Despite Liverpool’s rough and tumble past, in the last 15 years, the hard luck city has recently overturned its fortunes, and repositioned itself with a revitalised urban centre.
A major British port city, Liverpool lays claim to a rich maritime history. The Albert Docks precinct is home to the most extensive collection of Grade 1 listed buildings in England and has been referred to as one of the world’s most charming and impressive waterfronts.
Further away from the docks, major headquarters for notable national and global firms cement the importance of the city in the region. A burgeoning cultural quarter fringed by authoritative civic buildings played a role in Liverpool being crowned the European Capital of Culture in 2008.
Since then, as tourism has continued to grow, an increasing number of visitors discover an array of activities that reveal surprising insights to Liverpool’s resiliency, and a fascinating glimpse into the city’s colourful past, including its claim to fame as the birthplace of the Beatles.
The Port of Liverpool is in the historic heart of the city and is located at the mouth of the Mersey River, a deep-water river that opens into the Irish Sea. The port’s area encompasses a 7.5 mile enclosed row of docks on the east side of the Mersey River.
The Liverpool cruise terminal is situated along Princes Parade. Adjacent to the terminal is the famed ‘Three Graces’ building trio of the Royal Liver Building, the Port of Liverpool building, and the Cunard Building, the latter of which was recently purchased for use as the city’s permanent cruise terminal.
Liverpool is one of the few cities in the world with a cruise ship arrival point in the heart of the city. The £19 million facility is able to accommodate liners up to 345 metres in length.
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How to Get Around
Most attractions can be found within the city centre, making Liverpool very convenient to explore on foot. For those wishing to explore the city as part of a tour, the hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses are a popular and affordable way to get around. The closest pick-up point for bus passengers is at Pier Head, a 5 minute walk from the cruise terminal, where local buses also depart.
The nearest train station is Liverpool James Street, which is two blocks inland from the cruise terminal on Princes Parade.
Travel times from the port:
- It is 12 minute journey to James Street railway station
- It is a 10 minute journey to Albert Dock
- It is a 13 minute journey to the Beatles Story exhibit
- It is a 19 minute journey to St John’s Shopping Centre in Liverpool central
- It is a 30 minute journey to Liverpool Cathedral.
- It is 6 minute journey to Liverpool’s city centre
- It is a 22 minute journey to Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
- Currency - Liverpool, like the rest of England, uses the pound Sterling (GBP) which is available in 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £1 coins. Bank note denominations are £5, £10, £20, £50 and £100.
- Time Zone - Liverpool uses Greenwich Mean Time Zone. From the end of March till the end of October, British Summer Time (BST) comes into effect, meaning clocks are advanced by 1 hour.
- Weather - Like much of coastal England, Liverpool experiences a maritime climate characterised by cool summers and relatively mild winters. Despite the northerly longitude, compared to mainland Europe, snowfall is rare. Winter maximum temperatures sit around 7.4 degrees Celsius, while summertime highs are typically around 18 degrees Celsius.
- Albert Dock - See the stunning restoration of Liverpool’s historic heart with your own eyes, taking in a bevvy of world-class museums and galleries. The precinct includes the Tate Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and the International Slavery Museum, which chronicles Liverpool’s own role in the slave trade from West Africa. All three attractions have free admission. The Albert Dock precinct also offers several shops, restaurants and Grade 1 heritage listed buildings worth exploring.
- Liverpool Cathedral - The Neo-Gothic spire of Liverpool Cathedral rises above the Liverpool skyline as the largest in Britain and the 5th largest in the world. Tickets up to the top of the cathedral tower are £5 for adults. The spacious park and grounds below are ideal for relaxing in with a picnic lunch.
- The Beatles Story - As the birthplace of the world’s biggest band, there’s no surprise Liverpool celebrates the story of the Beatles unapologetically and in-depth. Made up of rooms filled with memorabilia, the audio tour takes visitors on the complete timeline of the band, right from the foursome’s formation to the group’s split. The Beatles Story complex features several recreated rooms, including their working class home, the Abbey Road studios, and the Cavern club where they were first discovered. Entry is £12.95 for adults.