About Liverpool





Skylines and views

- St John's Beacon, Radio City Tower


Skylines and views- Central Library and others


Clayton Square, St John's Gardens, Central Library
Lime Street Station

Derby Square
Pedestrian area

  Cavern Quarter
Matthew Street

St George's Hall, William Brown Street, Hope Street, World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, County Session House, Wellington Column, Radio City Tower, Williamson Square


Town Hall, Church St, Paradise St, Lord St


  The Beatles area
The Cavern Pub
Button Street
Harrington Street
Albert Dock, Pier Head
Liverpool Waterfront
  Central Business District
  University Area
Mt. Pleasant

The Three Graces, The Beatles Statue, Royal Liver Bldg, Port of Liverpool Bldg, Cunard Bldg, Museum of Liverpool, Mersey Ferries, Pierhead


City Centre North, The Strand
Beetham Towers, Nelson Monument, Exchange Flags
Our Lady and St Nicholas Church, Princess Dock


Hatters Hostel
Hanover St, Ranelagh St,

Cathedrals Chinatown    

Metropolitan Cathedral, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral


Nelson Street, Berry Street
Chinese Gate, Black-E Bldg





The Beatles Story

Albert Dock

Museum of Liverpool

Albert Dock




Liverpool by night        

Radio City Tower, Wood Street, Concert Square, Lime St Station, Mt Pleasant


ABOUT Liverpool:

Population:  484 000 (metro 2 241 000)
Tallest building:
Beetham West Tower (134mm, built 2007)
Founded: 1207, city 1880
Ceremonial county:
North West England
Area: 111.8 km² (urban 199.6 km²)
Year visited: April 2017


Liverpool is mostly known for the hometown of The Beatles pop group, industries, monotonous redbrick townhouses and the Liverpool FC football team. But the city with UK:s 5th largest metropolitan area has much more to offer, such as great architecture, amazing free museums, a great waterfront and a hospitable atmosphere. Liverpool is situated about one hour West of Manchester, at the West coast near the Irish Sea, just next to River Mersey, that separates the city from Birkenhead.

There are two huge cathedrals, both situated in the East part of the city centre, linked by Hope Street on Mount Pleasant; the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, a historical one, and the Metropolitan Cathedral, a futuristic one. The Anglican Cathedral was built in gothic revival style between 1904 and 1978, but looks much older. The tower is 101m tall, making it one of UK:s tallest church buildings, it is also one of the largest cathedrals in the world. It has the largest pipe organ in the UK, and is the longest cathedral in the world, 189m!

The Metropolitan Cathedral was built in 1962-67 in a very modern, futuristic style, in a circular, almost UFO like shape. It is 82m tall and was built in stone, steel and concrete. The vast interior is also completely circular. It is nicked by locals as the "Catholic Cathedral". The architect, Frederick Gibberd, won an international design competition.

Albert Dock and Pier Head is a very nice area in the waterfront, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with many impressive historical buildings as well as new ultramodern buildings. Here you find the port, the The Beatles Statue (with all four members walking), the large and futuristic Museum of Liverpool (that tells the story about the city, the football team, the pop culture and offers panoramic views towards the port), Mersey Ferries and Pierhead with the magnificent imposing white historical buildings called "The Three Graces": Royal Liver Bldg, Port of Liverpool Bldg and Cunard Bldg. The Albert Dock Village, Tate Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Pump House, Echo Arena, BT Convention Center, Wheel of Liverpool - a modern 60m high ferris wheel and lots of restaurants can also be found at Albert Dock. The most popular museum in Albert Dock, though, is the Beatles Story, a large extensive museum about the band that started the "Merseybeat" sound. In Liverpool's only non free museum you find John Lennon's piano, guitars, full scale copies of the Cavern, Abbey Road Studios, record stores and other clubs, as well as rooms with themes of Seargeant Pepper, an airplane and the Yellow Submarine!

In the middle of the city centre, you find pedestrian streets such as Paradise St, Church St and Lord St, with lots of modern brand stores, department stores, street musicians and restaurants. These streets are surprisingly modern, and features mostly very modern buildings. This is much because of a partly outdoor shopping, residential and leisure complex called Liverpool 1, that opened in 2008 with 169 stores, and anchored by Debenhams and John Lewis. It also has a 14-screen Odeon cinema and a 36-hole golf centre. At Hanover St and Ranelagh St you find the Central Station, and a very popular pub area, with charming historical buildings. Liverpool is known for its many statues of important local people, such as the members of the Beatles.

