City Orientation Walk, Liverpool

City Orientation Walk, Liverpool
You can follow this self-guided walking tour to explore the attractions listed below. How it works: download the iOS app "Liverpool Map and Walks" on iTunes App Store or the Android app "Liverpool Map and Walks" on Google Play. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and its built-in GPS navigation functions guide you from one tour stop to next. The app works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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The Beatles capital Liverpool is more than just Beatles. Other than the places associated with the Great Four, the city is noted for its historic landmarks, world-class sport arenas and shopping/entertainment. The abundance of museums and galleries will delight culture lovers and history buffs. All of this makes Liverpool a highly attractive tourist destination. This orientation walk will guide you to some of the key sights of Liverpool you don't want to miss.

City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: England » Liverpool (See other walking tours in Liverpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 20
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Author: Caroline
Steble Fountain

1) Steble Fountain

The Steble Fountain is located on William Brown Street, immediately to the west of another famous Liverpool monument, Wellington’s Column. The fountain is named after Lieutenant Colonel Richard Fell Steble, a local army officer and former Mayor of Liverpool, who paid for the construction of a fountain on the site. Designed by Paul Lienard, it was unveiled in 1879, though low water pressure meant the opening ceremony was something of an anti-climax.

The Steble Fountain is formed from cast...   view more
Wellington Column

2) Wellington Column (must see)

Wellington’s Column is a towering memorial to the Duke of Wellington, located on William Brown Street in the historic heart of Liverpool city centre. Commissioned after the Duke’s death in 1852, it is the work of two Scottish siblings – Andrew Lawson, who designed the Greek style column, and his brother George, who created the statue of Wellington. It was one of the last column monuments to be erected in the UK, largely because of lengthy delays in its construction. Wellington’s Column...   view more
St. George's Hall

3) St. George's Hall (must see)

St George's Hall is a Grade I listed building in neoclassical style. The main entrance is in the centre of the east façade and is approached by a wide flight of steps. The front has a central portico of 16 Corinthian columns flanked on each side by series of square pillars. Between these pillars are reliefs which were added between 1882 and 1901. The roof is a tunnel vault carried on columns of polished red granite. The walls have niches for statues and the panelled plasterwork of the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Walker Art Gallery

4) Walker Art Gallery (must see)

The Walker Art Gallery houses one of the largest art collections in England, outside of London. It is part of the National Museums Liverpool group, and is promoted as "the National Gallery of the North." Designed by local architects C.Sherlock and H.H. Vale, the Walker Art Gallery was opened on 6 September 1877 by the 15th Earl of Derby. It is named after its founding benefactor, Sir Andrew Barclay Walker. In 1986, the gallery achieved national status as part of the National Museums...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library

5) Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library (must see)

The Picton Reading Room and Hornby Library stand side by side on William Brown Street, alongside other grand Liverpudlian landmarks like the County Sessions House, and the Walker Art Gallery. The two buildings were constructed thirty years apart, in 1879 and 1906 respectively, and together form part of the Liverpool Central Library.

The Picton Reading Room is the more distinctive of the two buildings, with its semicircular frontage and Corinthian columns. It is named after local architect...   view more
St. John's Gardens

6) St. John's Gardens

St. John’s Gardens are an area of public park land close to William Brown Street, in Liverpool’s city centre. One of two parks within Liverpool’s World Heritage Site, they are bordered to the east by St. George’s Hall, a fine Neoclassical building which houses law courts and a concert venue. The Green Flag awarded gardens house ornamental shrubs and flower beds, as well as a number of memorials to the city’s famous citizens. These include statues of Liverpool University founder William...   view more
Town Hall

7) Town Hall

Liverpool Town Hall was built between 1749 and 1754 according to a design by John Wood the Elder. An extension to the north, designed by James Wyatt, was added in 1785. The town hall is built of stone with a slate roof and a lead dome. The building has two storeys and a basement; the stonework of the basement and lower storey is rusticated. The south face has nine bays. Its central three bays are occupied by the portico. This has three rounded arches on the ground floor, and four pairs of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Royal Liver Building

8) Royal Liver Building (must see)

The Royal Liver Building is a Grade I listed building. It is sited at the Pier Head and along with the neighbouring Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building is one of Liverpool's Three Graces. It is also part of Liverpool's UNESCO designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City. Designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas, the foundation stone for the building was laid on 11 May 1908 and on 19 July 1911, the building was officially opened. The building is crowned by a pair of clock...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cunard Building

9) Cunard Building (must see)

The Cunard Building was designed by W. Ed. Willink and Ph. Coldwell Thicknesse and was constructed between 1914 and 1917. The building's style is a mix of Italian Renaissance and Greek Revival. The Cunard Building is essentially rectangular in shape. The central bays on each side provide the main entrance points into the building. Each entrance consists of a large panelled oak door, adorned by a pair of fluted columns and with a coffered ceiling. Marble was used to furnish several parts of...   view more
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Port of Liverpool Building

10) Port of Liverpool Building (must see)

