Yesterday on Facebook I mentioned that I’m putting together a list of the places I want to visit in 2013. I’m planning a lot of weekend trips and one of the cities I’ve never seen that I plan to visit in 2013 is Liverpool. So I asked around and got this short guide to the city’s main tourist attraction: the Albert Docks.
If you’re looking for somewhere a little different to spend a city break, look no further than the Albert Docks in Liverpool. Opened in 1846 as a revolutionary construction warehouse system, today it’s a major tourist attraction—in fact, it’s the most visited multi-use attraction in the UK, outside of London. The Albert Docks have played a pivotal role in the UNESCO designation of Liverpool as a world heritage maritime mercantile city. The Albert Docks are a central hub to many venues and activities in Liverpool.
Located on the North West coast of England, the Albert Dock is a popular tourist attraction that offers an insight into life in Liverpool and all that this seaside city has to offer. The city is often regarded to be more affordable as a city break than London, but just make sure to book you Liverpool hotels in advance.
What’s there to see in the Albert Dock?
Part of the National Museums Liverpool group, the International Slavery Museum gives you a detailed look into slavery and the people who overcame the oppression to continue towards success. Found on the third floor of the building that houses the maritime museum, it helps visitors to gain insight into transatlantic slavery.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum which occupies Block D of the Albert Dock reflects just how important Liverpool has been with regards to seafaring through the ages. It is also home to Titanic and Liverpool: The Untold Story that runs throughout 2013.
The site also includes the Tate Liverpool, known for its collection of modern and contemporary works of art, including sculptures and artwork by the notorious Andy Warhol and Eva Rothschild. The museum also hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Also worth seeing is The Beatles Story—a Beatles themed museum. See what life was like in the 1950s when Beatlemania soared as they became an overnight success story worldwide. This atmospheric journey expands over two sites, so once you’re finished at the Dock, head over to the ferry terminal for some more Fab Four experiences.
Enjoy a waterfront tour aboard the Yellow Duckmarine or a Yellow Boat cruise around the south docks complex that operates from the docks. Some popular restaurants and bars are also scattered throughout the docks including Blue Bar Grill, Gusto and What’s Cooking. Bars include Portico, Revolution, the Pumphouse and the Spice Lounge, while quick snacks are available at Hansel & Gretel’s, Le Crepe Rit or the trusty Costa Coffee.