the back of St Georges hall
Been living here in Liverpool for over 6 months now,and decided it was about time i went and saw what the tourists pays their good money to come see. As i had a couple of hrs to kill saturday afternoon, i decided to take on the hordes of shoppers and see how many of the "attractions" i could see in 2hrs. Not wanting to carry my camera round i was armed with only my phone camera (still 5mp) and a rough idea of where everything was. Lead on McDuff.......
I started at the Lime street train station, which leads out onto the town hall, and city centre. There are many impressive buildings around this area, with the main shopping area behind them. I headed off through the main shopping area gazing upwards at the radio city tower which dwarfs all around it, and towards Matthew street.
entrance to china town
This is home to the world famous Cavern club, and birth place of the Beatles. Still today you hear the tunes blaring out of the pubs which line the street, until you reach the cavern club at the far end. Opposte this is the Liverpool wall of fame, which has every band to play the cavern club inscribed on a brick, with a beatles bench placed in front. From here i headed over to concert square, which although not much to look at during the day is crammed with party people of a night time :) Next stop was China town, with it's traditonal gates marking the enterance, although looking around it seams to have spilled over somewhat ;) A stones throw from here is the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, stood proudly on top of a hill. This is a completely contrasted after a short walk down Hope street, which leads directly to the University and also Paddys Wigwam, or the Metropolitan catherdral, which is a much more modern building, which looks like.
the metropolitan cathedral or paddys wigwam as it's known
..well a wigwam i guess is the best way to describe it ;) On the walk between the 2 cathedrals is an interesting feature of stone suitcases strewn across the pavement, which is quite abstract, and i was also passed by a yellow submarine driving down the street, which is also quite unique to liverpool. This is the amphibious bus which takes passengers around the sites of Liverpool, and then drives straight into the Albert Dock!!! From paddys wigwam it was downhill stroll back through the city centre to the Albert docks and the glorius grandeur of the Royal lLiver building, Cunnard (of Titanic fame) and port of lLiverpool buildings. These sit proudly on the banks of the Mersey river (although the port building is under going some reconstruction at present) And show the wealth of the city in it's hayday as one of the busiest ports in the world perfectly.
Here there are several museams, with the Liverpool Maritime, Slavery, museums in the Albert dock, both free to get into, and the Liverpool history museum down by the royal Liver Building. As i only had 2 hrs to see as much as possible i didn't go to any of the museums, hell i didn't even visit a pub, or the Cains brewery, deciding to leave these visits for a rainy day, of which i'm sure there will be many over the coming months ;)