When the Albert Dock opened in 1846 by Prince Albert, it was a revolutionary way to speed up the loading and unloading of ships. In the 20th century however, ships were built in sizes far too large for the Albert Dock which finally closed its doors in 1972. Fortunately, the city has managed to preserve all the buildings and even restored some of those destroyed in the May 1941 Blitz. In 1988, the Albert Dock opened again as a tourist attraction. The lower floors are now home to shops, cafés and restaurants while the upper floors now houses offices. One building houses the famous Tate Gallery Liverpool, another one was even refurbished to house two excellent museums - The International Slavery Museum and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
The Albert Dock is the largest complex of Grade I listed buildings in the UK and part of Liverpool's UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the first warehouse complex worldwide built completely without using wood in the structures. even if you don't buy anything from the shops (most of them are not budget-friendly), having a walk along the docks and visit the one or other museum should be part of any Liverpool trip.
My sister and I had a short walk around some of the Albert Docks (due to the very cold wind!). In this short walk, we were able to look at some fantastic buildings.
We came across the Liver Building and the Liverpool ports building. Around that area is also the museum of Liverpool and a Bealtles & Elvis museum.
Albert Dock is a great reminder of Liverpool's Maritime past. Here you can see lots of different vessels moored up such as tall ships and colourful tug boats. The Dock is one of the great monuments to Victorian engineering and is the largest English Heritage grade I listed structure. Ken Martin, a young college lecturer led the battle to save the dock from demolition in the 1970's when plans were drawn up to bulldoze the whole complex. Thanks to Ken & a 50 million pound conversion the UNESCO World Heritage site has become a vibrant area for waterside eating, shopping and perusing.
The Albert Dock was opened in 1846 by Prince Albert and was designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick. It was the first dock to be built in stone and had it's own revolutionary world class docking sytem for loading and unloading goods from the shops.
After World War II docking went into decline and the dock was closed in 1972. Following intensive regeneration and redevelopment of the site, the dock was re-opened in 1988. Albert Dock is part of Liverpool's UNESCO designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City and attracts many visitors today.
Albert Dock houses a number of tourist attractions including the Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, the Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool alongside hotels, cafes, restaurants and shops.
There is a comedy club at Baby Blue, which is this classy little bar underground at the Albert Dock. It has all leather chairs and candles, and its underground with arches and brick walls, which creates a really lovely atmosphere. The comedy was great, we had a meal as well and theres a bar so we had more than a few drinks! After the comedy you can stay on for the nightclub, its £5 entry usually but its included in the ticket, so you get classy people. Its stylish and a great night out!
The Albert Dock is the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in Britain, covering 1.25 million square feet. The Dock was opened in 1846 by Prince Albert and continued to accommodate ships until its closure in 1972. Refurbishment was started in 1983 and the official reopening was done by Prince Charles in 1988.
Today the Albert Dock offers visitors culture, shopping & eateries. Attractions include The Beatles Story, Tate Liverpool, The International Slavery Museum, The Merseyside Maritime Museum and The Bug World Experience. Also here are many shops, bars, cafes & two hotels.
I found the Albert Dock such a visually enjoyable place to walk round. The weather was perfect and the Dock buildings looked impressive in the sunshine & reflecting in the water. The area around Albert Dock has also been restored making it a must visit attraction on any trip to Liverpool.
Merseyside branch of the London-based British and contemporary art museum, located in the Albert Docks Redevelopment Site. The Tate Liverpool has free exhibits as well as ticketed ones, and also features a convenient bookstore and cafe as well. Kudos to the Tate Administration for making an investment in this northern city - I was very impressed with their facility. I saw a longer-term exhibit about sculpture and 3-D objects in modern/contemporary art, with both famous and not-so-famous objects in a variety of galleries. Very well curated!
I particularly liked the exhibit of traditional figure sculptures on a disco dance floor - and they passed out headsets which played 1970s dance favorites!
This is really where regeneration started - as I mention in my introduction the city was a delight waiting to be regenerated and the Albert Dock stood empty for years despite the fact it had the largest number of Grade I listed buildings in Britain and was also was the first enclosed, non-combustible dock warehouse system in the world and the first structure in Britain to be built entirely of cast iron, brick and stone. In 1848 the world's first hydraulic warehouse hoists were installed.
