A Port City

Liverpool's Maritime Heritage is what makes the city the place it is today

Liverpool City Region is steeped in history built on maritime heritage and world trade influence. 


In 1715 the first ever commercial wet dock opened in Liverpool, the Old Dock, originally known as Thomas Steer’s 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.


This history and wealth can be seen throughout the main city centre streets such as Castle Street, St George’s Quarter and Chinatown. 


There are both museums and local guides offering a wealth of knowledge and interesting stories about the history of Liverpool City Region. 


It is important while telling the story of Liverpool to acknowledge the city’s role in the transatlantic slave trade this can be learned about at the Slavery Museum at the Royal Albert Dock and on the National Museums Liverpool website. 


Plan a visit to a city region museum or onto a tour with a knowledgeable guide of Liverpool.

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