Situated on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary, Liverpool became a borough in 1207, a city in 1880, and a county borough independent of the newly-created Lancashire County Council in 1889. Its growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution. Along with general cargo, freight, and raw materials such as coal and cotton, merchants were involved in the slave trade. In the 19th century, Liverpool was a major port of departure for English and Irish emigrants to North America.
Liverpool is noted for its culture, architecture, and transport links. The city is closely associated with the arts, especially music; the popularity of the Beatles, widely regarded as the most influential band of all time, led to it becoming a tourist destination. The city also has a long-standing reputation for producing countless actors and actresses, artists, athletes, comedians, journalists, novelists, and poets. Liverpool has the second highest number of art galleries, national museums, listed buildings, and listed parks in the UK; only the capital, London, has more. In sports, the city is best known for being the home of Premier League football teams Liverpool FC and Everton FC, with matches between the two rivals being known as the Merseyside derby.
Several areas of Liverpool city centre carried World Heritage Site status from 2004 until 2021. Its status as a port city historically attracted a diverse population from a wide range of cultures. It is also home to the oldest black community in the UK and the oldest Chinese community in Europe. Natives of Liverpool (and some long-time residents) are formally referred to as “Liverpudlians” but are more often called “Scousers” in reference to Scouse, a local stew made popular by sailors in the city, which is also the most common name for the local accent and dialect.
Liverpool is a City like no other.
During your stay with us here, there are so many things to explore when you’re not at the LINAC2022 conference.
Museums and Galleries
Liverpool’s iconic museums and galleries are all FREE ENTRY.*
The World Museum boasts a huge collection artefacts from around the globe and afterwards, why not take a trip a few doors down to the Walker Art Gallery?
Closer to the ACC, we have the International Slavery Museum, The Museum of Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
*Special exhibitions may incur a cost.
When Tate first opened its doors to the public in 1897 it had just one site, displaying a small collection of British artworks. Today, they have four major sites and the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art, which includes nearly 70,000 artworks. Liverpool Albert Dock is home to one of these beautiful galleries… and it’s FREE ENTRY.*
*Special exhibitions may incur a cost
Anfield Stadium Tour
During the Liverpool FC Stadium Tour, you will:
- Enjoy epic views of the pitch and city landscape from the top level of the Main Stand.
- Visit the state-of-the-art Home and Away Team dressing rooms.
- Practice your interview technique in the Press Room.
- Touch the This Is Anfield sign.
- Take a spine-tingled walk down the Players’ Tunnel.
The Tour has been written by lifelong LFC fans and writers, Dave Kirby and Nicky Allt, with narration by actor, David Morrissey.
Croxteth Hall and Country Park
Now managed by the City of Liverpool, Croxteth Hall Country Park is at the heart of what was once a fantastic country estate and ancestral home of the Molyneux family, the Earls of Sefton. Croxteth Hall Country Park is one of the “finest working country estates in the North West (England).”
Within the estate are five main attractions: the Historic Hall, Croxteth Home Farm, the Victorian Walled Garden where visitors can explore Liverpool’s historic botanical collection. A 500-acre country park and nature reserve and one of Liverpool’s oldest public buildings, West Derby Courthouse. The courthouse dates from the reign of Elizabeth the first.
Beatles Childhood Homes Tour
These two small houses in suburban Liverpool are where the Beatles were born: John and Paul grew up here, practiced their music and wrote some of the first songs made famous by the Beatles.
This tour is the only one which takes you inside these unique and atmospheric buildings. Walk in the footsteps of John and Paul and explore the houses for yourself.
Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon, is a fine example of 1950s semi-detached housing. More luxurious and higher status than 20 Forthlin Road, it was lovingly maintained by John’s Aunt Mimi. You can still see the house and garden as it was when they lived here. Neat, tidy, yet still cosy, it’s a real home.
20 Forthlin Road
A typical example of post-war terraced council housing, 20 Forthlin Road is smaller and plainer than Mendips. Paul’s mother, Mary, tragically died when he and Mike were in their teens and Jim, their father, brought them up alone after that.
The McCartney men weren’t as house-proud as Aunt Mimi and money was tight, so expect to see mismatched wallpaper, clutter and threadbare sofas.
Shiverpool Ghost Tour
Audiences come to Shiverpool because they want to hear creepy tales, learn about the mysteries & hidden histories of Liverpool and have a thrilling good time! With a variety of options, you can choose which part of the city to explore the darker side of our history
Liverpool War Museum (Western Approaches)
Walk through hidden rooms and discover the stories locked in the wartime bunker that protected the tactics and secrets of the British Armed Forces plotting to bulwark the Western Approaches and aid the Allied victory.
See where commanders and WRNS and WAAF personnel worked every day and night in the Map Room, the nerve centre of the Battle of the Atlantic.
The Map Room has remained exactly how as it was left when the doors were closed on 15 August 1945.
A unique behind the scenes tour: See the Control Room in operation, go beneath the city and walk under the tunnel road surface, visit a new Emergency Escape Refuge, see the giant ventilation fans working.
Witness an engineering masterpiece first hand.
The Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre provides an insight into the fascinating underground world created by Joseph Williamson in the early 19th Century. Take a guided tour through a section of the network of tunnels and view exhibitions which depict the life and times of one of Liverpool’s most eccentric characters.
Ferry Across the Mersey
See Liverpool’s most iconic sights aboard the world-famous Mersey Ferry. Our 50 minute River Explorer Cruise takes in the best views along the riverside.
Guided by expert commentary throughout the 50-minute trip, the River Explorer Cruise offers stunning views of Liverpool’s famous skyline. As you relax and take in the views, you’ll be captivated as the rich and fascinating history of UNESCO World Heritage waterfront unfolds before you.
Please visit ‘Visit Liverpool’ for more information and even more things to do!