12 Famous Buildings In Liverpool, England

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A maritime city in England, Liverpool was an important trade and migration port from the 18th century up to the early 20th century. It is also a novelty for being the hometown of the record-breaking band, The Beatles. Here, you’ll also find astonishing historical buildings. This city is also a great shopping destination, especially in hip Liverpool One. It has an area of 42 acres, which caters to all your shopping needs and a genuine retail therapy, so make sure to drop by before heading out of town for you’ll surely find something of interest for yourself and your friends back home. For a comfortable stay in the city, have a look at the best themed hotels and hotels with a spa in Liverpool. In case you don’t know where to start your sightseeing tour of the famous buildings in the city, then you have to check out our top list of famous buildings in Liverpool.

1. St. George’s Hall

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Just opposite Lime Street railway station in the center of Liverpool is St. George’s Hall. It is a Neoclassical-style building that opened in 1854 and is home to performance halls and law courts. The National Heritage List for England has designated this notable Liverpool structure as a Grade I listed building. It was designed by architects Harvey Lonsdale Elmes and Charles Cockerell. In the early 2000s, this English landmark was included in Liverpool’s World Heritage Site. It is also currently home to the Liverpool Register Office and the Coroner’s Court.

St. George’s Hall

Address: St George’s Pl, Liverpool L1 1JJ, United Kingdom

Website: St. George’s Hall

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2. Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

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Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick designed this group of dock warehouses and buildings in Liverpool. Royal Albert Dock opened in 1846 and is the first building in the UK to be built from brick, stone, and cast iron, all without a structural wood. Because of that, the structure is the first-ever non-combustible warehouse in the world. Originally, it was only called Albert Dock. Come 2018, this famous architecture received the royal charter and has since been named Royal Albert Dock.

Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

Address: 3-4 The Colonnades, Liverpool L3 4AA, United Kingdom

Website: Royal Albert Dock Liverpool

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3. Liver Building

Liver Building
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The Royal Building Liverpool is one of the most remarkable landmarks and the fourth tallest structure in the city. It is the home of the two Liver Birds that are watching over the entire city. Legends say, when these two birds fly away, the consequences will be catastrophic to the city. One of its notable characteristics is it is one of the few buildings that first used reinforced concrete. This famous Liverpool building is the location of the office of the Royal Liver Association, which assists locals who have lost a wage-earning relative. Now, it is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City.

Liver Building

Address: Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1HU, UK

Website: Liver Building

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4. Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool
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The Museum of Liverpool is another famous building in the city, whose goal is to tell the story of Liverpool, its people, and its importance globally. It is in Pier Head close to other notable buildings like the Royal Building, Cunard Building, Port of Liverpool, and more. It has an overall area of 8000 sqm (86111.28 sqft) and it houses about 6,000 artworks, including collections of costumes, decorative arts, social and urban history exhibits, and archeological archives. It has four main gallery themes namely: Great Port, Global City, People’s Republic, and Wondrous Place. It also has a gallery for kids under six years old called Little Liverpool, which is an interactive center that focuses on archeology and history.

Museum of Liverpool

Address: Pier Head, Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1DG, United Kingdom

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM–5PM

Website: Museum of Liverpool

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5. Port of Liverpool Building

Port of Liverpool building
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Commonly known as the Dock Office, Port of Liverpool Building features an Edwardian Baroque architectural style, with a large dome at the top, and it has canted corners embellished with stone cupolas. It is among Liverpool’s “Three Graces” together with the Royal Building Liverpool and the Cunard Building, which are in the Pier Head waterfront. It is also known to be a part of the World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City. This iconic Liverpool building is notable for its interior and exterior ornamental details and for the extravagant decorations and furnishings just like in the Cunard Building.

Port of Liverpool Building

Address: 10 Princes Parade Liverpool

Website: Port of Liverpool Building

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6. Merseyside Maritime Museum

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Merseyside Maritime Museum is part of the National Museum of Liverpool that was opened in 1980 and expanded on 1986. Their exhibits include collection about the maritime culture of the city as well as other exhibits that reflect the global importance of Liverpool as a doorway to the world. It is also one of the significant buildings in Albert Dock together with other charming structures.

