Liverpool: it’s better than you might think
7th June 2016
It’s 2016 yet some (uneducated) people still think Liverpool is the scummy city portrayed in Harry Enfields’s Scousers sketch. It still seems to have a bad reputation which does not reflect the true identity of the city and its people at all.
Even when I decided to move to Liverpool in 2012 I still received comments from people like “Why would you want to move there? It’s so rough.”.
I often find myself defending the city I love so much, telling people that they should pay a visit sometime and see for themselves just what I mean.
And I also tell people that I used to think like they do. I grew up in the countryside and I was led to believe that Liverpool was unsafe. It’s why we would pay a 10 year old kid, who was a complete stranger, £5 to look after our car when we went to watch the match at Goodison.
I heard jokes like…
Q.What’s the difference between Batman and a Scouser?
A.Batman can go anywhere without Robin.
…and thought that Liverpool was riddled with crime. I also thought that Scousers were scary people who were “out to get you”.
I could not have been more wrong, and I’m ashamed that I once let people’s opinions of a place influence my opinions.
I think my views of Liverpool changed in 2008 when I first visited the city centre for the first time. As I mentioned previously, my only experience of Liverpool before this had been attending football matches at Goodison Park.
I instantly felt a connection to the city. I thought the architecture was beautiful, especially Albert Dock, and I thought the people were so friendly and positive. I fell in love with the city and it was a pleasure to visit time and time again.
Liverpool soon became our favourite city to visit, and it wasn’t long before I had made my mind up about moving there for university. In fact, I was so determined to move to Liverpool that I applied to three universities in the city. And I’m sure you are all aware that my love for Liverpool did not fade when I moved here as I decided to stick around permanently after I graduated.
Technically I no longer live in Liverpool since moving to the outskirts, but I still class it as my home. The spirit of Liverpool travels for many miles beyond the heart of the city.
It’s a city full of culture, history, passion and the friendliest people on the planet.
Still not convinced that Liverpool is better than you think? Well, let me provide you with some facts about Liverpool that might just change your mind…
- Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music.
- In 2008, Liverpool was European Capital of Culture.
- Liverpool has the most listed buildings in the UK outside of London.
- In 2014, Rough Guides named third city in the world to visit in 2014.
- In 2015, the Royal Town Planning Institute named Liverpool waterfront the “greatest place” in England.
- In 2016, Liverpool was named the second happiest city to work in in the UK.
- In 2016, Liverpool was named as one of the top three friendliest cities to work in in the UK.
- Liverpool has lower crime rates than London, Manchester and Birmingham.
- Movies including Fast and Furious, Sherlock Holmes, Captain America and Harry Potter have been filmed here.
- We have not one but two amazing cathedrals.
- Liverpool is the most successful footballing city in England being home to Everton and Liverpool.
- It’s the home of The Beatles. ‘nough said.
Shall I continue? Because I could. Allll day!
They say “Don’t judge a book by its cover” and I really do think Liverpool is judge on a daily basis unfairly. Over the years I’ve changed many people’s opinions on the city by simply telling them to visit and check it out for themselves, and I love nothing more than when these people come back to me to tell me I was right.
I mean, I’ve managed to convinced the wonderful Georgie of Hey Georgie, who lives in Australia, to stop off here on her trip to Europe!
So, what are your opinions on Liverpool? And if you haven’t visited, get yourself here ASAP!
You can read all my posts about Liverpool here.