Liverpool Architecture Itinerary

Part of our new series of cultural itineraries in Liverpool, based on staying two nights.

Special Promotional Offer:

Book 2 nights mid-week (Sun-Thurs) using promo code LIVCULTURE and benefit from a special discounted rate of £129 in a Superior room, or £159 in a Deluxe room.
(Offer is subject to availability and certain date restrictions apply).

Itinerary includes:


- Royal Liver Building
- Cunard Building
- The Port of Liverpool
- Oriel Chambers
- Town Hall
- St George's Hall
- Royal Albert Dock
- Museum of Liverpool
- Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
- Metropolitan Cathedral
- St John’s Beacon
- Liverpool One

DAY 1

Check-in at The Nadler Liverpool from 1pm
(2 hours extra early, free as part of booking direct).

Early Afternoon

Begin your journey into Liverpool's architecture by heading to Liverpool's Pier Head, where you will find the famous Three Graces. They consist of the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building.

Together they form the iconic Liverpool skyline. The idea behind these majestic buildings wes to construct a visible symbol of Liverpool’s international prestige. The Royal Liver Building, designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas, was opened in 1911 and has been operating as an office space ever since.

The jewel in the crown, decorated by two Liver Birds, is Liverpool’s signature landmark.

Next to it sits the Cunard Bulding, erected in a period of three years between 1914 and 1917. Its style draws by both the Italian Renaissance and Greek Revival.

The third one, opened in 1907, is the Port of Liverpool Building. It is the oldest of the Three Graces. The Edwardian Baroque style building, once hosting the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, underwent a major restoration in 2006.

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Late Afternoon

Continue your day by heading towards Oriel Chambers, located just a short stroll from Liverpool's Pier Head, to admire its beautiful and original iron framework structure.

A work by Peter Ellis, Oriel Chambers was built in 1864 ad remains one of the finest and most influential buildings of its age.

Its innovative design had a considerable influence on office buildings across the world, inspiring and shaping the New York and Chicago skylines we know today.

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Next stop is Liverpool's Town Hall, regarded to as "one of the finest suriving 18th century town halls" by the National Heritage List for England.

Once inside, visitors can appreciate the grandest suite of civic rooms in the country and a grandiose example of late Georgian decoration.

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Just a 10-minute walk (0.6 miles) will then take you to St George's Hall, one of the finest examples of neo-classical architecture in the world and part of the UNESCO World Heirtage.

Built in the early 19th Century, St George’s Hall has been the core of Liverpool's cultural life by hosting events, fairs and festivals.

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DAY 2

Morning

Kick-start day 2 by heading to Liverpool's waterfront. Built in 1839, the impressive Royal Albert Dock was completely renovated in 1988 and is now a cultural hub, home of Tate Liverpool, The Beatles Story and the Merseyside Maritime Museum, among other establishments.

Located on Liverpool’s stunning World Heritage Site waterfront, the Albert Dock structure includes the widest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the whole country. 

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Just a few minutes walk from Royal Albert Dock will allow you to reach the Pier Head, but this time to stop at the Liverpool Museum. 

The building, completed in 2011, boosts impressive modern design and is home to a museum devoted to the history and culture of Liverpool.

Visit the skylight galleries inside the museum to appreciate majestic views of the Three Graces - this window actually won ‘Best window with a view’ - so is surely worth a stop off.

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Early Afternoon

Continue your itinerary by visiting the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Started in 1904 but only completed in 1978, it was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. Notably, Scott has also worked on, among other projects, Battersea Power Station in London and the iconic red telephone box. 

This fine example of Gothic Revival architecture is Britain's biggest Cathedral and the 5th largest in Europe. From the height of its central tower, visitors can enjoy unrivalled panoramic views of the city and beyond.

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Located just a 15-minute walk (0.7 miles) from the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ The King is yet another shining example of awe-inspiring creativity.

Designed by architect Frederick Gibberd, this grandiose building was the winner of a worldwide design competition at the time of its opening in 1967 and has been at the epicentre of the city's spiritual life ever since.

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Late Afternoon

The city of Liverpool has a vast cultural heritage that can be traced back to previous centuries, but is also enriched by modern architectural wonders that are not to be missed. One of them is the Radio City Tower, alo knows as St. John's Beacon

400 feet tall, the Radio City Tower Viewing Gallery offers panoramic views of Merseyside, the Wirral, North Wales and as far away as the Cumbrian Hills.
Built in 1969 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II, it was designed by James A. Roberts Associates in Birmingham.

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Conclude your journey into Liverpool's fascinating architecture by visiting the striking Liverpool ONE, the city's prime shopping destination. This complex of buildings covers 42 acres in the city's centre and was launched in time to celebrate Liverpool's achievement as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

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Special Promotional Offer:

Book 2 nights mid-week (Sun-Thurs) using promo code LIVCULTURE and benefit from a special discounted rate of £129 in a Superior room, or £159 in a Deluxe room.
(Offer is subject to availability and certain date restrictions apply).


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