Liverpool City Region
The Liverpool City Region includes Merseyside and Halton. See how diverse the region is and what it has to offer.
Public Art & Sculpture
Home to Liverpool Biennial, Britain’s only art Biennial, the city comes alive with wonderful public art and contemporary exhibitions every two years. The next Biennial will begin in July 2014. Liverpool Biennial are also behind the commissioning of some unique permanent works of public art such as Antony Gormley’s “Another Place” in Crosby, and Jaume Plensa’s “Dream” in St Helens. I would be delighted to show these to you and explain how they came into being.
Liverpool was inscribed in 2004 by UNESCO as Liverpool Maritime and Mercantile City and cited as “The supreme example of a commercial port at the time of Britain’s greatest global influence.”
The World Heritage status is split into six areas of the city and is based not just on fine buildings but on Liverpool’s impact on global demography and population changes in the 18th and 19th centuries due to its major role in the transatlantic Slave Trade and its involvement as the leading port of mass European emigration to the New World.
Liverpool itself is a compact city, perfect for exploring on foot. I enjoy leading walking tours of the iconic Albert Dock and Waterfront, part of the UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site. Another favourite is a walking tour of Hope Street and Ropewalks in Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter. Liverpool City Region is around 60% rural so if treading the pavement is not your thing we can also explore the green parks, rural Wirral Peninsula and the picturesque village of Daresbury, birthplace of Lewis Carroll.
The region also has a host of fantastic free Galleries and Museums such as the Walker Art Gallery, where I worked on the John Moores Painting Prize in 2010 and 2012, Tate Liverpool, where I have been an Information Assistant since 2008 and Lady Lever Art Gallery, a real gem in Port Sunlight village, whose Pre-Raphaelite collection is outstanding.
History & Prehistory
Discover Liverpool’s rich history dating back to a small fishing village founded in 1207 through its ascent to become the second city of the British Empire and its journey to the modern cosmopolitan city it is today. Let me help you explore the architecture, the wealth, the heroes, horrors, sights and sounds and what makes this city tick
Artists originating in Liverpool have had more number one hits than from any other location, 57 in total, beginning in 1953 with Lita Roza’s release, “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?”
You cannot visit Liverpool without some mention of the Beatles, the world’s most successful pop band. You can visit places of Beatles nostalgia such as Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played 292 times. The Cavern still has live music every day from 2pm. It wasn’t just home to the Beatles but has hosted the Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen and Adele amongst many others.
Liverpool is the most successful footballing city in England, home to premiership clubs Liverpool and Everton. It has won 27 League championships, 11 FA cups, 6 League cups, 5 European cups, 3 UEFA cups, 1 Cup Winners cup. Football nets were invented by Liverpool’s municipal engineer John Brodie in 1892.
The Grand National is hosted every year at Aintree and if Golf is your thing then why not visit England’s Golf Coast? The Liverpool City region has 44 golf courses including Royal Birkdale, the top ranked course in England, host of nine Open Championships and The Ryder Cup in 2013. The Royal Liverpool, situated in Hoylake, will play host to its 12th Open Championship in 2014.
Liverpool has become a premier shopping destination since the opening of ‘Liverpool One’, home to large department stores such as Debenhams and John Lewis and also popular brands such as Nike, Apple, Mango and Hollister.
Food & Drink
There are many excellent eateries to choose from. You can savour ‘Scouse’ (a regional stew), locally grown asparagus and of course fish and chips.