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    Liverpool Playhouse

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 3, 2015

    The Playhouse began its life in 1866 when it was the Star Music Hall. The building converted to a theatre in 1911 and Liverpool Repertory Company was formed.

    Today the 760 seat theatre hosts a variety of plays and also has a 70 seat studio. A sister theatre, Everyman, has been built and is now opened. Please check out the website for further information.

    January 2015
    I've booked to see a play, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, in April 2015. Look forward to paying a visit there.

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    Liverpool Central Library

    by spidermiss Updated Oct 17, 2014

    Largest Liverpool Library housed in a listed (Grade 2) building which opened in 1860 as the William Brown Library and Museum Building. The building was extended with the Picton Reading Room (1879), Oak Room and the Hornby Library (1906).

    It was decided in 2008 that the library's interior will be refurbished with modern/IT facilities. The library closed, had a temporary service at the Liverpool World Museum, from July 2010 and reopened in May 2013.

    September 2013
    My friend and I visited the library's cafe; we sat in their terrace enjoying the sunshine and views of its World Heritage Buildings around us. We admired inside the library's atrium and looking up to the skylight and it's interior architecture. On a future visit I would like to visit the rooftop terrace and explore more of the library.

    September 2014
    After seeing 'Lord of the Flies' at the city's Empire Theatre; I had time to visit its rooftop terrace where I enjoyed the views from there. I had a brief look in Picton Reading Room before the library closed. Certainly a place to visit whether you're a city library member or not! Please see my travelogue for extra photographs of the rooftop views and Picton Reading Room!

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    Hillsborough Memorial

    by slothtraveller Updated Sep 13, 2014

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    This relatively new memorial was unveiled in 2013 to remember the terrible events of the Hillsborough disaster, when 96 Liverpool football supporters were crushed to death on the overcrowded terraces during the 1989 semi-final match between Nottingham Forest and Liverpool at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground.
    The monument is 7 feet tall and made of bronze and was designed by Liverpool sculptor, Tom Murphy. It features the names of the 96 people who died and the words: 'Hillsborough Disaster- we will remember them'.

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    Gustav Adolfs Kyrka

    by gordonilla Written Aug 9, 2014

    We were in Liverpool for a short break, and thought that we may try and visit the church. We have visited the Lutheran Churches in London and enjoyed their hospitality and coffee.

    We found the church easily but it seemed to be locked up, and although there was an intercom we stayed out side and took a few photographs of the church.

    It is the home of the church and the Nordic Cultural centre too.

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    Walker Art Gallery

    by spidermiss Updated Sep 9, 2013

    I had an enjoyable visit at the Walker Art Gallery. The gallery offers a variety of works ranging from medieval art to contemporary works. I chose some exhibitions to check out which were of personal interest to me and enjoyed seeing the works of the Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionist Painters and so forth.

    The art gallery opened in 1877 and it gained national status in 1986. The building was used in World War II for distributing ration books and venue held the inaugural John Moore contemporary painting prize in 1957. Today it is part of the National Museums Liverpool.

    I enjoyed visiting the gallery that hosted works of Sir John Moor (1896-1993) prize winners from 1957 to today. Some works included David Hockney Peter Getting Out of Nick's Pool and Peter Davies's Andy Warhol Text Painting.

    Other pieces of work that stood out for me was Martin Greenland Before Vermeer's Cloud. It represented the changing seasons and I loved how the seasons blended in with each other. and a Lowry painting of the Waterloo Dock in Liverpool.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The gallery is free of charge although donations are encouraged. There is also a cafe and gift shop.

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    Liverpool Echo Arena

    by Pomocub Written Mar 31, 2013

    The Echo Arena is Liverpool's main concert venue opening in 2008 the venue is modern and located in a stunning area on the King's dock.

    The arena holds a capacity of 12,000 people which is relatively small for a city as large as Liverpool (Manchester Arena holds roughly 23,000) but I was impressed with the seating arrangement inside the venue which means that whatever ticket you buy, you will have a pretty good view of the stage.

