Liverpool Travel Guide
The recently redeveloped Albert Dock is now the number one attraction in Liverpool. Dating back to 1846 the scheme to turn what was once the richest port in the world to a first class tourist attraction has cost in excess of £100 million The Dock is now home to the Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum as well as dozens of fashionable shops, restaurants and pubs. Of course no visit to Liverpool would be complete without calling in at the club where it all started, the Cavern on Matthew Street. The legendary club was a focal point for new pop talent in the early sixties and amongst those who appeared are Cilla Black, Jerry and the Pacemakers, Swinging Blue Jeans and of course the Beatles who played nearly 300 times.
One thing is certain, Liverpudlians take their entertainment seriously so as you would imagine there is always plenty of variety. Theatre lovers are spoilt for choice between the Empire, Europe’s largest theatre and host to large touring productions as well as the occasional rock and pop concert, The Everyman for the best of traditional and contemporary plays or for something more off the wall there are the Unity and Bluecoat. For classical music you can’t really beat the Philharmonic Hall, which has recently branched out into putting on jazz, country, rock and pop concerts. Other more intimate live venues include the Lomax, the Picket and the Neptune. Nightclubs include the extremely popular Cream as well as Heebeejeebees, the Krazy House, Modo & Roccomodo and the 70s themed Flares.
As you would expect from one of Britain’s largest ports, dining out is an adventure in itself, with a choice of restaurants that will take you around the world. The most popular area is Chinatown situated near the Blackie Arts Centre, which is the oldest established in Europe. There are also plenty of pubs serving god reasonably priced food and fine ale all of which offer a friendly welcome a good old fashioned ‘Scouse’ hospitality.
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