valentine’s Day rose planted in the ground, that he is known for having just three great passions.

His football, his darling wife Nessie and his family.

First came love, then came marriage

The couple met during their time stationed at an RAF barracks just outside Glasgow where Nessie was working in the WRAF. They were married in 1944 and had Barbara, one of two children, in 1945.

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

“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.”

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

There is even word that Shankly 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”.

We can only imagine what he got her for Valentine’s Day.

The life of the first WAG

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Nessie was a player’s wife long before she became the second lady of Liverpool. During the early years of her marriage, she married a superstar whom 5 years later became manager of Carlisle United.

From here, Shankly went on to manage Huddersfield Town in 1956. Then, in 1959, he moved to Liverpool for what would be his swansong. Nessie was behind her husband through think and thin, never complaining and buoyantly supporting his unrelenting passion for football.

While her husband would be out giving everything he had in the dugout, Nessie would be at home helping raise the grandchildren, despite having already brought up two daughters.

Nessie would also devote her time to entertaining and feeding fans of her husband and the hungry groundsmen of Melwood.

Behind every great man, there is a great woman

The couple remained a beacon of true love.

It wasn’t until 1974 – 30 years after they married – that the great man decided to relinquish his hold on Liverpool in favour of spending some quality time with his family.

During his retirement announcement he said:

“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”

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So, in time, Nessie’s utter devotion to her husband bore fruit. He had come to realise that, even though his love for Liverpool was strong, his love for his family was even stronger.

He would never miss another birthday, anniversary or Valentine’s Day because, after everything:

“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

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

His dedication to the city endeared him to us Scouser’s. That said, without the unyielding love and support of Nessie, his achievements would not have been possible.

After years of tracking his successful career across the county, Nessie and her famous husband would settle in Liverpool; laying down routes that would ultimately help them leave a loving legacy.

Even with the tragic passing of her one true love, Nessie was comforted by the fact that the people of Liverpool would remember Shanks with as much fondness as she would.

Love’s Lasting Legacy

At The Shankly Hotel, our guests can come and learn everything there is to know about Shanks and Ness.

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The Shankly Hotel is built upon strong family values. The commitment our namesake and his loving Nessie had to one another’s happiness is awe-inspiring to say the least.

Spend Valentine’s Day at The Shankly Hotel

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Love continues to be a huge part of what goes on at The Shankly Hotel as we have celebrated many happy couples’ special occasion.

So, on Valentine’s Day in Liverpool this year – and, for the rest of the year ahead – come and stay at the now famous Shankly Hotel and make some enduring memories of your own. Also, come and dine with us at the superb Bastion Bar & Restaurant.

Get in touch with our helpful team today on 0151 236 0166 or check out our latest Valentine’s Day deals . And, to keep up to date with everything going on at the hotel, follow The Shankly Hotel Facebook page.

Christmas With The Shankly Family

Every household has their own special Christmas traditions and the Shankly family are no different. From special family rituals, to Bill’s favourite festive tipple and the ever-present beautiful game, discover what the festive period was like in the Shankly household.

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.

The Early Years

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 nine siblings were named Alec, James, John Jnr, Bob, Netta, Elizabeth, Isobel, Barbara and Jean. Coming from a large, loving family, Shankly placed a lot of worth and tribute to the family unit and carried these values into his own family.

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The Shankly Family – Bill, Nessie, Nessie’s Father, Barbara and Jeanette

Bill met his wife ‘Nessie’, or Agnes Wren Fisher, whilst he was stationed as an RAF Corporal outside Glasgow at Bishopbriggs, she was serving in the WRAF. They were married in Glasgow in 1944 and had their first child, Barbara, in April 1945. It was another 6 years until Nessie gave birth to Jeanette in Carlisle, on 20 February 1951.

In these early years, the Shankly family did a lot of moving around due to Bill’s managerial career. However, a Shankly family Christmas was always a very traditional affair.

A Very Merry Shankly Family Christmas

Every year, the Shankly’s would spend Christmas at their home and Nessie would cook their traditional Christmas dinner.

It wasn’t until 1959, when Bill became the manager of Liverpool F.C, that they eventually put down permanent roots. They moved to a house in the West Derby area of the City, an area the family have never left to this day.

