Published: April 200848 HOURS
Liverpool Destination Guide
"Photo: Babycream restaurant, Liverpool"
Restaurants and bars like hot spot Babycream enliven Liverpool's Albert Dock.
Photo by Kaos/Sime

This once fab English city makes a comeback.

Famous for four mop-headed lads who took the music world by storm in the 1960s, Liverpool is back in the spotlight as the European Capital of Culture for 2008. This rugged 800-year-old city in England's northwest is used to seeing its fortunes change. The tidal waters of the River Mersey transformed this former fishing village into a global port synonymous with the slave trade in the 18th century. The city has been overshadowed by economic blight, but it is now in the midst of a remarkable renaissance. In today's Liverpool you're as likely to find specialist sakes as neoclassical buildings of old.

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