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Touring Merseyside/Liverpool

Liverpool waterfront by Barbara Ballard Merseyside covers the city of Liverpool and its surrounding area. Liverpool is where Beatles fans go to take in tours and attractions related to the group of four singers. However, Liverpool has more to offer. Before the Beatles existed the city was a thriving port and naval centre.

Liverpool Maritime Museum by Barbara Ballard Albert Dock is home to the Merseyside Maritime Museum. This gives the background to the city's wealth in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the section on transatlantic slavery the museum tells the story of Liverpool's role in the slave trade, with a reconstruction of a slave ship. Later, over 9 million people passed through the city enroute to new lives in America and Australasia. The Seaforth Nature Reserve is located in the heart of the docks. Itís home to seabirds and waders, ducks and gulls.

St George's Hall by Barbara Ballard Royal Liver building by Barbara Ballard

The wealth generated by the slave trade can be seen in the grandeur of the buildings, including St George's Hall with its Minton tiles, the Royal Liver Building (which is topped by statues of the mythical Liver birds) and the Walker Art Gallery, which contains art from the 14th through the 20th centuries. It focuses on European Old Masters, Victorian, and pre-Raphaelite works.

For a different point of view visit the HM Customs and Excise National Museum for the story of the smugglers versus the duty men. Inside is a display of the tools of the job, prints, paintings, and photographs.

Liverpool waterfront by Barbara Ballard The Liverpool Tate gallery is an outreach of the London based Tate. Housed in a warehouse at Albert Dock, itís strictly for modern art lovers. The Liverpool Museum has collections ranging from archaeology to the natural and physical sciences. Thereís a natural history centre and a planetarium.

Catholic Cathedral interior by Barbara Ballard Liverpool has two modern cathedrals, one built in the neo-Gothic style and another built in the round by Sir Edward Lutyens. The Anglican cathedral is the largest of its denomination in Britain. It has the highest gothic arches, largest organ, and heaviest ring of bells.

Speke Hall by Barbara Ballard Sudley House was the home of a Victorian shipping merchant, George Holt. Inside is the family collection of paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Speke Hall, an outstanding half-timbered Tudor manor house, dates from 1490-1612. It has original William Morris wallpaper and Victorian interiors. There are gardens and woodland surrounding the property as well as a maze.

Croxteth Hall Country Park, ancestral home of the Molyneux family, was once a huge country estate. The estate has three main attractions: the historic hall, Croxteth home farm, and a Victorian walled garden. More for plant lovers is found at the Sefton Park Palm House, a grade II listed Victorian glasshouse. Inside you will find a collection that encompasses plants from all over the world.

Merseyside Liverpool Attractions

John Lennon childhood home courtesy Visit Britain Beatles Story
Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 709 1963
Web: Beatles Story

Bluecoat Centre for contemporary arts
School Lane, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 709 5297
Web: Bluecoat

Croxteth Hall Country Park
Five miles north-east of Liverpool city centre, follow signs for the A580 to St Helens
Tel. 0 151 228 5311
Web: Croxteth Hall Country Park

Formby Beach
Victoria Rd, one mile from Freshfield, Formby
Tel. 0 1704 878 591
National Trust property

International Slavery Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 478 4499

Lady Lever Art Gallery
Port Sunlight village, Wirral
Tel. 0 151 478 4136

Liverpool Cathedral
Near Lime Street station in central Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 709 6271
Open: daily, 8am-6pm
Web: Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King
Mount Pleasant, near Lime Street station in central Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 709 9222
Web: Liverpool Cathedral of Christ the King

Liverpool Museums

Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock, Liverpool
Tel. 0151 478 4499

Museum of Liverpool
Mann Island at Pierhead
Tel. 0 151 478 4399

National Conservation Centre
Whitechapel, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 478 4999

National Wildflower Centre
Court Hey Park, Roby Rd
Knowsley, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 738 1913

Sefton Park Palm House
Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AP
Tel. 0 151 726 2415
Web: Sefton Park Palm House

Speke Hall, Garden, and Estate (NT)
The Walk, by Liverpool John Lennon airport; north bank of Mersey River
Tel. 0 151 427 7231

Sudley House
Mossley Hill Rd, Aigburth, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 724 3245

Tate Liverpool
Albert Dock, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 702 7400
Web: Tate Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery
William Brown St, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 478 4199

World Museum Liverpool
William Brown St, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 478 4393

Tourist Information Centres

Albert Dock Centre
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Tel. 0 151 709 3350

Liverpool John Lennon Airport
Arrival Hall South Terminal
Speke Hall Ave

Queens Square Centre
Roe Street, Liverpool
Tel. 0 151 707 0986

112 Lord Street
Southport, Merseyside
Tel. 0 1704 533 333

St Helens
The World of Glass
Chalon Way East
St Helens, Merseyside
WA10 1BX
Tel. 0 1744 755 150

To stay in Liverpool: Radisson SAS International Hotel Liverpool

Merseyside Ferries

Photos © by Barbara Ballard except Lennon home courtesy Visit Britain

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