UK Travel Guide



Liverpool in Merseyside

Home to the ever-popular Sixties group The Beatles, Liverpool is a major tourist attraction with busy docks and enticing shops. Originating as a fishing village in the thirteenth century, the city became an integral trade center between Europe and the Americas by the eighteenth century. The city’s Albert Docks was the departure point for the nineteenth century emigrants who ventured into the “New World”. Surrounding the Albert Docks are old warehouses that had fallen into despair after the shipping trade had declined. Now converted into shops, restaurants and museums, these once dilapidated buildings have been transformed into an activity center for travelers.

Liverpool presents a colorful array of interesting and informative amusements from the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which houses the history of Liverpool's ports through working full-size ships still afloat in the port, to the Tate Gallery, the best modern art gallery in Britain. In addition, visitors may trace the Beatles’ lives from childhood to stardom and beyond through the Beatles Story. Other sites in Liverpool include the Walker Art Gallery, which displays collections of paintings dating from the fourteenth century and includes works by famous artists such as Rembrandt and Van Dyck. Sir Andrew Walker, a former city mayor, had provided the funding to build the gallery in 1873. Unique to the city is their Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral, a circular building boasting a lantern tower that contains 25,000 pieces of stained glass.