Liverpool waterfront from Albert Dock © Hajor
Whether they take the ferry cross the Mersey or a
stroll down Penny Lane, most visitors will find it difficult to
explore Liverpool without a song on their lips. From the Twin
Cathedrals with their striking views over the city to the
historical, Grade 1-listed Albert Dock and its Beatles museum,
there's certainly plenty to see and do in Liverpool. Famous for
football, music and shipping, Liverpool has steadily increased in
popularity with tourists over the last decade.
An important maritime centre and industrial port,
Liverpool was one of the great cities of the United Kingdom during
the Industrial Revolution, and much of its wealth came from its
dominance in the shipping of textiles, cotton, sugar, and
The city was severely bombed in World War II and has
struggled to get back on its feet, experiencing alternating waves
of prosperity and depression. The 1960s saw the explosion of the
Beatles and pop music, while the 1990s saw an attempt to regenerate
the urban centre.
Liverpool's waterfront is now a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, and the city has achieved World Heritage Status, joining
Edinburgh and Bath as the only UK cities to carry the honour.
Millions of pounds were poured into the development of the city
when Liverpool was announced as the European Capital of Culture for
2008, including the £920 million Paradise Street development
in the city centre.
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