The Guide Liverpool ‘To-Insta’ List 2019
Whether you’re a total selfie queen, budding photographer or snap-happy iPhone XS fanatic, these are the Liverpool pics every Instagram account needs.
But these iconic images are not all about being centre stage. The majestic Liverpool skyline speaks for itself, as does St George’s Hall lit up at night and well, who doesn’t love a sweeping shot of Sefton Park lake looking all fairytale like during the winter?
We caught up with Liverpool photographer Dave Evans (@DaveThePapLpool) to get some top tips before you get started. Having spent a great deal of time in the city capturing everything from celebs to festivals and studying how the light changes the buildings, Dave knows where to get the best pics, he said: ” The waterfront is the most photographed parts of the city and the most iconic.
“To capture the city in its true glory you would have to spend several weeks here. The sunlight when it reflects of the Mann Island buildings and the glow of the sunsets on the Mersey are a must. Head down to The Yacht club and snap the view back towards the Royal Liver Building with the boat masts and the big wheel in the back ground.”
Fellow Liverpool photographer, Paul Madden (@paulmaddenphotography) has his sights set firmly on the horizon and with a knack for shooting the most jaw-dropping sunsets and sun rises on our local beaches and waterfront, Paul has a few tips for those who want to follow suit.
Paul said: ” Crosby Beach is the perfect location as you’ve got a flat horizon looking out to the Irish Sea.The Antony Gormley statues make a great focal point, so try keeping one of them in the grid line of your camera, and get into position ready to take your pic just after sunset, if there’s a bit of cloud about it will bounce the sun rays through the atmosphere reflecting colour. Also, always check your tide times!”
Charge your battery, in fact, get a power bank and charge that too, because this is the ultimate list of iconic Liverpool photos that will set your Instagram feed on fire.
This is The Guide Liverpool ‘To-Insta List’ 2019…
1 – Royal Liver Building
Every Liverpool Insta account needs a shot of our most iconic building. Whether it’s a selfie underneath the Royal Liver Building, positioned so you get the whole building in above you, or a shot taken from the Pier Head at night with the full building in all its glory, it’s a must-insta.
2 – Sefton Park
Sefton Park is filled with Insta hotspots 356 days a year. Make sure you capture the Palm House in summer, the lake frozen over in winter and snap that beautiful selfie spot on the stepping stones just behind the lake.
3 – Liverpool Mountain
Joining the Royal Albert Dock in 2018, artist Ugo Rondinone constructed Liverpool Mountain just outside Tate Liverpool for everyone to enjoy. We think its a rainbow/neon winner. Snap it with the Tate Liverpool sign or a bright blue sky behind it.
4 – Castle St & Liverpool Town Hall
Castle Street has so many photo-worthy gems, not least the stunning Liverpool Town Hall. Stand in front of the Victoria Monument on Derby Square to capture the whole road and its quirky buildings. Or why not follow in the footsteps of royalty and head inside the Town Hall to get a pic on the sweeping staircase or first floor balcony.
5 – This is Anfield
Is there a more thrilling or instantly recognisable picture than the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign or The Kop at LFC? Whether you pause underneath for a selfie, or get your mate to take a pic for you, this is the ultimate pic for all fans. See if you can line up the great man with the great stand like above.
6 – The Big Wheel at Night
When it comes to capturing Liverpool at night, few landmarks offer a more dazzling display than the big wheel at King’s Dock. We recommend getting up close outside the M&S Bank Arena and taking your pic straight up into the night sky. Or take about 50 paces back for a selfie with an epic halo behind your head!
7 – Dixie Dean & Goodison Park
A matchday selfie with the Dixie Dean statue at Goodison Park is something of a weekly ritual for many Everton fans. We think it’s a pic best taken after dark with the blue stadium lights in the background.
8 – The Grand National
If there’s one weekend that’s filled with camera clicks, it has to be the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree. For most scouse girls the selfies begin while getting your hair and make up done, then at your brunch and bubbles venue and finally at the racecourse itself. Prosecco in the Red Rum Garden, selfies with your betting slips and of course, your official Style Award picture, are all musts for your Instagram page.
9 – Liverpool Central Library
Having undergone a £55million makeover, its no surprise that there’s so many photo opportunities at Liverpool Central Library. Snap the entrance walkway, littered with the names of all the great classic reads, look up into the light filled atrium, get a pano shot of the incredible Picton Reading rooms and go out onto the fourth floor roof terrace and get the city skyline in at dusk too.
10 – Liverpool Cathedral
The largest Cathedral in Europe is sure to impress on your Instagram feed, especially if you capture these specific shots. The Liverpool Cathedral Tracey Emin artwork ‘I Felt You and Then I Knew You Loved Me’ in pink neon letters near the main entrance is a must. You can also climb to the very top of the bell tower for a photo of the entire city and beyond. Don’t forget to wander down in to St James’ Gardens while you’re there.
