Radio City Tower/Views, Liverpool
St John's Tower, in Williamson Square by the markets, used to have a restaurant situated at the top where you could get great views over the city centre - see Steventilly's Liverpool page for some pics.
Now it is the home of the award winning radio station "Radio City 96.7 FM". Fabulous advertising for them as it dominates the citycentre and you'll be able to see it from most locations. Unfortunately visits are by appointment only today....wonder if I could arrange that on the premises of taking pics for a certain website!
Fondest memory: Well just recently I did manage to arrange a litle VT tour up the tower! Its normally only possible on a Saturday or Sunday at 1.30 and again at 3.00pm but I engineered a visit Godd Friday 2003.
The tour is mainly to show the (supposed ! ) views and to peep through the studios where the radio station is broadcast from. A short video presentaion is also given on the the transition of the tower from restaurant to radio station.
Check out the travelogue for what we saw or did not see on my Merseyside page travelogue!
(Most of the pictures in this section were taken 20 years ago)
Here we're looking down on two of Liverpools finest buildings, St Georges hall and The Walker Art Gallery, both adjoining St. John's Gardens. St Georges Hall (at the right) is 'the finest example of Greco-Roman style in europe' and was built in 1854.
The Walker Art gallery was built as a gift from a former Lord Mayor of Liverpool and is one of the finest galleries outside of London. Amongst this cluster of buildings you can also find the Liverpool Museum and the William Brown Library.
The Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool is the largest in Britain at some 670 feet in length. Started in 1904 it was not completed until 1978, which is quite some time considering the advantages it's builders had over their colleagues from medieval times. The Cathedral stands on an elevated site on the edge of the city centre.
It's most impressive attribute is its scale - it certainly isn't "pretty".
Favorite thing: This view from the Tower is looking towards the Anglican Cathedral. In front of the cathedral is just a lot of waste land. In 1982 the cathedral had not been finished long. By 2003 this land has been filled with offices, apartments and some pretty swanky halls of residence for the John Moore University.
This was St. Johns Tower in my time in Liverpool. It was a revolving restaurant then, though now due to new fire regulations this is no longer the case. It fell into disrepair for some time and was "rescued" by Radio City, Liverpool's independant radio station. Now it is once more a shining beacon in the city centre, and a great landmark.
Many of the pictures in this section were taken from atop this tower, as it affords unrivalled views over the city. You need to go up on a clear day though - on our visit in April 2003 it was sunny but hazy, and you could see almost nothing from the top.