Museums and Galleries Walk I, Liverpool

A wonderful mix of classic and contemporary art styles can be enjoyed at some of the best artistic venues in Liverpool. The city's numerous galleries invite you in. Liverpool is home to numerous extraordinary museums, as well. As the European Capital of Culture in 2008, the city is ready to show you diverse aspects of its historical and maritime past and present. Take the following self-guided tour to discover the most popular museums and galleries in the city.
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Museums and Galleries Walk I Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walk I
Guide Location: England » Liverpool (See other walking tours in Liverpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Author: irenes
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Foundation for Art and Creative Technology

1) Foundation for Art and Creative Technology

FACT (The Foundation for Art & Creative Technology) is a multimedia complex based on Wood Street. It claims to be the UK's leading organisation for the development, support and exhibition of film, video and new and emerging media. For audiences, FACT provides a point of entry into the arts of film and new media. For artists, it is a support system without parallel in the UK. For Liverpool, it forms a key aspect of its cultural and economic renaissance. FACT was a key organisation during Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture(2008). It offers three gallery spaces, four cinema screens and a multimedia suite and also comprises a cafe, a bar and a lounge area. FACT was Liverpool’s first purpose-built arts centre in more than 60 years. It was opened in February 2003 by its founding executive director Eddie Berg, having cost £10 million to build. The building is linked to Bold Street, one of Liverpool’s main shopping areas, by a public square off Wood Street and Colquitt Street.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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E. Chambré Hardman's Studio

2) E. Chambré Hardman's Studio

Edward Fitzmaurice Chambre Hardman was an Irish photographer, born in 1898, who set up a successful studio at 59 Rodney Street, Liverpool in 1941. Hardman’s first studio in the city was located on Bond Street. He relocated to Rodney Street as his reputation grew, and ran the studio with his wife Margaret until her death in 1970. Hardman continued to live at the address until he passed away in 1988, and his former home and studio is now a National Trust owned museum.

59 Rodney Street, an elegant if unassuming Georgian terraced house on a central street better known for its high number of doctors’ surgeries, now hosts the E. Chambre Hardman Studio, House & Photographic Collection. The studio houses an extensive collection of Hardman’s work, including his famous shots of rural landscapes, and also allows access to the photographer’s personal darkroom and living quarters. There are also a number of fine portraits of famous Liverpudlian citizens, and a number of excellent landscape shots of the city Hardman called home.

Admission is £6.00 for adults, with concessions available. A family ticket can also be purchased for under £15.00. The studio’s opening times vary throughout the year. It is currently closed for refurbishment work, reopening in March 2012.
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The Garstang Museum of Archaeology

3) The Garstang Museum of Archaeology

The Garstang Museum of Archaeology is managed by the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology at the University of Liverpool. The university is a member of the Russell Group, an association of prestigious red brick British universities. It occupies a historic campus south east of Liverpool city centre. The School of Archaeology building stands on the southern edge of the campus on Abercromby Square. The museum, named after renowned local archaeologist John Garstang, is housed within the school, but accessed via a separate gate on nearby Chatham Street.

John Garstang carried out excavations in Egypt and Sudan which unearthed a number of ancient artefacts, many of which relate to burial rituals in Ancient Egypt. These make up the majority of the museum’s collection, which also includes pottery, coins and weaponry from Anatolia and Jericho. Garstang collected the items in the early 20th century, setting up an institute for archaeology in 1904. The collection was later renamed in his honour, and continues to expand.

The Garstang museum has limited opening hours, opening each Wednesday afternoon from 2pm until 5pm during term times. It is also open all day on the first Friday of each month. Group bookings may be accommodated; please contact the school for more information.
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Victoria Gallery

4) Victoria Gallery

The Victoria Gallery & Museum is housed in the Victoria Building, which stands at the top of Brownlow Hill in Liverpool’s city centre. A Gothic style building decorated with terracotta tiles and topped by a distinctive bell tower, the Victoria Building was designed by renowned Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse. Completed in 1892, it was created as a new headquarters for the fledgling University College of Liverpool, which had been established in a former asylum. The imposing, dark red exterior of the finished building is believed to have inspired the term ‘red brick’, a term given to universities founded in the 19th century which have gone on to achieve academic prestige.

Still managed by the University of Liverpool, the Victoria Art Gallery houses a collection of 6,500 works of art, spanning from the Renaissance to the present day. The collections include works by a number of well known artists, including Turner, Epstein and Lucien Freud. The neighbouring Tate Hall museum is a showcase for exhibits once housed in the university’s impressive individual museum collections, specialising in archaeology, zoology and engineering. There are a number of artefacts discovered by renowned local archaeologist John Garstang, and an unusual exhibition on the history of dentistry.