The Cavern Quarter, around Matthew Street, Button St and Harrington St is an area in the city centre, with small pedestrian streets with pubs dedicated to The Beatles. The original The Cavern Pub, where the Beatles played many times in their heyday, is situated in the area. It is also home to Europe's largest free music festival!

At Derby Square, a busy square where some of the pedestrian streets end, you find the neo-baroque Queen Victoria Monument, featuring 26 bronze figures. Nearby, at the end of Castle Street, is the neo-classical Liverpool Town Hall, and the impressive 11-storey Exchange Flags building from 1939. Between them stands the Nelson Monument (unveiled in 1813), that features statues of men in chains and the inscription "Every man must do his duty". Also the Law Courts, the Exchange Bldg and Mercury Court can be found in this area.

Lime St Station from 1836 is the largest railway station in Liverpool, and the world's largest grand terminus station still in use. This is where we arrived from Manchester in the evening. The station is fronted by the French renaissance style North Western Hotel. Opposite the station you find a square with the imposing St George's Hall, that is one of the world's finest neo-classical buildings and contains concert halls and law courts, the Cenotaph, the neo-classical World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Empire Theatre, the Wellington Column and the Central Library, another neo-classical building that features a futuristic atrium and a terrace with great views. All these classical public buildings are centered along William Brown Street. Right next is the beautiful St John's Gardens.

St John's Beacon is the high circular observation of the nearby Radio City Tower. The radio tower is 125m tall and was built in 1965. The observation deck is open to public, we shot many of the skyline photos there. The tower stands next to the mall Clayton Square, and Williamson Square, where you find a mall and some nice pubs.

In the North end of the city centre, you find a new Central Business District where a construction of highrises and small skyscrapers have appeared recently, many with interesting shapes. They have all been built in the 2000s, and transformed the skyline of Liverpool. The two tallest buildings are the two Beetham Towers (40 and 27 floors, 2017). A wide boulevard, partly called the Strand, separates the business district from Albert Dock. The historic Our Lady and St Nicholas Church stands along the Strand. It was the tallest building in Liverpool 1813–1868 with its 53m. Large hotels such as the Hilton, Thistle, Mercure, Crowne Plaza and Radisson can be found in the area.

In the Eastermost part is a hilly area around Mt. Pleasant (this is where we stayed). Here you find the campus of Universit of Liverpool, with significant buildings such as the red gothic revival Victoria Building from 1892, that includes the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

The small Chinatown with its impressive gate and Chinese restaurants and stores, is also in the East part. It consists mostly of Nelson St.

Liverpool is a typical British city in many ways, unlike Birmingham for example. It is one of the safest big cities in the UK, but there are many homeless people in the city and you still have to take care after dark.

Liverpool is offering blue decked buses, several black classical "London taxis" and trains that runs underground like a subway in the city centre but no trams. The underground has four lines, that I wheren't aware of during my visit. The city centre is not very big, and quite walkable with lots of pedestrian streets.

Liverpool has a good nightlife, with lots of pubs and clubs, concentrated to the area around Wood Street, Fleet Street and Concert Square, and Hanover St, Ranelegh St, as well as Albert Dock.

Many places that are known from The Beatles lyrics, such as Penny Lane, can be found in Liverpool. While the city center boasts lots of neo-classical and futuristic buildings, the city's outskirts are known for its neighbourhoods with numberless working class red brick townhouses.

We visited Liverpool for one and a half day. We arrived by train in the late evening after a tour of Birmingham, and left after the second night towards Manchester. Unfortuantely it was grey and very cold during my whole visit, even though it was warmer then usual in early April.

We stayed at the simple Hatters Hostel. A cheap hostel at the Mt Pleasant, a hilly street centrally sitauted at Lime St Station. Unfortunately our sleep was disturbed by Polish football holigans!

The trip to Liverpool was part of a tour in England. We also visited the following cities: Manchester , Birmingham , Leeds and York.

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