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Tours of Liverpool and surrounding area in English or French by official Blue Badge Guide

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the World Heritage Site Walk:


 

"Historical Liverpool"



This walk is aimed at visitors to Liverpool and is especially suitable as an introduction to the city or for school groups. In English or French.




The Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids …. and Liverpool. Since 2004 Liverpool has joined this list of exceptional sites which have been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. Our walk starts at the riverfront – the ideal place to start as the history of Liverpool and her river are closely entwined.

 
The history of Liverpool is closely linked to that of its river, and so it makes sense to start the walk at the historic waterfront areas of the Albert Dock and the Pier Head.  From the granting of Liverpool's charter in 1207 due to her sheltered pool, to the early days of trading with Wales and Ireland, through the beginning of trade with the Americas in mid C17, followed by the slave trade and then the cotton trade: the growth and prosperity of Liverpool came from her river. Her role as the number one emigration port in Europe, the glamour of the great cruiseliners and today, her tourist trade: all relied on the river.

At the Victorian warehouses of the Albert Dock (Photo 1), we hear how Liverpool became the port for Britain's Industrial Revolution and then continue to the mercantile splendour of the early C20 Three Graces (Photo 3), alongside exciting new developments. Both these areas form part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Liverpool - Maritime Mercantile City, awarded to the city in 2004.

  

We learn about Liverpool's connection to the tragic ship "Titanic" and see a memorial to the brave men of her engine room. Then we go back through history to some of the original 7 medieval streets of Liverpool, now graced with magnificent Victorian commercial palaces, built for banks and insurance companies at a time when Liverpool was the 2nd city of the British Empire and today, most of them listed builidings. We stop to view the Georgian Town Hall, which Edward VII compared to the Winter Palace in St Petersburg and which stood in for the British Embassy in Paris in the film "Chariots of Fire." It's a little known fact that the very last act of the US Civil War, which affected Liverpool so much, occurred here.

Of course, no tour of Liverpool is complete without a mention of the Fab Four and this tour will usually end outside the world famous Cavern Club where the Beatles played from 1961 - 1963. We will go down into the basement club to see where it all began (subject to opening hours).

This tour should take around 2 hours and can be tailored to your needs, finishing where you wish. If you wish to view more attractions, a longer version can be offered.




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Contact: Liverpool Entente Cordiale Tours:
 

Tel.  079 4461 7477


liverpooltourguide@yahoo.co.uk


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