The Virgin Red Guide to Liverpool

The Beatles statues in Liverppol
by Sarah Crake
28 April 2023

Liverpool – a city known for its world-famous pop music heritage, one of football’s most famous stadiums (Liverpool FC’s Anfield), and home to one of the first Virgin Records stores. Next month, this popular seaport city is set to sparkle as it hosts the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of last year’s winner, Ukraine. The 2023 final takes place on 14 May (the semi-finals are 9 May and 11 May) at the M&S Bank Arena on the Pier Head Waterfront.   

Don’t worry if you haven’t managed to snag tickets – the events village at Pier Head will be hosting live show broadcasts as well as loads of themed parties as the city transforms into one giant glitterball. There’s never been a better time to soak up The Pool’s party atmosphere, but whenever you visit the city there are lots of ways to earn and spend points with Virgin Red.  

From platform to pop culture 

Whether you're travelling from London, Birmingham, or Manchester, beat the traffic and book your train journey with any provider through Virgin Trains Ticketing. You’ll find money-saving solutions like split ticketing and zero booking fees on e-tickets and even better, Virgin Red members can earn three Virgin Points per £1 on every train ticket purchased.  

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Book your journey with Virgin Trains Ticketing

Grab some grub 

Restaurants in Liverpool are renowned for serving up a good bit of scran! So if all the excitement has worked up an appetite, SquareMeal has three ways to help you boost your points while you fill your belly:  

  1. 100 points for making an online reservation and dining in at your chosen restaurant 

  2. 100 - 3,000+ points each time you spend £20 or more in one of SquareMeal’s participating restaurants with your linked payment card 

  3. 25 points for your opinion by leaving a verified review of your experience 

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Earn points with SquareMeal

Soak up the Scouse spirit 

Liverpool is known for its lively bars and there’s no better place to pick up some class mixology skills. The Cocktail Masterclass and Three Course Meal for Two at Revolution Albert Dock is a great way to spend an evening, and when you book with Virgin Red, you’ll earn 10 Virgin Points per £1 with Virgin Experience Days. Situated right next to the M&S Arena, the area will be buzzing with pop fans and events; including art installations, live acts and pop-ups selling Ukrainian food and drink.   

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Cocktail Masterclass and Three Course Meal for Two

View the party from above 

For a bird’s eye view of the excitement down below, take a ride on the Wheel of Liverpool with Virgin Experience Days via Virgin Red. Book the private VIP capsule on this 60m landmark and enjoy Prosecco and chocolates for four while your points balance reaches new heights. Or fly even higher and see the city’s famous landmarks from the sky - just 9,500 Virgin Points could get you a 12 mile Helicopter Flight for One over the Mersey coastline. 

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Helicopter flight for one

Discover Liverpool’s musical marvels 

For a change of pace, take it down a beat and spend some time exploring Liverpool’s musical history. No trip to the city is complete unless you’ve experienced a bit of The Beatles.  

Earn 10 Virgin Points per £1 on a Magical Mystery Tour and see the locations that inspired the Fab Four’s hits, their childhood homes, and the Cavern Club, the iconic venue where they were discovered in 1961.  You can also book a visit to the Beatles Story Exhibition for Two – an authentic trip down memory lane for any Beatles fan or music buff. Situated near the Eurovision Village, the venue will also host different live performances every day.


Beatles tours with Virgin Experience Days

Finish up with a flick 

Time to give your dancing shoes a rest? Kick back at Picturehouse, the UK’s neighbourhood cinema chain located within FACT, Liverpool’s top media and art venue for just 2,250 Virgin Points. They’re even hosting a viewing party where you can catch all the action with a complimentary drink.

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Picturehouse film ticket

Whenever you visit there's always something to do and ways to earn and spend Virgin Points.

P.S. We always do our best to include the most up-to-date information but Virgin Red offers do change from time to time. Click on each offer for the current points rate and all the details.