Liverpool Attractions

Liverpool offers visitors a wide range of local attractions both in the city of Liverpool and in the surrounding areas in Merseyside. For a relatively compact city Liverpool packs in a great number of attractions, offering visitors plenty things to see and do in the area. The city includes a choice of attractions including museums, galleries, historic buildings, theatre, concerts, events and its location means the countryside, national parks and the seaside are all within reach.

We have outlined a number of interesting attractions and places to visit for visitors to Liverpool, these include:

The Maritime history in the city is very strong and Merseyside Maritime Museum is a great place to learn more. Located on the famous Albert Dock, visitors can see a number of exhibitions that give visitors a greater insight in to the maritime history of the city. There are a number of galleries and collections to see including art inspired by the sea and the emigration gallery highlighting the stories of millions of people who sailed from Liverpool to the ‘new world’.

A popular trip for visitors is to take is a river cruise aboard the famous Mersey Ferries. This allows you to relax and take in all the history and sights of Liverpool. Visitors can see some wonderful sights of the waterfront and Three Graces namely the Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building. There are also Manchester Ship Canal Cruises where visitors can enjoy a 35 miles trip along the scenic waterway that takes visitors from Liverpool to Salford Quays. The cruise offers a scenic way to the best of the North West of England.

It is easy to underestimate Liverpool's importance to the arts and culture and it has a number of museums and art galleries among the most famous is a branch of the Tate Gallery. The Tate Liverpool is located in Albert Dock in Liverpool. The gallery offers visitors the chance to see a range of contemporary and modern art along with displays from the Tate collection. The gallery was opened back in 1988 and since then it has built up a fine reputation and presents some of the finest modern art from UK and international artists. The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts boasts an impressive list of patrons such as Dame Judi Dench, Lord David Puttnam, Carly Simon and Paul McCarthy.

Liverpool's Albert Dock was built back in 1846, was once the most important and influential areas of the city. It fell in to decline in common with many other British ports with the decline of the traditional industries that were the lifeblood of the ports. However Albert Docks have now been renovated and the area is now thriving and one of Liverpool's biggest tourist draws. There are some of Liverpool's best museums in the docks and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants.

The area has been transformed and has a continental style atmosphere to it. The Albert Dock offers plenty of entertainment with funky bars and restaurants, the famous Beatles Story, the Maritime Museum and HM Customs & Excise National Museum. There are some retail boutiques for those that like to shop. There are a number of Grade I listed buildings located here. It is a place here you can enjoy a range of activities in stunning renovated surroundings.

Liverpool is home to two Cathedrals that attract many visitors each year. Liverpool Cathedral is located at St James’ Mount a short distance south of the city centre. The Church of England cathedral is one of the longest in the world, dating back to the early 20th century. The church is an active place of worship, visitors can tour the cathedral, see the impressive architecture and the tower. The building hosts a number of concerts, conferences and corporate events.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King Liverpool is located at Mount Pleasant in Liverpool. The Roman Catholic cathedral is distinctive for its architecture and is a Grade II listed building. Visitors can tour the cathedral with guides available to explain more about the cathedral and its history. The cathedral includes a visitor centre. Both Liverpool and the Metropolitan Cathedrals represent fine examples of internationally acclaimed architecture.

The World Museum is located on William Brown Street in Liverpool city centre. The museum contains a range of historic artefacts from around the world, it provides an interactive experience for the whole family to enjoy.

The Planetarium includes a number of shows and explains more about space, time and the universe. The Aquarium includes impressive and rare collections of fish and marine life with a dedicated learning space where visitors can learn in more depth. The Treasure House Theatre is where exhibits are brought to life via live video conferencing, live performances of music and dance and multimedia presentations. A visit to the museum that has free entry offers a fun and education day out for the whole family.

Art lovers are drawn to the Walker Art Gallery located on William Brown Street close to the World Museum in Liverpool. The art gallery holds one of the most distinguished collections of fine and decorative art. Galleries are located over two floors and range from the Renaissance period to contemporary including works from UK, European and worldwide artists. The gallery includes a number of changing exhibitions and events offering a great treat for art lovers.

Liverpool has also been designated a World Heritage Site since 2004. The world heritage site is formally known as Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City with the main part of the designated site located at the famous Liverpool waterfront. There are six main areas that form the site including the Albert Dock and the Commercial Centre and Cultural Quarter among others. Historically Liverpool was an extremely important port during the empire days.

The buildings and structures of the era were grand and elaborate reflecting Liverpool's influential position and importance. The architecture in Liverpool is world renowned and the city boasts more listed buildings than any city outside London. A visit to the areas covered in the world heritage site offers visitors a fascinating look at Liverpool’s history and incorporates the contemporary developments of the areas.

Liverpool Shopping offers visitors with plenty of choice. Shoppers have a range of high street shopping facilities at Church Street and Bold Street along with shopping malls such as Liverpool ONE. If you like shopping then a trip to the Metquarter is a must. It is home to a range of designer stores in Liverpool, Cavern Walks has stylish boutiques, and of course there is Albert Dock with its wide range of shops. The Metquarter is located in the heart of the city and is a popular place not just to go shopping but to meet friends and its bars and boutique shops. The site used to be the post office and has now been renovated and given a new lease of life.

Liverpool is synonymous with music and the birthplace of the Beatles, has also produced Atomic Kitten, the Farm, Cream and the Coral and Frankie Goes to Hollywood among others. Along with neighbouring Manchester, Liverpool has had a big influence on pop and popular culture in the UK over many decades. Beatles fans 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 Mathew Street, Liverpool is synonymous with its association with the Beatles, the group played regularly here in the early 1960’s before going on to world wide acclaim.

The Philharmonic Hall is located on Hope Street in Liverpool. It is home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and features an extensive programme of well known performers in the world of rock, contemporary and classical music, jazz and comedy. The orchestra gives approx 70 performances each year and collaborates with a range of musicians and artists covering a range of music genres.

It is recommended that prior to visiting Liverpool; visitors do their research and ensure any sights and attractions they plan on visiting are actually open on the days you intend on coming. The transport is also worth checking as maintenance and engineering works can mean a restricted service on public transport.

For visitors Liverpool is a compact city with a wealth of attractions, from its famous creative arts and culture scene, to its lively and varied nightlife and shopping facilities there is plenty for visitors to see and enjoy here. The city has enjoyed an upturn in fortunes in recent years and has a new found confidence and energy with the promise of more to come.

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