Historical Liverpool Walk
A Journey along the historical waterfront and mercantile quarter
Disponible en français pour des groupes
This is the walk I recommend for groups of first-time visitors to Liverpool and school parties. Discover Liverpool in its historic role as a leading maritime mercantile city, when it was 2nd city of the British Empire. A great introduction to the city and its history. Also available in French.
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. Learn how nearly all the great events in Liverpool's history have come about due to the River Mersey and the port.
At the Victorian warehouses of the (Royal) Albert Dock (photo 1 below), hear how Liverpool became the port for Britain's Industrial Revolution and then continue to the mercantile splendour of the early C20 Three Graces, alongside exciting new developments.
We learn about Liverpool's connections to the tragic cruise liner, the Titanic, registered here in the city (photo 3 below). Then we go back through history to some of the original 7 Medieval Streets of Liverpool, now adorned with magnificent Victorian commercial "palaces" built when Liverpool was the 2nd city of the British Empire. Stop to view the Georgian Town Hall, (photo 4 below) which Edward VII compared to the Winter Palace of St Petersburg and is often used as a film set
Of course, no tour of Liverpool is complete without a mention of the Beatles and we will stop to admire the larger than life statues of the Fab Four at the Pier Head. Ask your guide to point out the hidden symbol on each Beatle. (Photo 2 above)
The tour will last for approximately 2 hours and can be tailored to your needs, finishing where you wish. You can finish in Mathew St, home to the famous Cavern Club* where the Beatles played from 1961 -1963 or maybe at the Liverpool One Shopping Centre for an open-air picnic or some retail therapy. You can also make this a circular tour, finishing back at the Albert Dock but please note that in this case, you obviously won't go as far into the city centre as on a linear walk.
* The Cavern Club charges an admission fee, not included in the walk