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Making the most of your time in Liverpool
Whilst visiting Liverpool we hope that you will enjoy the conference and the city of Liverpool as well as explore what the local area has to offer.
By browsing through the links below you can discover what is on offer around the conference venue at The Albert Dock, within the city centre and around our region.
From taking a trip across the Mersey, enjoying all the Beatles attractions to Football Stadium tours and Art Galleries there are many Museums, Shopping destinations and much Natural Beauty to make your stay enjoyable.
Please feel free to browse this information by area of the city or simply scroll down.
Albert Dock area
City Centre area
Around the city
Exploring the North West and beyond
Albert Dock area
The Beatles Story is the world’s only Beatles themed visitor attraction that will transport you back to into the Beatles Era as you follow their story in an interactive way with lots of great photo opportunities!
Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour’
If you want to extend your Beatles Experience and visit The Cavern why not jump on board the vintage ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ bus which includes the coach tour to famous places like Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane and Cavern Club entry. Advance booking is recommended; please visit the website for details.
Liverpool Duck Tours
A different way to see the main attractions of the city centre and docklands is on a Liverpool Duck Tour on board the ‘Yellow-Duck-Marine’! This hour long trip on both road and water is fully commentated and is fun for all the family.
Tours depart hourly from 10:30 am everyday from Gower Street at The Albert Dock
For more information please visit the website.
Ferry across The Mersey
A River Explorer Cruise on the famous Mersey Ferries is a popular attraction. The River Mersey has an incredibly rich and varied history and the ferry service itself is more than 850 years old. The River Explorer Cruise takes you on a ferry that not only crosses the Mersey, but also explores many of its most interesting facets, which are all described in a fascinating commentary.
Cost: Ferry only Adult Return Ticket £5:30 Ferry Return Ticket and Spaceport £12.70
Ferries Depart from the Pier Head hourly 10am – 3pm Monday – Friday and Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm
For a detailed timetable please visit http://www.merseyferries.co.uk/timetable/index.aspx
Spaceport is located on the Wirral side of the Mersey River; it is a visitor attraction which examines Space and Space Travel. This interactive visitor experience takes about 2 hours to complete and includes a 30 minute Planetarium Dome show. More information is available at http://www.spaceport.org.uk/content/Home.aspx
Tate Liverpool is the home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the North of England, and one of the largest galleries of modern and contemporary art in the UK, outside London. It has had over 150 different exhibitions and collection displays of work by hundreds of different artists, some seen for the first time in the UK at Tate Liverpool. Major exhibitions include Salvador Dali: A Mythology (1998), Shopping: A Century of Art and Consumer Culture (2002-03) and Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era (2005).
Free entry except to major visiting exhibitions
For more details of exhibitions please visit their website.
International Slavery Museum
The International Slavery Museum explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery, addressing the many legacies of the slave trade and telling stories of bravery and rebellion amongst the enslaved people. These are stories which have been largely untold and come to live in this fascinating museum. Free Entry.
Discover Liverpool's central role in centuries at sea as the gateway to the new world. Highlights include a history of the Liverpool Docklands, a poignant gallery about tragedies such as the Titanic, ship models and the Life at Sea display, telling how merchant navy ships operating out of the port have provided a lifeline in times of war and peace. Open Daily 10-5pm. Free Entry.
City Centre area
Liverpool World Museum
This museum is enjoyable for all the family given the interactive nature of the exhibitions which explore the Natural and Human World, Space, Time and World Cultures through a mix of interactive rooms. Highlights include an aquarium, the 13th Earl of Derby’s specimen collection that dates from 1815, an extensive Botany collection of over 350,000 specimens dating from 1799 and a Zoology collection with over 1.2 million specimens. The exhibitions on Space and Time are also popular with visitors to the Museum. Open Daily 10-5pm. Free Entry.
Walker Art Gallery
The Walker Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of fine and decorative art in Europe. Discover over six centuries of art at the national gallery of the north. From Rossetti to Hockney, there is a diverse range of work at the Walker including contemporary art and work from as far back as the 13th century and regular visiting exhibitions of work from around the world.
