As Capital of Culture 2008, Liverpool has re-affirmed itself as the other capital city of the Northwest. Famous for its rock groups and red-hot football teams, it's got heritage, humour, sports and shopping in spades. With more art galleries and museums than any city outside London, Europe's fastest growing airport, and nightlife to rival Manchester, it's quite simply a marvelous place to be. Hotspots include the Albert Dock, FACT - Film, Art & Creative Technology - and the all-important ferry across the Mersey. It may be a breezy city by the river, but there's a warmth here that just can't be bought. Pick up an itchy Liverpool guide to help you on your way.