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The Florrie

377 Mill Street
L8 4RB

Tel: 0151 728 2323

The Florrie


Opened by HRH The Prince of Wales following a £7million regeneration project, The Florrie is a stunning Grade II Victorian community heritage venue located in south Liverpool.


The Florence Institute or 'The Florrie’ as it’s known to most was built in 1889 by local philanthropist, Magistrate and Mayor of Liverpool, Bernard Hall. He wanted to create ‘an acceptable place of recreation and instruction for the poor and working boys of this district of the City’ and named the building in memory of his daughter, Florence, who died at the untimely age of just 22.

As a Magistrate Bernard was aware of the links between poverty and anti-social behaviour and he saw The Florrie as a way of keeping idle hands constructively occupied but its popularity spread further than the immediate community. It became a hub for nurturing Liverpool’s sporting heritage with many championship teams including gymnastics, baseball, basketball and of course, football with Florence Albion FC. Many boxing greats also trained at The Florrie including Billy Williams, Dick Tiger, Larry Paul and Alan Rudkin MBE.

As you would expect music was also a big part of The Florrie’s appeal. A young Gerry Marsden learnt to play the guitar here and held his very first skiffle gig in The Great Hall before his band ‘Gerry and the Pacemakers’ became a global sensation with hits including ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’, ‘I Like It’ and legendary Liverpool FC anthem ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’.

The Florrie continued to serve the community for almost a century before closing in the late 1980’s and falling into a state of disrepair. After several building fires the future of The Florrie looked uncertain until a dedicated group of trustees and friends (along with a little help from Prince Charles) managed to raise the funds for restoration and The Florrie once again opened its doors for the people of Liverpool in 2012.


The Florrie is open seven days a week hosting a wide variety of participatory activities for people of all ages. The Heritage Resource Centre offers a great insight into The Florrie’s history, restoration and the communities it serves, whilst architecture enthusiasts will certainly be impressed with the building’s spectacular spaces and ornate terracotta detail.

The Florrie is also available to hire and welcomes meetings and conferences, gala dinners and awards ceremonies, workshops and family celebrations and is a fully licenced wedding venue.



  • Car Parking Limit
  • Disabled Access
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Children & Infants

  • Child Friendly

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Map & Directions


Opening Times

2018 (1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018)

* Christmas Closures and any additional information: Closed Christmas day, Boxing day and New Year’s Day
Please note activities and events take place outside core hours

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change

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