Guide To Liverpool
|| In 2003, Liverpool
beat off tough competition from 11 British cities to be
crowned the European Capital of Culture 2008. For
Liverpool this means over £2 billion investment,
the creation of around 14,000 jobs in the tourism sector
and an extra 1.7 million visitors, who will spend around
£50m a year.
But for tourists it is simply the proof they need that
Liverpool is indeed the best place to visit in Britain
for a taste of culture. And, in addition to the city’s
European status, the United Nations has recently named
Liverpool as a World Heritage Site for
its global influence during 19th century trans-Atlantic
So, it’s fair to say this city has an array of cultural
attractions, including museums, art galleries and theatres,
for you to visit and featured below are just a few of
When it comes to architecture Liverpool has so much to
offer that just about every corner you turn uncovers another
beautiful building. For a start there are the city’s
two splendid cathedrals, the Anglican [map] and the Metropolitan Roman Catholic [map],
which certainly helped Liverpool’s bid for European
Capital of Culture.
Frequently referred to as Britain's most ‘awe-inspiring’
cathedral, the Anglican Cathedral took 83 years to complete.
Situated on St James’ Mount and designed by architect
Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, it is the biggest cathedral in
Britain and the fifth largest in the world.
The uniquely designed Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral
opened in 1967 and its tower holds the world's largest
stained glass window.
Also worth a mention here is the Town Hall,
a fantastic Grade I listed building with fine staterooms,
crystal chandeliers and priceless paintings.
If you want to delve into Liverpool’s past then
pay a visit to one of the many museums dotted around the
city, which cover everything from the slave trade and
Roman relics to the Beatles and Brookside.
Situated on the impressive Albert Dock, which is a cultural
haven in itself, the Beatles Story Exhibition Experience
[map] offers a wonderful insight into the lives of the world
famous Fab Four. Not far from there you’ll find
the Merseyside Maritime Museum [map],
which uncovers the truth of the slave trade and Liverpool’s
part in the Battle of the Atlantic during World
If you’re more interested in learning about Liverpool’s
social history then the Museum of Liverpool Life [map] is well worth a visit. The museum covers everything from
political activity to religious faiths, and the production
of Ford cars to the famous soap opera, Brookside.
Liverpool is also a great place to enjoy a night out at
the theatre, with many top West End shows finding
their way to the stage at the city’s Empire Theatre
But if you’re looking for local productions then
try the small but lively Unity Theatre [map],
which combines classic drama with new local and national
Being home to the first photographic magazine means that
Liverpool is now focused on maintaining the development
of media arts. This has been achieved through the Open
Eye Gallery [map],
which displays collections of work from regional, national
and international photographers and media artists.
The gallery is just one of numerous visual arts centres,
but if it’s fine art you’re after then the
famous Tate Gallery [map] would be a good place to start, although there are
plenty more galleries dotted around the city.
So Liverpool already has so much to offer people seeking
a bit of culture but becoming European Capital of Culture
2008 will undoubtedly accelerate the city’s rebirth
and deliver a lasting legacy that everyone can enjoy.
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