Things to see in Liverpool

Tourist offices

Liverpool Tourist Office

8 Place, Whitechapel, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Tel: (0151) 233 2008.
www.visitliverpool.com

Albert Dock

When it was built in 1846, this was the first enclosed, non-combustible dock warehouse system in the world and the first structure in Britain to be built entirely of cast iron, brick and stone. It prospered for over a century before finally ceasing to operate as a working dock in 1972, after which it was redeveloped into a thriving museum, bar and restaurant area, many of which are housed in converted warehouses with iron colonnades.

The Dock has the largest grouping of Grade I listed buildings in Britain, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is home to many of the city's top attractions. Recognised for its historic importance, Liverpool's Maritime Mercantile City was inscribed onto UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2004 to help preserve one of the world's most recognisable ports as a historic site.

Opening Times: Daily.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: Yes
Address: The Colonades, Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0151) 707 0729.
Beatles Story

A multilingual audio tour guides visitors through The Beatles Story, charting the success of the band from their early days in Hamburg through to international superstardom and their eventual break-up and subsequent solo careers. It includes life-size reconstructions of the Cavern Club and Abbey Road Studios. There's a Discovery Zone and special workshops for kids plus a collection of rare photographs of the band.

Opening Times: Daily 0900-1900 (Apr-Oct); daily 1000-1800 (Nov-Mar).
Admission Fees: Yes.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0151) 709 1963.
Liverpool Cathedral

A visit to the largest Anglican Cathedral in Britain is worth it if only for the stunning panoramic views available from the top of the tower. Inside, visitors can marvel at the spectacular building, the work of Sir Giles Gilbert, who also designed Bankside in London and the classic red telephone box. The cathedral contains the largest organ in the UK and heaviest bells in the world.

Opening Times: Daily 0800-1800.
Admission Fees: No (for the first 30 minutes).
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: St James Mount, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0151) 709 6271.
Mersey Maritime Museum

Telling the story of Liverpool's great port and its place in world history, this splendid museum brings alive the story of mass emigration, as well as the brutal slave trade. It focuses on the history of Albert Dock, with a collection that includes models, maritime paintings, colourful posters even some full sized vessels. The third floor is the International Slavery Museum, the only one of its kind dedicated to the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its appalling legacy.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0151) 478 4499.
Museum of Liverpool

This striking, ship-like building opened in 2011 and has gained plaudits for its collections dedicated to local culture and history. Situated in the docks, the museum explores how the port, its people, their creative and sporting history have helped to shape the city. The award-wnning museum has become a landmark in its own right and won the accolade of European Museum of the Year for 2013. A definite must-see on Liverpool's culture trail.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0151) 478 4545.
Tate Liverpool

Part of the Tate family of museums, the Tate Liverpool is one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art outside of London, with works from 20th-century greats from Jean Arp to Andy Warhol. There are tours, lectures, and family events each Sunday afternoon.

Opening Times: Mon-Sun 1000–1750 (June-Aug); Tues-Sun 1000-1750 (Sept-May).
Admission Fees: No (except for major exhibitions).
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0151) 702 7400.
World Museum Liverpool

This wide-ranging, entertaining museum covers natural history, science, anthropology, space and technology, and includes an aquarium, free planetarium, and insect colonies. Highlights include Egyptian museums, dinosaur casts, samurai armour and even a meteorite from Mars. The diverse collection means there is something to appeal to everybody.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700.
Admission Fees: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: William Brown Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0151) 478 4399.
The Walker Art Gallery

Opened in 1877, the Walker Museum was founded by local brewer and alderman Andrew Barclay Walker, and now houses one of the nation's finest collection of sculptures and paintings dating back to 1300 through to the present day, with an especially impressive collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.

Opening Times: Daily 1000-1700.
Admission Fees: No.
Disabled Access: Yes
Unesco: No
Address: William Brown Street, Liverpool, United Kingdom
Telephone: (0151) 478 4199.
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