Trips out from Manchester
Liverpool - the
Liver Building & the Mersey Ferry Terminal. Aerial
Photograph Courtesy of www.webbaviation.co.uk © 2005.
Situated at the
end of the M62 Motorway, about 40 miles and under one hour's drive
from Manchester City Centre, the City of Liverpool makes for a contrasting,
interesting one day trip from Manchester. Formerly in the County of
Lancashire, but since local government reorganisation in 1973 it has
been in the Metropolitan County of Merseyside.
from the Docks & the River Mersey
its name from the original mile long inlet from the River Mersey,
(the "Pool"), which once existed there. It was filled in the 18th
century and the entrance to the Mersey Tunnel marks its original site.
The term "Liver" has 2 possible explanations. One, the old English
word "Liefer" meaning 'thick' - a reference to the mud which abounded
around the Pool, or an alternative explanation is "Lithe", the old
Danish word meaning an inlet by a marsh. Either way, the city's origins
lie in the fact that it sprang up around a muddy inlet on the Mersey.
In historical terms, Liverpool is not an old city - there is no reference
made to it in the Domesday Book, and the first record of the name
"Liuepul" is in documents of 1192 belonging to John, Count of Mortain,
later King John, to whom the lands of Liverpool were granted. It has
much to offer the tourist .
Docks in Liverpool
The massive fully
restored Albert Docks are possible the best first port of call, and
they make a good base from which to explore the city, as they are
well signposted and there is extensive free parking. Many visitors
find a whole day's worth at the Docks alone, with its many attractions,
including the Liverpool Tate Gallery (entry free), the Maritime Museum
and "The Beatles Experience". The latter is a full multimedia experience
of the life and works of Liverpool's most celebrated pop stars, and
it is a Mecca for Beatles fans.
The Albert Docks,
designed by the engineer Jessie Hartley, were opened by Prince Albert,
after whom they were named, on 30 July 1846. It covers about 73/4
acres and has 5 massive warehouses providing 1.3 million square feet
of floor space. The whole dock complex bustles with life and energy,
with its various original storage sheds and wharves now crammed with
a profusion of shops offering souvenirs, books and mementoes of the
city. There are several fully licensed restaurants of various ethnic
types on site, as well as a good selection of small cafés, snack bars,
pubs and teashops. Several public conveniences. The Docks are largely
covered and therefore popular on wet days in the city.
The Maritime Museum
is a large and impressive restoration of a large warehouse, dedicated
to the maritime history of Liverpool, with its own restaurant and
shops. An entry charge is payable, but well worth it if you are stimulated
by sailing ships and the sea. The collection includes many scale models
of sailing vessels of all types from the earliest wooden ships to
massive steel liners of the Cunard lines. Permanent exhibitions deal
with the slave trade and with emigration to the new world - each illustrated
by full audio-visual technology. There is a full restaurant available
within the Museum.
Also worth visiting
are Liverpool's 2 cathedrals - the Neo-Gothic Anglican and the modern
Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King, which stand high
on the hill overlooking the city and the River Mersey, and connected
by Hope Street.
other tourist attractions include the Tate Gallery, the Walker Art
Gallery, the Bluecoat Galleries, the Museum of Liverpool Life, the
Royal Liver Building Tours, and the Liverpool Museum itself. Information
can be obtained from Tourist Information Centres which are found at
the end of this entry.
Perhaps no visit
to Liverpool would be complete without a ride on the inimitable Mersey
Ferry, Round trip heritage ferry crossings to Birkenhead across the
Mersey on the Wirral Peninsula sail twice-hourly, and there are recorded
commentaries to describe and explain the spectacular waterfront views
encountered on the trip.
Club & the Beatles
A visit to the
Cavern Night Club, the famed starting place of the Beatles, is another
understandably popular venue for tourists to Liverpool. The Cavern
Club was reopened in 1984, and restored to its original style and
character, still generates all the dynamic musical energy of its heyday
in the 1960s. There are discos and a full programme of live music
on offer - open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Telephone
: 0151-236 9091 for current details. There is also a Beatles Magical
Mystery Tour bus, which visits Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Advance
booking available by telephoning 0151-709 3631. There is also a Cavern
Pub nearby which serves food and drink all day.
A club which keeps
ex-Merseysiders in touch with what's happening at home. Enrol as a
member and receive regular issues of the Liverpool International Echo.
For information Tel: 0151-709 2444.
24 hour hotline Tel: 0151-708 8838.
Clayton Square Shopping Centre, Liverpool L1. Tel: 0151-708 8838 (24hr).
Tel: 0151-709 3631 (afternoons only)
Atlantic Pavilion, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3. Tel: 0151-708 8854 (afternoons
There is a full
information service about Liverpool and Merseyside on the Internet
at the following address : http://www.connect.org.uk/ merseyworld/tourism.
Email: Merseyside Tourism & Conference Bureau at: email@example.com