There’s a lot to love about Liverpool. The northwest city and former seaport is famous for its friendly locals, distinctive accent, world-class football teams and course, Liverpool is the birthplace of The Beatles.

This blog is the second in our series exploring all the wonderful towns and cities Smart Storage operates in. We’re going to shine the spotlight on Liverpool and find out why it’s such a great place to live and work.

Liverpool city view

Underrated Beauty

When you picture beautiful British towns and cities, places like York, Bath, Cambridge, and Edinburgh spring to mind. Often overlooked, but with several heritage sites and some stunning architecture located within its city centre, Liverpool really does deserve to be recognised as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Situated on the Pier Head and known as The Three Graces – the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building, and The Port of Liverpool Building help define Liverpool’s skyline as one of the more beautiful in the world. The buildings were constructed as symbols of Liverpool’s commercial accomplishments and celebrate the city’s international prestige. Look up at the Liver Building to see the two fabled Liver birds perched atop the roof. The birds serve as the city’s emblem and legend has it that they watch over the city and the sea. Some say that if they were ever to fly away, the city would cease to exist.

The Three Graces are in good company when it comes to famous landmarks. The Royal Albert Dock is the vibrant heart of Liverpool’s waterfront, and a brief stroll away from the water will see you wandering through the bohemian Ropewalks neighbourhood – Liverpool’s creative and cultural hub that many independent businesses and art galleries call home.

Unrivalled Live Music

It would be impossible for us to write about Liverpool without mentioning its immense musical heritage. Travel to any corner of the world and people will tell you that Liverpool is the birthplace of the biggest band in the world – The Beatles. John, Paul, George, and Ringo might be the most famous scousers to walk the earth, but they certainly aren’t alone. The city continues to cultivate a thriving music scene. Liverpool is also responsible for giving us bands like Echo and The Bunnymen, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and The Wombats – amongst many, many more.

Liverpool plays host to world-class acts and nurtures homegrown talent side by side in some incredible venues. Arts Club, Hanger 34, the Royal Philharmonic, and the O2 Academy are just a few of the places you’d have on your doorstep if you moved to Liverpool – although none are quite as iconic as the most famous club in the world – The Cavern Club. The infamous club has been at the centre of Liverpool’s rock and roll scene since the 1960s, with a rich history that has seen countless famous bands grace its stages, and Paul McCartney has been known to play secret gigs there – you never know, you might get lucky.

man singing with guitars

Thriving Independent Businesses

Whether you’re shopping, grabbing a bite to eat or out for a night on the town – Liverpool has hundreds of quirky, independent businesses that you won’t find anywhere else. Take a trip out to the redeveloped Cain’s Brewery Village, and you’ll find the city’s first street food market – The Baltic Market. Every day at The Baltic Market is different with constantly rotating food vendors, live music, and weekend farmers’ markets. Still, you can be sure to be spoiled for choice by all the incredible food available.

At the heart of the Ropewalks, you’ll find Bold Street – rated by Lonely Planet as one of the best shopping streets in the entire country, and for a good reason. The cobbled street is absolutely oozing with vibrant creativity – whether you’re a book lover, vinyl record collector, tea connoisseur, or art collector – you’ll find what you’re looking for on Bold Street.

small food bowls

Happy and Affordable Work-Life Balance

From Victorian houses to modern new developments – Liverpool has a vast range of housing options available to buy or rent and is more affordable than most major cities in the UK. The current average house price in Liverpool stands at £185k, compared with the UK average of £337k – that’s a whopping saving of £152k.

Thanks to its friendly locals, optimistic outlook, and bustling – yet walkable – cosmopolitan centre, the city has previously been voted one of the UK’s best places for a healthy work-life balance. The health, education, and retail sectors, along with tourism, are the city’s most populated industries – and of course, if you’re an independent business owner or creative, there’s really no better place to set up shop than in Liverpool. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded thinkers and fit right in with Liverpool’s thriving independent scene.

The Original Red Brick University

The University of Liverpool is one of the six original red brick civic universities and a founding member of the Russell Group. Amongst its alumni, you’ll find ten Nobel Prize winners as well as the

CEOs of The Coca-Cola Company, Tesco, and Motorola – study in Liverpool, and you’ll be following in the footsteps of some rather successful people.

The university consistently ranks with the top 150 universities worldwide and is recognised in the top 1% of universities for internationally recognised research. Built over 100 acres, the urban campus is no more than a ten-minute walk from the city centre – so students can enjoy every inch of Liverpool’s museums, galleries, nightlife, and libraries whilst still receiving a world-class education.

We hope you enjoyed this look at what Liverpool has to offer. If you’re considering moving to the culture-rich city in Merseyside, then smart storage is here for you. Whether you need domestic or business storage, we have a huge range of self-storage in Liverpool.