The historic port of Liverpool has an amazing variety of historic buildings, museums and attractions in this vibrant city. The former thriving shipbuilding industry has been replaced by a rejuvenated waterfront district which is now a UNESCO Heritage site. The beautiful buildings of the Port of Liverpool, the Cunard Building and the Royal Liver Building with its legendary liver birds atop the twin clock towers still make a beautiful starting point from which to tour the city.
The Albert Dock is a maze of small shops, restaurants and museums. Immortalized by the song “Ferry across the Mersey” by Jerry and the Pacemakers, the ferry still runs from the Pier Head to the Wirral Peninsula every 10 minutes and sentimental visitors make the return trip as foot passengers. For a longer cruise of the port area, take the River Explorer Cruise with a commentary of the local waterfront sights.
Beatles fans will want to visit the Beatles Story, an experience telling the history of the city’s most famous sons, and is of course open ‘Eight days a week’ as in the song. The museum is in the Britannia Pavilion and offers a stroll down Penny Lane and a real Yellow Submarine. The Cavern Club still remains; serving drinks from the reconstructed bar on the original site and live music still tops the bill.
Three museums of note in Liverpool are the Merseyside Maritime Museum, telling the tale of many emigrants; the International Slavery Museum and the Museum of Liverpool which captures Liverpool Life. There are also a number of city tours on offer, the creepiest of which is offered each evening by ‘Shiverpool Tours’ and takes visitors on a guided ghost tour, telling some of the most gruesome tales of Liverpool’s past.
One of the most popular attractions in Liverpool is the Lady Lever Art Gallery with a fine collection of paintings. It is housed in Port Sunlight on the Wirral, which was built as a model village to house the workers of the soap empire of philanthropist, Lord Leverhulme.