10 Must Visit Locations in Liverpool

Liverpool has the world-class tourist attractions with more galleries and museums anywhere outside of London. The city is awarded with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World heritage site and is known worldwide as the birthplace of The Beatles and also has the Liverpool  Football Club.  The origin of the city’s name first appeared in 1173 in a charter which was granted by Sir Henry II and is connected with the mythological Liver Bird also pronounced as “Iyver”. Nowadays this place has become one of the favourite tourist place by having the combination of trading metropolis, university town, financial center as well as a key city for the Catholic and Anglican churches.

Let’s explore the different beautiful destinations in Liverpool:

  1. The Beatles

Liverpool is famous for the birthplace of the Beatles and it is proud to be the birthplace of the best band in the world. This place shows the story of how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of fame and fortune from their humble childhood beginnings. Replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street and The Cavern authentically capture the early 60s and allow you to experience the very places that helped make The Beatles the greatest band in the World.

Many tourist organizations offer visitors opportunity to follow in their footsteps of like Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and usually include The Beatles Story in Albert Dock and the rebuilt Cavern Club, where they made their debut in 1961. You can also hear the story of ‘Living History’ by audio guides which are available in ten different languages.

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The Beatles

  2. Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King

The Catholic cathedral reflects the style of the 1960s. It has a wonderful architecture and built in a circular shape and topped with spires that represent Jesus’s crown of thorns. The largest piece of the stained glass of the world is here it may look black from outside, but inside the light shines through it and throws the rainbow colors on the marble floor. If you are visiting this place, then do not forget to visit the recently re-opened crypt, all that remains of an earlier attempt to build a cathedral in the 1930s. It has a café which serves good homemade food and also has a gift shop. Entry is free for this beautiful place, but a donation is requested.

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Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral 

  3. Albert Dock

Albert Dock was the first facility in Britain, which was built using only bricks and iron and is an impressive five-story-high block of buildings surrounding the harbour basin where cotton, tobacco and sugar were once loaded. It has decorated, restored warehouses with their luxury apartments, restaurants, cafes, designer boutiques and museums which depict the “gentrification” (phenomena).

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Albert Dock

  4. Tate Gallery

This gallery was established at the end of the 19th century with a legacy from the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate-found space in the warehouses where raw sugar was stored before being refined. It contains exhibition halls and galleries dedicated to contemporary art on its ground floor as well as works on loan from the London gallery. If you are an art lover, you can also enjoy The Victoria Gallery and Museum, which is situated in red-brick building of the University of Liverpool and it includes large collections of sculptures and ceramics along with an impressive array of paintings by the likes of Lucian Freud and J.M.W Turner. The facility also provides programs on education and technical workshops as well as a café and shop.

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Tate

  5. The Pier Head

The Pier Head area of Liverpool includes the traditional trio of harbour buildings known as The Three Graces- the Port of Liverpool building, the Cunard Building, which was named after Canadian Samuel Cunard who was the owner of the first shipping line from Liverpool-Halifax-Boston and the Royal Liver Building which is not open to the public. This is the only place where you can also find the Titanic Memorial, honouring the “Heroes in the Engine Room” on the luxury liner that sank in 1912; the Queen Victoria Monument; and the Georgian Town Hall, built in 1754 with its lovely copper cupola crowned by a statue of Minerva.

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Pier Head

  6. St George’s Hall

The beautiful and spectacular hall was declared by Queen Victoria, speaking of this 1854 neo-classical building and it look as if it has absconded from Ancient Greece. It shows the combination of the look of a Greek temple from outside and the appearance of a Roman bath inside which makes this one of the country’s finest Victorian municipal buildings. St George’s hall boasts not only a large and small music hall, but also a law court at each end. Movies like “Let him have it” and “In the name of the father” both had scenes filmed here.

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St George’s Hall, Liverpool 

  7. Magical Mystery Tour

This could be one of the best destinations in the Liverpool. Many of the places associated with the fab four (The Beatles) are located outside of the city center and this tour takes you to them all: the schools, the family homes, the birthplaces and many more. A special coach is used and commentary is provided by a live guide or on an MP3 player in French, Spanish or German.

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Magical Mystery Tour

  8. Chinese Arch

Situated at the entrance of the oldest Chinatown in Europe is the dazzling arch, a present from Liverpool’s twin city of Shanghai in 2000.It stands 15 meters high and with over 200 dragons on it. The Chinese restaurants like Yuet Ben, Ma Bo etc. are the major area of concern.

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Chinatown, Liverpool

  9. Museum of Liverpool

The museum was opened in 2011 and celebrates the city’s unique geography, history and culture using display related to the port and its people. Collection of the museum includes period costumes, and decorative art as well as the objects representing the city’s social and urban history, along with oral testimonies, archaeological material and photos. The museum is home to the famous Lion steam engine built in 1838.

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Museum of Liverpool 

  10. Birkenhead Park

It lies on the west side of the Mersey and is linked to Liverpool by tunnels and the excellent Mersey Ferry service. This was the first publicly funded park in Britain opened in 1847 and has three entrances, two lakes and ornate bridge.

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Birkenhead Park 

 

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Liverpool is a dream place which has unique blend of museum, art galleries, parks, churches, and much more. This is one of the best place for sightseeing and you can enjoy the nature here. So, explore the above mentioned places of Liverpool and cherish their memories for the whole life.

Featured Image Courtesy:  Shaun Jeffers

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