Five interesting facts about Liverpool

24th February 2016
A cityscape of Liverpool at night.

Are you living with us in Liverpool? Impress your friends back home with these five fascinating facts about your new home!

  1. It’s the most successful footballing city in England. Between them, Everton and Liverpool boast 27 League Championships, five European Cups, three UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners Cup, 11 FA Cups and six League Cups. It must be about time one of them added to their impressive haul, with the last trophy coming to Merseyside in 2012.
  2. In 2008, Liverpool was selected as the European Capital of Culture, fighting off competition from Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Gateshead and Oxford. Chosen by the European Union, Liverpool hosted a series of cultural events with a European theme throughout the year.
  3. It holds the title of ‘The World Capital City of Pop’, given by the Guinness World Records. Without a doubt, pop legends The Beatles made a huge contribution to securing this title! You only need to pop into the centre of Liverpool to see the city’s passion for music. As a little side fact, did you know that The Beatles played hundreds of times at the Cavern Club before they were discovered in 1961?
  4. Believe it or not, Liverpool was home to the first ever library to lend books out to the public. Maybe you can use this as a reason not to take your university library for granted! It was also the first city in the world to have a school of tropical medicine and an American consulate.
  5. The Liverpool to Manchester Railway, which opened in 1829, was the first successful railway in the world to carry passengers.

Another interesting fact especially for our students at North Western Hall, is that part of the filming for the upcoming Harry Potter prequel (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) took place opposite your accommodation back in October 2015, in St George’s Hall.

Why not try and find some interesting facts or landmarks around the city yourself? Maybe our guide to Liverpool will help you out.