Museums and Galleries Walk II, 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 II Map

Guide Name: Museums and Galleries Walk II
Guide Location: England » Liverpool (See other walking tours in Liverpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Author: irenes
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The Bluecoat

1) The Bluecoat (must see)

Built in 1716-17 as a charity school, Bluecoat Chambers in School Lane is the oldest surviving building in central Liverpool. Following the Liverpool Blue Coat School's move to another site in 1906, the building was rented from 1907 onwards by the Sandon Studios Society. Based on the presence of this art society and the subsequent formation of the Bluecoat Society of Arts in 1927, the successor organisation laid claim to being the oldest arts centre in Great Britain, now called The Bluecoat.

The centre offers a full program of events and exhibitions including art, film, and performances, and explains why Liverpool was European Capital of Culture in 2008. One of those places where local artists (writers, musicians, etc.) have an opportunity to show their art and where tourists can enjoy the cultural richness of a city that is full of artistic reminiscences both old and current. To enhance the experience, Kernaghan Bookshop which is located in the courtyard is a bookworm's dream. The espresso bar serves coffees and cakes while the upstairs bistro provides more hearty fare (their delicious scouse is a must try for anyone visiting Liverpool). Come for the coffee, stay for the events!

Why You Should Visit:
Very relaxing place to have a drink or a snack; fully recommended in nice weather so you can sit outside and just relax!
Great venue if you're looking for somewhere that little bit more special than other places you may be considering.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 11am-6pm
Please note the Gallery opens at 11am daily
Sight description based on wikipedia
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View Two Gallery

2) View Two Gallery

View Two Gallery is located in the Cavern Quarter in the centre of the city. It is considered one of the best independent galleries in Liverpool. Three floors of exhibition space display works by multiple artists, such as Dave Bullock, Grahame Ashcroft, Arthur Gold, Andy Hollingworth, Ann Young and many other extraordinary people. The gallery has won the National Awards DisabledGo 2010 Prize and is proud of this achievement.
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Dot-Art Gallery

3) Dot-Art Gallery

Founded in 2006 by Lucy Byrne, Dot-Art has become an acclaimed art gallery and consultancy centre. It is a non-profit organisation whose mission is to sustain and develop the northwest's visual artists by offering exhibition space and high quality services. Besides enjoying art, you can also purchase artwork. There is a large collection to choose from at the Dot-Art: Peter Carr, Simon Birtall, Graeme Murray, James Lawrenson, Helene Gilmour, Matthew Thomas, Pauline Tiret, and more. Dot-Art is open 12pm to 6pm, every Monday through Friday.
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Western Approaches - Liverpool War Museum

4) Western Approaches - Liverpool War Museum

Western Approaches Command was a major operational command of the Royal Navy during World War II. The command was responsible for the safety of British shipping in the Western Approaches. After the fall of France in June 1940, the main North Atlantic convoy routes were diverted around the north of Ireland through the north-western approaches. By late 1940, the location of the command’s headquarters at Plymouth was increasingly awkward and the decision was taken to move the command to Liverpool. On 7 February 1941, Western Approaches Command was divided and its headquarters was moved from Plymouth to Derby House, Liverpool. The reinforced central core of the command bunker at Derby House, Liverpool proved too costly to demolish, and so whilst the rest of the building has been converted to modern offices, the bunker has been restored as a museum, open to the public. The museum is known as the Western Approaches - Liverpool War Museum.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tate Gallery

5) Tate Gallery (must see)

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. Until 2003, Tate Liverpool was the largest gallery of modern and contemporary art in the UK outside London.

The gallery opened in 1988 and is housed in a converted warehouse within the Albert Dock on Liverpool's waterfront. The original conversion was done by James Stirling but the building was given a major refurbishment in 1998 to create additional gallery space. In 2007, the foyer area was redesigned by architects Arca to create an updated appearance and better proportions, as well as to improve visitor handling. Behind the scenes, Arca also made alterations to the hospitality, cloakroom, events and education areas.

Why You Should Visit:
Great layout & light, and although not all of the art may be to your taste, there is always something to like.
Surely not as massive as Tate London, but you can look at things without being pushed out of the way by tourists.
There's a café where you can enjoy a revitalizing drink; there is also a decent variety of food, plus a souvenir shop provided.
And, of course, unless you want to see the paid-for exhibitions, it's all free (although you're encouraged, not unreasonably, to donate).

