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Liverpool Vacations And A Number Of Excellent Tourist Attractions To Visit

Liverpool, once the British Empire’s second city, has, since World War Two been in decline. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in investment with the city centre seeing regeneration. Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture for 2008 throughout the full twelve months there were countless events ranging from world class concerts to superb art exhibitions. Now the year has passed what is there to draw visitors to this exciting city? Well there are certainly a number of new hotels catering for all tastes with accommodation ranging from discountLiverpool bed and breakfast to first class five star luxury hotels. In the following article I introduce 3 visitor attractions in the city.

The Tate Liverpool

Located at Liverpool’s waterfront, as part of the Albert Dock complex, is Tate Liverpool. Since opening in 1988, the Tate, for a short period of time, was the largest gallery of contemporary and modern art in the United Kingdom. The Tate is an extremely popular tourist attraction in Liverpool, with in excess of 600,000 visitors through its’ doors each year. The gallery is in one of the five converted warehouses. Originally altered by James Stirling, the building had to undergo further refurbishment in 1988 in order to create further more space in the gallery. In 2007 the foyer was redesigned, giving the gallery a  more modern appearance with far better proportions in the reception area.

The Albert Dock Complex

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, whom the docks were named after, opened the docks in 1846. The docks were very busy throughout the years,, but eventually had to close to shipping in 1972. The docks lay quiet and derelict, that is until the 1980′s when they were redeveloped with aid from the Merseyside Development Corporation. The dock consisted of five warehouse buildings, all of which are Grade I listed, making the Albert Dock complex the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the United Kingdom. The docks are now home to a selection of tourist attractions, including the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Tate Liverpool.

The Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool is famous for having two cathedrals: the Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral and the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. When John Charles Rye was nominated Bishop of Liverpool in 1880, ironically there was no cathedral in Liverpool as that time. Soon, after a lot of debate the powers that be agreed that a cathedral was required. In 1902, they chose to have an open competition for the design of the cathedral. The winning proposal was chosen in 1903, and astonishingly, was a proposal by student Giles Gilbert Scott, who had no preceding construction experience. Another architect, George F. Bodley, was appointed to work with Scott, and oversee all construction works and designs. King Edward VII laid the foundation stone in 1904, and in 1910, the first part of the cathedral, the Lady Chapel, was finished.

Besides the three tourist attractions examined above the city of Liverpool has a great many more. Not only this there are a huge number more not too far away, which are perfect places for a day’s visit. Destinations such as Southport, are perfect for a day out but you might wish to stay for a few days to take in more of the place. You might also find that our comprehensive listings of Liverpool bed & breakfast accommodation are useful during the planning stages of your vacation.

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