BioGrad is located in the heart of Liverpool, providing lots of ways to spend your free time outside of the laboratory.
Liverpool is internationally renowned for football and music, and has been voted the 'friendliest city in the UK'. It is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, boasting the largest collection of museums and galleries for any UK city outside of London. With beautiful docks. 2 Cathedrals, 3 Universities, a world famous ferry and loads of museums you won't be short of sites to visit during your course. Plus there are fantastic restaurants and cafés to keep you going while you explore the many wonderful sites!
Why study science in Liverpool?
Liverpool forms part of the 'Northern Powerhouse' which has received extensive funding for the development of the region. This funding has increased international investment concentrating in the areas of biotechnology and health sciences. In turn, science opportunities within the region are at an all time high, with amazing career development opportunities for early career and experienced scientists.
The Knowledge Quarter
Bringing together key partners in Liverpool (including Liverpool Science Park), the Knowledge Quarter is designed to heighten creative innovation and close the economic gap between Liverpool and London. It is host to some of the world's leading influencers in science, health, culture and education.
The Knowledge Quarter also supports programmes that invest in the 54,000 students based in Liverpool. You can read more about the agenda and prospective opportunities on their official website www.kqliverpool.co.uk.
Famous Science & Medicine Institutions
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Established in 1898, the School of Tropical Medicine is the first institution in the world dedicated to research and teaching in the field of tropical medicine. It was founded by local ship owner Sir Alfred Lewis Jones to treat sailors docked in Liverpool's port who had sailed into England from West and Southern Africa, where they had contracted unfamiliar "tropical" diseases.
Up until 1920, the School of Tropical Medicine relied upon the University College (now the University of Liverpool) for facilities management. It has since become world renowned as a centre of medical innovation and research, fundamentally basing its principles on the ability to network and branch out within the world of science.
Royal Liverpool Hospital
The Royal is the largest university teaching hospital in the North-West of England. As a centre of excellence for research, development and innovation, the Royal Liverpool hospital has long standing partnerships with the University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, attracting students of medicine and science from around the world.
The Women's Hospital
A highly unique institution, the Women's Hospital is one of only 2 hospitals in the UK that are dedicated to treating women and their babies. Given its highly specialised focus of care, the Women's is also one of the UK's busiest hospitals. Cutting-edge research is conducted on a daily basis, specifically focusing on the improvement of health care of babies and women.
Arts & Culture
The Albert Docks
Liverpool has a rich maritime history with a port dating back to 1710. By the 19th century, Liverpool was the second port (after London) of the British Empire and one of the greatest ports in the world, spanning more than seven miles of the Liverpool waterfront and employing force of nearly thirty thousand people in the city. In the 20th century the Port of Liverpool made and registered the Titanic before it's fateful voyage and also played a major role in both world Wars.
Many of the historic docks are now renovated as tourist attractions housing beautiful museums, galleries, shops, bars and restaurants. Take a stroll around the lofty colonnades and statuesque columns of the famous Albert Dock which makes up the largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in the country. Whilst you are there you can take a trip on the famous 'Mersey Ferry' or visit one of the 'pop up' cultural attractions which alternate throughout the year.
The Beatles Story
Opening times - 9AM - 6PM Tel: 0151 709 1969 - Location - Albert Dock
Delve into the lives of the world's greatest music band - the Beatles Story is a fantastic visual tour shedding light on how the Beatles came to be (and where they went). Visit their website to check out information on bookings and offers www.beatlesstory.com.
St George's Hall
St George's Hall was built in the early 19th century and now serves as a popular venue for hosting exhibitions, performances and other entertaining events. Widely regarded as one of the world's finest neo-classical buildings, St George's Hall was reopened in 2007 by Prince Charles after undergoing a £23m refurbishment.
Known as "the city's workshop", "the creative playground" and "the cultural quarter", the Baltic Triangle is truly an artist's hub, where all kinds of characters flock to have a drink and a bite to eat . . . or have a wild night out.
In what's described as an "old meets new" setup, the Baltic Triangle's historic architecture is where many emerging businesses and entrepreneurs have set up shop. Live music is a staple feature of the Baltic Triangle, and there's always an event or festival happening. Camp & Furnace and Constellations are particularly popular amongst Liverpool's student population.
Visit the official website www.baltictriangle.co.uk for all the latest news and events.
The Bohemiam Bold Street is one of Liverpool's most vibrant areas and a fantastic place to discover independent bars, boutiques, restaurants and cafés. This is a great area to explore during a lunch time as it's just 2-3 minutes walk from the BioGrad Laboratories.
Opening times 10:00AM - 12:00AM - Tel: 0151 236 9091
It's often said that The Beatles are what put Liverpool on the map, and so they (and anything to do with them) are huge cultural attractions here in Liverpool. The world-famous Cavern Club is where The Beatles first performed, and has transformed from one of Liverpool's nightlife hotspots to one of its biggest tourist attractions. Take a magical mystery tour to where the world's greatest band were born!
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Opening times - 10:00AM - 5:00PM Tel: 0151 478 4499 Location - Albert Dock
The Merseyside Maritime Museum is part of the National Museums Liverpool and an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. It features exhibits on ships and maritime activity in and from Liverpool, as well as fun interactive exercises to help you learn about Liverpool's rich naval history!
International Slavery Museum
Opening times - 10:00AM - 5:00PM Tel: 0151 478 4499 - Location: 3rd Floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock
Also part of the National Museums Liverpool Group, the International Slavery Museum is a truly unique foundation that explores aspects of historical and contemporary slavery as well as being an international hub for resources on human rights issues.
For the latest updates on featured exhibitions and offered visit the official website www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism.