Tip:
There are lockers in the basement for coats, bags, etc., which take a £1 coin that's refunded.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Merseyside Maritime Museum

6) 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 Maritime City, an area of historic docklands that have been made a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The ground floor of the museum houses an exhibition on the shipping lines and companies that made Liverpool a global maritime trade centre. Other exhibitions show life in a port city in the modern day, including an interactive feature on Customs and border control, as well as a poignant tribute to the Titanic, the ocean liner which bore the city’s name on her doomed maiden voyage.

The museum also offers a range of child-friendly, nautically themed events throughout the year, as well as a guided tour of Liverpool’s Old Dock, which lies close to the building.

Why You Should Visit:
Engaging for both kids and adults with lots of interactive exhibits; a fantastic place to learn about Liverpool's maritime history.
Even if you view the ocean as little more than a scary, jellyfish-packed beach-separator, a visit to this nautical relic-fest is advised.

Tip:
On the ground floor, there are lockers to put belongings in to save you carrying bags and coats about.
If you find you have a spare hour, get booked in for an entertaining and informative guided tour.
Afterward, you can go to the top floor café (opens around noon), grab a drink or a bite and look out at the fantastic views of the docks and liver birds.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Free admission
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International Slavery Museum

7) 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 pays tribute to the history and culture of those who were enslaved, as well as recreating the harrowing ‘middle passage’ and life on a plantation. The attraction is housed above the Merseyside Maritime Museum but is being expanded to fill an adjacent building, formerly a TV studio. This new building will house a brand new Exhibition and Education Resource Centre, as well as an area of quiet contemplation for the victims of slavery.

Why You Should Visit:
To add a one-of-a-kind experience to your Liverpool itinerary – the contents, history, facts, statements and overall exhibition are impressive and shocking at the same time, even if you have knowledge over the subject already.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-5pm
Free admission
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The Beatles Story

8) The Beatles Story (must see)

Situated in Albert Dock, 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. 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 their hometown, to Germany and the Star Club, back to Liverpool in the famous Cavern Club and the next stops: London, USA and USSR. In addition, you can visit the "Going Solo" halls, the interactive Discovery Zone, FAB4STORE-1 with a multitude of souvenirs and merchandise for you and your family, the specially-designed Starbucks Coffeehouse and even see some of the band's original instruments.

Why You Should Visit:
However expensive, the place is tastefully laid out and very well organized, and the admission fee does include a multi-lingual headset which adds quality to the visit.

Tip:
It can be difficult to get tickets on the day, so if you are planning to go then it would really be worthwhile booking online (that way, you also avoid queueing). Cheaper tickets available if you search the web for discounts/vouchers.
This attraction is over two sites so be sure you see both. The second part is at the Albert Dock area, and you should be able to get into that exhibition with the same ticket, without queuing. You should also get another headset there.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-7pm (subject to change – check online before you visit)

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.
Famous Buildings of Liverpool, Walking Tour

Famous Buildings of Liverpool, Walking Tour

Liverpool is England's most famous city, with breathtaking buildings from many different architectural periods. Its architecture makes it one of the top destinations for visitors in the United Kingdom. Take the following walking tour to discover some of the best edifices in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 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
The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part I

The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part I

Liverpool is called the Beatles Capital because it is the birthplace of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Star. There are many Beatles-themed bars and restaurants, hotels and associated places. Don't miss the chance to visit some of the most interesting attractions:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
Historic Sites Self-Guided Tour, Liverpool

Historic Sites Self-Guided Tour, Liverpool

Three of the most remarkable buildings of Liverpool-- Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool-- are all situated in the Pier Head. They are called the Three Graces of Liverpool. This walking tour will help you discover some excellent examples of medieval architecture as well as buildings from other eras. Be sure to visit some of the attractions included here:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.3 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

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


Top 18 Pubs in Liverpool England

Top 18 Pubs in Liverpool England

In this fantastic city is a great selection of bars and pubs to have a drink or two. This directory can help you decide on where to go. Choose which part of the city you would like a drink then take it from...

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.