2hrs & a camera phone and the European capital of culture 08

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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 ;)

wanderinwurzel says:
yep read that somewhere afterwards ;) ta
Posted on: Mar 04, 2008
the_artfinder says:
Nice write up, just one small point, the large building on Lime St is St Georges Hall, the Town Hall is closer to the waterfront on Castle St.

Posted on: Mar 04, 2008
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the back of St Georges hall
the back of St Georges hall
entrance to china town
entrance to china town
the metropolitan cathedral or padd…
the metropolitan cathedral or pad…
the front of the Liver building
the front of the Liver building
concert square, good place on a fr…
concert square, good place on a f…
the blackie
the blackie
not such a nice area
not such a nice area
the yellow submarine-only in liver…
the yellow submarine-only in live…
the cathedral again
the cathedral again
some funky artwork
some funky artwork
St Georges hall from lime street s…
St Georges hall from lime street …
the cathedral
the cathedral
the infamous Matthew street
the infamous Matthew street
where the beatles became famous
where the beatles became famous
outside the cavern club
outside the cavern club
wall of fame
wall of fame
ummm guinness time
ummm guinness time
down at the albert docks
down at the albert docks
ferry across the mersey
ferry across the mersey
the liver building from the docks
the liver building from the docks
in memory of soldiers who served i…
in memory of soldiers who served …
paddys wigwam up close
paddys wigwam up close
radio city tower
radio city tower
queen vic memorial
queen vic memorial
the top of the liver building with…
the top of the liver building wit…
blend of old & new
blend of old & new
the albert docks
the albert docks
view with both cathedrals in
view with both cathedrals in
church thats now a bar
church that's now a bar
map of attractions in the city cen…
map of attractions in the city ce…
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