Liverpool is a city that’s proud of its history. She once offered one of the biggest ports in the world, which were integral to the world war efforts, and is a city that has produced some of the biggest and best ships in the world. There are so many things to see and do in this wonderful city, you’d struggle to fit them all into one visit. However, there are 5 unique sites you need to see when in Liverpool.
1. The Liver Building
The Royal Liver Building is synonymous with the city of Liverpool, featuring the two recognisable liver birds that sit on top of the Grade I listed building. It is rumoured one bird looks over the city, whilst the other looks out to those at sea. Legend has it that if the birds flew away from the building, the city would cease to exist. The building also offers a pair of clock towers, so mariners could tell the time as the passed along the River Mersey.
2. Penny Lane
Penny Lane is located near John Lennon’s childhood home, and is the area where the singer-songwriter would meet up with Paul McCartney to catch the bus into the city centre. The junction inspired the hit song of the same name, and is therefore a must-visit for those who want to explore the inspiration behind the famous track.
3. The Albert Dock
The Albert Dock in Liverpool was the first structure in Great Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, and contained no structural wood. It was therefore hailed as the very first non-combustible warehouse in the world. During WWII, the dock was requisitioned by the Admiralty, acting as a base for British Atlantic Fleet boats. It was therefore significantly damaged during air raids, especially in the 1941 May Blitz.
Following the redevelopment in 1981, the Albert Dock was reopened as a major tourist attraction, surrounded by amazing museums and a plethora of restaurants, shops and bars. It is now a vital component of the city’s UNESCO world heritage Maritime Mercantile City.
4. St Luke’s Church
St Luke’s Church, more commonly known to locals as The Bombed Out Church, is a ruin in Liverpool city centre. It is a former Anglican parish church that was built between 1811 to 1832, but was badly damaged during the Liverpool Blitz and now stands as a memorial to all those who were lost in the war.
5. 30 James Street
30 James Street was formerly known as Albion House, and once served as the White Star Line’s headquarters. It was here the captain and crew from RMS Titanic received their orders, and the building was also RMS Titanic’s port of registry. It is now a permanent reminder of the White Star Line’s connection to the ill-fated ship and serves as 30 James Street – The Home of the Titanic , which is a hotel that commemorates RMS Titanic and the White Star Line.