Liverpool is Magic – Your city guide for the Dacia Magic Weekend

With the Dacia Magic Weekend just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to get planning for the big weekend in Liverpool and make the most of your time in Merseyside.

The atmosphere in Liverpool is sure to be buzzing on Bank Holiday Weekend as the city is taken over by Rugby League and also the Rock’n’Roll Marathon, taking place on Sunday 26th May. Rest assured that if you’re travelling to Anfield via car on the day of the marathon and coming down the M62, you will not come across any road closures and the route to the stadium will operate as normal.

There’s plenty to enjoy in Liverpool over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Visit Liverpool have put together some fantastic suggestions for Rugby League fans making the trip to get up to some serious sightseeing and soak up some culture over the course of the weekend.

Family Friendly

Old and young alike will love Liverpool city region; it’s a great destination for a family break, with city centre attractions plus fresh air and open spaces to explore.

City centre family-friendly attractions include Underwater Street and Mersey Ferries, plus U-boat Story and Spaceport, where you can blast off on a virtual journey through space and time. Museum of LiverpoolTate LiverpoolWalker Art GalleryMaritime Museum and World Museum all have child-friendly galleries, exhibitions and events. The beautiful Central Library has a large children’s section with lots of space to read and relax. Plus, stay in Liverpool and you’re well situated to enjoy a wild day out at Knowsley Safari Park or Chester Zoo. Visit Liverpool have put together a family-friendly day itinerary – check out their suggestions here.

Bars & Nightlife

Liverpool is a city that is very proud of its nightlife, both due to the variety and quality on offer. From superclubs to pubs with dogs, a thriving gay quarter to comedy venues on the waterfront, dance warehouses to concept bars, Liverpool at night has many faces. Here are some great areas that Visit Liverpool recommend…

Seel Street

Seel Street and the area around it have undergone a major transformation in the past decade or so, to the point that it is now a go-to for nightlife. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find it here. Hawaii’an-themed cocktail bar: Aloha. Traditional pub with top-notch food: The Monro. Hot dogs, steins and a bar with a secret code: Salt Dog Slims. And of course, if you’re staying out until the bitter end, The Peacock and Heebie Jeebies are always good for a dance.

Hardman Street

Some of the best traditional pubs in the city are dotted around Hardman Street. The Pilgrim and Ye Cracke are two excellent atmospheric pubs. Further down, opposite the bombed-out church, sits The Roscoe Head – a real ale specialist pub which is one of only seven pubs in the country to appear in every edition of the Good Beer Guide. The Cambridge, on the University of Liverpool campus, is the watering hole for various academics, students and thinking drinkers.

Mathew Street

There’s only one place to start when discussing the world-famous Mathew Street…and that is, of course, The Cavern Club, where The Beatles honed their skills while playing nearly 300 shows in the early sixties. The club sees live music seven days a week from 2pm onwards, with the Saturday night Beatles tribute a particularly popular highlight. With bars such as Rubber Soul, Lennon’s Bar and of course the Hard Days Night Hotel, the spirit of the band infuses the rest of the street, which is one of the busiest and most vibrant for nightlife.

Concert Square

Concert Square and the area around it is one of the liveliest spots in the city, seven nights a week. It’s home to some of the city’s biggest bars and clubs such as Modo, Soho, Coyote Ugly, McCooleys and Einstein.

Still Time To Get Your Tickets

If you haven’t got your match tickets for the Dacia Magic Weekend yet, there’s still time! Leeds take on London Broncos on Sunday 26th May at Anfield, kick off 3.30pm. Match tickets start from £12.50 for day tickets for Sunday, to watch all 3 of the days games including the Rhinos, and from £20 for the whole weekend with all 6 Rugby League fixtures.

Book online at, call the Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 or buy in person from the Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Journeying To Liverpool

The Rock’n’Roll Marathon takes place in Liverpool on Sunday 26th May however there are no road closures for those driving to Anfield via the M62.

The route to the Anfield area from the M62 via Queens Drive (A5058) and Utting Avenue will operate as normal. Likewise, for traffic approaching from the east along the East Lancashire Road (A580) and traffic from the north using the (A59), use Queens Drive onto Utting Avenue. Most visitors will be unaffected. Runners are expected to be clear of the Anfield area by around 12noon only.

Any road closures to the centre and south of the city will continue until later in the day. For those travelling from city centre hotels, routes via Lime Street and Islington are also unaffected.

Please visit here for further details of road closures.

Coach Travel Still Available

Remember you can still book coach travel and make the journey to Liverpool with fellow Rhinos fans. Coach travel is £20 for Sunday only or £35 for return travel on both days. Coaches will depart from Car Park F at Emerald Headingley at 10.30am on the Saturday and 10am on the Sunday. On both days the coach will depart Anfield approximately 45 minutes after the final whistle of the last match.

Book your spot on the coach online at, call the Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 or buy in person from the Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Public Transport Information

If you’re out and about enjoying all that Liverpool has to offer, there are bus services available over the weekend to help you make your way to Anfield.

By bus:

On Saturday, fans arriving earlier than 3:30pm, the number 17 service leaves the bus station in the city centre (Queen Square), every 7 or 8 mins throughout the day (from 6am).

On Sunday, fans arriving earlier than 2:30pm, the number 17 service leaves the bus station in the city centre (Queen Square) and runs every 15 mins throughout the day.

Rugbybus (Soccerbus) will operate from Sandhills as follows.

Saturday 25th May:

  • 12:30-13:45 (last departure to ensure arrival for 14:00)
  • 15:00-18:45 (last departure to ensure arrival for 19:00)

Return buses to operate for 90 minutes after the final whistle.

Sunday 26th May: 

  • 11:30-12:45 (last departure to ensure arrival for 13:00). These journeys will drop customers off at Arkles Lane due to the Rock & Roll Marathon.
  • 14:00-17:45 (last departure to ensure arrival for 18:00)

Return buses to operate for 90 minutes after the final whistle.

Services will operate at approximately 15 minute intervals.

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th – No service 502 will operate but service 501 will operate at frequent intervals from Walton Breck Road to Lime Street from approximately 18:00 on Saturday 25th and 17:00 on Sunday 26th. The 501 will operate for up to two hours after the final whistle (of the last game) for the Magic weekend.

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