    The arena is easy to get to by public transport and is reasonably well sign posted by car. The car park of the arena is multi-storey. I would advice if you are arriving by car to get to the venue an hour before the show is due to start otherwise you will not be able to find a car parking space on a lower floor and you will have to wait a long time getting out of the car park. I was on the 3rd floor and it took me about half an hour to get out of the car park after the show due to the rush of traffic. The car park is reasonably priced at £5 per car for watching an event (Manchester Arena charges £15)

    Outside of the arena is the docklands where you will find a giant ferris wheel and lots of cafe's, restaurants and bars.

    Tickets for the Echo Area can be purchased through the website www.echoarena.com , www.ticketmaster.co.uk , www.livenation.co.uk or they can be purchased at the box office.

    Girls Aloud Empty view of Arena Me and friend outside the Arena Outside view of Arena at night Exterior of the Arena
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    Liverpool One

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 19, 2013

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    Liverpool ONE is the main shopping and leisure complex in the city centre.

    The construction for Liverpool One began in 2008 during Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture following a need to regenerate and re-develop Liverpool via its existing building and spaces in order to increase the city centre's profile.

    The 42 acre site houses independent, high street shops and department stores, restaurants, bars, a cinema, an indoor adventure golf centre and landscaped gardens and space, Chavesse Park. The complex also houses offices, hotels and residential apartments.

    I paid a couple visits to Liverpool ONE during my recent visit in March 2013 including a trip to the cinema.

    Liverpool One's Chavesse Park Liverpool One Odeon Cinema at Liverpool One
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    Merseyside Martime Museum

    by spidermiss Updated Mar 17, 2013

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    The Maritime museum features Liverpool's nautical history on three floors and all the following exhibitions offers a fascinating insight: 'Emigrants to a New World', 'Titanic, Lusitania and the forgotten Empress' and 'Seized! The Border and Customs Uncovered'.

    I thoroughly enjoyed visiting the museum and it must be one of my favourite museums I've ever visited! I highly recommend a visit and the museum is free of charge although donations are strongly encouraged.

    I made a return visit in March 2013 where I visited the special exhibition, 'Titanic & Liverpool - The untold story' Please see my traveloge for details of my visit. My friend wanted to see some permanent collections so I revisited some of them again which I enjoyed especially about the Empress of Ireland (as known as Forgotten Empress), Lusitania, RMS Berengania and RMS Olympic (as known as 'Old Reliable').

    Merseyside Maritime Museum Emigrants to a New World Section Titanic, Lusitania & the Forgotten Empress Section Albert Dock and The Maritime Museum View of outside from the Mueuem
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  • Liverpool Chester bike ride

    by socheid Written Aug 28, 2012

    Each year there is a ride for cyclists between Liverpool and Chester (and back again if you so choose). The route goes underneath the river through one of the Mersey tunnels. There's a number of routes in the day for cyclists of different levels.

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  • Mathew St festival - The Tearaways as the Ramones

    by socheid Written Aug 28, 2012

    I attended the Mathew St festival this year primarily to see the Ramones tribute band who were billed. I also had a friend visit from out of town for this. It was a very disappointing experience indeed.

    The M C billed them as the 'best Ramones tribute band you'll ever see'. They were advertised as being on from 4 - 4.45 so this sounded all set for 45 mns of top drawer music. They didn't look much like them, drummer, bass player, keyboard player, acoustic guitar player, electric guitar player and a singing guitarist. Also apart from 1 guy with a hole in his jeans and one guy with a CBCGBs t shirt, there was no other visual resemblance. No issue though as it is the music that matter.

    They played what I recall as eight songs, (Rock n roll radio, KKK took my baby, do you wanna dance, california sun, sedated, Sheena, blitzkrieg bop). They had none of the distinctive buzz saw guitar sound and and generally the sound was much poppier than what the Ramones sounded like. The singer was misquoting some of the lyrics and they were taking breaks in between songs and there was no quick fire '1 2 3 4' as the only break between songs. Blitzkrieg bop was played extended so there could be 3 rounds of 'hey ho lets go' and their own guitar solo chucked in. Then, they went off. 23 mins I made it at this point. The MC then came back asking about, 'do you want some more, we cant let these guys go now, how about some rolling stones?' What? Rolling Stones? Its advertised at 45 mins of Ramones music and that stops after 23 mins and then the rest of the set is padded with Rolling Stones songs (complete with big lips impersonations). I'd had enough the by the start of the 2nd Stones song. My friend stuck it out and afterwards told that sure enough the Stones music had finished.