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 even 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.

Bill and Agnes Shankly

Bill and Nessie

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. It was always a treat that Jeannette remembered.

The Shankly family grew in size when both Barbara and Jean grew up and married. Barbara would go on to have three children, Karen, Pauline and Emma. Jeanette soon followed suit with Jenny and Claire.

Even then the whole family would usually go around to Bill and Nessie’s on Christmas Day or Boxing Day to 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!

Jeannette remembers many happy years spent in the Shankly household at Christmas, filled with presents, a beautiful tree and homecooked food. She would go on to have a third child, Bill’s sixth grandchild and his one and only grandson, Chris. Sadly however, Bill would pass away before he was born.

Right up until the end, Bill’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 it was once as much of a Christmas Day staple as the Queen’s Speech and pigs in blankets.

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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.

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.

A Shankly Christmas

We’ve hope you’ve enjoyed our look inside the Shankly family Christmas. If you and the family are looking for the perfect place to enjoy a festive meal or a Christmas retreat together, look no further than The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool.

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Offering a delicious home cooked menu, a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere and a range of festive entertainment, our hotel is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas as a family. Why not book a stay in one of our beautiful and unique rooms, or take in the fascinating memorabilia that is displayed around the hotel?

From festive afternoon tea experiences, to amazing football tours and wonderful festive events, a family Christmas at The Shankly is always memorable.

If you’d like to book a stay or a table, get in touch with our friendly team today by calling us on 0151 236 0166 or email reservations@shanklyhotel.com

Keep up to date with everything happening at the hotel by following The Shankly Hotel Facebook.

Merry Christmas!

Things Do Every Day During October Half Term Holidays

Another school holiday is approaching and rather than spend the entire October half term holidays struggling to keep your kids entertained, bring them into Liverpool and enjoy fun activities every day of the week.

From the first to the last day of the October half term holidays there’s something fun, educational and exciting to do in Liverpool. Book a night or two in The Shankly Hotel for part of your half term holiday plans, and stay in the heart of the city to be close to all the action

Saturday 20TH

The official first day of the October half term holidays can start with a bang at the Liverpool Irish Festival.

Take in some of the wonderful Irish traditions and experience the culture that helped shape the city we know and love today. The Liverpool Irish Festival begins on the 18th October and will be running in venues all over the city throughout October half term.

Check out our in-depth guide to the highlight events at the Liverpool Irish Festival here.

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Next, enjoy an unbeatable view of the wonderful World Heritage waterfront and the rest of the city by taking a ride on the Big Wheel.

Soar above the city at 196 feet and take in the commentary telling all about what you are seeing during the ride.

Sunday 21ST

Get the kids to experience a special piece of Liverpool’s history by taking a trip on Snowdrop, the Dazzle Ferry. Sail across the Mersey onboard this unique floating artwork and enjoy learning the inspiration for its unique design.

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After completing the full round trip, hop back onto shore and pay a visit to The Beatles Story on Albert Dock where they’ll be making paper lanterns especially for Diwali, The Festival of Light.

Make your way to the chillout area at The Beatles Story and get hands-on creating your very own paper lanterns using all the exotic colours and inspirations of India to make yours as bold and bright as possible.

Workshops will take part daily throughout October half term holidays from 2 pm – 4 pm.

Monday 22ND

There’s nothing more fun than spending time with your little ones during the October half term holidays. Instead of sitting in the house why not get the kids to learn more in fun and exciting surroundings.

At Merseyside Maritime Museum your little ones can get stuck into creating some pirate themed crafts such as masks, treasure chests and their very own Polly parrots. The craft workshops will happen from 1 pm – 4 pm and are free of charge.

Continue the crafting theme and infuse some African culture into their October half term holidays at the International Slavery Museum Wonderful Weaves workshop. Here the kids can learn all about life in West Africa and create a piece of woven artwork inspired by their findings.

The event runs from 1 pm – 3 pm and is totally free of charge.

Tuesday 23RD

Create your own craft skeleton for Halloween and learn the correct names for each and every bone along the way. Get the kids out and about doing something fun during the October half term holidays and pay a visit to the Museum of Liverpool’s creative craft workshop.

