Liverpool’s waterfront is a designated World Heritage Site, the accolade was granted by UNESCO in July 2004 centred around Liverpool as a Maritime Mercantile city and reflects the city’s significance as a commercial port at the time of Britain’s greatest influence.
The World Heritage Site stretches along the waterfront from Albert Dock, through the Pier Head and up to Stanley Dock, and up through the historic commercial districts and the RopeWalks area to St George’s Quarter.
In 1715 the first ever commercial wet dock opened in Liverpool, the Old Dock, originally known as Thomas Steers’ Dock. On Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool One there is a viewing portal to the original dock that has been carefully preserved underneath the leisure complex. National Museums Liverpool run free tours of this enclosed dock.
The Albert Dock on Liverpool’s waterfront was an architectural triumph that opened in 1846, and was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone. By the late 19th Century, 40% of the world’s trade was passing through Liverpool’s docks.
Two years after The Albert Dock opened it was modified to feature the world’s first hydraulic cranes. It was a popular store for valuable cargoes like brandy, cotton, tea, silk, tobacco, ivory and sugar.
Delve deeper into the maritime history of Liverpool’s docks from the commercial trade to its busy ferry terminal at the Merseyside Maritime Museum located amongst the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in Britain, The Albert Dock.
A short walk from here is the Pier Head and the Three Graces, The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.
Here is where you can catch the Ferry, cross the Mersey.