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.
The Bluecoat Chambers are closed from Feb 2005 to 2008 for refurbishment and a new wing. £10million is to be spent. The craft shop remains open and traders have relocated, many to the Gostin's building in Hanover Street.
Half-way down Church Street opposite Marks and Spencer is a pedestrianised street at the end of which can be seen The Bluecoat Chambers,
This beautiful Queen Anne building was built between 1717 and 1721 to house the Bluecoat School, long since moved to Wavertree.
The complex is now managed by The Bluecoat Arts Centre and apart from contemporary arts there are non-tacky commercial enterprises including books, cafe, art materials and a centre selling modern ceramics and jewellery.
To see photographs, visit the web site, my photo is of the secret garden which is open during the day, just walk through the building and sit in peace before venturing back into the main shopping street. This gem will soon be adjacent to the £1billion Grosvenor development which will finally build on an area much devastated by bombs in the 1939-45 war, and create a city centre shopping complex second to none in Britain.
Liverpool has two enormous cathedrals, one Anglican and the other Roman Catholic. The Catholic Cathedral (pictured) is an odd structure often called the 'wigwam.' Don't worry, there wasn't an earthquake...maybe it was windy when I took this photo? Originally the cathedral designs called for a structure to rival St Peters in size. The foundations were dug and then WWII started! Today the crypts host events like a superb annual beer festival each February.
The Anglican Cathedral by comparision is more traditional in appearance, but was only finished recently.
Sefton Park was opened in 1872 on land bought from the Earl of Sefton. The land was originally part of King Johns hunting park, stocked with deer and game. It was establised when King John created Liverpool Borough in 1207. The 800th anniversary celebrations occur the year before those of the City of Culture.
The most famous edifice is the 22 metre high Palm House completed in 1896 which has thankfully been newly renovated.
There are other famous items such as a bronze statue of Peter Pan by Sir George Frampton dating from 1928 it is the same as the one in Londons' Kensington Gardens. There are 3 others in Brussels, New Jersey, USA, and Newfoundland in Canada. The Liverpool statue is presently being restored.
There is a five acre lake, tennis courts, and sports pitches including Sefton cricket clubs pitches and pavilions. Many of the original features of the park such as bandstands have long since been vandalised or destroyed but recent years have seen an improvement generally with investment recreating some of the original grandeur.
The park is surrounded by a perimeter road with a long section of Liverpools' own Rotton Row, unfortunately the horses have long since gone.
Stately Victorian mansions lining the road are a reminder of Liverpools' wealth in the 19th century.
What an amazing park! If your in Liverpool in March make sure you check out the daffodils, over a million are in full bloom. A wonderful place for a picnic, walk, it even insipres me to run (nowhere before has done that before...)
The park also hosts the Oye festival and many others. The Palm house is beautiful, there are many weddings and special events there. Im just waiting for an orchestra or jazz band to play and I'll be "made up" (hehe just had to add a Liverpool saying)
The Sefton Park Palm House was left in disrepair without glass windows and rusting for many years.
However, in the run up to Liverpool being awarded status as Europe's Capital of Culture, it was refurbished and the results are seen in the photograph on the left.
The inside of the Palm House is just as nice, with a huge range of flowers, plants and trees. Many people have even got married in here!
Check out the Palm House's website for more information!
Situated in the corner of Sefton Park but visible from most of it, this Glass Palm house was renovated and opened in 2002. It is a fascinating place to explore, and is often the venue for small concerts and other performances.
If you want to know more about this wonderful building, look at Sandysmiths site on Sefton Park, It can't be bettered (so I am not even going to try Sandy!)
When I first saw this it was requiring a lot of work. Now it has been done and the city should be proud of the way it looks after its Victorian inheritance.