Liverpool is a wonderful, revitalized city. Because it was chosen as the European Union’s Capital of Culture in 2008, when we were there in the Fall of 2009 we witnessed new infrastructure and brightly lit shopping arcades with glass staircases. Beautiful sites to see included the Liverpool Cathedral and the Metropolitan Cathedral. The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, built between 1903 and 1978 and one of the largest churches in England, is very traditional with its stained glass alcoves and gilt carvings but it is also holds neon signs advertising its coffee on the walls. The Metropolitan Cathedral is known for is glass-funnel shape that is one of the most unique designs for a church.
The modern developments in Liverpool have brought tourism back to a city that used to be the gateway to the sea, which fell on hard times after the bombings during World War II and the end of the Industrial Revolution. Even with its new construction projects, there are still startling reminders of the past with bombed out churches and barbed wire walls present in the outskirts of the city. A reminder of Liverpool’s importance in history is demonstrated at the historic Albert Dock where the stone streets and brick buildings house the Merseyside Maritime Museum. The International Slavery Museum is housed on the top floor with the rest of the museum detailing Liverpool’s maritime history through the age of the Cunard (Queen Elizabeth II) and White Star (Titanic) cruise lines to the wars and up to the age of smuggling.
Albert Dock is also the home of the Tate Modern and one of the most popular reasons to visit Liverpool, the Beatles Story. This museum features an amazing audio tour with sound clips from the Fab Four and the people who helped them become the most famous band in the world. Their photos and artifacts detail the band’s history from their start at the Casbah club through all the albums and their independent careers post-Beatles. Not too far away is the rebuilt Cavern Club on the famous Matthews Street, with A Hard Day’s Night Hotel next door, completing the Liverpool tour for any Beatle-maniac.