RIBA North

Mann Island
L3 1BP

Tel: +44 (0)151 703 0107

RIBA North


RIBA North is the Royal Institute of British Architects’ National Architecture Centre on Liverpool’s Waterfront. The centre was opened in June 2017 and was recently awarded the title of ‘Best Newcomer to the Visitor Economy’ at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2018. It is situated in extremely close proximity to the Open Eye Gallery and Museum of Liverpool, a stone’s throw from the Albert Dock.

RIBA North is a place for everyone to discover more about architecture and is an inspirational resource for both RIBA members and the public. Through exhibitions, events and walking tours the centre champions architects, architecture and good design. 

At the heart of RIBA North is the City Gallery, a space for visitors to learn more about Liverpool's past, present and future, as well as the processes involved in urban development and the evolution of the built environment.

RIBA North's City Gallery includes the Digital City Model, an interactive 3D model that tells a variety of stories about Liverpool and the surrounding area. It is also an extraordinary professional tool, which can be used by developers, architects and planners to host public consultations, anticipate the impact of future development and encourage the best design approaches.

The centre is also home to an RIBA shop, selling all manner of different architectural inspired gifts for children and adults, a showcase of Northern designers and RIBA merchandise, and a fantastic selection of books along with architects tools of the trade.

We have step free access to the main entrance and step free access to the first floor via a lift located at the rear of the ground floor café. We also welcome guide dogs. If you have any questions about access, or if you have any special requirements, please contact us before your visit.

RIBA North is also home to a programme of architectural walking tours of Liverpool. The six tours cover five of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage areas and during the Summer season run five days per week. These are bookable in advance through the RIBA North website. Tours last approximately two hours and whether you a city resident or visiting Liverpool from elsewhere, you will discover the history of Liverpool through its key buildings and public spaces. The award-winning RIBA volunteer guides will tell the story of Liverpool’s past, present and future.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Located on the A 5039 From the motorways follow brown signs for the Waterfront / Albert Dock

Public Transport Directions

Train Liverpool Lime Street – 20 minute walk Liverpool James Street (Wirral Line) – 2 minute walk Moorfields (Wirral Line and Northern Line) – 5 minute walk   Bus Liverpool ONE Bus Station – 8 minute walk For full details about local bus and train services please visit merseytravel.gov.uk   Ferry Pier Head Ferry Terminal – 2 minute walk For full details about ferry services please visit merseyferries.co.uk   Coach Liverpool ONE Bus Station (National Express) – 8 minute walk For information about coach drop-off and pick-up facilities please visit visitliverpool.com   Car parking Q-Park at Liverpool ONE, The Strand, Liverpool L1 8LT – 8 minute walk Two dedicated blue badge parking spaces are located on Brunswick Street – 5 minute walk For full details about blue badge parking bays please visit liverpool.gov.uk



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    • ManchesterSmurf
      Trip type:
      Friends getaway
      Gateway to the World Walking Tour
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 2nd July 2019
      We joined Brian on this very interesting & informative tour of Liverpool’s connection to the outside world in times gone by. Lots of interesting facts that I bet some locals may not even know. The... Read full review
    • Davemousie1
      Trip type:
      Walking tour - Gateway to the World
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 23rd August 2019
      Fabulous way to get to know Liverpool. The walking tour visited some lovely architural gems around the city centre and through our guide, Margaret, we found out a lot about the history and... Read full review
    • susanlucas1950
      Lancaster, United Kingdom
      Very interesting insights with great guide Bob
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 6th October 2019
      Very well worth the modest fee to find out lots about the architecture, buildings and history of Liverpool which isn't always well known. A real highight of my tourist visit to the city and Bob's... Read full review

    Opening Times

    Open (1 January 2019 - 31 December 2019)
    Bank HolidayOpen

    * Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day / New Years Day


    • Regional AwardsLiverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2018 - Winner Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2018 - Winner 2018


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