Albert Dock - a cultural jewel in Liverpool

Spend some time exploring Liverpool’s iconic Albert Dock. Packed with museums, events, restaurants and bars, this is a vibrant and bustling area to visit.

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to Albert Dock. This historic and cultural part of the city is actually the most popular free tourist attraction in the North West of England. There is always something happening, including several museums that are open no matter what season it is, and an events programme that varies throughout the year. Regardless of age and interests, you’ll easily fill a day at Albert Dock.

See and learn

There is no shortage of things to do at the Albert Dock and you could easily spend a whole day here, whether you’re visiting with your friends, family or exploring it all on your own. Drop by the International Slavery Museum. Dive into the broad theme of historic and contemporary slavery, at this one of a kind-museum. It is is also a world resource centre for human rights issues. This experience will certainly both educate you and give you the chance to reflect on several important topics. Afterwards you might need a cheerful experience, which The Beatles Story will definitely provide. Explore the rollercoaster journey of the world’s most successful band of all time. For more history, visit Merseyside Maritime Museum, and if you fancy modern art then Tate Liverpool is the perfect place. In addition to the permanent attractions on the dock, there is also a packed schedule of events going on during the year. Check the event calendar to find out what’s on whilst you’re in town.

Liverpool's Big Wheel at the Albert Dock

History meets modern times

The dock celebrated its 25th birthday in 2013, counting from the reopening after complete regenerations in 1988. Nevertheless, its history dates back to 1839, when it was outlined by architect Jesse Hartley. The construction of this 1.25 million square feet site started in 1841 and took five years to build. At this time, the risk of fire was major, as all of the buildings were made from wood. After the reopening, the dock was officially the first enclosed, non-combustible warehouse system in the world, and is witnesses to innovation and early engineering feats. Historic vibes from the industrial revolution meets the contemporary world at this iconic site, making it a true Liverpool must-see.

Tours and walks

The best way to get to know this vibrant waterfront destination is by joining a the guided tours. The Albert Dock Tour is held daily at 11am. They have a special winter programme, so dress according to the weather and soak up what you can from the knowledgeable and entertaining guides. If you haven’t had enough of The Beatles, step aboard the colourful Magical Mystery Tour bus. This two-hour tour shows you all of the places associated with Paul, John, Ringo and George. Hum along to hits like Penny Lane and Strawberry Field, as you see the places that inspired these memorable songs.

Liverpool, Penny Lane

Food and drink

In the course of a long day exploring what the area has to offer, you’ll need an energy refill. Luckily there’s a rich selection of cafés and restaurants to choose from. Enjoy a tasty meal at Blue Bar and Grill before heading downstairs to the Liverpool Comedy Central for a good laugh, or have a drink while being entertained by a spectacular circus show at Circo Bar. Whatever your preferences are, there’s a great chance you’ll enjoy your visit to the waterfront.

For whatever reason you’re in Liverpool, make sure you spend some time in this diverse area. With all of it’s attractions, restaurants and night time entertainment, everyone will find something of their liking. Stay comfortably at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool within walking distance of the Albert Dock and several other local sights.

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