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22 Feb 2019

Five Iconic Liverpool Buildings

Location: Liverpool, Northwest England, UK

Liverpool — 5 iconic buildings from this cultural city

Liverpool’s a famous port city in northwest England, located where the River Mersey snakes into the Irish Sea.

It’s renowned as the birthplace of The Beatles (still regarded by many as the world’s favourite band) and home to two famous football teams — Liverpool F.C. and Everton F.C.

There’s more culture than you can check a stick at, but it’s also blessed by awe-inspiring architecture.

With that in mind, here are 5 iconic Liverpool buildings.

  1. Royal Liver Building

If you only get the chance to see one example of excellent architecture while in Liverpool, you should visit the Royal Liver Building.

Towering imperiously over the Mersey on the Waterfront, it’s the most prominent edifice on the Pier Head.

Liverpool’s a UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City and this graceful Grade I listed giant is its crowning glory.

  1. St George’s Hall

St George’s Hall is a lovely Neoclassical building situated opposite Lime Street Station in the city centre.

It houses courts of law and concert halls and first opened its doors in 1854 — bordered by St John’s Gardens and St George’s Plateau, it’s Grade I listed.

If you arrive in the city at Lime Street you can’t miss it — what an inspirational welcome!

  1. Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

With its 60s Space Age style, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral is the most unusual building on our list — but it stands out for all the right reasons.

The bold central building looks like a rocket ship preparing for takeoff and locals have dubbed it ‘The Pope’s Launchpad’.

But in our books, there’s no more appropriate design for communing with celestial beings — it’s a bona fide modern classic.

  1. Bluecoat Chambers

Bluecoat Chambers in the central Church Street area was built in 1716 and is a sublime example of Queen Anne architecture.

Built in brick with decorative stone dressings, all the large windows feature keystones with cherub heads — it was renovated extensively between 2005-08 and now operates as an arts centre.

For a hidden delight just off the main drag, don’t forget to pop in here for a peek.

  1. Speke Hall

Speke Hall Garden and Estate is nestled in the city’s outskirts near John Lennon Airport.

The main house is a marvellous wattle and daub wood framed Tudor manor house which is Grade I listed and one of the greatest examples of its type.

Dating from 1598, it’s surprisingly well-preserved and, as well as the architectural ambience, visitors can trek to an ancient oak tree deep in the neighbouring woodland where artist Serena Korda has created a sculptural sound installation with 300 magical mushroom bells.

If you want to step back in time and enjoy some tree bathing as well as world-class architecture, this is a real sweet spot.

Getting there

Liverpool is well connected by road and rail to the rest of the UK, so you won’t struggle to get there.

Meanwhile, John Lennon Airport is connected to destinations across Europe and well-appointed with amenities like parking from Looking4.com and food from Frankie & Benny’s.

So ends our list! Share your own Liverpool architectural tips in the comments section.

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