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ, United Kingdom

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM–5PM

Website: Merseyside Maritime Museum

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7. Bluecoat Chambers

Bluecoat Chambers - Liverpool
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Built in brick, painted with stone dressing, featured slate roof, and with an H-shaped design – Bluecoat Chambers was built between 1716 and 1717 as a charity school and then later on turned into an art center. It is one of the oldest buildings in central Liverpool and the most well-known in the area too, because of its striking architecture. It is also renowned for holding events of great significance that up to now holds a place in history. Moreover, it also hosted lots of events like art exhibitions, discussions, talks, poetry reading, cultural lectures, antique fares, and more.

Bluecoat Chambers

Address: 8 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT, UK

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 9AM–6PM/ Sun: 11AM–6PM

Website: Bluecoat Chambers

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8. Liverpool Town Hall

Liverpool Town Hall
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It is a remarkable 18th-century building that stands in High Street Liverpool. Considered as a Grade 1 listed building, Liverpool Town Hall features grand suites with old Georgian decorations. This Liverpool landmark was built between 1749 and 1754 and designed by John Wood -the Elder, which replaced the old town hall nearby. This building does not house the administrative wing of the city but rather, the civic suite, the parlor, and the council chamber of Lord Mayor. Its architectural design is very distinct and remarkable with rusticated stonework, three rounded arches, Corinthian columns, and other beautiful features to take note.

Liverpool Town Hall

Address: High St, Liverpool L2 3SW, UK

Opening Hoyrs: Mon-Fri: 9AM–5PM

Website: Liverpool Town Hall

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9. Cunard Building

Cunard Building
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Known for its extravagant decorations and furnishing, the Cunard Building is one of the buildings included in Liverpool’s “Three Graces” that is in the waterfront of the city. It is also part of the World Heritage Mercantile City of UNESCO. The building was made between 1914 and 1917 and designed by William Edward Willink and Philip Coldwell Thicknesse. It has an Italian Renaissance and Greek revival style with influences from the Italian Palace design, which you can see in its ornate sculptures at its sides. Today, it is home to lots of private and public offices including the British Music Experience.

Cunard Building

Address: Liverpool L3 1JR, UK

Website: Cunard Building

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10. World Museum

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The World Museum in Liverpool is a huge museum that is part of the National Museums of Liverpool. It is popular for having extensive collections and exhibits about archeology, ethnology, and the natural and physical sciences. Apart from the collections, this Liverpool architecture also has other attractions that include the Natural History Center and a planetarium. If you’re looking for something to do that won’t make you spend your hard-earned money, then you have to visit this museum for it has no admission fee.

World Museum

Address: William Brown St, Liverpool L3 8EN, UK

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun: 10AM–5PM

Website: World Museum

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11. Radio City Tower

Radio City Tower from Williamson Square
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Radio City Tower with the official name of St. John’s Beacon, is a 400ft (121-meter) tall tower in the heart of the city, offering spectacular uninterrupted views of the city including Merseyside, North Wales, and even as far as Cumbria. This iconic monument features a gallery at the top-most-level and home to the Tower Restaurant during the 1970s. Make sure to visit this building and have a look at Liverpool from a different perspective.

Radio City Tower

Address: 1 Houghton St, Liverpool L1 1RL, UK

Opening Hour: Mon-Sun: 10:15AM–5:15PM

Website: Radio City Tower

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12. The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story, Liverpool
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One of the most visited attractions in the United Kingdom, The Beatles Story is a museum in honor of the band, The Beatles. It opened on May 1, 1990, and has an extensive collection of everything Beatles, including their albums, personal lives, solo careers, memorabilia, concert souvenirs, and lots more. It also has other attractions like the Cavern Club and Abbey Road Studios. It is very popular that it was visited by over four million people all over the world by the year 2015.

The Beatles Story

Address: Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD, United Kingdom

Website: The Beatles Story

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Explore Liverpool

If you’re a fan of The Beatles, you’ll want to visit Liverpool. It is a maritime city that boasts beautiful and historical structures. In case you’re wondering what to see in Liverpool, check out our top 10 list of famous buildings in the area and you will surely be in awe afterward.

There are also a number of cocktail bars to check out and things to do alone in Liverpool.

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