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Liverpool

Surprisingly compact for such a famous city, much of Liverpool can be explored on foot with some key
sights easily woven around a convention stay. Its museums and galleries are world class while there
are plenty of opportunities to discover its contribution to popular culture.


Architecture


The Three Graces is the name given to the trio of striking waterfront buildings that stand shoulder to
shoulder at Pier Head - the Royal Liver Building (with the famous Liver Birds on top), the Cunard
Building (hosting an exhibition about The Jam until late September) and the Port of Liverpool building.
Testament to the city’s maritime heritage, they were built a century ago as symbols of its
international prestige. Nearby, a contrasting ultra-modern building houses the Museum of Liverpool,
which tells more of the city’s social and political history and its key contributions to popular culture.


Liverpool has two contrasting cathedrals, both jaw dropping in different ways. The sheer scale of the
Church of England Liverpool Cathedral amazes. Designed by Giles Gilbert Scott, it is one of the largest
cathedrals on the planet and boasts the world’s heaviest bells. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is the
Catholic equivalent, a squat circular creation built in the 1960s with large modern stained glass
windows creating dramatic splashes of colour on the inside.


Liverpool Town Hall is another impressive building - its ornate interior making it popular with tourists,
wedding parties and conventions.


You can enjoy an aerial view of the waterfront from the rooftop garden called Goodness Gracious,
which sits atop café and event space Oh Me Oh My, or, for a truly immersive architecture experience
book a RIBA walking tour.


Albert Dock


The famous Albert Dock is now lined not with warehouses but high profile museums. The fun Beatles
Story is packed with information about the Fab Four and features a mock-up of the Cavern Club (the
real one can be visited in the city centre) a Yellow Submarine, and more. To see original album cover
artwork from Sgt Pepper’s, book lunch or dinner in the Hard Day’s Night Hotel’s Blakes restaurant
where it graces the walls.


The International Slavery Museum was added at Albert Dock in 2007. Just metres from where slave
ships were repaired in a dry dock; it takes a sobering look at the more unsavoury aspects of Britain’s
maritime heritage while also exploring African culture.


Tate Liverpool may be considerably smaller than its London counterpart but still hosts high profile
works and exhibitions.


Art of a more classical kind can be seen in the Walker Art Gallery and further out at the Lady Lever
Art Gallery at Port Sunlight on the Wirral where the notable collection includes many Pre-Raphaelites
and examples of fine Wedgewood jasperware.


National Trust time capsule homes


The National Trust is more commonly associated with stately homes but three relatively modern
dwelling are its stars in Liverpool. The post-war childhood homes of Sir Paul McCartney and John
Lennon where they wrote and practised some of their early songs can be visited on a special tour.
More centrally, The Hardmans’ House is a time capsule from the 1950s - the former home and studio
of an acclaimed photographer that he and his wife kept in vintage style.