2019 Vitality Netball World Cup. Everything you need to know about visiting Liverpool
The Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 takes place at the M&S Bank Arena from 12th – 21st July and court-side fever is already sweeping the city.
16 of the worlds top international Netball teams have made it through qualifying to attend the Vitality Netball World Cup 2019 in Liverpool. You will able to see the likes of South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Malawi, Sudan, Fiji and of course England’s very own Roses, take to the court to battle it out to the finals.
International ticket sales have flown out as Netball fans flock from around the world to support their national teams at the M&S Bank Arena. Whether you’re travelling from St Helens of Johannesburg, Sydney or Belfast, we’ve got all the info you need to plan an amazing visit to Liverpool.
This is your Ultimate Guide to the 2019 Vitality Netball World Cup in Liverpool…
The M&S Bank Arena is situated on Kings Dock right next to the Royal Albert Dock. The nearest train stations are James Street and Liverpool Central which are just a 10 minute walk away. Lime Street station is 20 minutes walk. You can plan your train journey with Merseyrail here.
Paradise Street Bus Station is just a 5 minute walk from the venue. Check all the local bus routes and timings with Merseytravel here. Travelling in a group? Why not download the Arriva Click App and arrive at the Netball World Cup in style? Find out more here.
Liverpool City Centre By Area
Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage waterfront is a breath-taking sight. The Three Graces (Royal Liver Building, Cunard and Port Of Liverpool Buildings) Museum Of Liverpool and Royal Albert Dock are busting with character, attractions and bars and restaurants. A short walk from the M&S Bank Arena, you’ll find an interesting way to spend time between game sessions here. More here.
The Baltic Triangle is an area opposite the M&S Bank Arena Kings Dock location. Just a 5 minute walk away, you’ll find a bustling hub of independent bars, eateries, breweries, galleries, crazy golf, BBQ bars, vintage shops and themed bars. Cain’s Brewery Village houses an indoor market, Punch Tarmey’s Bar and more while Baltic Market offers independent food and live music. More info here.
The Business District
Liverpool’s business district is a real foodie hot spot. Surrounded by some of the city’s best hotels, you can dine on the best quality, affordable world cuisine. Highlights include Baby E Deli, Moose and Castle Street Coffee for breakfast. NYL Restaurant and Bar for tasty summer small plates and cocktails and Mowgli for divine Indian Street Food. More here.
The Georgian Quarter
Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter is a visual treat. Hope street is crowned by not one, but two, free to enter cathedrals with a heart cultural offering in between. See what’s on at the Everyman Theatre or Philharmonic Hall during your stay. Or take a walk along to Quarter, The Pen Factory or The Florist for fabulous food and atmosphere. We’re quietly confident the cobbled streets and old fashioned door steps will feature on your Instagram during your stay. More here.
Liverpool ONE & City Centre
Liverpool ONE is very much the commercial heart of our city centre. Offering everything from high end designer stores to high street brands and the very best independents. There’s also more than 35 restaurants and bars across the site and the likes of Junkyard Golf, ODEON cinema and of course the Official Netball World Cup Fan Park.
Liverpool ONE Netball World Cup Official Fan Park
Missed out on tickets but want to soak up the Netball World Cup atmosphere and watch the games live on a big screen? Liverpool ONE has got you sorted.
The Vitality Netball World Cup Fan Park will be located at Chavasse Park throughout the tournament and a whole programme of exciting entertainment. You can expect music, talks and Q&A with inspirational women and appearance from elite and international netball players. You’ll also get the chance to snap a selfie with official World Cup mascot, Jude the purple liver bird!
Don’t forget to tag your pictures and share your experience of the Netball World Cup with using the hashtag #ThisIsNetball. Entry into the Fan Park is free.
The Best City Attractions
Did you know you can join our famous Liver Birds for a stunning view of the city and river? Start your RLB 360 journey at the lower ground floor visitor centre and learn about the building’s history as well as its place in Liverpool’s heritage. After you’ve viewed the exhibitions join your guided tour to the tenth and fifteenth floors to enjoy spectacular 360° views of the Liverpool skyline and experience a world-class digital projection show inside the historic clock tower. More here.
