Liverpool is a city on the Mersey estuary in north west England. As a port it gained affluence in the 19th century as well as a diverse and vibrant population which is still a characteristic of the city. The Liver Building on the dock front is still a landmark and a reminder of the city’s heritage. Both the 4 star Adelphi and the 3 star The Liner evoke the heyday of transatlantic sea crossings, the Adelphi dating from the early 20th century while The Liner is modern but uses ocean-going liners as a design concept. Today many of the docks areas have been redeveloped and offer good deals in self-catering apartments. For more recent history, the Beatles have left a major mark, with their own museum, the Cavern Club, John Lennon airport and a whole hotel, the Hard Days Night, devoted to the theme. As the European Capital of Culture in 2008, the city has plenty of things to see and do. The main railway terminus at Lime Street is in the city centre and there is a range of accommodation near the station, throughout the city centre and at the airport. Booking 4 star or budget hotels is easy with plenty of deals and offers on rooms. For students and backpackers there are youth hostels available.