Things You Can Do in Liverpool
Liverpool does not have as many visitors as the capital city of London as a city break destination, but those who want to visit another English city should consider this port city. Liverpool is for England what most capital city is for their country. Liverpool is located on the River Mersey on the west coast of England.
The city is known for its two famous football teams: Liverpool FC and Everton. The world famous band ‘The Beatles’ also comes from Liverpool. The city is traditionally an important port city. Nowadays, the tourist sector is very important for the city. Especially the part around the old port area is visited a lot. This part of Liverpool is on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. There are many special historic buildings here. Below are the top sights from the Liverpool City:
1. Anglican Cathedral
This beautiful Liverpool Cathedral was built at the beginning of the twentieth century. No less than 74 years have been established to make it as it is now. Messrs. Giles Gilbert Scott and George Bodley were appointed after their submitted design to the architects who were allowed to lead in 1904 when laying the first stones and further building this cathedral. There is a gift shop, restaurant and watchtower in the cathedral.
2. Liverpool Town Hall
One of the most beautiful historic buildings in Liverpool is undoubtedly the town hall. You will find this royal building on High Street. Parts of the building are used for different purposes. There is, for example, the council chamber of the city below, there is room for weddings, and rooms have been set up for the public to be shown during a guided tour. In front of the town hall is the Nelson monument which has been placed in honor of Admiral Horatio Nelson. Horatio Nelson is a very influential person who has many successful wars to his name.
3. Metropolitan Cathedral
Metropolitan Cathedral is located in the University area of Liverpool, east of the city center. The Roman Catholic Church has only been there since the 1960s. It is a design by architect Fredrick Gibberd. The church has a circular plan and for this reason is also called ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ or ‘De Paus launch ramp’. The Metropolitan Cathedral is a modern building made of reinforced concrete and Portland stone. The altar is in the heart of the church. Through a truncated cone with a stained-glass window, which is located on the roof, the daylight shines beautifully inside. The Metropolitan Cathedral is always visited by tourists.
4. Albert Dock
In this warehouse part of Liverpool where a lot of trade was previously driven, now flourishes as a real tourist attraction. You will find the Tate Liverpool Museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Beatles Story and some monumental buildings. This new, hip part of the city has meanwhile acquired some equally trendy restaurants and other catering establishments.
5. Beatles Story
Four boys from Liverpool, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr decide to form a pop group together. This was a resounding success, and the Beatles are still seen as the most influential bands in history. The Beatles Story is now a sought-after attraction in Liverpool, where you take a tour of the houses where they grew up and see unique art objects along the road that deal with the Beatles. Furthermore, you will be taken on a journey through all kinds of technology through the music history of this world-famous band.
6. The Walker
Former mayor and brewer Andrew Barclay Walker established this impressive museum full of artworks in 1877. The most beautiful art collections in Britain can be found here. For example, collections by Dutch and Italian artists from the period between 1300-1550 can be found. But also works by Rembrandt, Poussin, Lucian Freud and Albert Moore can be seen in this fantastic museum. For lovers of sculptures, there is a particular department full of the most beautiful creations.
7. Port of Liverpool Building
The beautiful neo-baroque historic building on the Pier Head has a palatial appearance. The large round dome is a landmark for many people. It used to be the port office that was ruled by the Mersey Docks and Harbor Company. Nowadays, several more significant companies are housed in this particularly beautiful building.
8. Liverpool Museum
This extensive museum in Liverpool is one of the series of four branches that belongs to the Tate Gallery. In this museum, you can see mainly British art from the year 1500 to the present. In addition to classical works, there is also room for contemporary art. You can find this museum at the Albert Dock in a former warehouse.
9. Merseyside Maritime Museum
At the Albert Dock is this museum that tells about the trade and the fortunes of the Port of Liverpool. In the basement, for example, a few things are said about smuggling boots and contraband. Also in this museum subjects are discussed as the slave trade, the Titanic and the role of Liverpool in this whole.
10. Echo Arena Liverpool
This Arena and Convention Center (ACC) is used for giving various (pop) concerts, MTV Awards, sporting events, and festivals. Already many greats from the music industry have given a concert here. The other side of the building is a convention center, mainly used for congresses and exhibitions. Due to its unique design, the building is very eye-catching.
11. Tate Liverpool Museum
The Tate Liverpool Museum, part of the Tate Gallery, is located in a large renovated warehouse on the Albert Dock (number 1 of this list). You will find mainly British art from classical (from the year 1500) to contemporary. There is no collection of its own at the Tate Liverpool Museum. Every year there is a new program of temporary exhibitions. If you indicate on the website of Tate when you go there, you can already see which temporary exhibition there is in Tate Liverpool.
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