The Beatles Story
For fans of the Fab Four, a visit to The Beatles Story is a must. Prepare for an incredible, immersive journey as the story of how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of fame and fortune, awaits. Replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern authentically capture the early 60s, allowing you to personally experience the very places that helped make The Beatles the greatest band in the world. Tickets and more info here.
City Explorer Tours
One of the most fun ways to explore our city is on a bus tour. With tours departing from our UNESCO World Heritage site, Pier Head, City Explorer Tours take in all the top attractions. Albert Dock, St George’s Hall, Liverpool ONE, Museums & Galleries, Chinese Arch, Cathedrals, Cain’s Brewery Village and more. Tickets allow visitors to hop on and off over a 24 or 48 hour period ensuring everyone has time to fully explore the city. Find out more here.
Another musical must do on any visit to Liverpool is The Cavern Club. This globally famous Matthew Street club has welcomed everyone from Stevie Wonder to Adele and seen millions of visitors, from all over the world walk down its famous stairway. Now for the first time you can explore the history of the club and take a free tour into its incredible past. Find out more and pre book here.
St George’s Hall
If you’ve travelled to Liverpool by train, one of the first sights you’ll see is St George’s Hall. This stunning, neoclassical landmark is at the very heart of the city and it’s plateau area plays host to many cultural gatherings throughout the year. The Great Hall is home of 30,000 handcrafted Minton Tiles, which go on display this summer, an incredible barrelled ceiling and the adjoining Concert Rooms are breath-taking. Plan your visit here.
Liverpool has two, free to enter Cathedrals, situated at either end of Hope Street and both of them will take your breath away. The Metropolitan Cathedral (the round one) and the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral (the taller one). Whether you’re religious or not, climb the steps, listen to the beautiful music and see the sun stream through the colourful stained glass on these two iconic buildings. Liverpool Anglican Cathedral also offers your the opportunity to climb to the top of its tower to see the city from above.
Liverpool Museums & Galleries
Our city is bursting with museums and galleries, all of which are free to enter. Museum of Liverpool, World Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Walker Art Gallery, International Slavery Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House, Tate Liverpool and Victoria Gallery & Museum chart everything you could possibly want to know, and then some, about Liverpool and beyond.
Radio City Tower Viewing Gallery
When it comes to views of the city centre from up on high, it doesn’t get much better than this. Standing proudly some 400 feet above the heart of the City Centre of Liverpool, the Radio City Tower offers stunning panoramic views of Merseyside, Wirral, North Wales, Lancashire and as far as Blackpool, the Lake District and even Snowdonia on clearer days. Pre book your visit here.
Where to Eat
We’ve selected 10 Liverpool restaurants and eateries that are just a short walk from the M&S Bank Arena. Whether you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, quite lunch bite or an indulgent and memorable dinner (to celebrate a win), we’ve got you sorted.
Gusto, Royal Albert Dock
This Royal Albert Dock restaurant is great for family dining and a stylish spot on the dockside for post Netball drinks. Menu highlights include honey glazed duck and balsamic, salt baked sea bream and the Bologna inspired Fica pizza. More here.
Duke Street Market
Duke Street Market is the latest addition to the Liverpool food scene and the 5,000 square ft venue is home to six food traders, a flagship restaurant, three bars, a terrace and florist! An amazing venue for group dining. Head this way to find out more.
If its a kaleidoscope of flavour and traditional indian street food you desire, it has to be Mowgli. With sites at both Water Street and Bold Street you can’t come to Liverpool and miss out on chat bombs, gun powder chicken or Bunny Chow. Menus here.
The Club House
The Club House at Liverpool ONE is the perfect summer venue to dine al fresco – and it’s a ten second walk from the official Netball World Cup Fan Park! Grab a lawn seat and enjoy hanging kebabs, sharing boards, kids meals, gluten free dishes and a fabulous Sunday Roast. More info here.
Wheeler’s of St James’s Marco Pierre White
Less than a minute from the M&S Bank Arena, Wheeler’s of St James’s Marco Pierre White offers seafood, steaks and more. Stand out dishes include Dover Sole, grilled whole lobster and Colchester oysters. You can also enjoy an indulgent Afternoon Tea, vegetarian and kids menu dishes. More info here.
