City Centre Buildiings, Liverpool
Behind the “Three Graces”, you will find the Church of Our Lady and St. Nicholas. A place of worship is known since at least 1257. The present building dates back to 1355 and was consecrated in 1362. The church was expanded, but neglected in the late 18th century. Finally, the result of neglection was that the spire crashed into the church in 1810. The church was rebuilt, but it became victim of a Nazi attack in 1940. Reconstruction did not start until 1949 and in 1952, the church was reconsecrated again. The church has been the preferred worship place for sailors and harbour workers (St. Nicholas is the patron saint of the sailors) and has been Liverpool's highest building between 1813 and 1868.
In the church, you will find a cross made of charred wood from St. Peter's Chapel. Outside, there is a memorial dedicated to the victims of WWII. The churchyard is accessible from George's Docks Gates through a beautiful Neogothic arch.
There are some architectural gems in Liverpool's Cultural Quarter which is designated World Heritage Sites.
St George's Hall
The Grade I listed bulding was built in the early 19th Century in a neo-classical style to host musical events as well as the city's civic duties. St George's Hall undergone an extensive renovation and reopened in 2007 as a multipurpose venue for cultural, civic and community activities. The hall hosted the Capital of Culture People Opening ceremony in 2008. You can check out further information on the website.
Walker Art Gallery
This art gallery is situated in Liverpool's cultural quarter and is known as 'the National gallery of the North' because the gallery receives state funding. The gallery's collection has been established since 1819 and is one of the largest in England. Do check out further information on the gallery's website. I made a visit to the gallery in August 2013 and please check out my tip.
The World Museum has galleries covering archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences. The notable attractions are the planetrarium and the Natural History Centre. It used to be called Liverpool Museum. Please check out further information on the museum's website.
A column was erected for the Duke of Wellington after his death in 1852 to celebrate his national achivements. The 132 feet (just over 4m) column was built at the end of 1865.
The fountain was donated by a former city major to accompany the column and designed by Paul Liénard and was completed in 1879. Steble Fountain served as a steam pump at St George's Hall basement and subsequently replaced by an electric pump. The fountain underwent restoration in 1992.
There are other buildings of interest including the Empire Theatre and The Playhouse Theatre.
Wherever you are in the city and the surrounding areas, this impressive structure is certain to feature somewhere in the skyline.
The 335 foot high St Johns Beacon started its life as a very posh restaurant. The whole of the top section used to rotate, offering diners an ever-changing view of the city.
Following a fire in the area, the building was declared unsafe, and as has happened with so many of Liverpool's treasues in the past, it was allowed to run down over a period of several years.
Fortunately for the Beacon, and for Liverpool's residents and visitors, Radio City (the North West's top radio station) renovated the building before moving in themselves.
Now the distinctive building is once again a prestigious asset to the city. At night it is lit up from below and can even be seen from miles away across on the Wirral peninsula. The top no longer rotates, but it is still a great building.
On Saturdays and Sundays visitors are granted the opportunity to tour the station and to benefit from the fantastic views offered from this fantastic vantage point.
Prices are very reasonable at just 4.00 per adult and 2.50 per child. Definitely worth a visit.
This building from the inside is marvellous - quite spectacular for being one of the highest representations of the finest Moorish style in Europe.
If you take a tour guide, you will realise of the historical importance of the jewish community.
If you fancy seeing a film, then there is no better place to see it in Liverpool.
A beatiful modern bulding, FACT is a centre for multimedia in general. It has 3 screens and various exhibitions.
Pick up a brochure in the foyer for details of all the film for that period. There is a cafe on the ground floor, and a bar upstairs.
Keep a particular lookout for those films in 'The Box' - this is a screen on the ground floor that has two-seater sofas rather than individual seats. .... Very comfy indeed!
The oldest city building in Liverpool is home for the Bluecoat arts school these days. It's quite different from the other buildings in the city center and I like its Georgian style.
Somewhere near must be a skater shop which is selling fluffy boots...(insider joke)
I really like this old building near the Liver buildings. It's said, that the White Star Line was situated here, shipholders of the Titanic. So maybe the first thoughts about building a unsinkable ship were thought behind these walls....
The Bluecoat Arts Centre and Bluecoat Display Centre
It would be easy to miss these wonderful buildings, one block back from the main shopping area, now home to art galleries, shops, exhibitions, a cafe and bar as well as a centre for visual and performing arts.
Behind the main Bluecoat Arts Centre building (walk through the front doors, turn right and walk past the remaindered book shop - excellent bargains here) and you can enter a shady courtyard that is tranquil and green. There are several benches here and it is a nice spot to sit and have a quiet read or to eat your lunch.
On the other side of the courtyard is the Bluecoat Display Centre with the most wonderful contemporary ceramics and jewellery for sale, each piece unique and all by British designers. There is usually a small, free exhibition at the back of the shop, showcasing the latest new and talented designers. The Bluecoat Dispaly Centre has its own website
For lunch, the food is very good at the Bistro-style cafe bar. You can sit in or take your tray outside and sit at the picnic tables in the cobbled courtyard at the front of the building.
(see my travelogue for more photos)
This is the intersection near the Lime Street train station in Liverpool. This shows some of the older buildings in the business district of Liverpool. I really fell in love with Liverpool and not just because of The Beatles. The city itself had a very old charm to it and yet had some newer modern sections also.
A slow stroll in the city allows you to apprecaites the history of this city with great architecture.
Home of the Lord Mayor, a grade 1 listed building and one of the oldest historic buildings in Liverpool. You must see the beautiful interior.
A nice square in the centre of Liverpool and a good meeting point. On this square are some shops, food outlets, the Liverpool Playhouse and the Radio City Tower - our next destination.