The decades since Liverpool's heyday as one of the greatest ports in the British Empire have not been kind, but lately this city has been on the rebound.
Many of its art galleries and museums are FREE. This includes the newly refurbished Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Museum, Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool Life and the Conservation Centre in the city centre. See the monumental waterfront with its historical connections to the Titanic, the ferry across the Mersey, plus the renovated Albert Dock (pictured) with its Tate gallery and shops.
The pedestrianised city centre has the Cavern Club (where The Beatles first performed) and a wall of fame showing the Liverpool acts that have had number one songs. Throw in two massive cathedrals and many fine Victorian pubs and you've got yourself a grand day out!
If you're interested in maritime activities, boats, ships and all that lark, perhaps a visit to this maritime museum would be ideal for you.
I however, have no great burning desire to learn about all these kinds of things. My interest began to wain as we reached the second floor, which seemed very similar to the first floor. When I reached the 3rd floor, i was really tiring, and had absolutely no desire to read any more about 'ye olde battleships', and how they all worked. Luckily by this stage it was nearing closing time, and we had to leave. What a pity.
On the bright side of things, it was free to get into and so i didn't really feel let down by it. Maybe i learned a thing or two...
If you have any interest at all in this kinda thing, go check out the place. Mildly amusing Mildly...
Favorite thing: Visit Liverpool's Merseyside Maritime Museum in the Albert Docks and the ships docked there. The entry is free since 2002. Take a look at the famous sea faring ships (models) and also meet the person who takes care of all the models there. He will teach you how to make a ''ship in a bottle'' if you'd like to make one!!! Special hobby classes for those interested in making models and a library and research centre too!!! Interesting exhibitions on the history of seagoing merchant navy ships and the wartime conversions too!!! Nice exhibition on the H.M. Customs as well!!!
Liverpool Museum is very interesting and the Picton Library is quite startling - similar (in shape) to the one in the British Museum.
Fondest memory: The things I always miss are the coasts, the rivers and Birkenhead docks. Just to clarify the latter, I go that way every day in the morning and evening, and the views are spectacular then - although it wouldn't come out on a photo.
The Walker Art Gallery - one of the finest outside of London - is also a fine building.
It was a gift from a former Lord Mayor of Liverpool. Remember the museums are free to enter too.