Open Daily 10-5pm. Free Entry.
Liverpool One Shopping Centre and Entertainment Complex
Newly built for Liverpool’s Capital of Culture year in 2008 the Liverpool One development encompasses 42 acres of the city centre bringing 160 retail outlets, 20 restaurants, a 12 screen cinema to the city centre. This exciting development links the Albert Dock to the city centre through accessible pedestrianised walkways.
FACT Art Centre
FACT, the Foundation for Art & Creative Technology is the UK's leading organisation for the commissioning and presentation of film, video and new media art forms. In addition the centre houses a bar and cinema which shows both national release and specialised films.
Details of visiting exhibition rooms which are free to enter and current films can be found on their website.
Bluecoat Arts Centre
The Bluecoat, a Grade 1 Listed Building is the oldest building in the city centre, as it is nearly 290 years old. It has a fascinating 20th century heritage as the oldest arts complex of its kind in the UK as well as its 18th and 19th century role as a charity school. Its elegant Queen Anne style architecture, cobbled front courtyard and beautiful 'secret garden' make it amongst the top visitor attractions in the region. It is now used to showcase a wide variety of Art as well as housing gardens, a popular bar and a restaurant. Open daily, Core Hours 10am-4pm although different exhibitions vary slightly. For details of current exhibitions please visit the website.
The Cathedral Church of Christ, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s masterpiece, is built on St. James’ Mount and is visible from miles around: “a visible witness for God in the midst of the great city”; it is also the venue of the EURAM 2009 Gala Dinner.
The cathedral has the highest and heaviest peal of church bells in the world, and one of the two organs is thought to be the biggest operational organ in the world with 10,268 pipes!
Opening Hours 8am – 6pm. Admission Free but voluntary contributions are encouraged. http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk
The Tower Experience is an exciting addition to your visit to the Cathedral:
Visit times: Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.00pm (last ticket issued 4.30pm) Limited visits on a Sunday, detail available in the Cathedral.
For further details including accessibility options please visit http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/content/Visiting/TowerExperience.aspx
Metropolitan Roman Catholic Cathedral
This modern striking building known locally as ‘Paddy’s Wigwam’ stands next to the University of Liverpool Campus. Visitors are struck by the circular construction and access to the Cathedral Crypt. Guides are on hand to give details of the historical significance of the building.
Opening Hours 8am-6pm. Admission Free but voluntary contributions are encouraged.
Visitors can also enjoy an Art Market which takes place outside the main entrance to the Cathedral on a Sunday between 12 noon and 4pm. For more details please visit http://www.liverpoolmetrocathedral.org.uk/PiazzaArtMarket.html
Victoria Gallery and Museum
Highlighting the innovation and excitement of academic discovery and the history of teaching, the collection includes a number of objects relating to innovation and research in areas such as anaesthesia, dentistry, archaeology, zoology, engineering and oceanography. Exhibits include sea creatures and animal skeletons from an early 20th century zoology museum, fossils of footprints from extinct dinosaur ancestors, a display of calculators from the 19th century to the present day and X-rays from the beginning of X-ray technology.
The Art Collections span the 16th to 21st centuries and comprises of more than 6,500 items of fine art, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, glass and silverware.
The collection includes works by Joseph Wright of Derby, JMW Turner, Jacob Epstein, Lucien Freud, Elizabeth Frink and the American wildlife artist, John James Audubon.
Around the city
Liverpool Football Club – easiest access is by taxi
The Stadium Tour at Anfield will take you on a walk from the Players' Tunnel down into the dressing rooms (the Home Dressing room extensively refurbished in the summer of 2008), view the Referee's Room, imagine standing in front of the cameras in the interview areas, and then touch the famous This is Anfield sign as you walk down the Players' Tunnel to the sound of 45,000 cheering fans!
Sit in the dug out, and then visit the Kop Stand - the largest single tier stand in Europe - accompanied the whole time by two knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides who will tell you all abut the club and give you behind-the-scenes insights into match day!
