Night View of Albert Dock and the "Three Graces," Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, once the second city of the British Empire, has since World War II been in decline. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in investment with the centre of the city witnessing regeneration.

In 2008 Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture; throughout the year there were countless events ranging from world class music concerts to unique art exhibitions.

Now the year has passed, what is there to draw visitors to this wonderful city? Well there are definitely a number of new hotels in Liverpool to satisfy all tastes. In the text below I introduce 3 visitor attractions in Liverpool.

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool is renowned 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. Eventually, after a lot of deliberation, the powers that be decided that a cathedral was required.

In 1902, they chose to hold an open competition for the design of the cathedral. The winning proposal was chosen in 1903, and surprisingly, was a proposal by student Giles Gilbert Scott, who had no preceding building experience. Another architect, George F. Bodley, was assigned to work with Scott, and oversee all designs and construction works.

King Edward VII laid the foundation stone in 1904, and in 1910, the first part of the cathedral, the Lady Chapel, was finished.

Albert Dock

Liverpool’s Albert Dock was named after Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg, who opened the docks in 1846. The docks were very busy over the years, but regretably they eventually were forced to close to shipping in 1972. For many years the docks lay derelict and quiet, until the 1980’s when they were redeveloped with funding 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 set of Grade I listed building in the United Kingdom. The docks are now home to a variety of visitor attractions, including the Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Tate Liverpool

Standing on the Liverpool waterfront, as part of the Albert Dock complex, is Tate Liverpool. Since opening in 1988, the Tate, for a short time, was the largest gallery of contemporary and modern art in the United Kingdom, besides London.

The Tate is an extremely popular visitor attraction in Liverpool, catering for more than 600,000 visitors through its doors each 12 months.

The gallery is in one of the 5 converted warehouses originally converted by James Stirling. However, the building had to undergo further refurbishment in 1988 to create more gallery space. In 2007 the foyer was redesigned, giving the gallery a more modern appearance and better proportions in the reception area.

Besides the 3 visitor attractions discussed above Liverpool has a great many more. Not only this there are a great many more not too far away, perfect for a day visit. If you are planning to spend time in Liverpool you may wish to take a look at our web site which has a comprehensive list of Liverpool hotels as well as a selection of unserviced and services apartments in Liverpool.

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