ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best Liverpool Cultural Attractions

Updated on December 1, 2010
Liverpool's waterfront by night
Liverpool's waterfront by night

Five Great Places to Visit in Liverpool, England

It was for good reason that the European Union designated Liverpool its 2008 City of Culture. Although to many people Liverpool is all about The Beatles and Liverpool Football Club, there's so much more to explore and discover in this historic city.

And When Did You Last See Your Father?
And When Did You Last See Your Father?

Walker Art Gallery

The Walker is one of England's finest art galleries. Its contents include works by Lucien Freud and David Hockney, as well as such famous pieces of art as And When Did You Last See Your Father?, an 1878 oil painting depicting a scene from the English Civil War, by William Frederick Yeames. The extensive collection is housed in an elegant 19th-century building on William Brown Street, a pedestrianized street that is also home to Liverpool Central Library and the World Museum, formerly Liverpool Museum.

Interior of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral
Interior of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedrals

Liverpool boasts two majestic cathedrals seated at either end of Hope Street, just on the edge of the city centre. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, or simply Liverpool Roman Catholic Cathedral, was built from 1962 to 1967, and is of thoroughly modern design. Its shape earned it the local nickname "Paddy's Wigwam" (a nod to the Irish Catholics who tirelessly raised funds for its construction). The round interior has a central altar entirely surrounded by seating, with chapels dotted around the edge of the cathedral. Above the altar is the lantern ring tower, with stained glass that lends the cathedral an ethereal glow in the right light.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, or simply Liverpool Cathedral, is Anglican, and the seat of the Bishop of Liverpool. Although building began as recently as 1904, it can easily be mistaken for an example of older architecture. Its interior is vast and Gothic in style. The bell tower is reputedly the largest in the world, with a height of over 100 metres (330 feet). On one side of the cathedral is the wonderfully atmospheric sunken graveyard of St James's Park.

Liverpool Cathedral
Liverpool Cathedral

Port Sunlight Village

Industrial pioneer William Hesketh Lever built the village of Port Sunlight in 1888 for the workers in his Sunlight Soap factory. It remains a fascinating and picturesque destination for tourists today. Admire the architecture, monuments and quaint houses and cottages, and visit the Lady Lever Art Gallery, which Lord Lever-Hulme built to house his wife's art collection. The village is on the Wirral, just across the River Mersey from Liverpool, and a short drive or train ride from the city.


Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on Hope Street is surely one of England's best-preserved examples of Art Deco architecture and design. It is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the world's most celebrated symphony orchestras. As well as big-name concerts and entertainment events, the venue shows regular classic films, and has what may be the nation's last remaining resident cinema organist. Movies are projected onto a large 1930s-style Walderdaw screen that rises from the stage, making watching a film at the Phil an experience to be treasured.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)