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Things to do in Liverpool

Enjoy some first class football

Boasting two Premier League teams, Liverpool has plenty of football action if you're a fan. Join the supporters of Liverpool FC (www.liverpoolfc.com) and sing your heart out from the famous Kop stand or head to Everton FC's (www.evertonfc.com) Goodison Park for an old school atmosphere.

Forget the ferry - powerboat across the Mersey

When local band Gerry and the Pacemakers sang about the Ferry Cross the Mersey, they immortalised the boat trip in popular culture. Liverpool Watersports (tel: +44 151 708 9322; www.liverpoolwatersports.org.uk) modernise the same journey on a powerboat by offering both lessons and hour-long rides departing from South Docks.

Have a flutter at the Grand National’s course

Every April, thousands of devoted horseracing fans descend on Aintree Racecourse (tel: +44 151 523 2600; http://aintree.thejockeyclub.co.uk) for the prestigious Grand National race. The track has races throughout the year, so place a bet, take a grandstand seat and cheer your stallion on as the jockeys battle to clear the course's notoriously difficult jumps.

Test your swing on some of England's best golf courses

Liverpool is close to three Royal Links golf courses that have hosted countless Open Championships and Ryder Cups. Royal Birkdale (tel: +44 170 455 2040; www.royalbirkdale.com) boasts an art deco-inspired clubhouse, whilst Royal Liverpool (tel: +44 151 632 6757; www.royal-liverpool-golf.com) is one of the oldest seaside courses in England.

Tour Liverpool’s mysterious underworld world

Explore beneath the streets of Edge Hill where the labyrinthine Williamson Tunnels run (tel: +44 151 709 6868; www.williamsontunnels.co.uk). Built under the direction of local eccentric Joseph Williamson, the reason for their construction is unknown. Some claim it was to help unemployment, others to escape the impending Armageddon.

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Dolby Hotel

Located in an unremarkable building close to the Albert Dock, this is one of Liverpool's best budget hotels and offers 64 comfortable rooms at reasonable prices. Although rooms are a smidgen small, all contain tea- and coffee-making facilities, satellite TV and ensuite shower facilities. Free Wi-FI.

The Nadler Liverpool

This contemporary hotel, decked out in a minimalist style, is housed in a large warehouse in the centre of Liverpool's vibrant nightlife action. Expect stylish black and white decor, classic design mid-century furniture, quirky artworks and superb facilities including HD TVs and a handy mini-kitchen in each of the 106 rooms.

Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Centre

This 4-star hotel enjoys a stunning location down on Princes Dock with fantastic views across the River Mersey. It has 159 contemporary rooms and is home to the Harbour Health Club gym, which has a swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room and beauty therapy suites. The Crowne Plaza has an award-winning restaurant and bar too.

Hope Street Hotel

Housed in a renovated 1860s warehouse, this boutique property is located in the Georgian Quarter. It manages to feel chic and contemporary without losing touch with its industrial past. The 48 individually designed rooms feature the softest white linen, exposed brickwork, and oak and walnut furniture. Book a table at the highly regarded hotel restaurant, The London Carriage Works, too.

Malmaison Liverpool

Seriously sharp and stylish, the Malmaison Liverpool is in a smart new building about a 15-minute walk from the city centre. The supremely comfortable rooms in deep plums, dark browns and dazzling white all come with flatscreen TVs, drench showers, and Wi-FI. Ask for a room with a river view.

Titanic Hotel Liverpool

What the Titanic might lack in location it more than makes up for in space and style. Set in a converted 19th-century warehouse in the Stanley Dock conservation area just under 2.5km (1.5 miles) from Albert Dock, it's utterly in keeping with its surroundings; the huge rooms have exposed brick and vaulted ceilings.