The birthplace of the Beatles
Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles and a World Heritage Site, has its roots in a strong seafaring tradition. It has a unique cultural heritage and is seat of the some of the most important artistic collections in the United Kingdom.
Characterised by a diverse and dynamic atmosphere, it has always influenced fashions and dress.
Liverpool. Cavern Club
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Liverpool: the capital of pop
Liverpool is the official capital of pop, thanks mainly to four lads who revolutionised the world of music in the sixties. Visitors can follow the story of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr at the Beatles Story Museum, which features artefacts and audio and video clips of all kinds, and at other internationally famous places such as the Cavern Club, Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, all easily reached from the centre. John Lennon’s home as a child at 20 Forthlin Road is also open to the public.
The mercantile port of Liverpool has been the centre of routes and exchanges with overseas countries for more than 800 years (the birth of the city is dated 1207), and the Merseyside Maritime Museum at Albert Dock, the largest naval museum in Europe, houses evidence of this glorious past.
Chinese arch in Liverpool
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Thanks to its maritime heritage, the city has always attracted people from all over the world. Liverpool’s Chinatown has the old Chinese community in Europe, and the giant Chinese arch built at the entrance to the area is the largest outside China.
It is one of the most spectacular monuments of the city. At 50 metres tall, it is the largest imperial arch outside China. Detailed on the arch are 200 dragons and five roofs and is protected by two bronze lions.
The port area of Liverpool is a fascinating place. The most famous section of the River Mersey is Pier Head, dominated by the legendary Liver Birds, from whom the city took its name.
The Pier Head and encompasses three imposing buildings known as the Three Graces, which have been awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Anglican Church in Liverpool. Photo: © Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
The Cathedrals of Liverpool
A walk through the Georgian district of Liverpool leads to the largest Anglican Church in the world and, across Hope Street, the metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, an impressive crown of thorns built in the sixties of cement and glass, which the local people have affectionately renamed Paddy’s Wigwam.
The city is rich in historical and architectural treasures such as St.George’s Hall, splendid for its dimensions and proportions. Other buildings of great historical interest can be found in areas outside the centre.
The Calder Stones, enormous sandstone monoliths, older than Stonehenge and evidence of the first settlements, are found at Calderstones Park. Just south of Calderstones Park is Speke Hall, a majestic half-timbered Tudor house with splendid views towards the River Mersey and the mountains of Wales.
Walker Art Gallery. Liverpool. Photo: © Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
Museums and art galleries in Liverpool
Liverpool has more museums
and art galleries
than any other city in the United Kingdom outside London
, and entrance to all museums and galleries is free. The jewel in the crown is the wonderful Walker Art Gallery
Liverpool has always been famous for its plays and shows held in prestigious theatres such as the Playhouse, the Everyman, the Empire and the Royal Court. The city can satisfy all tastes in terms of music, clubs, restaurants, bars and pubs.
Liverpool can also boast a prestigious sporting history: from the title-winning football team with its headquarters the Anfield stadium to the Aintree racecourse, home of the Grand National steeplechase, to the famous golf courses of Royal Liverpool and Royal Birkdale.
Text by Eugenio Sorrentino
Updated by Alisè Vitri
Avion Tourism Magazine
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Where to sleep in Liverpool
Liverpool. Photo: © Sisterscom.com, Shutterstock
Liverpool is a welcoming city and offers different possibilities for accommodation.
To find the ideal hotel and the best offers you can do a search for the stars but also for districts or landmarks.
Hotels for stars, differentiated by type of services:
Hotels in the districts
Hotels in tourist areas