One of Liverpool’s seven original streets, a food and drink hub and full of architectural beauty - it has to be Castle Street. 

Stretching from the Queen Victoria Monument on James Street to the magnificent Georgian Liverpool Town Hall, Castle Street might only be small but it is one of the city’s most loved streets.


THE HISTORY OF CASTLE STREET


The History of Castle Street goes back centuries. Castle Street was one of the original seven ancient streets in the city and you can even see it on maps dating back to the 13th century!

Before Liverpool was even a city, when it was still a medieval town several hundred years ago, Castle Street was an important route to and from the ports and the castle that sat at the top of modern day Lord Street.

It is believed that the castle was constructed under the order of William de Ferrers the 4th Earl of Derby, which corresponds to present day Derby Square where you will find the Queen Victoria Monument today.

Estimated to have been built between 1232 and 1237, Liverpool Castle stood until the mid-18th century close to where the Liverpool Courts stand today. In fact, if you look at the Liverpool Crown Courts you will see they resemble the look of a castle and Liverpool Castle is what the design was inspired by.

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At the other end of Castle Street you will find Liverpool Town Hall which was built between 1749 and 1754. Close to the Town Hall you can still see evidence of Castle Steet’s market past. There’s a large stone which marks the edge of the town’s fair called the Sanctuary Stone which would have originally stood a couple of feet high. The stone would mark the boundary of the market area and where market rules would apply. The stone itself has been dug up several times over the past century. Each time it has been relaid and a freshly minted coin has been buried with it.

If you stand at the Queen Victoria Monument and look down Castle Street you will find the street’s oldest buildings on the left hand side. The first building, with its arched windows, pale stone and highly decorated was originally built for a bank. Many of the buildings along this side of the street have an Italian and classical influence and style. Number 48-50 was designed by James Picton, a famous Liverpool architect who also designed the stunning Picton Reading Room in Liverpool Central Library. 

One of the street’s most stunning buildings, number 42 is now home to a coffee shop. Dating back to the Victorian period, it was called Victorian Chambers. The building sports four mermen complete with trumpets made of shells, panels carved with a bird synonymous with Liverpool and the coat of arms of Lancaster. Make sure you look out for this building on your next stroll down the street! 

A branch of The Bank of England stands opposite number 42. London architect C.R Cockerell designed it back in the 1840s after becoming the surveyor for the Bank of England. Like many of the buildings in Liverpool, it is considered a masterpiece of the Victorian trend for neoclassical architecture with its Doric pillars. 


LIVERPOOL TOWN HALL


The most famous building of them all on Castle Street is Liverpool Town Hall. Sitting grandly at the top of the street, Liverpool Town Hall is a Grade I Listed building and is described as “one of the finest surviving 18th Century Town Halls”. It also has a rich history. In fact, the very final act of the American Civil War took place on the steps of this building when Captain Waddell presented a letter to the city’s Mayor surredning his vessel, the CSS Shenandoah, to the British Government in November 1865.

Replacing an earlier Town Hall nearby, it was designed by John Wood the Elder and built between 1749 and 1754. If you look directly down Castle Street you might notice it seems a little off centre. Well, that’s because Water Street, which ran to the junction of Dale Street was continuous and built up across the junction so that the Town Hall was not originally visible. 

You can book tours of the Town Hall to see the stunning interior and of course, the famous balcony where the Beatles waved from in 1964. On the ceiling downstairs are murals painted in 1909 depicting events in Liverpool’s history. They include memorials to those from the city who died in WWI and those who have been awarded the Freedom of Liverpool. The upper floor is made up of reception rooms, adorned with fireplaces and chandeliers where special events usually take place.  


BARS & RESTAURANTS 


So what can you expect from a modern day Castle Street? Alongside its rich history is a rich food and drink scene. Castle Street has always been a popular street to head to for a meal out or a few evening drinks. Being a stone’s throw away from the Pier Head means it's the perfect place to head for something to eat. Here’s some of the places you can expect to find on the beautiful street.


SALT HOUSE BACARO 


Head into Salt House Bacaro for a bit of small plate heaven. This Italian eatery has a whole menu full of bites to eat that will want you to keep going back to try them all! From meat, fish and veggie dishes to pizzettes, bread, puddings and even a bellini bar.


RUDY’S PIZZA


If you’re a fan of classic Italian pizza then stop by Rudy’s Pizza for a slice or two! Keeping it true to a traditional Neapolitan pizza recipe, they are serving up everything from the classic Margherita to Cotto, Salami and regular specials too! 


LIVERPOOL GIN DISTILLERY 


A good old gin and tonic is a favourite tipple for a lot of people these days but have you ever tried a Liverpool Gin and tonic? Head over to the Liverpool Gin Distillery to try one of their own blends of the finest gin. You can even have a go at making your own or go on a tour of their distillery! 


VIVA BRAZIL LIVERPOOL


For an award-winning authentic Brazlian dining experience then Castle Street’s Viva Brazil is the place to go. The Brazilian steakhouse offers a unique dining experience as a plethora of a variety of meats are brought to your table for you to try.

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CASTLE STREET TOWNHOUSE


If you’re after breakfast, brunch, lunch or an evening meal then Castle Street Townhouse will be able to sort you out. Their various menus will satisfy everyone whatever time of day!

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MALUCO PIZZERIA


Castle Street seems to be a big fan of pizza! Find Maluco Pizzeria over the road from Rudy’s for Brazilian inspired pizza and cocktails. The vast array of toppings you can choose from for the wood fired pizzas will keep you returning to try them all as you sit inside or in their outdoor seating area and watch the world go by on Castle Street.

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MOWGLI


Technically Mowgli isn’t on Castle Street but if you just pop your head round the corner onto Water Street then you can’t miss it, trust us, it’s worth the extra 10 steps! The Indian street food inspired restaurant brings fresh and intense flavours to their famous tiffin boxes for the ultimate dining experience. Their Yoghurt Chat Bombs, Mowgli Chip Butty and Gunpowder chicken are pretty legendary and a must try.


So, next time you head to Castle Street don't forget to look up at all the beautiful buildings!


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