Liverpool Travel Guide

Albert Dock, Liverpool

Introduction and Overview

The Liverpool Travel Guide introduces a range of visitor attractions, places of interest and offers useful tourist information for visitors. These are exciting times for the city of Liverpool; the European capital of culture title bestowed upon the city in 2008 has been a catalyst for much renovation and modernisation of the city.

Visitors have a range of attractions to see in this world heritage city that is also known for its thriving nightlife. It has helped the feeling in the city that Liverpool has great times ahead as a modern, influential and vibrant city and a leader in fields such as the arts and culture.

Liverpool has enjoyed a renaissance that can be traced back a number of years when regeneration first started. It had like many fellow northern cities, fallen on hard times when traditional manufacturing industries were dying out and taking with it the mainstay of the local economy and heart of the community with it.

On a positive note, Liverpool has bounced back and its energy and vibrant nature is there for all to see that visit the city.

The city has an international reputation for producing a number of top poets, artists, singers and playwrights. This added to the wide array of theatres and galleries makes Liverpool a leader in the arts and culture, visitors with a liking for the arts are very well catered for.

Liverpool is synonymous with music and is known for being the birthplace of the Beatles, fans of the Beatles can take a trip on the Magical Mystery Tours and learn more about the lives and times of the fab four.

The Cavern Club located in Matthew Street, Liverpool is synonymous with its association with the Beatles, the famous group played regularly at the club in the early 1960’s before going on to world wide acclaim.

Football fans are also well catered for in the city, it is home to two premiership football clubs Liverpool and Everton and you can see a game and experience the excitement and wonderful match day atmosphere.

Liverpool is also home to Aintree the venue for the Grand National each year that attracts many visitors from across the country.

The locals known as Liverpudlians are known for their quick witted humour and friendly nature.

Liverpool's port, once seen as the second city of the British Empire, provided the rest of the world the gateway to Britain, and Britain a gateway to the rest of the world, this maritime history has helped shape what Liverpool is today.

Liverpool’s Waterfront includes the famous Albert Dock, a wonderful venue for the arts and culture, it houses both the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Tate Liverpool and includes an impressive number of Grade I listed buildings.

Pier Head is home to one of the most famous sights in the city, the Three Graces made up of The Cunard Building, The Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.

From here visitors can see the Liverpool Canal Link that links Salthouse and Albert Docks to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal allowing canal boats from around the UK to travel to Liverpool.

Other attractions on the waterfront include the Open Eye Gallery with a range exhibitions and events dedicated to photography and Underwater Street, a fun discovery centre for children.

Liverpool has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, reflecting the historical importance of the maritime city and its outstanding universal value. The site known as the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City covers Albert Dock, Pier Head, Stanley Dock, Castle Street, Duke Street and William Brown Street.

The world heritage site includes a number of areas of historical significance along with areas that have been subject to more contemporary development.

Liverpool is a city with its own character and charm, with the European Cultural Capital title to add to the World Heritage site status, the city is recognised as a centre for the arts and cultural.

Its ambitious regeneration and modernisation plans have transformed the city with the promise of much more to come.

It is a city well connected by road, rail and air and its location means for visitors to the UK, it is easily accessible and makes a great destination for a short or weekend break and for those that wish to explore more thoroughly for a longer stay too.

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