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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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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.

Hard Days Night Hotel

Fans can now finally eat, drink and sleep Beatlemania. This 4-star boutique hotel in a Grade II-listed building is elegantly furnished with designer pieces and specially commissioned, original Beatles artwork. The 110 rooms are all impeccably tasteful, despite the hotel's devotion to the Fab Four. There's even a shop where fans can stock up on merchandise.

Hotel Ibis Liverpool Centre Albert Dock – Liverpool One

As you'd expected from the Ibis brand, this 192-room 3-star hotel is clean and comfortable as well as being conveniently located in Albert Dock, less than 10 minutes from the city centre. All rooms come with ensuite bathrooms, tea- and coffee-making facilities and Wi-Fi. It has an onsite bar and restaurant as well.

The Shankly Hotel

Pay homage to one of football's greatest managers in this quirky, stylish hotel. It's dedicated to famous Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly but you don't have to be a die-hard footie fan to appreciate the central location and spacious, manly rooms with whirlpool baths. If you are a Liverpool FC fan, there's plenty of tastefully displayed Shankly memorabilia to take in – even on the ceilings.

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.