Liverpool, the city where the Beatles were born! Since my brother made the controversial move from Manchester to Liverpool we find ourselves visited at least a few times a year and despite clearly not being quite as good as our great city it does have its charms!! Oh, who are we kidding, we love spending a day in Liverpool! Here’s what not to miss in this unique and characterful city and how to have the perfect day trip here! Our guide to what to do in Liverpool!
So, you might not actually be able to go inside the Liver building but for me it is something I always want to come and see when we are in Liverpool. This icon of the city sits right on the waterfront and takes pride of place alongside the impressive architecture of the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool building, also known as Liverpool’s Three Graces. Opened in 1911 this grade 1 listed building is also part of Liverpool’s UNESCO designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City. A visit without seeing it would be incomplete!
In fact the Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool (Church of England) is the longest cathedral in the world at 189m and the fifth largest cathedral in the world in terms of internal volume! The grade I listed building is also one of the worlds tallest non spired churches and dates back to 1904.
The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Liverpool is only half a mile away and is linked by Hope Street. Often referred to in jest as “paddy’s wigwam” due to its unique design and the fact that it was originally commissioned after the influx of Irish immigrants which have shaped the history of this city. The current incarnation was completed in 1967 and is a grade II listed building.
Then the bombed out one
Ok, so not another cathedral but an church non the less! St. Luke’s was a former Anglican parish church which was badly damaged during the Liverpool Blitz in 1941. Left in ruin for many years the roofless shell now has a new lease of life as a venue for entertainment and even weddings. This grade II listed structure now no longer sits quiet with evening screenings of movies throughout the summer, music concerts and festivals all taking place in this unique venue! The building also serves as a memorial to those who died during the war.
Another absolute must see spot when you come to visit Liverpool! This complex of dock buildings and warehouses was opened in 1846 and was a revolutionary design at the time being the first structure in Britain to be built from only cast Iron, brick and stone. Without the use of structural wood it became the first non combustible warehouse system in the world!
After closing in 1972 and laying derelict for 10 years it was redeveloped into one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions as well as a vital part of Liverpool’s UNESCO designated Maritime city status. The complex and warehouses now compromised the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings anywhere in the UK. The site now includes museums, galleries, restaurants, bars and heritage sites.
The Beatles Story/ Museum
Matthew street / Cavern club
St. George’s Hall
Wander the streets: Lots to see
Have you ever been to Liverpool, what are your favourite places to visit?
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