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Places Of Interest in Liverpool

Places of Interest in Liverpool Liverpool is undoubtedly a sightseers dream, with its unique mix of historic buildings, museums, art galleries, fabulous docklands, and a few extra treats on the outskirts of town.

In fact there’s so much to see that it would be very easy to miss one of the city’s main attractions. So sit back, relax and let us help you out, with our guide to Liverpool’s best places of interest.

With Liverpool’s connection to the Beatles, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to relive Beatlemania, including the Beatles Story Exhibition Experience [map] and the Magical Mystery Tour, which takes you around the Fab Four’s schools, birthplaces and childhood homes.

If it’s history you’re interested in, then why not sample one of the city’s many museums, including the Merseyside Maritime Museum [map] and the Museum of Liverpool Life [map]. All the museums offer a great insight into how Liverpudlians lived long before the days of the Beatles, and in the years that followed their rise to fame.

For those wanting to catch a glimpse of Liverpool’s splendid architecture, head along to one of the many historic buildings, which will leave you in no doubt why this city has been named the European Capital of Culture 2008.

Frequently referred to as Britain's most ‘awe-inspiring’ cathedral, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral [map] 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.

King Edward VII performed the tradition of the laying of the foundation stone at the catheral on July 19th, 1904, but the building was not entirely completed until 1987. The cathedral is open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm, and entry is free, although donations are gratefully accepted.

Liverpool’s other cathedral, the Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral [map], is less than ten minutes walk away from the Anglican one. With its unique design by Sir Frederick Gibberd, the cathedral opened in 1967 and its tower holds the world's largest stained glass window. It is open daily from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Another of Liverpool’s most prominent historical buildings is the majestic Liver Building [map] with its 18ft high Liver Birds perched on top. The building opened in 1911 as the headquarters of the Royal Liver Friendly Society, and its clock faces are the biggest in Britain – 30 inches wider than Big Ben in London. You can arrange a guided tour of the building by calling 0151 236 2748.

One of the oldest and most beautiful displays of architecture in Liverpool is the Town Hall [map], a Grade I listed building with fine staterooms, crystal chandeliers and priceless paintings. Its breathtaking interior now provides a unique setting for a wide range of events and functions, such as weddings, parties and conferences.

After the Beatles, Liverpool’s second most famous attribute is probably the stunning Albert Dock [map], which has recently been restored to its original Victorian splendour. It is named after Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert who opened the dock in 1846, and it now provides a wonderful setting for a gentle stroll by the water, a friendly drink or a slap up meal.

Today it is home to the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in Britain, as well as being home to many of the city’s top attractions including the Tate Gallery, Beatles Story, and the Maritime Museum.

To take a closer look at Liverpool’s wonderful waterways why not take a ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’. A ferry trip across the River Mersey undoubtedly gives visitors the best view of the Liverpool waterfront, and its historic buildings. The 50 minute heritage cruise sails on the hour from the Pier Head on weekdays from 10:00am to 3:00pm, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

Just outside the city centre you’ll find plenty more places of interest including Palm House and the Williamson Tunnels.

Located in Sefton Park, the Victorian botanical showpiece Palm House [map] has plants from around the world, along with statues of explorers and naturalists, such as Columbus and Darwin, designed by Leon-Joseph Charalliand.

The Williamson Tunnels [map], on the other hand, are situated deep underneath the district of Edge Hill about a mile from the city centre. They were built between 1805 and 1840 after businessman Joseph Williamson paid thousands of men to dig the maze of tunnels, although no-one really knows the reason why. Certain parts of the tunnels have been open to the public since September 2002, following a long excavation and renovation project by local volunteers.

Heading out to further afield you can meet a wonderful array of animals at Knowsley Safari Park and Chester Zoo. While for fish and shark lovers there’s the Blue Planet Aquarium.

It’s hard to believe but just eight miles from the centre of Liverpool, there are lions, tigers, buffalo, zebras, elephants and rhinos roaming fairly freely at Knowseley which you'll see during your five-mile drive around Knowsley Safari Park [map]. You’re also likely to experience monkeys bounding over your car as well as camels and ostriches nuzzling up to your window. There is also a reptile house, sea lion and parrot show, as well as an amusement park.

Chester Zoo [map] is one of the best zoos in Europe and is only a 40-minute drive from Liverpool city centre. Here you can meet around 5,000 animals including giraffes, elephants, tigers, coatis, rhinos, jaguars, snakes, monkeys, orang-utans and penguins.

Not far from the zoo you’ll find the Blue Planet Aquarium [map] in Ellesmere Port, which has a wide range of tropical fish, turtles, stingrays and 10 different species of shark.

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