Exploring the History of Liverpool
Exploring the History of Liverpool
For those tourists who love their history, the city of Liverpool has a lot of it to uncover; Liverpool, in North West England, is the fifth largest city in the UK with a population of 2.24 million. The city’s origins can be traced back to 1190 when it was just a small settlement which traded with Ireland and the rest of England. Here we will look at the best pieces of history to explore and uncover when on a trip to this vibrant city.
The Royal Albert Dock
The Royal Albert Dock, one of the best-known parts of Liverpool, is a world heritage site at the waterfront which is home to the largest collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in the country. The dock opened in 1846 and due to its iron and brick structure was the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world; today the dock is Liverpool’s busiest tourist attraction and is home to the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Tate Liverpool and the Beatles Story.
The Beatles Story
No trip to Liverpool is complete without exploring the history of one the world’s most famous bands The Beatles. The Beatles Story is the world’s largest exhibition detailing the rise to massive fame The Beatles experienced. The exhibition includes recreations of the most important locations from the band’s career including The Cavern Club and Abbey Road Studios.
The Cavern Club
Speaking of The Beatles, no visit to Liverpool is complete without visiting The Cavern Club. Although it’s not the same club the band started playing in, it’s home to a plethora of memorabilia and is now a huge tourist hotspot.
Liverpool Cathedral is the largest cathedral and building in Britain and the fifth largest in the world, and was constructed between 1904 and 1978. The cathedral is open all year round with regular services being held every day in the morning. The cathedral boasts the largest organ in the UK and the world’s tallest gothic arches. On a visit to the cathedral it is worth climbing to the top to take in the amazing views of Liverpool city.
St George’s Hall
The Grade 1 listed St George’s Hall is a great example of neo-classical architecture. The building underwent a £23m refurbishment and reopened to the public in 2007. St George’s Hall is host to many free and paid for events throughout the year, but is worth a visit just for the architecture alone.
Merseyside Maritime Museum
As we mentioned earlier, based at The Royal Albert Dock is the famous Merseyside Maritime Museum. The museum opened in 1980 and showcases collections which reflect how Liverpool acted as a gateway to the rest of the world for the UK. Here you can see full-sized vessels and an exhibition on the city’s links to the Titanic.
The Museum of Liverpool
If you are looking for an exhibition that celebrates Liverpool’s rich culture, people and history then The Museum of Liverpool is the place to go. Here you will also learn of the incredible sporting and creative achievements the city has witnessed.
Liverpool is a city full of history, friendly people and rich culture; with so much to see, do and experience, and with many great choices of places to stay, there’s no reason not to go.
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