Both the Victoria Gallery and the Tate Hall museum are open from Tuesday until Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Private and group tours may be arranged outside of usual working hours. The Victoria building which houses both attractions is fully wheelchair accessible, and admission is free.
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Walker Art Gallery

5) Walker Art Gallery (must see)

Along with St. George's Hall and the building which includes the Central Library and the World Museum, Walker Art Gallery completes the historic buildings of the monumental center of Liverpool. This gallery is worth a visit for two reasons: Firstly, from the outside, the building is already interesting, displaying a neoclassical style. And secondly, inside, where its real charm lies, you can visit some of the most varied exhibitions. It is particularly well known for its art collections (paintings and sculptures). Actually, it is so well known for housing one of the largest art collections in Britain, that it has become known as "the National Gallery of the North".

More specifically, the gallery's collection includes Italian and Dutch paintings from 1300–1550; European art from 1550–1900 (including works by Rembrandt, Poussin and Degas); 18th and 19th century British art (including a major collection of Victorian painting and many Pre-Raphaelite works); a wide collection of prints, drawings and watercolours; 20th century works by artists such as Lucian Freud, David Hockney and Gilbert and George; and a major sculpture collection.

Why You Should Visit:
To enjoy a really good selection of free exhibits that are easy to navigate, as well as additional exhibits you can pay for.
Even though the presentation is somewhat dated, the depth, variety, and quality of the art more than make up for it.
The café is good value and situated in the rear of the foyer, therefore convenient and with plenty of atmosphere.

Tip:
There are usefully-sized lockers on the ground floor to the left of the café – pay £1 coin for a token at the gallery entrance.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
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World Museum

6) World Museum (must see)

Established in 1851, Liverpool’s World Museum houses a diverse collection covering archaeology, Egyptology and natural history in its imposing neoclassical building. Having recently expanded and changed its name to reflect its increased size and global focus, the museum now features a free planetarium, an aquarium and a collection of live creepy crawlies, in addition to more traditional exhibits.

The World Museum houses a number of historically significant artefacts, including several incredibly well preserved mummies from Ancient Egypt. An Asian cultures gallery houses a full set of ancient Samurai armour, and there are treasures dating from the Anglo Saxon period found in the local area. There are even exhibits from beyond our world – the museum houses a meteorite, believed to be from Mars, which landed in Nigeria in the 1960s.

Why You Should Visit:
Floors and floors of things to see; it's a mix of exhibits so there should be something to interest everyone.
You could easily spend all day here if you bought your picnic (cafe is to be avoided) and went to the planetarium.

Tip:
If you're on a budget and need to take kids out and keep them entertained, this is the place to take them!
Just make sure you book well in advance – online booking is very easy and you can just show tickets on the phone.
Also, consider combining your visit with a trip to the Walker Art Gallery (a 2-min walk away) and discover a diverse range of world-class art.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Free admission

Walking Tours in Liverpool, England

Create Your Own Walk in Liverpool

Create Your Own Walk in Liverpool

Creating your own self-guided walk in Liverpool is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Acclaimed Places of Worship Walking Tour, Liverpool

Acclaimed Places of Worship Walking Tour, Liverpool

The architecture of religious buildings is especially impressive in the United Kingdom. A mix of styles such as Gothic, Victorian, and Scandinavian makes Liverpool's landscape unforgettable. You will find some of the most popular religious attractions on this tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Landmarks Tour, Liverpool

Landmarks Tour, Liverpool

Liverpool is an old city with many notable historical sites. Some of the landmarks you will discover during this tour are the Wellington Column, the Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, and the famous St John's Gardens. Take this tour to learn more about Liverpool's history through its landmarks.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Museums and Galleries Walk II

Museums and Galleries Walk II

A wonderful mix of classic and contemporary art styles can be enjoyed at some of the best artistic venues in Liverpool. The city's numerous galleries invite you in. Liverpool is home to numerous extraordinary museums, as well. As the European Capital of Culture in 2008, the city is ready to show you diverse aspects of its historical and maritime past and present. Take the following self-guided tour to discover the most popular museums and galleries in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Holy Buildings Tour in Liverpool

Holy Buildings Tour in Liverpool

Rich in religious roots, Liverpool has many noteworthy places of worship for visitors to experience. A number of churches are located in the town and nearby outside of it, such as the two famous cathedrals, the antique Saint Luke's Church and the Swedish Seamen's Church. Take the following self-guided tour to discover the most interesting religious buildings of Liverpool.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Acclaimed Architecture of Liverpool, Walking Tour

Acclaimed Architecture of Liverpool, Walking Tour

Liverpool's rich architectural development has become one of the predominant attractions for tourists. Beautiful landscapes are open to your view, and design and decor will help you enjoy the walk. Check out the list of the top tourist sites that you might wish to visit:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Liverpool for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Liverpool has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Liverpool, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.