Liverpool is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities in the world.
Rich in a maritime heritage spanning more than 1,000 years, the city's waterfront is a World Heritage Site, putting it on a par with The Pyramids at Giza and Stonehenge.
As well as its famous skyline defined by the Three Graces - the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building - Liverpool boasts more Grade I and II listed buildings than any other British city after London. It also has some of the finest modern architecture in Europe
Architectural gems to explore include:
- St George's Hall one of the finest neoclassical buildings in the world
- Royal Liver Building Britain's first skyscraper, with its mythical Liver Birds and largest electrically driven clocks in the UK
- Liverpool Cathedral the largest Anglican cathedral in Europe and one of the greatest buildings of the 20th century
- Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral boasts an impressive interior lantern tower of multi-coloured glass and is the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool.
- Chinese Arch the largest Chinese Arch outside China and Liverpool has one of the largest and oldest Chinese communities in Europe
- Albert Dock warehouse complex, one of the Northwest's most visited attractions which showcases the best of the city in a World Heritage, waterfront setting.
- Liverpool Town Hall one of the city's oldest historic buildings; and the distinctive Bluecoat Chambers, home to the Bluecoat Arts Centre, which is the oldest building in the city centre.
- Green Spaces with more than 1,200 hectares (3,000 acres) of public park. In the heart of the city there are quiet havens such as St John's Gardens, St Luke's Churchyard, Falkner Square, St James Mount and Gardens and Our Lady & St Nicholas's Churchyard. On a much larger scale are the great Victorian Parks, Stanley Park, Newsham Park and the internationally acclaimed Sefton Park. Further south lie the former landscaped estates of Clarke Gardens, Allerton Towers, Camp Hill and Calderstones Park. Walton Hall Park covers 130 acres including a lake for model boating and fishing and excellent sports provision focused on the park sports centre.
Liverpool's built environment is currently undergoing profound changes at a rapid rate. The title of European Capital of Culture 2008 has exacerbated a pace that had already started to pick up over the last decade. There are numerous retail, leisure, office, residential and public realm regeneration schemes currently underway including Kings Waterfront which is the single largest development in Liverpool city centre. The aim is to create a visitor destination of international quality - the Liverpool Arena & Convention Centre, a centerpiece for 2008, combining arena, conference and exhibition facilities - with a development of residential, hotel, office, retail, leisure, community and open space uses.
Explore all Liverpool has to offer visit www.visitliverpool.com , The '08 Place on Whitechapel or The Albert Dock for more information.