11 – Liver Bird Wings
2017 saw the city (and visitors from around the world) go mad for a Liver Bird Wing selfie. Created by Liverpool artist, Paul Curtis, the insta-famous green wings adorn a wall on Jamaica Street in the Baltic Triangle and have appeared in thousands of feeds since. Get a mate to stand one step out on the road (CAREFULLY) to get the perfect pic.
12 – The Chinese Arch
Gifted to the city in 2000 by twinned partner, Shanghai, the Chinese Arch in Chinatown stands at 13 metres tall and is the largest in Europe. Framed by the Black-E centre and adorned with 200 hand carved dragons, this colourful landmark is best captured from afar.
13 – Superlambanana
Working on the original design by Japanese artist Taro Chiezo, local artists Andy Small, Julian Taylor, Tommy Reason and Ray Stokes created the 8 tonne yellow beast for the Art Transpenine Exhibition in 1998. It now stands on Tithebarn Street and at a colossal 5.2 metres tall, you’ve gotta get a pic with it, haven’t you? How many of the 125 replicas have you seen around the city?
14 – Rosa Parks, Old Hay Market
The first lady of the civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, has made a mark on our beloved city. Head to Old Haymarket and take a pic of A place that is teaming with female role models, where we call each other Queen and where girls are leading the way in Science, Engineering, Maths and more, every woman should have the modern graffiti of Rosa’s wise words on their Instagram.
15 – Beatles, Pier Head
Artist Andrew Edwards created the Fab Four statue, captured strolling along the Pier Head which was unveiled in 2015. If you kneel slightly to the right of the statue (right by the canal bridge railing) you’ll be able to get The Beatles and the Liver Birds in your picture. But let’s face it, you totally wanna be the fifth Beatle don’t you?
16 – The Bluecoat
The oldest Grade I building in the city centre, The Bluecoat is a creative oasis surrounded by daily hustle and bustle. As well as the beautiful cobbled courtyard, the picturesque door stoops and original windows, this sought-after wedding venue hides a beautiful garden that is the perfect place for summer selfies and rainy day snaps.
17 – The Liver Bird Of Hanover Street
You know this chick. She’s sassy, she’s got a luscious green curly blow going on and she’s said to be the original Liver Bird. Adorning the wall next to The Brunch Club on Hanover Street, this graffiti icon is a nod to all the scouse girls who are bossing it in the best city in the world.
18 – Insta-Bar
If you’re looking for stylish, sophisticated, interesting city venues to snap a selfie, you need to check out this list. From The Florist and Alma De Cuba living it up with petal power, to Santa Maluco, Dead Crafty Beer Company on Dale St, Berry & Rye and The Merchant for their murals and quirky interiors. And of course, the one and only cotton cloud, caravan of love and roaring fire of Camp and Furnace, see you in the photo booth!
19 – The Royal Albert Dock
There’s so many perfect places to take a photo at The Royal Albert Dock. From the old signage to the cobbled courtyards, the maritime statues, the love locks, anchors and two of the most recognisable and most stunning pictures that sum up our every changing and growing city. Stand just outside The Smugglers Cove, dockside, to capture the calm waters, beautiful orange brickwork of the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Liver Birds beyond. Or, stand just along from The Pumphouse and catch the refection of Mann Island and the Three graces in Canning Dock. Stunner!
20 – The Iron Men, Crosby
Antony Gormley’s, Another Place has long brought people from across the region and beyond for a stroll on Crosby Beach. The iron men stand at varying degrees along the shore and never fail to impress and terrify us in equal measure. A dusk, dawn or extreme weather day will always produce the best Instagram-worthy pic here.
21 – Backpack Girl at Tempest Hey
She carries the weight of the world in that backpack! The graffiti girl on the huge wall at Tempest Hey can be clearly seen from the Radio City Tower as she looks out over the business district and nearby Eberle Street. With obvious nods to her scouse heritage, the cormorant diving for fish, the river and the maritime tattoo’s, she definitely deserves a place on your
22 – Insta- Event
How to make your #Liverpool Instagram pics stand out is at the myriad of events that happen all year round. Whether you’re the first, the last or you’ve somehow captured the best angle, make sure you don’t miss Chinese New Year for visions of red, LIMF for festival chic, Liverpool Pride for all the colours of the rainbow, Africa Oye for chilled out vibes, River of Light for the insta-perfect backdrop or Sound City for the sweet melodies.
23 – Radio City Tower
Did you know you can go to the top of St John’s Beacon or the Radio City Tower, as it’s known? For just £5.50 you can see the sprawling city from 400ft, sometimes above the clouds. From the Liver Building to Anfield, the Anglican Cathedral to St George’s Hall and on a good day, all the way to North Wales.