Refurbishment began in the 1980s in time for the National Flower Festival in 1984 and our first visit was in 1992 and I saw the potential for this area then - in 2009 it has been completed and I hope the old style born before 1939 city fathers are turning in their graves full of guilt they let this remarkable dock lie empty for so many years. Around four million people visit each year and the Dock is the most visited, multi-user attraction in the UK outside London. Attractions to see are - Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, Shiverpool Ghost Tours, and The Yellow Duckmarine.
There are 25 retail outlets, over one dozen restaurant and café outlets and over 30 office units. People live here too and there are two hotels within the dock. Cobbled but generally disabled friendly.
Highly recommended .
We didn’t go in here, choosing to visit the Tate instead, but this museum offers a history of the docks. Its exhibits include things about the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Emigration, The Merchant Navy, the RMS Titanic and WWII.
Situated in the Albert Dock, much of the Liverpool Tate is what is classed as 'modern art', however there are some classic pieces in here. Not really an art lover myself, we went in simply for something to do and it was a toss up between this and the Maritime Museum (we made the wrong choice). However, some of the pieces in here were very good. However some of the 'modern' pieces were a bit on the pointless side, and some were just atrocious. One is just a large blue canvas...that’s it! And another is just a big square window leaning against the wall. When I was at school one of my teachers used to make us colour in alternate squares on 1mm graph paper as a punishment, well based on one of the exhibits here, which is just circles drawn on graph paper, I think he could have sold them and made billions! Jackson Pollock’s paintings are an eye opener. Imagine throwing paint at a canvas and you have got it!
If you are really stuck for something to do, then I would recommend visiting, you will have a laugh if nothing else, otherwise...just walk past.
Visit www.jacksonpollock.org to have a go at some modern art, but don’t think you can print screen it when you have done it and sell it for millions like he does.
The Albert Docks is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses. These are now disused, and house shops, cafes and museums. It opened in 1846 and was the first structure in Britain to be buit entirely of iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood. As a result it was the first 'fire-proof' warehouse system in the world. The docks comprise the largest collection of Grade 1 Listed Buildings anywhere in the UK.
Today, the Albert Dock is one of Liverpools top tourist attractions, attracting over 4 million people each year. Amongst the many attractions are the Liverpool Tate art gallery, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the 'Beatles Story'. There are also several small shops, and many bars, cafes and resteraunts.
Tate Liverpool houses one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art in the UK, outside London and is located at the Albert Dock.
Admission is free, except for special exhibitions, and opening hours are 10.00 a.m. to 5.50 p.m. (closed Mondays between October and March) - late night opening until 9.00 p.m. on the last Thursday of the month.
You can see works by De Chirico (my favourite), Magritte, Henry Moore, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst, among others.
The Albert Dock is one of those former dock areas that have been redeveloped as a tourist destination. There are several museums and galleries, including the Tate Liverpool and the Liverpool Maritime Museum and some shops, bars and restaurants. Oh and an exhibition about some local band called the Beatles. All in all, a good place for pottering. The Tate and the Maritime Museum have free admission.
Note that some of the cafes are closed in the evening and the bars and restaurants that are open can be a bit pricey.
The Albert Dock is one of Liverpool's main sights and half a day is easily spent there - there's the Maritime Museum, the Slavery Museum, the TATE Gallery of Liverpool, souvenir shops, restaurants, the Beatles Story and much more. For those who do not want to become too active the nice promenade behind the dock guarantees a great view on the Mersey.
Opened in 1846 by Prince Albert (hence the name!), the dock has served as an important point in Liverpool's history ever since. In the second half of the 19th century it was a highly profitable place for the maritime business, while later, from 1920 on, the dockhouses were used mostly for storing goods brought there by rail and on roads. After 1960, the dock's history seemed to turn to a bad ending: In order to create more space for building a "mini city", the demolition of the dock area was planned. Fortunately, the mood changed again in the late 1970s and eventually plans to restore the dock were successful. Nowadays, it's a vibrant part of Liverpool which is a must-visit - not only due to the UNESCO world heritage status!
The Albert Dock is Liverpool's number one visitor attraction, showcasing the best of Liverpool in a stunning World Heritage waterfront setting.
Opened by Prince Albert in 1846, the Dock includes the largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK.
With award winning visitor attractions such as Tate Liverpool, Liverpool Duck Tours, The Beatles Story and The Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Dock also offers a range of stylish bars and restaurants including Baby Cream, The Pan American Club, Blue and Est Est Est.