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Culture, sport and shopping

Culture sport and shopping

Liverpool is a thriving city full of art galleries, museums, theatres, sporting venues and a wide range of shops. With such a choice of things to do in Liverpool, you’ll never be bored if you come and study in the city!


Liverpool’s many art galleries range from the Walker, which contains one of Europe’s outstanding collections of fine and decorative art, to Tate Liverpool, one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside London. The city also boasts an array of world-class museums including the International Slavery MuseumMerseyside Maritime Museum and the new Museum of Liverpool.

If you're big into musicals, pantomimes, comedy shows or the classics, Liverpool has it all plus everything in between - hosting performances across a variety of venues, including Liverpool Empire TheatreThe Playhouse and Everyman theatres, and The Epstein.

Liverpool Hope University also has its own performance venue at the Creative Campus, the Capstone Theatre, providing an international music and arts programme throughout the year. 

Students are given a range of opportunities to get involved in the cultural life of the city. The University works closely with The Playhouse and Everyman theatresThe Tate and Bluecoat art galleries, The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society, FACT, European Opera Centre and numerous smaller galleries and theatre companies - many of which are run by our former students.


When it comes to sport, Liverpool excels. You can enjoy the friendly rivalry between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, both based within 5 miles of our campuses. If horseracing is your sport of choice then you're in luck as Liverpool is also home to the world-famous Grand National, which attracts thousands of visitors to Aintree Racecourse each year. There are a number of rugby clubs in and around Liverpool, and there are also two world-class golf courses, Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, and the Royal Birkdale Golf Club on the outskirts of Southport.

If it's water sports that you're into, then there are plenty of Marine Activity Centres in and around Liverpool that you can visit. Head over to the Liverpool Watersports Centre to try canoeing, or have a go at windsurfing at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.


Liverpool city centre is full of shops with all the high street names available. The 42-acre Liverpool One development provides a stunning shopping complex in the heart of the city with over 40 individually designed buildings and over 1.6 million square feet of shopping - over 100 shops.

Liverpool is also home to a wide variety of independent stores, with the famous Bold Street home to a selection of shops to suit all tastes, from vintage clothing to unique home furnishings. 

Closer to the Hope Park Campus is Allerton Road, Smithdown Road and Lark Lane, famed for its student-friendly shops.