The Titanic wasn't build in Liverpool, but Liverpool is the home of the White Star Line, the shipholders of the Titanic and the Lusitania. Both ships have their catastrophic history, and so it's no wonder that the maritime museum has a special floor for these two ladies...
Nevertheless the museum has many more interesting facts and stories about ships and tragedies. Nine million people left Liverpool in the early 20th century to start a new life overseas. Poverty and bad living conditions forced many families to risk their lives on these long trips into a new life. I found that part of the exibition most interesting.
Another great fact is, that all museums in Liverpool are for free. So it 's also worth a visit for all who are not so interested in shipbuilding really...
The Albert Dock is one of Liverpool's top attractions, from exclusive bars and restaurants to craft shops, television studios and museums you can find it all at the dock.
The bars are frequented by the celebrities of the North West and dock is home to the newest Tate gallery.
A great place to start your tour of Liverpool.
Being not the biggest Beatles fan ever I didn't visit the Beatles Experience in the Albert Docks. I'm not sure if it is worth the entrance fee. Maybe it is, you have to find it out yourself....maybe it's something for the half interested like me.....
Based right along the Mersey these old docks have been restored and now are one of the best architectural places in Liverpool. I always like old buildings, but I also like if they are restored in a building friendly way. That's what happened here. The promenade around the dock is filled with some shops, nice bars and museums. The place to be in Lverpool these days.
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!
This map floating in the water of Albert Dock is used for the weather show on British telly. The presenter jumps around Great Britain and Ireland to show what the weather will be like. I was really impressed with the idea and with the Giants Causeway on the map ;)
LATEST NEWS JANUARY 2005: The weathermap is gone as the studios have moved to Manchester :(
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.
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.
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.
Part of the external exhibition of the maritime museum is a propeller from the ill-fated merchant ship Lusitania. Much controversy surrounds her cargo and sinking. It is suggested the the British deliberately sent her into danger to provok great outrage in the United States which helped create the climate of public opinion that would later allow America to join the war.
The Lusitania carried a healthy complement of American passengers when she departed New York for Liverpool on May 1, 1915. As the Lusitania neared the end of her crossing, a German U-boat sank three British ships in the waters south of Ireland through which she was about to sail and on May 7, 1915, the Lusitania was too slow in noticing both the periscope and the torpedo of a German submarine to escape her fate. She was just 10 miles from the southern coast of ireland.
The German government apologized for the incident, but claimed its U-boat only fired one torpedo and a second explosion was a result of a secret cargo of heavy munitions on the ship. If this true, Britain was guilty of breaking the rules of warfare by using a civilian ship to carry ammunition. British authorities rejected this charge and claimed that the second explosion was caused by coal dust igniting in the ship's almost empty bunkers.
On the dock complex the old Piermaster's house can be visited free too. Gives a real insight into the houses and furnishings of that period. When we visited it was around Christmas time and it looked so festive and traditional inside decorated with garlands around the fireplaces.
Albert dock area is a nice area full of shops, museums, bars and restaurants. Makes a nice change from the city centre area as it's near the water and great walk around on a sunny day. Has lots of specialist shops and gift shops. Some nice restaurants, good bars and coffee shops if you'd like to stop for a drink. Is a good area to go if you want a night out with a difference as the bars here are a bit more upmarket and you don't really see any of the drunken madness around here.
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.
We arrived at Liverpool and parked at King's Dock, which is maybe the best place to park, because the car park is not only huge, but it's free too. What's more, it's right next to the Albert Dock, which is a good place to start the tour of Liverpool.
Granada TV have studios at Albert Dock and the famous "Good Morning" with Richard & Judy came from there. The floating weather map was a fixture of the show and Fred the weatherman used to leap about on it showing us how the weather would be. One famous day a streaker leapt on and joined him on the map. I told Sabs this tale, and overheard many others recounting the tale too. I guess it's the most famous thing to have happened here.