The idea to build a grand housing area in the Canning area of Liverpool started in 1800 when city surveyor John Foster Snr. created a blueprint to make a grid plan of housing. This was at a time when Liverpool’s elite could afford luxurious surroundings. Over the next 100 years, a large number of elegant town houses, mainly in the Georgian style were built.
Hope Street, at the core of the Georgian Quarter is a winner in the Academy of Urbanism Awards for ‘Best Street’. The streets that radiate from Hope Street and Rodney Street are all lined with beautiful terraced houses. This area is also home to some of Liverpool’s finest restaurants, The Art School, 60 Hope Street and London Carriage Works – experts in modern cuisine. There’s also a number of cozy neighbourhood bistros, including The Quarter on Faulkner Street and the Pen Factory at the other end of Hope Street.
One street, two cathedrals; Hope Street is bookended by Liverpool’s two cathedrals. The 60s silhouette of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at one end and the world’s second largest Anglican Cathedral at the other. ‘The Great Space’ is the new and wholly appropriate name for the city’s towering sandstone Anglican Cathedral, which dominates the city skyline for miles around. The architectural masterpiece features the highest and heaviest carillon of bells in the world and Britain’s mightiest organ. Words cannot do it justice, it has to be seen to be believed. If you’re not afraid of heights, take the tower tour and be treated to one of the best views of Liverpool.
Between these two architectural wonders lies one of a different kind, the Everyman Theatre (RIBA Stirling Prize- winning), along with the recently transformed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, now 175 years old. Within the Georgian Quarter is where you’ll also find the Paul McCartney-inspired Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.