Two-time slots will be hosted between 11 am – 12.30pm then 1.30pm – 4 pm.

Or if you have a budding artist in your midst, then let them become a part of The Big Draw this year at TATE Liverpool. Founded in 2000 this amazing festival covers a global audience and helps encourage people to realise the values and benefits of drawing.

A creative artist-led workshop will take place in TATE Liverpool between 1 pm – 4 pm from 23rd – 26th.

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If, like most kids, yours are dinosaur mad come to see the remnants of the dragon-like creatures that once roamed the earth.

Still fascinating us millions of years after they were wiped from existence Dino Dave’s Dynamic Dinosaurs, will help your little ones discover more about the amazing lost world of dinosaurs whiand give them the chance to touch real live Dino bones.

Join Dino Dave and his extinct reptilian friends in the World Museum’s atrium at regular intervals throughout the day.

Wednesday 24TH

Learn more about the importance of customs control in a fun and exciting way at the Merseyside Maritime Museum with Sniffer and Smugglebuster.

These two helpful characters will show you how illegal contraband is found and dealt with at our very busy border and customs control centres. The workshops will take place from 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm and are completely free to enjoy.

Over the week of half term, Sefton Park Palm house will be a hive of Halloween activity. During the day arts and crafts workshops will be taking place inviting little monsters of all ages to make lanterns and super spooky masks.

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Later in the evening, the Palm House will fill up with some curious characters who will join the kids in a special Halloween parade. With food, drinks and plenty of Halloween fun and games, The Monster Halloween Ball at Sefton Park will be a terrific treat for your kids this half term.

Daytime events will take place until 4 pm with the Halloween Ball and Parade kicking off at 5.30pm.

Thursday 25TH

Next time to take a trip across the river and explore the wonders of the picture perfect Port Sunlight Village. At Lady Lever Art Gallery a special exhibition opens in October displaying the whimsical work of Quentin Blake whose illustrations can be seen in most of our favourite children’s books from the past.

The exhibition taking place in Lady Lever Art Gallery will showcase some of the finest examples of his illustrations from John Yeomans enchanting storybooks.

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An exciting and interactive Story Explorers event will help little ones experience all the magic of Blakes illustrations through song, play dance and other sensory activities. From 10.30am – 11.15am this wonderful event is fun, free and family friendly.

Then back over the water get hands-on with the history of Merseyside with Liverpool’s archaeology collection at The Museum of Liverpool. Everything from Stone Age artefacts to Roman Pottery will be on display to touch and feel letting your kids learn more about times gone by.

Friday 26TH

Visit Speke Hall this October half term holidays and hunt down some of the ghouls, ghosts and frightful folklore characters that were said to have been sighted here.

Follow an expert around the ancient grounds and gardens of Speke Hall as they retell stories surrounding the buildings haunting history. The sight of Speke Hall itself is spectacular so why not learn a little more about the buildings past during October half term with all the family.

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After an adventurous day out in Liverpool book a superb family cinema stay at The Shankly Hotel?

The amazing offer comes complete with tickets for Liverpool One ODEON to see the latest blockbuster and an overnight break in a family hotel room for just £149 per family and £20 extra for any additional kids.

Saturday 27TH

What kid doesn’t love getting their face painted?

This October half term holidays make your way to Waterstones in Liverpool ONE where the Face Painting fun will be happening 11 am – 4 pm. The Spooktacular face painting theme will be Halloween and your little monsters can have a ghoulish makeover then sit down to hear some super scary stories.

Back at the International Slavery Museum, there will be a dance demonstration unlike any you’ve ever seen before. A special performance will tell the stories of three characters from 17th century Brazil and modern-day, each fighting to be released from enslavement.

After the play, two different workshops will explore the powerful messages told in the story with a group discussion and special dance performance. Get your groove on in Liverpool at The International Slavery Museum between 1 pm – 4 pm.

Sunday 28TH

After all this fun you might need some time to unwind and relax as a family and that’s where Yoga Bears come in. Join a fun family Yoga workshop in Sefton Park’s Palm House and put the fun into exercise again.

