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Royal Liver Building

The most iconic building in the city is adorned by two copper liver birds, the emblems of Liverpool.    

Once the tallest building in Europe, the iconic home of Royal Liver Insurance has been a defining feature of Liverpool’s skyline for more than a century. Built in 1911, the 90 meter tall building was unlike anything else in the country at the time. Its two clock towers feature clock faces larger than that of Big Ben’s, and the solid concrete structure casts a massive shadow over part of the city center. Today the building remains occupied by the insurance company and while tours are not available, seeing the building from the outside is a must for anyone interested in the local history and architecture of Liverpool.

The Royal Liver Building is an excellent example of early 20th-century building design. The design is closer to the skyscrapers of New York or Chicago than it is to the British and European buildings of the same period, which drew much attention to its construction. See the first reinforced concrete structure to be built in the UK, and the stunning art nouveau features of its design.

Look up to see the main attractions of the building. The two clock towers, towering almost 330 feet (100 meters) above Liverpool’s streets, are each adorned by a copper liver bird. Liver birds can be seen on many rooftops in Liverpool, and are the city’s emblem. The two on the Royal Liver Building are the biggest in the city, at over 18 feet (six meters) high, and are said to represent the identity of Liverpool. The Liverpool waterfront precinct is a great place to snap a photo of the building.

The Royal Liver Building is located on the Liverpool waterfront, in central Liverpool. Reach the building by metro, or cross the River Mersey by ferry to see the building against the city skyline.


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Britannia Adelphi Hotel $40
Britannia Adelphi Hotel

Britannia Adelphi Hotel

Ranelagh Place, Liverpool, England
     
    3.0
    of 5, from 2,021 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Located within a two-minute walk of Lime Street Rail Station, this Liverpool hotel with ornate public areas is close to the Albert Dock and the Beatles Museum.

    Titanic Hotel Liverpool $78
    Titanic Hotel Liverpool

    Titanic Hotel Liverpool

    Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, England
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 1,333 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse and Royal Liver Building. Cavern Club and Liverpool ONE are also within 2 mi (3 km). Sandhills Station is 19 minutes by foot and Moorfields Station is 21 minutes.

      Liverpool Marriott Hotel City Centre $67
      Liverpool Marriott Hotel City Centre

      Liverpool Marriott Hotel City Centre

      One Queen Square, Liverpool, England
         
        4.2
        of 5, from 1,162 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Liverpool City Centre, this spa hotel is steps from St. George's Hall, World Museum Liverpool, and Walker Art Gallery. Liverpool Empire Theatre and Beatles Story are also within 1 mi (2 km). Liverpool Lime Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Liverpool Central Station is 8 minutes.

        Malmaison Liverpool $66
        Malmaison Liverpool

        Malmaison Liverpool

        7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool, England
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 1,206 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Liverpool City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Liver Building and Cavern Club. Liverpool ONE and Albert Dock are also within 1 mi (2 km). James Street Station is 10 minutes by foot and Moorfields Station is 11 minutes.

          Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel $50
          Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel

          Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel

          Chapel Street, Liverpool, England
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 906 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Liverpool City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Liverpool Town Hall, Cavern Club, and Royal Liver Building. Liverpool ONE and Beatles Story are also within 1 mi (2 km). Moorfields Station is 7 minutes by foot and James Street Station is 7 minutes.

            The Liner Hotel $60
            The Liner Hotel

            The Liner Hotel

            Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, England
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 3,120 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Liverpool City Centre, this hotel is steps from O2 Academy and Liverpool Empire Theatre. Cavern Club and Liverpool ONE are also within 15 minutes. Liverpool Lime Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Liverpool Central Station is 9 minutes.

              Hard Days Night Hotel $80
              Hard Days Night Hotel

              Hard Days Night Hotel

              Central Buildings, North John Street, Liverpool, England
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 1,421 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Hard Days Night Hotel Liverpool is next to the Cavern Club, and a 5-minute walk from Liverpool Town Hall. Liverpool One shopping and leisure complex is 0.2 km from the hotel. Lime street station, Albert Dock and Beetles Story are also close by.

                Novotel Liverpool Centre $62
                Novotel Liverpool Centre

                Novotel Liverpool Centre

                40 Hanover Street, Liverpool, England
                   
                  4.3
                  of 5, from 1,606 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Liverpool City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Neptune Theatre, Liverpool ONE, and Cavern Club. Beatles Story and Concert Square are also within 10 minutes. Liverpool Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and James Street Station is 9 minutes.