If you have a small budget and want to stay closer home but still take them to see something different then take a look at Liverpool. This iconic city offers one of the most thriving art scenes in Europe. From traditional galleries showcasing old masters to contemporary spaces for new artists and photographers, you’re spoilt for choice.

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Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT)

FACT is the UK's leading media arts centre, based in Liverpool. Offering a unique programme of exhibitions, film and participant-led art projects, they use the power of creative technology to inspire and enrich lives. The award winning building is home to 3 galleries which show 4 exhibitions a year. 

Open Eye Gallery

The only gallery dedicated to photography and related media in the north-west, Open Eye is increasingly an essential part of Liverpool's art scene. Using a mixture of cutting-edge international photography and a considerable archive, Open Eye is a must-visit destination on the city's art map.

Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool has become one of the largest and most significant galleries of modern and contemporary art in the UK outside of London. Expect blockbuster artists across four floors of gallery space and an and an ever-changing programme of special events and lectures.

The Bluecoat

Known as Liverpool’s centre for contemporary arts, the Bluecoat showcases talent across the visual art, music, dance, live art and literature. The  Bluecoat boasts a rich history; it hosted the first Post Impressionist exhibition in 1911, including works by Picasso, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse and Gauguin – it is, nevertheless, an institution facing forwards. Many artists have presented their work here at an early stage read more ...

Victoria Gallery & Museum

This is the sister venue to London's Natural History Museum (both designed by Liverpool-born architect Alfred Waterhouse). Expect a really creepy museum (fossils, taxidermy, skeletons and curios from the university's 130-year history), a special collections gallery (including the largest display of paintings and prints by wildlife artist John James Audubon the US), and a regularly revolving programme of contemporary art exhibitions.

Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Gallery hosts an impressive collection of paintings, sculpture and decorative art from the 13th century to the present day. This grand gallery is still one of Liverpool's best tourist attractions. Highlights include the Victorian galleries lined with traditional wallpapers, 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art and John Moores Painting prize winners.

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