If you are a true football fan, then in no way you haven’t heard about this port city in the Northwest England. Yes, you got me right! I am talking about Liverpool F.C., the versatile football club that competes in England’s top tier football Premier League. If you are in the city, then it is one of the must things to do in Liverpool. But here, we will talk about the city it represents, and that’s Liverpool- a maritime city in Northwest England. It was a major trade and migration port from the 18th to 20th century, and saw tremendous transformation during the Industrial revolution of Europe.
If you look back to its history, during the 1700’s, it was the second city of the kingdom. However, it faced a dramatic change and turned itself into a city, which couldn’t be loved by all. It was filled with crime. However, over the years, it somehow shaked off its previous reputation and turned itself into a second-most important cultural and art hub of England.
After so many years of hard work, finally Liverpool regains its former glory. Today, it is a buzzing city, filled with a thriving art and music scene, cultural heritage, and burgeoning dining and drinking scene. In fact, in 2008, it was declared as the cultural capital of Europe. There’s so much to discover in Liverpool that just a day or two wouldn’t be enough. Let’s find out before you book flight tickets and explore this destination.
St. George’s Hall
Liverpool’s most iconic building, which is a perfect example of Greco-Roman architecture, was built in 1854. Infact. It is considered as the finest example of neo classical architecture in the world. It houses concert halls, and law courts, and is regarded as the largest of its kind in Europe. Looking at its versatile structure, Queen Victoria once compared it to ancient Athens.
It features a tunnel vaulted ceiling, which has portraits and figures that represent the Art, Fortitude, Justice, and Science of Victorian Liverpool. If these weren’t enough, the hall also houses one of the greatest brick arches in the world and has a mosaic floor, which was built using 30,000 tiles.
Another remarkable landmark of the city is Liverpool Cathedral, and visiting it is one of the must things to do in Liverpool. It is the largest Anglican Cathedral in Europe and the biggest building in Britain. In addition, it is the eighth largest church in the world. This magnificent neo-Gothic building was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, who was also the creator of the red telephone box.
It was constructed between 1904 and 1978 on St. James Mount in Liverpool and is seat of the city’s Bishop. Visitors can climb the tower to have an unparalleled view of the city and beyond. The cathedral organizes a 10-minute panoramic. High-definition about the cathedral’s history and a view of Great George, the world’s heaviest set of bells. Furthermore, it also houses a vast collection of artworks, including the West Doors called ‘For You By Tracey Emin’.
International Slavery Museum
The museum reveals one of the facts about Liverpool. The world-famous International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, focuses on the history and legacy of the trans Atlantic slave trade. The museum takes you back in the 18th century, when it became a major slaving port. The bloom in slave trade prompted the construction of its first dock in 1715. In Liverpool, people of England used to trade firearms, alcohol, and textiles for African slaves. These slaves were then shipped to the Carribbeans and America, where they were in turn exchanged for tobacco, sugar, and raw cotton. It remained on of the major slaving port of England until the abolition of slavery in 1807.
The museum reveals the horrendous act of slave trade, and the inhumane sufferings of the vicitims, in a clear and uncompromising manner. Visitors can watch these inhumane acts of the past through a series of multimedia and other modes of displays. The reason behind the construction of this museum is to evoke a sense of confrontation against racism, which was the ideology to justify this inhumane practice. The museum has a carefully preserved ship’s log and captain’s diary that tell the story of a slave’s experience.
Albert’s Dock is a complex in Liverpool, which is filled with dock buildings and warehouses. It is one of the popular places to visit in Liverpool and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It was designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick in 1846. Interestingly, it was the first in Britain to be built with cast iron, brick and stone. It features the largest collection of UK’s Grade I listed buildings and is also home to popular museums and other tourist attractions.
During the initial period of its construction, many believed it to be revolutionary in its design, because ships were loaded and unloaded directly from the warehouses. It also houses the world’s first hydraulic cranes. Today, visitors can visit the museums, grab some souvenirs from the shops, and have dinner at one of its restaurants.
One of the must things to do in Liverpool is to visit this art gallery and museum, which is believed to be the counterpart of Tate London. It is touted as the modern art gallery and museum. It houses modern art across a network of four art galleries in four floors. It has an impressive collection of classical and contemporary art work. Furthermore, it organizes a lot of exhibitions annually to bring together a lot of artworks of popular artists from around the world.
The museum is named after Liverpool’s popular 19th century industrialist Henry Tate and was founded in 1897. Since then it has become one of the most popular museums in the UK. It also houses remarkable works by world-famous artists Pablo Picasso, Gustav Klimt, Claude Monet, and Rene Magritte.
These are just a few glimpses of Liverpool, as this historic city has a lot of attractions to keep you hooked. If you want to enjoy the city’s true vibe, visit one of the live music concerts, or enjoy a football match between Liverpool F.C. and Manchester United. No rivalry is bigger than these two versatile teams. If you catch one, you are one lucky fella. Also, make sure to have a great flying experience with a premium airline in Europe.