Liverpool's Story

Our great city has always been a modern and exciting place to be. It started off as a small settlement on the River Mersey around 2000 years ago and quickly became one of the world’s key trading posts. By the 19th century, we had the first electric overhead railway and the first wet docks in the world and we were trading around the globe with the West Indies, Ireland, and Europe. By the 19th century, 40% of the world’s trade was passing through the city. Nowadays Liverpool continues to be an international city and has evolved into a modern metropolis with a diverse population and rich culture.


Liverpool has an important maritime history that started over 800 years ago, the success of which helped build the city into what it is today. The great wealth generated through maritime trading led to the building of some of the best architecture in the UK. The Albert Docks has the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the United Kingdom. The ‘Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City’ has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes six areas across the city and some of our most famous landmarks.


Liverpool’s influence on music and pop culture across the world is one of the city’s greatest achievements. Our singers and bands have had more number 1 singles than any other city in the world. We are in the Guinness World Records as the ‘World Capital of Pop Music’ and in 2015 we were named a ‘UNESCO City of Music’. The most successful male and female groups in global music history, The Beatles and the Spice Girls had members from Liverpool. The Beat Music Movement started here in the early sixties and went on to influence many bands around the world.

European Capital of Culture

In 2008 Liverpool was awarded the prestigious title of the ‘European Capital of Culture’. We had a year-long festival to celebrate which featured art, architecture, ballet, comedy, film, food, fashion, literature, music, opera, science and theatre. Our main entertainment stadium The Echo Arena opened its doors for the first time and hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards with performances from Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Kanye West. The slogan used for the bid was "The world in one city” which continues to perfectly describe Liverpool from its beginning until now.