24 – Cains Brewery Village
When it comes to scoring cool points, the selfie spot for you has to be Cain’s Brewery Village. From the iconic brickwork sign on Parliament Street to the murals and bright lights at Baltic Market and the vast collection of curiosities at Hobo Kiosk, there’s loads to take in. Get a filter on and go back to flat caps and attitude at Peaky Blinders bar, get groovy at Yellow Submarine, bust some moves under the stars at Birdies, and have it large at ON Air and the neon Ghetto Golf.
25 – Queen (or is that King?) Victoria Monument
If you’re scouse, you know there’s a certain bench at the top of James Street that affords you a shocking picture opportunity. Located in between Neighbourhood, Castle St and the Queen Elisabeth Law Courts you’ll find the Queen Victoria Monument. It’s lit up with twinkly lights at night and when you look at it from the bench across the road, you might just get more than you bargained for. Snap it and share it!
26 – Eleanor Rigby
With much more decorum, you can take a seat next to the famous Eleanor Rigby on Stanley Street. Designed and created by Tommy Steele and true to the lyrics, the lonely figure sits on a bench waiting for someone to save her from her solitude. Be a love and get a pic and make sure everyone remembers her name.
27 – St George’s Hall
Our most treasured landmark, St George’s Hall has somany photo opportunities at various times of the year. From hosting major events on the plateau such as Remembrance, to unveiling the stunning Minton Tiles that lay hidden beneath the Great Hall flooring, this neoclassical stunner is a one stop photo shop. Stand between the giant columns, explore the catacombs or take centre stage in the Concert Rooms for a top selfie.
28 – The Yellow Brick Road, Eberle Street
Complete with its own ruby slippers, flying monkeys, emerald city and other Wizard of Oz icon tiles, the Yellow Brick Road of Eberle Street is a must-see and pic. We think we counted 7 tiles on our last visit, will you get to see the Wizard himself? There’s no place like Liverpool.
29 – Cream Classical & Creamfields
Global music institutions aren’t limited to the Beatles here in Liverpool. The instantly recognisable Cream logo is a must for anyone who’s grown up with the original club nights, worshipped at the altar of Cream Classical at Liverpool Cathedral or lost three days of their lives at Creamfields in Daresbury. Capture these moments and they live on forever in digital form.
30 – Penny Lane Road Sign
You can do loads of stuff for free in Liverpool and Beatles fans will be mad to miss out on this iconic picture opportunity! Get yourself up to L17, park on Greenbank Road and wander over to the Penny Lane road sign for a guaranteed Instagram winner. #Beatles
31 – Mathew Street
Mathew Street is a hive of activity all week round with more Irish bars, dancefloor and hen and stag parties than you can shake an inflatable doll at, however there’s so much more. Start at the wall of fame bricks, get a selfie with Lennon, another with Cilla, stop in at the Beatles Shop, Museum and of course The Cavern (see above). If you get selfies with stags, hens or 50th birthday parties you score extra points, especially if you don’t know them!
32 – Hope Street
The road that connects our two magnificent cathedrals is littered with amazing photo opportunities. From the suitcases at LIPA to the bright lights of the art deco Royal Philharmonic Hall and the most photographed toilets in the city across the road at the Phil Pub. There’s many a picturesque door stoop, such as 60 Hope Street, and the twinkly lights of the Everyman Theatre to use as a perfect backdrop too.
33 – St. Nick’s Church
Surrounded by an every changing city, St Nick’s Church on The Strand has stood in place for more than 750 years. It’s a beautiful building in itself but the surrounding garden and church yard afford a little oasis of green in the middle of the concrete jungle. Home to the third Liver Bird and the bell from HMS Liverpool, you’ll get a winning pic of the Liver Building through the flowers and the sculpture of the woman and her children on the stairs, in memory of those who died in the Blitz.
34 – Metropolitan Cathedral
Our beloved ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ or Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral as it’s known, is a great location to photograph in all weather too. The top of the steps, looking down Hope Street is a brilliant vantage point to shoot in the sun and when the road is slick with rain. Head inside to see the sun illuminate the stained glass windows too. Unbeatable pics for Instagram.
35 – The Kissing Gate
Is it physically possible to travel from Liverpool John Lennon Airport without taking a selfie in one of our airports many bars and restaurants or of course at The Kissing Gate? Preferably with your rollers in/matching stag do shirts/ bubbly/pints/someone in a jokey headlock. Don’t forget to snap a boarding-steps sunrise/sunset/selfie just to rub it in!
36 – Strawberry Fields
Did you know that it’s free to take a pic or selfie of the most photographed gates in the world? Lining up to take the top spot with Buckingham Palace and Elvis’ Grace Lane, the red gates of Strawberry Fields is another must-see tick box for all Beatles fans.
