Iconic Liverpool Architecture
The City of Liverpool is a World Heritage Site in the north west of England. This hub explores just a small sample of the best architecture in Liverpool.
- The Beatles: Attractions in Liverpool
The Beatles Story Albert Dock is featured in this hub.
The Albert Dock Liverpool
The Albert Dock is home to the largest group of Grade I listed buildings that can be found in any UK city outside London. Just five minutes walk from the famous Pier Head and The Liver Building, the dock area ranks highly in any Liverpool 'must-see' list. Based on a design submitted by the architect Jesse Hartley, it was opened in 1846 by Prince Albert to provide a loading /unloading area for cargoes such as brandy, tea, silk, tobacco and cotton. It closed to shipping in 1972 (with the exception of the annual Liverpool Tall Ships Festival) and the dock underwent a regrettable period of dereliction until redevelopment by the Merseyside Development Company began in the early 1980s.
The dock is now home to a variety of attractions in their own right and is understandably a Mecca for tourists from all over the globe. Look out for ‘The Beatles Story’, ‘Tate Liverpool’, the ‘Merseyside Maritime Museum’ and the ‘International Slavery Museum’. These attractions are complemented by a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants; the best (in my opinion) being ‘The Blue Bar’, ‘Pan American’ (Nicole Kidman has been spotted here!) and ‘Baby Cream’. And don’t forget the shops (and your plastic) as some of the most exclusive boutique shopping can be found in the Albert Dock area of the city.
When you have seen all the attractions, shopped till you dropped and filled your belly, it's time to take a tour on the Yellow Duckmarine! This is a rather peculiar duck shaped vessel which is as much at home in the water as it is driving (slowly) round the City Centre. Always full of tourists, the duck has a very strange horn (I presume it’s supposed to be a quack but no duck I’ve heard quacks quite like it!) and the driver is not averse to honking/quacking loudly at any passing pretty girls! The kids will love it!
St Georges Hall Liverpool
St Georges Hall opened to the public in 1854. Immediately labelled as one of the best features of Liverpool architecture, it came to be known as one of the best examples of Neo-Classical architecture in Europe. A tall claim perhaps? Not if you have seen it. It is simply fabulous.
The building itself has a very interesting history. Over the years, it has been home to many a different organisation often at the same time! It once included the offices of the Civil and Crown Courts AND a venue for music concerts and events. Probably the only place in the world where you could listen to your favourite band and be tried for a crime!
It was closed some years ago for an extensive £23m restoration. Officially reopened in 2007, by HRH The Prince of Wales, the Hall once again deserves it’s title of neo-classical architectural champion.
The reopening included the unveiling of a new Heritage Centre designed to further visitor enjoyment of the Hall and offering many interesting opportunities. For example, you can now visit the cells once occupied by prisoners, enjoy a community room used by local groups to display exhibitions or enjoy some light refreshments in the new Minton Tea Room.
The Three Graces
The Three Graces in the Pier Head area of Liverpool have become known as one of the most recognisable symbols of the city of Liverpool in the last century.
Consisting of The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, perhaps the best known of the buildings is The Royal Liver Building. This was completed in 1911 as an office for the Royal Liver Friendly Society (who still occupy the premises today) and stands as an architectural beauty against the equally famous Liverpool skyline.
The main and best known features of the building are two statues of Liver Birds which stand above two massive clock towers as an easily recognisable welcoming beacon to the City. The clock faces are bigger than Big Ben in London and were originally placed there so crew from passing ships could see the time as they sailed through Liverpool waters.
Legend has it that should the Birds ever fall then so will the City.
So there you have it, a quick look at some of the more famous architectural genius in the wonderful city of Liverpool. There are so many more wonderful places to visit in Liverpool (should keep me busy with another few hubs!!). Please take a look at The Sefton Park Palm House for a closer look at a Victorian Palm House situated a few miles from Liverpool city centre.