The Cavern Club is one of Liverpool’s most famous attractions and perhaps the world’s most well-known venue due to its connection with the Beatles. The club was founded in 1957 as a warehouse cellar venue on Mathew Street before the Beatles became a signature act here. It was a performance at the club that caught the eye of the band’s soon-to-be manager Brian Epstein. With their success travelling far and wide throughout the globe, the Cavern Club’s role in the band’s history has made it a popular Liverpool tourist attraction.
The Liverpool Central Library and Archive Project is a unique and prestigious scheme within the heart of Liverpool’s World Heritage Site. A major public library and archive service in a building with a unique blend of old and new architecture dating back to 1860. It is free and fully accessible to visit and there are excellent facilities throughout. There are extensive reference collections, some of which are housed in the magnificent circular Picton Reading Room. Special collections and rare books are held in the historic Oak Room and Hornby Library where exhibitions can be seen.
World Museum is the largest and oldest of the National Museums Liverpool, founded in 1851 when the 13th Earl of Derby left his substantial natural history collection to the city. Here you can discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures. The collections of the World Museum include mainly collections covering archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences. The museum has recently undergone extensive refurbishment in order to double the size of the display spaces, making even more of the collections accessible for visitors. Major new galleries include World Cultures, the Bug House and the Weston Discovery Centre. A central entrance hall and six-storey atrium opened in 2005. On reopening after this refurbishment and extension the museum’s name changed from its previous title of Liverpool Museum, which it had held since its establishment at its current William Brown Street site in 1860.
You haven’t truly explored Liverpool until you’ve travelled across the famous river, the River Mersey. A cruise on the River Mersey is a phenomenal idea for taking your Liverpool sightseeing tour from land to sea. Here you can catch a unique glimpse at the city’s skyline while enjoying the breezy gust of wind and breathing in the refreshing air. The daily River Mersey ferry cruise runs throughout the year and takes you from the Pier Head to Merseyside’s other terminals at Seacombe and the Wirral. The journey lasts around 50 minutes and includes full commentary to guide you through the various landmarks you will see. Onboard you can purchase a selection of hot drinks and refreshments, plus you will have the choice of sitting inside or outside, making this a viable option no matter the weather.
Liverpool Cathedral is the Church of England Cathedral of the Diocese of Liverpool, built on St James’s Mount in Liverpool and is the seat of the Bishop of Liverpool. It may be referred to as the Cathedral Church of Christ in Liverpool or the Cathedral Church of the Risen Christ, Liverpool, being dedicated to Christ ‘in special remembrance of his most glorious Resurrection’. Liverpool Cathedral is the largest cathedral and religious building in Britain. The cathedral is based on a design by Giles Gilbert Scott and was constructed between 1904 and 1978. The total external length of the building, including the Lady Chapel, is 207 yards making it the longest cathedral in the world; its internal length is 160 yards. In terms of overall volume, Liverpool Cathedral ranks as the fifth-largest cathedral in the world and contests with the incomplete Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City for the title of the largest Anglican church building.
Sefton Park is a historic public park covering some 95 hectares and located in the south of Liverpool. Known for its Palm House, boating lake, bandstand, and play area, Sefton Park is Grade 1 listed. It will be legally protected forever with Fields in Trust as part of a bold green space vision set out by Liverpool City Council to protect all the city’s green spaces for good. The Palm House is the most recognizable building at Sefton Park. This Victorian glasshouse is a Grade II*-listed structure. It houses an array of specimens from 5 continents. These include palms, orchids, hibiscus, bougainvillea, and cannas. Today, there are over 200 plants in the Palm House. Some of them are rare and one is extinct in the wild.
Royal Liver Building 360
Enjoy a guided tour of the West Clocktower of the Royal Liver Building with this admission ticket. Visit the historic clocktower, watch an AV display, and witness 360° panoramic views of Liverpool. Experience the breathtaking Liverpool skyline like never before at the Royal Liver Building 360. Our knowledgeable and friendly tour guides offer an authentic and thought-provoking experience as they share the story of this historic landmark. Explore unique artifacts from the building’s archives and learn about the architect and the famous Liver Birds inside the visitor center. The 15th-floor viewing platform provides a stunning 360° view, and the Audio-Visual show inside the clock tower immerses you in the iconic landmark’s fascinating history. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind viewpoint and engaging tour of Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building.
Lady Lever Art Gallery
Located in the picturesque model village of Port Sunlight in Wirral, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is widely regarded as one of the most exceptional art galleries in Europe. It was established by William Hesketh Lever (1851-1925) to honor his wife, Elizabeth, Lady Lever, and to share his personal art collection with the public. The gallery boasts Lever’s impressive personal art collection, which includes the world’s finest collection of Wedgwood jasperware. The internationally acclaimed Pre-Raphaelite painting collection, featuring works by Millais, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, and Holman Hunt, is also on display. In addition, Lady Lever offers temporary exhibitions on occasion.
In the 1980s, Tate’s director, Alan Bowness, had the vision of establishing a unique gallery solely dedicated to showcasing contemporary art while simultaneously promoting younger audiences through an active education program. Known as the ‘Tate of the North’, a warehouse located in the abandoned Albert Dock in Liverpool was selected as the new gallery’s site. Once a thriving area filled with valuable cargos from Asia such as tea, silk, tobacco, and spirits, the dockyard had fallen into disrepair. In 1981, the Maritime Museum took the initiative to revitalize the area by leasing one of the warehouses and opening restaurants and bars. In 1985, James Stirling was appointed to design the new Tate Gallery in Liverpool. The exterior of the brick and stone building was left mostly untouched, built over a sturdy colonnade of Doric columns. However, the interior was transformed into a simple, elegant arrangement of galleries suitable for displaying contemporary art. The gallery opened to the public in May 1988. In 2008, Liverpool was declared the European Capital of Culture, and in celebration, the gallery hosted the Turner Prize in 2007. This was the first time the competition was held outside London. Tate Liverpool now welcomes over 600,000 visitors annually, securing its position as a prime European venue for major exhibitions of contemporary art.
St George’s Hall
St George’s Hall is perhaps one of the most famous Liverpool tourist attractions and is a prime example of neoclassical architecture. As visitors exit the Lime Street train station or travel into the city center via bus, they will be greeted by this magnificent venue. St George’s Hall is one of Liverpool’s oldest buildings, having opened during the Victorian Era in 1854. The hall is smack bang in the city’s heart and encapsulates numerous beautiful design elements for you to admire. Every city has a location where memorable events happen, and St George’s Hall is undoubtedly Liverpool’s prime destination. Tributes and vigils have taken place here, thousands have lined the street to celebrate football success, and Ringo Starr performed on the roof in 2008 to open the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations. As well as a beautiful building to see in itself, St George’s Hall is a popular venue for events, conferences, award ceremonies, dinner receptions, and much more. It is also the perfect backdrop to commentate a wedding and is home to the Liverpool Register Office. There’s even a stunning concert room where you can enjoy some of the most incredible musical performances.