After hearing about Liverpool’s transformation as a European City of Culture and knowing about my own great, great grandfather’s journeys to Liverpool as a sea captain in the mid-1800’s, I added the city to my English itinerary. I also saw that there was a Turner, Twombly and Monet show at the Tate Liverpool that I wanted to see. I was really amazed by the renovated city core with great old buildings and equally great new architecture. It was designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, as an example of a commercial port at the time of Britain’s greatest global significance.
I hope you agree, that Liverpool is a great place to visit. Our top list of things to see and experience include:
I enjoyed staying in the Rope Walks district just east of Hanover Street. This is an area known as the “cool hub” of the city with renovated warehouses, boutique hotels, restaurants, bars plus art and film exhibitions. Make sure to walk the streets to see the transformation for yourself. It is also close to shopping and the Liverpool One Shopping Centre.
The Blue Coat: This is an art center on School Lane where you can see exhibitions, eat at the café upstairs, hear an artist or poet talk or take an art workshop. Check out their website for the current schedule.
Museum of Liverpool: Located at Pier Head along the River Mersey, this is a museum dedicated to Liverpool’s history. I loved the creative architecture by Danish architects 3XN. This is the largest newly-built national museum for more than a century and the first national museum dedicated to the history of a regional city. Make sure to check out the exhibition on the Beatles, probably the most famous residents of the city.
Tate Liverpool: Located in the Albert Dock area along the river this is a branch of the London Tate Museum. I enjoyed a great afternoon of art, and a coffee in the café, looking at the historic buildings.
Albert Dock: This is one of the biggest attractions in Liverpool. Located along the river in renovated warehouses, this is an area with museums, hotels, shops, restaurants and boat trips and tours. The Tate Liverpool and the Maritime Museum are located there. There is also a Museum of Slavery above the Maritime Museum.
Merseyside Maritime Museum: Because of my own family history, I visited the Maritime Museum at the Albert Dock which focused on Liverpool’s tradition as a shipbuilding and port city. There were great exhibits on the sinking of both the Titanic and the Lusitania.
Walker Art Gallery: I was unable to visit the Walker on my trip, but wanted to mention it to those who have time. Located on William Brown Street, this is home to one of the best collections of fine and decorative arts in Europe. There is also Sudley House which is a former merchant’s home with period furniture and paintings you may want to see.
Recently opened is the British Music Experience, a new museum dedicated to the history of British popular music.