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Liverpool is a lively, cultural hub where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea. And in case you didn’t know, it’s also home to four guys who rocketed to international fame in 1964 in a little band called The Beatles. But Liverpool’s history goes back a little (ok- a lot) further… roughly 800 years! Come together right now in Liverpool for a deep dive into a fascinating city.
In its early days, Liverpool had just seven streets – all of which still exist today. It was a small and insignificant city until it became a key player in 18th-century transatlantic trade.
Liverpool’s ships and merchants dominated the slave trade during the late 1700s. As a result, Liverpool became incredibly wealthy and influential at a horrific cost to others.
Liverpool’s role in the transatlantic slave trade is well documented at the International Slavery Museum at the Royal Albert Dock. Here you will find the untold stories of enslaved people and the historical and contemporary impact of slavery.
Given Liverpool’s maritime history, it’s only natural that the waterfront takes center stage here. Its stunning views, exciting nightlife, and rich culture are all on display.
Fancy a pint and a fantastic meal, take in a show, or wander the Tate Liverpool or Merseyside Maritime Museum. Find out more about the port, its people, and its history at the Museum of Liverpool.
When you’ve finished exploring, check out the magnificent Royal Albert Dock.
The Royal Albert Dock is a breathtaking bit of architectural design. Built in 1846, it’s the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick, and stone, with no structural wood – making it essentially fireproof. The warehouses were secure and hydraulic cranes were used to haul cargo. As a result, the Dock’s efficiency cut ships’ unloading time in half and the region’s wealth grew.
Today the Dock’s five blocks of towering warehouses and iconic cast iron columns are the cornerstone of a World Heritage waterfront that welcomes more than 4 million visitors each year.
The Dock isn’t the only impressive architecture in Liverpool. There are more than 2500 historic buildings here. Twenty-seven of them are Grade 1 because of their exceptional architectural, historical, or national importance.
As you tour the city streets, be sure to stop at The Bluecoat on School Lane. It was built in 1717 in the Queen Anne style and is the oldest building in the city. It currently houses contemporary working artists, exhibitions, and events. You can also grab a bite to enjoy in the charming gardens or do a little shopping with local retailers.
You’ll also want to swing by Liverpool Town Hall on High Street. It’s the flagship building in the heart of the Castle Street conservation area and one of the grandest 18th-century town halls in the country.
St. George’s Hall is globally recognized as one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture. It boasts the largest tunnel vaulted ceiling in Europe, one of the greatest brick arches in the world, and a priceless mosaic floor.
No trip to the city is complete without a visit to Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club. The LFC Stadium Tour is a truly memorable experience for all, whether you’re a fan of the beautiful game, or interested in the history of the Club and the city of Liverpool itself.
Of course, your Liverpool adventure isn’t complete without delving into its most famous residents – the Fab Four! And what better place to begin than The Beatles Story Exhibition and Museum on Royal Albert’s Dock.
Here you’ll learn the story of John, Paul, Ringo, and George’s humble start to their explosive climb to worldwide fame and fortune.
Visit the iconic “Strawberry Field” site which houses an interactive exhibition, gardens, café, shop, and the original Strawberry Field gates.
Peek inside the childhoods of John and Paul as you tour their Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road homes.
And then… visit the most legendary club in the world- The Cavern Club. While the Beatles played here 292 times, you can still drop into the famous cellar to experience Liverpool’s famed music scene live.
We’ve just dipped our toes into lovely Liverpool, but there’s so much to see and do. The Destination Dispatch team recently welcomed James Wood from Visit Liverpool to talk up his trendsetting town. Listen in as he shares secret spots and great group tips.
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