Liverpool has more museums than any other city in the UK outside of London. The World Museum combines historic treasures from across the globe with the latest interactive technology. The permanent exhibition includes collections about ancient Egypt, space, dinosaurs and geology; it even has an aquarium and a planetarium. The Museum of Liverpool specialises in the city’s social and cultural history whilst the Maritime Museum has exhibitions on maritime history, world trade and immigration. For music lovers there’s also the Beatles Story museum and the brand new British Music Experience museum.
The Tate Art Gallery at the Albert Docks has one of Britain’s finest collections of modern art where everybody can find something they love. The Walker Art Gallery is known as the national gallery of the north. Here you can discover over six centuries of fine and decorative art. The Bluecoat is Liverpool’s oldest surviving building and holds art exhibitions and events throughout the year. The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology (FACT) is a media arts centre which hosts art projects, exhibitions and also contains an art-house cinema where you can watch critically-acclaimed and foreign films.
There’s an old Liverpool folk song with the lyrics “If you want a cathedral, we've got one to spare”. On each end of Liverpool’s famous Hope Street is a cathedral. Both are very different yet equally impressive. The Metropolitan Cathedral was built in 1967 and is a modern and iconic structure and one of the first to challenge the typical cathedral design. After a short walk down the street you come to the magnificent Anglican Cathedral. Built between 1904 and 1978 this is Britain’s largest cathedral and the fifth biggest in Europe.
There is an impressive 2,500 listed buildings in Liverpool. Many of our grandest buildings were originally built as headquarters for shipping companies. Some of Liverpool’s most recognisable landmarks are the Three Graces on the riverside. One of these three buildings is the Royal Liver Building which is topped by two Liver Birds, the symbol of Liverpool. Another notable building is St Georges Hall which was built in 1854 and is one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world. Walking around the different areas of the city is an architectural treat and there’s always something new to discover.