Liverpool Festival Gardens

Riverside Drive
Liverpool
Merseyside
L3 4ED
Landscaped gardens with green grass, trees and a pond.

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Liverpool is a place with a whole lot of history, and its Festival Gardens are no exception.

A former household 'tip' located ajacent to the Mersey was transformed into the UK's first ever garden festival in 1984. The International Garden Festival was a concept deisgned to regenerate Liverpool and drive tourism following the huge industrial decline and Toxteth riots.

During a five month pageant, the Festival Gardens attracted some 3.4M visitors, with its huge mix of ornamental gardens from all over the world and the grand centrpiece, Festival Hall.

When the festival was over, a large part of the gardens were redeveloped to form residential housing. The remaining gardens were left derelict and fell into disrepair in 1997. 

Redevelopment work took place in 2010 which means that the garden has once again been transformed into a beautiful space. The gardens are ideal for a picnic, bike ride or a relaxing walk through the woodland trails. 

Look out in the gardens for two restored pagodas, the restored Moon Wall, new lakes, waterways and waterfalls and a new pedestrianised area linking to the promenade. 

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    Recent Reviews:

    • StevepL17
      Liverpool, United Kingdom
      Trip type:
      Couples
      Sadly neglected by an uncaring council.
      2 of 5 stars
      Friday, 1st July 2022
      Still Neglected. Why? The Council describes it as "Festival Gardens is a beautiful tranquil space with oriental gardens, pagodas, lakes, waterways and waterfalls." This is completely out of date... Read full review
    • chrisbG5203NL
      Trip type:
      Couples
      Do not waste your time visiting this construction site
      1 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 3rd August 2022
      The whole area is now a giant building site. Most has been fenced off for construction clearance. The remaining 'garden' is just overgrown with weeds & brambles, the pond is drained & the chinese... Read full review
    • 769borisd
      Trip type:
      Couples
      Piss poor atraction
      1 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 29th October 2022
      Try actually putting some lights up. Really poor attraction I wouldn't even give it 1 star but sadly have too. Me and the Mrs travelled paid 10 quid to park for 2 hours. £18 for 2 coffees and a tray... Read full review

    Opening Times

    2023 (1 January 2023 - 31 December 2023)

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