Welcome to Liverpool
The famous home of the fab four but there's more to Liverpool than The Beatles.
Named 2008's European Capital of Culture, Liverpool is a maritime city situated in the north west of England. A key trade and migration port in the 18th and 19th centuries, Liverpool is also home to a colourful musical history and several museums.
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This is the key part of the docks' UNESCO World Heritage status, as the Albert Dock was the first building to be made without wood - it's all brick, cast-iron and stone. At the heart of Liverpool's maritime history, it's now the most-visited multi-use attraction outside of London.
Maritime and Slavery Museum
The Maritime Museum explores how Liverpool grew into the city it is today around the docks. Unfortunately, Liverpool therefore played its role in the slave trade, and this shameful chapter of British history is reviewed in the excellent Slavery Museum.
There are many guided tours you can take around Liverpool, but the Heritage Tour allows you to discover the beautiful old buildings of the city at your own pace, with a downloadable MP3 audio guide.
Just outside of Liverpool is the small town of Formby, which is very popular for those looking for a short break from the hustle and bustle of the city. It has great beaches and beautiful parks and woodlands - including a pine wood which is a National Trust reserve for red squirrels.
Spend any time in Liverpool and you'll see plenty of references to the Beatles, Liverpool's most famous sons. Some of the attractions charge a fee, but you can go off on your own to see the Beatles landmarks of the city, such as the Cavern Club, the childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney, Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane.
Explore the maritime city of Liverpool
Liverpool grew up around its dockyard, on which work first began in 1715. Little more than 100 years later, 40 per cent of the world's trade was moving through Liverpool and its importance to UK industry was undeniable. The dockyard fell into decline but has now been revitalised and again is a symbol of Liverpool's strength.
High-quality shopping districts have been built up around the water, yet the essence of the docks has been preserved with UNESCO World Heritage status. Liverpool's great shopping and thriving music scene continues to attract visitors all year round.
Anfield Stadium is the home of Liverpool Football Club. Soak up the atmosphere on a tour of the legendary Anfield Stadium and Museum or, if you're visiting the city at a weekend, watch a match.
These amazing statues are a sight to behold. 100 cast iron replicas of the artist’s body, spread over a 3km stretch of beach.
The fifth largest cathedral in the world, an awe inspiring building with a whole host of attractions including tower top trips. Visit the website
Liverpool Docks is a fantastic place to experience water activities and to see the World Heritage site from a different perspective.