Opening times 10:00AM - 5:50PM - Location: Albert Docks
Liverpool's famous Tate art gallery features wonderful modern and contemporary art exhibitions. If you love art then the Tate makes a fantastic excursion. Located on the Albert Docks, you can visit the Tate free of charge (except for special exhibitions that may require a small fee).
For more information on exhibitions and events please visit their official website www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-liverpool.
World Museum and Walker Art Gallery
Opening times 10:00AM - 5:00PM - Location: William Brown Street
A science museum covering everything from "the sea to the stars". It's the perfect trip for prospective scientists, exploring both the natural and archaeological history of the world. There's thousands of exhibits and activities on offer - and it's all for free!
Also here, described as one of the finest art galleries in Europe, the Walker Art Gallery features artwork dating from the 13th century to the present day. For over 130 years it has hosted some of Liverpool's finest art collections, including artwork by Lucian Freud, David Hockney, and Bridget Riley.
For more information regarding events and exhibitions please visit the World Museum official website www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/wml or the Walker Art Gallery website www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker.
FACT - Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology
FACT is the UK's leading media arts centre and features regular events showcasing artists' works. You can explore their 3 galleries (which feature 4 annual exhibitions) or watch independent and mainstream film in one of their 4 cinema theatres. Look up their latest events and news on www.fact.co.uk/whats-on.aspx.
Location: 5-11 Hope Street
The Everyman was founded in 1964 and built its reputation on revolutionary creativity and a bohemian style of drama. It attracts audiences of all ages, promoting a love for drama and appreciation of performance stage talent. For events and performance details visit their official website www.everymanplayhouse.com/everyman.
Location: Lime Street
One of Liverpool's most famous theatres and a centre of tourist attraction, the Empire Theatre was first established in 1866. It includes a huge array of highly entertaining performances, particularly musicals, plays and concerts. The Empire Theatre is located on the corner of Lime Street and London Road.
Liverpool has a strong football culture, being the home of the two world-famous football clubs Liverpool FC and Everton (who also have a notoriously heated rivalry). Anfield Stadium and the Echo Arena are both found close to the city centre and are easily accessible for football fans to take a tour around.
Opening times - 10:00AM - 9:30PM - Tel: 07716 371682 - Location - 12 King Edward Industrial Estate, Gibraltar Row
BioGrad students have exclusive access to Clue Finders on Wednesday evenings. Escape from a locked room with your team mates within 60 minutes by solving puzzles, hunting for clues and keeping your wits about you!
City Bike Liverpool - Bikes for Hire
Tired of walking? Hop on a bike (£1 per hour) and tour around Liverpool's beautiful city centre! You can find stations to hire bikes dotted around the city - there are some located right next to the Science Park. You can find the specific locations of the various bike stations on our BioGrad Bingo sheets! - www.citybikeliverpool.co.uk.
Jungle Rumble Adventure Golf
Tel - 0151 792 8803 Opening Times - 10 AM - 10 PM Location - Liverpool ONE (middle of the zig-zag steps)
Golf with a jungle twist - choose between one of the 2 18-hole (one is more challenging) courses and try to get the highest score. It's got great package deals, a bar and gaming machines.
TeamSport Go Karting Liverpool
Opening times - 9 AM - 11 PM Location - North Harrington Building, 182 Sefton Street Tel - 0844 998 0000
The UK's number 1 indoor karting circuit, TeamSport Go Karting features an 850m multi-level race track. They have a range of activities from a 50 Lap Race to F1 experiences that you can choose from - and you can book as a group. Visit their website for details www.team-sport.co.uk/go-karting-liverpool.
Grab a bite to eat...
Liverpool is filled with fantastic restaurants that serve up all kinds of wonderful treats. You really are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining, and an added bonus is that most restaurants are a 10 minute walk from the BioGrad Laboratories!
Liverpool One Terrace
Great vibes and great food - grab something to eat at Liverpool One Terrace which hosts Pizza Express, Zizzi, Wagamama, Chaophraya, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Nandos and much more!
Opening times 9 AM - 2 AM Tel - 0151 236 4774 Location - 5 Brunswick Street
Given its crazy concoctions it's no wonder The Alchemist is so popular. See science served up on a hot plate or in a drink flask - the Alchemist offers fantastic and unique food and drinks. Definitely a must-visit for BioGrad students.
Opening times - 9 AM - 10:30 PM Tel - 0151 707 2755 Location - Top Floor, 16-18 Newington, Liverpool L1 4ED
A very niche, but very popular vegan/vegetarian cafe amongst Liverpool's artists and students that also doubles as an Art Gallery, Egg Café has great food for even greater prices. Tip: its cakes are phenomenal even if the ingredients sound a bit strange!
Opening times 9 AM - 7 PM Tel - 0151 707 6738 88 Location - Federation House, Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BW
Great vibes, great location and even greater food - Moose Coffee is perfect for pancake and waffle lovers! It serves up hot plates of American-style breakfast, as well as other delicious dishes. Visit their website www.moosecoffee.co.
Barley & Beans
Opening times 10 AM - 8 PM Tel - 0151 227 2472 Location - 17 Hatton Garden, Liverpool L3 2FE
The cafe/restaurant is one of Liverpool's most popular joints for chocolate lovers. Barley & Beans is located in the city centre, offering lunch menus as well as coffee. Treat yourself to one of Barley & Beans' 'freak shakes'.
Check out the Barley & Beans menu on their website www.barleyandbeans.co.uk.
Opening times 9 AM - 6 PM Tel - 0844 245 8612 Location - 103 Mount Pleasant, Liverpool L3 5TB
A 2-minute walk from Liverpool Science Park, Cuthbert's is the perfect pit-stop for some afternoon tea. They also serve wonderful sandwiches and fantastic cakes!