    I am stunned by all this and what a sham this was. Why were this band billed as a Ramones tribute band when they could only fill 23 mins (with pauses of Ramones music)? It could be argued it was free so no harm done but that isn't how I see it. My friend visited from out of town and if I had known that this was what the gig would have been like, I would have done something more enjoyable with my day, not to much money wasted on transport, refreshemts etc.

    I can't help wonder if there was some nepotism at work here. From the way the MC was speaking he was obviously very friendly with the band and this was reciprocated. I can only wonder if there was an idea to come up with a Ramones band on the bill and the guy who organised used this as an excuse to get his friends, The Tearaways over from the states again to enjoy a nice boozy trip to Liverpool.

    Verdict? Abyssmally sub abject. Hey ho, lets not go.

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  • Otterspool Promenade & Festival Gardens

    by stargazer1965 Written Jun 9, 2012

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    For a quieter, alternative Liverpool experience take a short trip south of the city centre to Otterspool promenade - great for a fine weather walk along the River Mersey.There is a cafe and an aerial adventure/assault course, kite flying when weather permits - and the Festival Gardens can be accessed fro the promenade path too: oriental gardens, bridges and wooded walks.

    You can walk all the way along the river from the city centre outside of the echo Arana - to the end of the promenade path at Grassendale/Cressington. this is about 4.5 miles - but a lovely walk when the sun is shining. You can catch a train back into the city centre from either Aigburth or Cressington station.

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    The Three Graces

    by Myfanwe Written Nov 13, 2011

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    The Three Graces is the collective name for the magnificent buildings located at the Pier Head. Formerly known as the Pier Head buildings, The Royal Liver Buildings, The Cunard Buildings and the Port of Liverpool buildings command a vantage point overlooking the Mersey River. By far the best vantage point and great photo opportunities can be taken from the ferry across the Mersey. We were lucky to take a trip on the ferry just before sunset so were able to get some great shots as the sun was going down.

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    Pier Head and The Three Graces

    by spidermiss Updated Nov 5, 2011

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    The Pier Head is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site forming Liverpool's Martime Mercantile City. The Pier Head is well known for its landmark listed buildings which occupy the former George Dock and recently become known as 'The Three Graces'.

    The Three Graces are:

    The famous building with the clock towers and mythical Liver birds is the Royal Liver Building built at the beginning of the 20th Century and is the headquarters of the Royal Liver Friendly Society.

    Cunard Building is a grade II building and also built in 1916 and was formerly Cunard Line shipping company.

    The Port of Liverpool Building was built at the beginning of the 20th Century and was once Mersey Docks and Harbour Board's home.

    The latest addition and formerly known as the 'Fourth Grace' is the Museum of Liverpool Building which has been recently opened.

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    International Slavery Museum

    by spidermiss Updated Oct 30, 2011

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    I paid a visit to the International Slavery Museum which is housed on the 3rd floor of the Merseyside Maritime Museum. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about this emotive and dark chapter in human history and Liverpool's involvement of the slave trade such as being once the capital of the transatlanitc slave trade.

    The musuem is split up the following galleries: Life in West Africa, Enslavement and the Middle Passage and Legacies of Slavery and the Campaign Zone. These galleries explore the reasons, address the issues that rose from the slave trade and slavery and what one can learn from it today.

    The International Slavery Museum Life in West Africa Section
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    Wellington's Column

    by slothtraveller Written Oct 12, 2011

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    This towering monument, standing at over 40 metres in height, is a memorial to one of England's leading military figures of the 19th century. Following the Duke of Wellington's death in 1852, the column was commissioned in 1861 and designed by the Lawson brothers of Edinburgh.
    The statue points in the direction of the Duke's most notorious military victory, Waterloo. Listed around the base of the monument are the name of other notable battles where Wellington was victorious, primarily in Spain and France.

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