You can explore the Museum, packed with history from the very earliest days - see a blue and white player's shirt as first worn by Liverpool in 1892! - right up to Xabi Alonso's boots and the match ball from the 2005 Champions League Final, and now, the 2008 Premier League Reserve Trophy. See the five European Cups, making Liverpool FC one of only three clubs to have ever won this great prize five times or more. See also the F A Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, Super Cup and of course, the First Division League trophy - won a record-breaking 18 times - and many other trophies, medals, shirts, programmes, banners and other unique memorabilia.
Museum Only £5 payable on the day; Stadium Tour and Entry to the Museum £10 pre-booking highly recommended .
Detailed information is available at http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/club/tour.htm
Everton Football Club – easiest access is by taxi
Have you ever wondered just what goes on behind the scenes at Goodison Park? If so then Everton Football Club is offering you the chance to experience Goodison Park at first hand! A chance of a lifetime awaits you, as you experience the magic of our Goodison Park Stadium Tour.
We hold Stadium Tours around Goodison on Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 11am and 1pm and Sunday at 11am. Tours do not operate on a match day or on the afternoon before a first team home fixture.
Adult Ticket £8.50 Booking is strongly advised
Booking hotline: +44 (0)871 663 1878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sefton Park and Glass House
Sefton Park Palm House is a Grade II listed Victorian palm house situated in leafy glades of Sefton Park, 2 miles from Liverpool City Centre. It was built in 1896 and gifted to the city by Henry Yates Thompson. It is managed by Sefton Park Palm House Preservation Trust and contains plants from around the world. Statues of naturalists and explorers stand guard at each of the octagonal corners. Sefton Park comprises of over 200 acres and a lovely space to enjoy and spot famous statues like the Peter Pan statue.
Opening Hours Daily 10.30-17.00 (closes at 16.00 when an event is being held)
The Glasshouse maybe closed on Tuesday or Thursday for events, please check beforehand. Admission Free. For directions on how to get to the park please visit:
Exploring the North West and beyond
Wirral lies over the Mersey from Liverpool and is easily accessible by train and bus. It has a number of Coastal Parks on every point of the Peninsula. On the East Coast with superb views over the Mersey lies Eastham Country Park. The broad-leaved woodland at Eastham Country Park supports a wide variety of wildlife and contains some of the finest mature trees to be found in Wirral. The cliffs at Eastham Country Park provide superb sites for viewing the flocks of waders and ducks on the Estuary. For more information please visit:
A popular trip is to see the spectacular new sculpture by Angel of the North artist Antony Gormley. Entitled ‘Another Place’ it consists of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along three kilometres of the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea. The artwork has been brought to the area by South Sefton Development Trust with funding from the Mersey Waterfront programme, the Mersey Docks and Harbour Company and the Arts Council.
The foreshore is easy to reach by public transport via three railway stations - Waterloo, Blundellsands and Crosby or Hall Road - and a range of bus services. http://www.visitsouthport.com/site/resort-attractions/the-another-place-figures-antony-gormley-p160981
With 18 miles of sandy beach and the UK oldest iron pier Southport makes a more sophisticated seaside trip and is just up the coast from Liverpool, accessible by road and local train from the city centre.
Chester is undoubtedly one of the UK's most beautiful cities. It is also one of the best preserved, with some parts of the city walls dating back more than 2,000 years. It is easily reached by train from Liverpool city centre and is a great day out.
One of the most famous traditional seaside resorts in England is only a train journey away from Liverpool where you can enjoy traditional British Fish and Chips, Candy Floss and all the fun of the fair. For further information about Blackpool please visit:
Another of the North West’s best known cities is around an hour away from Liverpool by train or car. Buzzing with life by day, Manchester is livelier still by night, and of course is the home of Manchester United Football Club where you can book a tour of the famous Old Trafford ground.
You could also extend your visit further –
Why not take a trip to The Lake District http://www.golakes.co.uk/planmyvisit/ or North Wales http://www.visitwales.co.uk/server.php?show=nav.6844