Going ashore in Liverpool

Liverpool

The city of Liverpool is situated in the northwestern part of England, on the Liverpool Bay, close to the point where the Mersey River flows into the Irish Sea. It is the second most important port of Great Britain – after London – being a very important centre for exporting grain, food and wood. Liverpool was made famous during the ’60 and ’70 by The Beatles and it still represents a symbol for the music lovers around the world. 

If you arrive in the port of Liverpool on board your vessel, you should consider the possibility of paying a visit to the city and not only to the Seamen’s Club which is located close to the gate.

You will need approx.  45 minutes to reach the centre – including the shuttle bus ride inside the port – but you always have to take into account the traffic which can get very crowded between 4 and 7 pm.

Inside the port, walking is not permitted, but a very reliable shuttle bus network is at service and can be called upon any time. Once you get into the shuttle bus, you can ask the driver to call a taxi to take you to the centre. The ride to the city centre should cost no more than 30 pounds. If you want to save some money and also visit the Seafarers’ Mission, you can ask the shuttle bus driver to call the Mission shuttle bus to take you to the club – you will have to change shuttle buses because the port shuttle will only take you to the gate. The Mission is close to the port – less than 10 minutes drive or 25 minutes walk – and it can offer you everything you need to relax a bit, away from your noisy vessel. The volunteers from the Seafarers’ Mission can offer you a ride to the centre – but only according to a fixed schedule – or a ride to the metro station. You will have to pay only a small fee.

If you have a few hours to spend and you want to make an idea about the city of Liverpool, you can venture yourself into the city and start your journey with the Riverside walk – The Pier Head and Mersey Ferries. You will find some of the most beautiful and oldest buildings here including Cunard Building (the world famous maritime company which owned the passenger vessel Lusitania – torpedoed during the First World War) and Port of Liverpool Building.

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If you follow the river, you will reach Albert dock, one of the most famous landmarks of the city. Once a very crowded waterfront warehouse, Albert Dock was converted into a tourist attraction and it shelters now some of the most popular art galleries, museums, restaurants and bars.

Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool

There is also a small pleasure harbour in the middle of the docks and here you can admire some beautiful and old wooden sailing boats or you can taste a little of the local cuisine in one of the restaurants by the water.Liverpool

Liverpool

At Albert Dock you will find a museum dedicated to The BeatlesThe Beatles Story Exhibition – where you can learn interesting facts about the band members from original photo albums, newspapers prints and letters.

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Opposite the docks there is the Liverpool Eye – the big wheel – where you can enjoy a few minutes ride and a panoramic view over the city.

Liverpool

If you want to reach even higher ‘altitudes’, you can go up the Television TowerRadio City Tower – which is located close to the centre. You do not need a map to find the tower because its silhouette is visible from everywhere and all you have to do is keep its image into your focus and follow the roads.

Liverpool

The Radio City Tower – also called St John’s Beacon – was build at the end of the ’60 with the main purpose of providing ventilation for the shopping mall situated below. During the following years, the tower was used and abandoned a few times, until it started its new ‘life’ as a broadcasting studio for the Radio City in the summer of 2000.

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It stands 138 m above sea level and it has an observation level which can be reached by a very fast elevator. The 360° panoramic view from up is quite amazing as you have the whole city displayed in front of you, the Mersey River in the close distance and, if the visibility is good, you can see as far as North Wales, Lancashire and Lake District.

Some of the landmarks you can see from above:

– Metropolitan Cathedral

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– Anglican Cathedral

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– Albert Dock

– City Council Building

– Liver Building, Cunard Building

– Central Library

– St. George’s Hall

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– The World Museum

– The Eye

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If you want to do some shopping, you have a great display of shops on the streets in the vicinity of Radio City Tower – Clayton Square Shopping Centre, St. John Shopping Centre.

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Before leaving the city, be sure to make a last stop on St. Mathew Street and pay your respect to the world most beloved band. Situated on St. Mathew Street, The Cavern Club is the place where some of the world most famous musicians performed between 1957 and 1973 – including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and many other names in the history of jazz, rock, pop and blues.

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You will find their printed signatures on the walls in front of the Cavern Club.

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The Beatles played in the Cavern Club 274 times and their music is still played today for the thousands of fans who are visiting the Club everyday.

If you have a whole night ahead of you to spend and enjoy, you can have a drink in the Cavern Club, listen to live music performed by various artists and immerse yourself in the amazing atmosphere light up by good music and happy people. The live music is performed continuously between 2 pm and 2 am – with various bands and solo singers as main players and with a wide audience as backing vocals. If you look around you, you will be quite amazed to see people belonging to so many different nationalities and ages, united through music and singing the songs of their youth (or their parents’) with so much passion.

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What a nice way to end an exciting day, isn’t it? You almost forgot that you are not a regular tourist like most of the people around you and you will have to go back to your vessel sooner or later.

After a few hours of wandering around Liverpool, you have discovered a few of its hidden treasures and tasted its unique atmosphere. If you decide you want more, put Liverpool on the list of future holiday destinations or wait until another vessel brings you to the port of Liverpool again. You can pick up from where you left and discover new attractions, meet new people and listen to more bands in the club built like a cave and named accordingly – The Cavern.

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Useful information:

– The Liverpool Seafarers Centre is open from Monday to Friday between 8 and 22 and on Saturdays and Sundays between 12 and 22. It offers a wide display of facilities – transportation, telephone cards, internet, library, chapel, pool table, TV room, bar, souvenirs. The volunteers working there are very kind, helpful and eager to socialize, so do not hesitate to ask for assistance if you have any problem or just make conversation;

Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool

Liverpool

–  As driving in Great Britain is on the left, be careful when crossing the streets or board the taxis;

– You can hop on one of the red double decker busses and have a tour of the city for a 10 pound fare ( first tour starts at 9:50 am, last one at 16:50).

– To go up in the Radio City Tower you have to pay a 5 pound fee. Opening times – Monday- Friday 10:30-17:30, Saturdays and Sundays 10:30-19;

– A fish and chips meal at one of the restaurants at Albert Dock costs ~ 5 pounds;

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– If you are interested in The Beatles History you can spend an hour or so inside the Beatles Story Exhibition located at Albert Dock. The entrance fee is 15 pounds.

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