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  • 1. History of Liverpool

    King John formed the first seven main streets of Liverpool in 1207. By the mid 17th century the port of Liverpool was starting to grow and as trade grew, so did the population. In 1715 a four-acre enclosed dock was built; this became known later as the Old Dock. By the 1790s, the Liverpool docks had become a big part of the slave trade, which was finally abolished in 1807. In t...Read morehe 19th century, nine miles of docks on the Liverpool side of the Mersey and the four miles in Birkenhead made it Britain’s second port. The town became very densely populated. The University of Liverpool was created in 1903 and the building of the Anglican Cathedral started in 1903 and took until 1974 to complete. Liverpool suffered severe damage from bombing in the Second World War. Read less

  • 2. Now in Liverpool

    Liverpool is famous for its musical heritage, with The Beatles at the core of this story. The city is also home to two world-famous premier league football teams – Liverpool FC and Everton. The maritime history of the city is now combined with a modern image and visitors can enjoy a mix of trendy bars and shops with museums and sightseeing. The historic Albert Dock is now an ...Read morearea of Grade I listed buildings, restaurants, hotels and attractions. Read less

  • 3. Events in Liverpool

    Annual events in the city include Mathew Street Festival, International Beatle Week, John Smith's Grand National, Liverpool Sound City and Liverpool Biennial (every two years). New exhibitions and events can always be found in the city’s museums and art galleries. Football fixtures are a big part of Liverpool’s sporting calendar with Liverpool and Everton football clubs in ...Read morethe city. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Liverpool

    The childhood homes of Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in Mendips and Forthlin Road, are available for guided tours. The Albert Dock is home to the Tate Liverpool art gallery, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum and the Echo Wheel – Liverpool’s 60-metre big wheel with capsules. The Cavern Club is the famous venue where the story of The B...Read moreeatles began. Tourists can visit for free during the day and live music still takes place in the evenings. Calderstones Park is home to The Calderstones, which are thought to be the remains of an ancient burial chamber and older than Stonehenge. The park also has Allerton Oak, a 1,000-year-old tree. Underwater Street is a hands-on discovery centre for children and families. The centre is split into six zones and includes craft areas and activities. The Williamson Tunnels are a maze of underground tunnels dating back to the early 19th century; they are in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool. It is not known why they were built. Some of the tunnels have been renovated for the public to visit. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Liverpool

    Merseyside Maritime Museum organises tours of Liverpool’s Old Dock - the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock. This area is preserved under the new dock and shows the bed of the Pool, which is the creek from which Liverpool derived its name. The Old Dock was discovered during excavations in 2001 after being buried since 1826. Visitors can experience the city from the ...Read moredecks of the famous Mersey Ferry. Cruises include commentary on the history of the city and its waterfront, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Yellow Duckmarine gives passengers a tour of the city on land and then in water in an amphibious vehicle. The Magical Mystery Tour takes Beatles fans on a journey of the history of the Fab Four. Read less

  • 6. Business in Liverpool

    A regeneration programme has taken place in Liverpool, led by development company Liverpool Vision. It has become one of the UK’s leading business destinations. Work is still continuing, with a list of priority areas for investment. Liverpool ONE is a shopping centre in the city containing more than 160 high street names. The Metquarter is a designer shopping centre for cloth...Read morees and make-up. The city also has boutique arcades and markets. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Liverpool

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport is seven miles from the city centre and has flights to destinations in the UK and Europe. The city’s main train station is Liverpool Lime Street and has services to many of the UK’s main towns and cities. Trains from London Euston reach Liverpool in just two hours. There are also great coach links to the city from the rest of the UK. Ferry serv...Read moreices are available from Liverpool Birkenhead to Belfast and Dublin. Liverpool is close to motorways M6, M58, M56, M57 and M62. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Liverpool

    The famous Cavern Club is still a respected venue for live music with its two stages and state of the art sound system. Other live music venues include the O2 Academy, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, The Zanzibar Club, Korova, Tobacco Warehouse, The Masque and O’Neill’s. The list of theatres in the city includes Royal Court, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, Capstone ...Read moreTheatre, Empire Theatre, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, The Blue Coat, The Green Room, Philharmonic Hall, Unity Theatre and Zeligs. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Liverpool

    The Liverpool Cathedral building was completed in 1978 and claims to be the largest Anglican Cathedral in the UK and the 5th largest in the world. The Royal Liver Building in the city centre is a symbol of the city with its two towers and copper Liver Birds. The Cavern Club and Albert Dock are two images associated with the city.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Liverpool

    More artists from Liverpool have had a number one hit than from any other location in the world, according to the Guinness Book of records.

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