37 – Ken Dodd at Lime Street
We said a very sad goodbye to the wonderful, extremely talented Ken Dodd in 2018 and while he’s hung up his tickling sticks, there’s a jovial tribute to him in the form of a bronze statue at Lime Street Station that always raises a smile. Get a selfie with a comedy legend the next time you pass through.
38 – Liverpool ONE
Now it might sound slightly odd listing a shopping destination as the place to get a sensational picture, but Liverpool ONE is teaming with photo opportunities. The huge escalators that take you from Paradise Street to the ODEON are lit up at night and make a stunning pic, as well as summer days on Chavasse Park and who doesn’t love a selfie on the grassy steps at Thomas Steer’s Way with an ice cream!
39 – Jurgen Klopp Mural
There was a Christmas gift of epic proportions for all LFC fans back in December 2018 as manager Jurgen Klopp was immortalised on a Baltic Triangle wall (opposite District). Created by artist Akse, the image is accompanied by the quote ‘We are Liverpool, this means more’ and is a must for all reds’ Instagram accounts,
40 – Museum of Liverpool to Three Graces
The Museum of Liverpool offers up a world class photograph opportunity. As well as its modern design, spiral staircase and collection of mini Superlambananas, one of the exhibition halls looks directly out across the magnificent Three Graces. Definitely one for your online photo album.
41 – Bongo’s Bingo
If you’re not on the table, bouncing on a space hopper, covered in Coco Pops or winning a dance off with Slutty Sue, you’re doing Bongo’s Bingo all wrong. Get your selfie in nice and early because chances are you wont believe what you actually got up to at Liverpool’s most raucaos night out.
42 – Everton Brow
Sunset at Everton Brow is magical. Use the weather app on your phone to get an idea of what time the sun will sink over Wirral and get a spec nice and early, you won’t regret it. The city buildings change colour in the fading light and its also a fab spot for a romantic selfie too.
43 – Bombed Out Church
Sat at the cross roads of Bold Street, Hardman Street and Berry Street, St Luke’s Church or The Bombed Out Church as we know it has become a real focal point in recent years. Used as an open air venue for film screenings, Christmas grotto’s and the start line of running events, we love the pics of this meeting place when its lit up at night. Get yours on the steps outside.
44 – Brazilica Parade
Liverpool comes alive with the sights and sounds of Rio during the Brazilica parade. You might need to wait until Summer time to see the parade of dancers, performers, musicians and floats make its way from the Georgian Quarter to Derby Square, but its so worth it. Get your feathers on, grab a whistle and try and take a non-blurry pic while you shake what yo momma gave you.
45- Bottom of Bold Street
The city street that never sleeps is best photographed from the very bottom. Head for the trees outside the Cat Café, on the corner of Hanover St and shoot upwards towards the Bombed Out Church and the Lyceum. Sunny days and twinkly lights at night get the best results.
46 – The Cavern
There are so many pics to take at the iconic Cavern Club that you might need an extra charge on your phone. Get under the sign outside on Mathew Street, the painted sign on the staircase wall and of course the stage, have to be the three most important. What else will you discover adoring the walls of this British music institution?
47 – Queens Avenue
Step back in time and wander down the winding alley of Queens Avenue (just off Castle Street by Greggs) for a little bit of Harry Potter style backdrop in the heart of the city. Looks fab after the rain or when the sun streams through this hidden walkway.
48 – A Walk Down Memory Lane
Liverpool Museums are filled to the brim with interesting exhibitions about our city’s rich history. Head to Museum of Liverpool to capture the immense effect John & Yoko had on the music industry, head to the Merseyside Maritime Museum to photograph love letters and artefacts from the Lusitania and Titanic and head to World Museum to see what the scouse accent looks like in hieroglyphics.
49 – Insta-Christmas in Liverpool
It’s not Christmas in Liverpool if you haven’t got a pic of the Liverpool ONE Christmas tree, on the ice rink at the Pier Head, the Beatles statue with a least one Santa hat on, the windmill roof of the Christmas Market bar at St George’s Hall and the giant Blackler’s Father Christmas at Museum of Liverpool. #Snow
50 – The Liverpool Skyline
The best way to capture the instantly recognisable Liverpool skyline, is from the other side of the Mersey, or better yet, on the Mersey! It costs the same as a cup of coffee to take a Mersey Ferry ride and you’ll be rewarded with every land mark, historic, contemporary, ground breaking, world class and always impressive. Home.
Could you follow in the footsteps of award-winning Liverpool Photographer, Andy Allchurch, who won the 2018 MyTown Street Photography competition? His winning photo, ‘ Do Not Feed The Gulls’ above, was shot on the Pier Head and with all this inspiration, maybe you could bring home the prize in 2019.