Culture, history, business and the Beatles come together in the heart of this maritime city, where you’ll find a UNESCO-listed site.
Visit Liverpool City Centre, a lively, waterfront neighborhood, which includes Albert Dock, Pier Head and William Brown Street. Learn about the important role these sites played in the success of the British Empire. They are also three of the six locations that form Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For a 360-degree view extending as far as the Cumbrian Hills, go to the viewing platform of Radio City Tower, which rises an impressive 400 feet (120 meters) above the city. Southeast of here, the striking Liverpool Cathedral is a great example of the Gothic revival architectural style. The cathedral also holds records of being the largest church building in the country and features the largest organ.
The nearby Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral has a very different aesthetic. It’s a modernist masterpiece built in the 1960s by architect Frederick Gibberd, whose design won a worldwide competition.
Beatles fans should head to Albert Dock to visit The Beatles Story, a museum with the world’s largest permanent Beatles exhibition. The venue has replicas of the Casbah Coffee Club and the Cavern Club where the band got their start. To see the real thing, head to Mathew Street for a drink at the Cavern Club, which is filled with Beatles memorabilia.
For a slightly different take on the Fab Four, wander to the Magical Beatles Museum to see items from the personal collection of the brother of Pete Best, who is often called the fifth Beatle.
Learn even more about the history of Liverpool City Centre. Tour the Museum of Liverpool nestled at Pier Head. The museum showcases over 6,000 objects, including costumes, decorative art and botanical collections. For a broader perspective, head to the World Museum, which covers ethnology, archeology and natural physical sciences. Set along Albert Dock, Tate Liverpool features British art from the 1500s to the present day, as well as a collection of international modern art.
It’s easy to reach Liverpool City Centre by train, bus, ferry and car from other parts of the city or from other cities in England. Once in the center, consider traveling around on foot or by bike.