Do something that’s healthy and enjoyable for the whole family, getting everyone to work together as a team and have a laugh whilst doing so. Yoga Bears starts at 10 am and runs for an hour with prices starting at just £10 for an adult and child.

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Finally, there’s no better way to finish your October half term holidays in Liverpool than by climbing up St Johns Beacon and checking out the entire city from 452 feet in the air.

Look down at everything you’ve explored during your city break and see how far your sights stretch. On a clear day, you might even see the Blackpool Tower in the distance or Snowdon Mountain top looking out towards Wales.

Spending October Half Term Holidays at The Shankly

Whether you are in town for a day of the full October half term holidays The Shankly Hotel makes a great base to explore the city from.

Our unique Shankly Experience Tours offer groups of visitors to Liverpool interesting excursions around the city following routes that cover all the best landmarks as well as cultural and sporting attractions. Take some time to discover Liverpool on a Shankly Experience Tour with your family this October half term holidays and book your trip before your stay.

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Liverpool’s number one kid-friendly hotel is perfectly suited to family stays with luxurious spacious rooms and a marvellous in-house bar and restaurant to enjoy mouth-watering meals together, The Shankly Hotel is ideal for half term holidays in the city.

Call and book your visit today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and start planning how to spend an action-packed October half term holidays in Liverpool at The Shankly Hotel.

Celebrate the Summer Holidays with These Teen Party Ideas

Why not enjoy the summer holidays in style and throw the ultimate celebration? To help you decide the perfect package for you, check out these fabulous teen party ideas and say bye bye to school in the best way.

From fun flamingo themed pool parties, to the ultimate teen package and celebrations fit for princesses, at The Shankly Hotel we’ve got everything you need to host an unforgettable party for you and your friends.

So, check out what’s on offer and start planning the best summer holidays ever!

Flamingo Fun

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Why not invite your best friends to the ultimate flamingo themed party and enjoy a colourful celebration in the heart of Liverpool city centre with our Flamingo Fun offer.

This fabulous offer includes a luxurious overnight stay in our vibrant Flamingo suite, in The Shankly Hotel, decorated with fun inflatables to enjoy in the wonderful pool.

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You and your party can tuck into flamingo themed cupcakes, tasty pink treats and your very own bartender will serve you some of mouthwatering fruity mocktails!

What’s included:

  • Overnight stay in our fabulous Flamingo suite
  • Flamingo themed cupcakes
  • Inflatable flamingos for your pool party
  • Bar tender to serve complimentary fizz or mocktails

Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons! This amazing offer is available Monday – Thursday, based on 12 guests and ends before the 1st September.

Ultimate Teen Package

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School’s out for summer! So, if you’re searching for some amazing teen party ideas, look no further than our Ultimate Teen Package.

Perfect for birthday parties, big occasions or just to celebrate not having to go to school for 6 weeks, this marvellous offer is made for teens who love to have fun!

Grab your very best friends and enjoy a glamourous overnight stay in one of our famous suites, decorated with balloons and banners. There will also be some tasty cupcakes waiting for you when you arrive, to really get the party started.

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This wonderful deal also includes a pamper party with hair or make up done by a professional makeup artist or hairdresser, so you can look your very best for all those selfies!

The next morning, wake up all together and tuck into a yummy breakfast buffet in our stunning restaurant.

What’s included:

  • Overnight stay in a luxury suite
  • Delicious breakfast buffet
  • Pamper party, hair or makeup by a makeup artist
  • Banners, balloon and cupcakes

Indulge in this ultimate teen package soon, as it’s only available until the end of August.

Princess Birthday Bash

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One of the best teen party ideas going, our fabulous Princess Birthday Bash is perfect for a little angel looking for a magical birthday celebration.

Enjoy a fun overnight stay in one of our amazing themed suites, set within the luxurious Shankly Hotel, in the heart of Liverpool city centre.

Your spectacular rooms will be decorated with princess banners and balloons, so you’re guaranteed to have the best birthday ever!

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There will also be delicious princess themed cupcakes and tasty party food for you and your guests to enjoy. Our amazing offer includes everything you’ll need for an unforgettable occasion with your best friends and all the family.