Lunyalita & Lunya
One of Liverpool’s finest independent foodie vendors is Lunya. With a site on College Lane at Liverpool ONE and another at the Royal Albert Dock, you can enjoy an authentic taste of Spain in the heart of the city. We highly recommend the fresh, filling and tasty seafood paella to share. Or 3 tapas, sour dough bread and dessert for £13.95pp! Deal. Menus and more here.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe
One of the newest and most coveted restaurants to join the Royal Albert Dock is Rosa’s Thai Café. Dedicated to traditional, family recipes, you have to try the handmade duck spring rolls, they’re showstoppers! We’re also huge fans of fragrant favourites such as ‘Salmon red curry’ through to ‘Stir-fried aubergine with chilli and basil’, and Rosa’s famous ‘Pad Thai’ signature. Menus and more here.
Brasco Lounge, Mann Island
If you’re looking for a waterfront venue for a hearty brunch before a day packed with Netball World Cup action, head to Brasco Lounge. Located at Mann Island, breakfast, brunch and light bites are what they do best. Views of the water, a full English, pancakes, eggs your way, fresh juices and lots more. Menus here.
Salt House Bacaro
Salt House Bacaro offers tasty dishes for everyone. With dairy and gluten free options, you can dine on the delectable charcuterie boards, chicken wings with spiced coleslaw, fried seabass, pizzette, risotto, parmesan fries and lots more. Check out the summer menu here.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill
If you have one indulgent, memorable meal during your visit to Liverpool, make it at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill. Offering some of the finest, freshest steaks from the North West, with a large range of grilled and roast meats, fish mainboards and classic English puddings, this stylish restaurant also serves up a mouth-watering cotton candy martini! Menus and more here.
Where to Celebrate A Win
If your team is flying high why not toast their success with some scouse hospitality? Liverpool’s nightlife scene is legendary and if cocktails, Gin or a good old pint of local ale is your thing, we’ve got a bar for you.
Liverpool Gin Distillery
Based on Castle Street, Liverpool Gin Distillery houses bars, a kitchen and it’s very own gin lab where you can create your very own bottle. Find out more here.
A warm welcome, comfy booth, bar bites, live music and sporting action on big screen tv’s is all on offer at Liverpool’s biggest Irish bar, Punch Tarmey’s. More info here.
Lock & Key
Duke street kitchen and bar, Lock & Key is the perfect city centre oasis to enjoy a G&T, cocktail and live music. Just a short walk from the waterfront, this place is a stylish, hidden gem. More here.
The sun is set to shine all July long but whatever the British weather throws at us, there’s always summer vibes at Birdies Bar. Live music, all the cocktails, bites from Apocalypse Cow and good times. More info here.
Adding a little sophistication to proceedings, Aether at Liverpool ONE is the place to chill and enjoy elemental cocktails. We’re loving the lemon sorbet ice cream and prosecco concoction the most! Check out the menu here.
The Kazimier Garden
Now talking about hidden gems, The Kazimier Gardens is a must visit for anyone coming to Liverpool for the Netball World Cup. Based on Seel Street, this indoor/outdoor bohemian venue is the ultimate chill out, and how doesn’t love a G&T in the garden? More info here.
Slater street bar and garden, The Merchant is one of the most chilled out, welcoming bars in the city. Paired with Night Crawler Pizza, a consistently amazing soundtrack and a whole host of different drinks, cocktails and beers, you’ll stay all night. More here.
Revolucion De Cuba
Bring the samba beats to your Netball World Cup celebrations at Royal Albert Dock’s Revolucion De Cuba. All the rum cocktails, tasty tapas dishes, live music and good times on the dance floor guaranteed. More here.
Ma Boyle’s Alehouse & Eatery
If you want to enjoy a traditional pint in a truly English pub during your visit, head to Ma Boyle’s on The Strand. Order yourself some fish & chips, bangers & mash or Liverpool’s signature dish ‘Scouse’, a Liverpool gin or a pint of local ale for a truly authentic night in the city. More here.
Shiver your timbers and drink like a pirate at Royal Albert Dock themed bar, The Smuggler’s Cove. Housing more rum than you can shake an eye patch at, there’s always a lively atmosphere, fully stocked bar and hearty food on offers at this dockside venue. More here.
There are still some Netball World Cup 2019 session tickets available. Head to www.mandsbankarena.com to get yours and find out more about fixtures.
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