Capital of culture and UNESCO World Heritage Site; Liverpool is full to the brim with history, art, music and theatre.
Try a RIBA tour of the city to hear about the buildings and institutions that shaped Liverpool.

Morning

Start the day in William Brown Street, where you can’t fail to be impressed by the stunning Grade I listed St George’s Hall. 

Pop into the 55-million Central Library where amazing historical reading rooms meet a state-of-the-art 21st-century library - you can even go on the roof of this beauty and see Liverpool from a completely different - and amazing- perspective.  

The Walker Art Gallery and World Museum are also on this architecturally stunning street, you’ll want to pop in to both and why not, they’re free to enter.

Head up to Hope Street in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter. Here you can walk the length of Hope Street, where you’ll start at Liverpool’s Metropolitan of Christ the King (Catholic) and the Crypt below, passed Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall on to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. 

Here is the perfect place to stop off for lunch. Favourites include Pen Factory, 60 Hope Street and the Philharmonic Dining Rooms - inside the Philharmonic Pub, famous for its ornate and lavish interior.

Afternoon


In the city centre, the Bluecoat Arts Centre is housed in a 300-year-old building and houses a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music and dance. 

A walk to Albert Dock will take around 10 - 15 minutes, where you’ll find Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Heading over to the Pier Head you’ll find the Museum of Liverpool, where you can also see the majestic Three Graces – the Liver Building, Port of Liverpool Building and Cunard Building.

Evening


There’s always a show on somewhere in town. Head back to the Georgian Quarter to the beautiful Philharmonic Hall to hear classical or contemporary music, perhaps played by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The Everyman or Playhouse theatres produce wonderful, acclaimed work and the Liverpool Empire hosts the big ballet and opera productions.

You really need more than a day to explore Liverpool’s cultural and heritage offering. Try a trip up to Crosby Beach to see the spectacular Antony Gormley statues Another Place, or head to Wirral for Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village and the Lady Lever Art Gallery.
 

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Liverpool Record Office, housed within the Central Library, collects, preserves, and makes available archives and printed material relating to all aspects of the history of Liverpool.

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From the sea to the stars, a visit to World Museum reveals millions of years of the Earth’s history through thousands of exhibits and hands-on activities.

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