What’s included: 

  • Overnight stay in a luxury suite
  • Princess banners and balloons
  • Princess themed cupcakes
  • Selection of pizzas in your room

If this sounds like one of the best teen party ideas ever, book now as this offer is only available until the end of August.

The Shankly Hotel – Amazing Teen Party Ideas

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The Shankly Hotel is one of Liverpool’s best and most luxurious hotels. Set in the city centre, this beautiful hotel is the ideal place to host an unforgettable party with your friends.

From the famous Bastion Bar and Restaurant, to our unique accommodation that sleeps large groups all together, our hotel is truly one of a kind.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our rundown of the very best teen party ideas that you and your friends could enjoy.

If you’d like to book, or you need a little bit more information, get in touch with our friendly team today on 0151 236 0166.

We hope to see you soon!

An Easter Holiday Getaway With the Kids

With Easter fast approaching, it’s time to start planning the perfect Easter holiday getaway with the kids at The Shankly Hotel.

Our stunning city centre hotel is the perfect destination to celebrate the school break and have some quality time with the family.

From fun Easter egg making workshops, to delicious food and stunning accommodation, The Shankly is the ideal place to make lasting memories.

Make Your Very Own Easter Egg

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This Easter, The Shankly Hotel are organising a fun egg making workshop for all the family.

Between the 25th and 28th March, children are invited to create their very own masterpiece egg with the aid of a professional chocolatier. Every egg will include a special treat inside, personalised decoration and will be beautifully packaged ready to present to a loved one on Easter Sunday.

The workshops will be an hour and a half long and every child will also have a special visit from the Easter bunny.

Sure to be a highlight of any child’s Easter celebrations, this egg-stravaganza is sure to be a big hit.

To find out more and book tickets for this event, click here.

Delicious Family Dining

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One of the best ways to spend an Easter holiday getaway in Liverpool is by enjoying a family meal in the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.

A tribute to one of Liverpool’s best loved football managers, this luxurious restaurant allows diners to tuck into delicious food in stunning, intimate surroundings.

The Bastion offer an extensive menu, including a special children’s menu, so they’re sure to find something they like. Choose from healthy pasta with tomato sauce and garlic bread, to tasty fish and chips and a chocolate brownie treat for dessert.

The adults can indulge in something a little sophisticated from our a la carte menu and enjoy an evening of luxury.

Enjoy some quality time together this Easter and treat yourselves to a delicious dining experience in one of the most popular restaurants in the city.

Explore the City

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The perfect Easter holiday wouldn’t be complete without a fun day of exploring!

Liverpool is one of the best cities to visit if you enjoy discovering beautiful architecture, strolling around interesting museums and marvelling at some stunning docklands.

From spotting the grand Three Graces, to walking around Albert Dock and visiting some amazing art galleries, Liverpool is a glorious city that is perfect for a family day out.

You and your family are sure to find some great activities that you will all love.

A Cracking Easter Stay at The Shankly

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If you’re looking for the perfect hotel for an Easter holiday getaway with the kids, look no further than The Shankly Hotel.

Situated in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, this hotel specialises in large group accommodation which is perfect for family stays.

The Shankly Hotel is a tribute to the life and career of one of football’s finest managers. Each of our rooms and suites are as unique as Bill Shankly himself, offering comfortable, stylish and spacious accommodation with amazing memorabilia and memorable quotes.

There’s no need to split up the family this Easter, our rooms cater for up to 8 people with luxurious features and ensuite bathrooms that are perfect for sharing.

Create wonderful memories at The Shankly Hotel this Easter with a stay you will cherish forever.

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Make the most of your Easter holiday and book a stay at The Shankly Hotel for the whole family.

Easter is the perfect time to get together and create some lasting memories you are sure to cherish forever.

From fun egg making workshops, to the perfect place to enjoy a family meal and a luxurious stay, our hotel is the ideal destination for a relaxing getaway.

For more information or to book you Easter holiday, get in touch with our friendly team today. 

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 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.

Baskerville

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. 

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 Garden of 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.

Cinderella

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.

Aladdin

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

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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.

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” – Bill Shankly Remembered

Bill Shankly Remembered

“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

Bill Shankly Remembered

“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

Bill Shankly Remembered

“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

Bill Shankly Remembered

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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

Bill Shankly Remembered

“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.