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Liverpool Architecture

If you look down just for a moment while walking through Liverpool, chances are you’ll miss something amazing. The city is home to a vast number of stunning and historic buildings. It actually houses over 2,500 listed buildings and 27 of these are Grade I.

The beautiful architecture of Liverpool has a story to tell; it represents over 300 years of a port of worldwide importance, whose fortunes declined in the twentieth century but is now experiencing a renaissance as a cultural capital, hosting world-class events, breaking records and collecting numerous accolades.

The Victorian Albert Dock located on Liverpool’s waterfront is the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK made entirely out of cast iron, brick and stone. The Albert Dock does not only offer a beautiful backdrop to a quayside stroll, but a wide variety  of restaurants, galleries, museums and more to enjoy, including key attractions such as Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum.

A short walk from The Albert Dock is where you’ll find the Three Graces; The Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. The Royal Liver Building sports the famous Liver Birds, the mythical creatures which symbolise Liverpool. For nearly a century these buildings have defined one of the world’s most recognised skylines, which can be admired from aboard the historic Mersey Ferry.

The Bluecoat is thought to be Liverpool’s oldest building in the city centre, dating back to the early 1700s. Visitors can now enjoy a year-round programme of visual art, literature, music and dance here. The Liverpool Town Hall was constructed in the 1700s between 1749 and 1754 and its beautiful interiors are a prime example of late Georgian architecture.

Liverpool’s architecture can be seen from another level from the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral tower, the largest cathedral in Britain, taking 74 years to construct from 1904. Look down from this intricate beauty and admire the elegant Georgian townhouses that are always in high demand for filming.

In Liverpool, we don’t do things by halves, being home to two cathedrals. Just a short walk away is Hope Street, which connects the two Cathedrals and is where you’ll find The Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. This cathedral was originally planned to be a huge structure similar to the neo-gothic Anglican, but due to pressures of war and rising costs the design was abandoned. The cathedral now stands as a modern circular design featuring glorious multi-coloured stained glass windows; completed in 1967 it still features Lutyens Crypt, which was built as part of the original design.

Outside the city centre, Speke Hall dates from the Tudor period, recognisable from its black and white timber appearance. Croxteth Hall also has ties to this era, with one of its wings dating back to 1575 (though the majority of the building was completed in the 18th and 19th centuries).

This is just a brief snapshot of Liverpool’s stunning architecture, so when you’re walking through the streets of the city, remember to look up because you might miss something beautiful!

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  1. Add The Albert Dock to your Itinerary

    The Albert Dock

    Liverpool

    Located on Liverpool’s incredible World Heritage Site waterfront, the Albert Dock structure features the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the whole country.

  2. Add Museum of Liverpool to your Itinerary

    Museum of Liverpool

    Liverpool

    The Museum of Liverpool is the world’s first national museum devoted to the history of a regional city and the largest newly-built national museum in Britain for more than a century.

  3. Add World Heritage Site to your Itinerary

    World Heritage Site

    Liverpool

    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.

  4. Add RIBA Liverpool City Tours to your Itinerary

    RIBA Liverpool City Tours

    Liverpool

    Discover the architecture and history of this great city on one of walking tours, exploring key buildings and public spaces which tell the tale of Liverpool past, present and future.

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    Book RIBA Liverpool City Tours Online (opens in a new window)

    Price

    Price £6.50 to £8.50 Per Ticket
  5. Add Merseyside Maritime Museum to your Itinerary

    Merseyside Maritime Museum

    City

    Submerge yourself in Liverpool’s historic seafaring past at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

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    Free
  6. Add Pier Head & The Three Graces to your Itinerary

    Pier Head & The Three Graces

    Liverpool

    They define one of the most beautiful skylines in - well we’d say the world - the Three Graces consist of the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building

  7. Add Croxteth Hall & Country Park to your Itinerary

    Croxteth Hall & Country Park

    Croxteth

    Stately home with 500 acres estate including visitor farm, Victorian walled garden and seasonal events. Former ancestral home of the Earl of Sefton.

    Price

    Price £1.90 to £17.00 Per Ticket
  8. Add The Bluecoat to your Itinerary

    The Bluecoat

    City

    The Bluecoat showcases talent across all creative disciplines including visual art, music, literature, dance and live art, and nurtures new talent by providing studio spaces for artists within a unique creative community.

    Price

    Free
  9. Add St George's Hall to your Itinerary

    St George's Hall

    Liverpool

    Delve into the very heart of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage St George’s Quarter and you’ll find one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world.

    Price

    Free

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