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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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Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel $43
Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel

Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel

Chapel Street, Liverpool, England
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Liverpool City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Liver Building and Cavern Club. Liverpool ONE and Albert Dock are also within 15 minutes. James Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Moorfields Station is 6 minutes.

    Novotel Liverpool Centre $73
    Novotel Liverpool Centre

    Novotel Liverpool Centre

    40 Hanover Street, Liverpool, England
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Liverpool City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Neptune Theatre and Concert Square. Liverpool ONE and Cavern Club are also within 10 minutes. Liverpool Central Station is 6 minutes by foot and James Street Station is 9 minutes.

      Titanic Hotel Liverpool $101
      Titanic Hotel Liverpool

      Titanic Hotel Liverpool

      Stanley Dock, Regent Road, Liverpool, England
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Vauxhall, 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). Moorfields Station is 20 minutes by foot and Sandhills Station is 20 minutes.

        Malmaison Liverpool $70
        Malmaison Liverpool

        Malmaison Liverpool

        7 William Jessop Way, Liverpool, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Liverpool City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Liver Building, Cavern Club, and Liverpool ONE. Albert Dock and Beatles Story are also within 1 mi (2 km). James Street Station is 8 minutes by foot and Moorfields Station is 9 minutes.

          OYO Vincent Apartments
          OYO Vincent Apartments

          OYO Vincent Apartments

          15-17 Stanley Street, Liverpool, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Liverpool City Centre, this apartment building is steps from Cavern Quarter and Cavern Club. Liverpool ONE and Royal Liver Building are also within 10 minutes. Moorfields Station is only a 2-minute walk and James Street Station is 7 minutes.

            easyHotel Liverpool
            easyHotel Liverpool

            easyHotel Liverpool

            Castle Chambers, 47 Castle Street, Liverpool, England
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Liverpool City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Liverpool Town Hall, Cavern Club, and Liverpool ONE. Beatles Story and Albert Dock are also within 15 minutes. James Street Station is only a 2-minute walk and Moorfields Station is 6 minutes.

              The Richmond Apart-Hotel $60
              The Richmond Apart-Hotel

              The Richmond Apart-Hotel

              24 Hatton Garden, Liverpool, England
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Liverpool City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Court Theatre, Cavern Club, and Liverpool Empire Theatre. Liverpool ONE and Royal Liver Building are also within 15 minutes. Moorfields Station is 5 minutes by foot and Liverpool Lime Street Station is 9 minutes.

                Aloft Liverpool Hotel by Marriott $78
                Aloft Liverpool Hotel by Marriott

                Aloft Liverpool Hotel by Marriott

                No. 1 North John Street, Liverpool, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Liverpool City Centre, this hotel is steps from Cavern Quarter and Cavern Club. Liverpool ONE and Royal Liver Building are also within 10 minutes. James Street Station and Moorfields Station are within a 5-minute walk.