The Port of Liverpool Building was designed by Sir Arnold Thornley and F.B. Hobbs. It was constructed between 1904 and 1907, designed in Edwardian Baroque style and is noted for the large dome that sits atop it, acting as the focal point of the building. It is essentially rectangular in shape with canted corners that are topped with stone cupolas. It is noted for the ornamental detail both on the inside and out, and in particular for the many maritime references and expensive decorative...   view more
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Museum of Liverpool

11) Museum of Liverpool (must see)

The Museum of Liverpool in Liverpool, England, is the newest addition to the National Museums Liverpool group having opened in 2011 replacing the former Museum of Liverpool Life. National Museums Liverpool intention is for the new venue to tell the story of Liverpool and its people, and reflect the city’s global significance. The museum is housed in a new purpose-built building on the Mann Island site at the Pier Head. It was opened to the public on 19 June 2011. Exhibits from the entirety of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Tate Gallery

12) Tate Gallery (must see)

Tate Liverpool is an art gallery and museum in Merseyside. The museum was an initiative of the Merseyside Development Corporation. Tate Liverpool was created to display work from the Tate Collection, which comprises the national collection of British art from the year 1500 to the present day, as well as international modern art. The gallery also has a programme of temporary exhibitions. For a time it was the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in the UK outside of London. The gallery...   view more
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Albert Dock and the Waterfront

13) Albert Dock and the Waterfront (must see)

Albert Dock, a historic complex of docks and warehouses on the banks of the Mersey river, is Liverpool’s biggest tourist attraction, attracting over four million visitors each year. It was built in the 1840s and designed by local architects Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick. The new dock was ground-breaking in two ways – one of the first dock complexes to allow direct unloading of cargo into warehouses, it was also the first UK development not to use wood in its construction. The complex was...   view more
Merseyside Maritime Museum

14) Merseyside Maritime Museum (must see)

The city of Liverpool, and the surrounding county of Merseyside, both have a proud maritime museum. The region’s name comes from the River Mersey, a wide inlet from the Irish Sea which adjoins Liverpool. Access to the sea along the river allowed the city to become one of the world’s great trading ports during the Industrial Revolution. The Merseyside Maritime Museum is a celebration of Liverpool’s shipping history. It is located on Albert Dock, at the heart of Liverpool’s Mercantile...   view more
International Slavery Museum

15) International Slavery Museum (must see)

Liverpool’s International Slavery Museum houses a collection of exhibits relating to the Atlantic Slave Trade. Maritime routes established during the industrial revolution created a ‘trade triangle’ across the Atlantic. The infamous ‘middle passage’ of this triangle saw slaves from West and Central Africa shipped to the Americas in cramped and inhumane conditions, before being sold to plantation owners, or exchanged for the raw products produced by slave labour.

The Slavery Museum...   view more
The Beatles Story

16) The Beatles Story (must see)

The Beatles Story is a museum where you can get in touch with the very beginning of the band's history, starting in the late 1950s. It is situated in Albert Dock. A large amount of exhibition space is dedicated exclusively to the band and its four young lads. Your themed adventure will start with audio guides narrated by Paul McCartney, where he tells you how he first met John Lennon, and by Julia Lennon, who discloses the “Living History” of the band. You'll follow the Beatles in...   view more
Bluecoat Chambers Art Centre

17) Bluecoat Chambers Art Centre (must see)

The Bluecoat is a Grade I listed building and claims to be the oldest arts centre in Great Britain. It was built as a residential charity school by Bryan Blundell. Construction began in 1716. The school moved to another site in 1906, and since then the building has been used as an arts centre. In 1925 a charitable trust, the Bluecoat Society of Arts, was set up to run the building. Over the years the Bluecoat has hosted a range of cultural and arts-associated events. These have included art...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bold Street

18) Bold Street

Bold Street is known for its cafés and for the Church of St Luke, which is situated at the top end. The bottom end leads into the area surrounding Clayton Square, which is part of the main retail district of central Liverpool. The bottom end contains more shops which are chain stores. The middle area contains bars as it leads towards Concert Square, a square containing clubs and bars, and the top end contains more independent shops and cafes. For the most part, Bold Street is pedestrianised and...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Lord Street

19) Lord Street

Lord Street is the main shopping street of Liverpool. It is one mile in length and is packed with boutiques, stores and shopping centers. Located close to the famous local docks, it begins with the Queen Victoria's Monument, which stands on the site of the 13th century castle. Here you will find stores such as Pret a Manger, Debenhams, Wayfarers Arcade, and...   view more
Mathew Street

20) Mathew Street

Mathew Street is an unassuming side road in Liverpool city centre that houses a world famous musical attraction – the Cavern Club, the city’s most famous music venue and a place forever associated with the Beatles. The Liverpudlian four piece, considered by many to be the world’s greatest ever band, played at the venue several times in their early years. As a result, the street is visited by thousands of tourists each year, and is the centre of the Cavern Quarter, a bohemian area of...   view more

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