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Tuesday 1st of September 2015
Liverpool is famous for many things; aside from its world famous musical exports such as The Beatles, Echo and the Bunnymen and Jerry and the Pacemakers, Liverpool is also famous for its architecture. Home to some of the most impressive buildings in the United Kingdom and some of the largest architectural triumphs in the world, Liverpool is home to literally thousands of listed buildings (over 2500 in fact); 27 of which hold a Grade I listed status. Pick up your Easirent hire car from our Liverpool John Lennon Airport depot and spend the weekend visiting some of Liverpool’s most beautiful buildings.
1. The Albert Dock
Taking pride of place on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, the Albert Dock is a large complex of dock buildings and warehouses which were the first in Britain to be built solely from cast iron, brick and stone. No structural wood was used in the construction of the Albert Dock, which stored precious cargo including cotton, brandy, tea, silk, ivory, tobacco and sugar. Contributing greatly to Liverpool’s rich and successful maritime history, the Albert Dock was revolutionary when it first opened, as it was one of the only docking systems where ships could be loaded and unloaded from the waterfront, and directly into the warehouse. Nowadays, the Albert Dock is the most-visited multi-use attraction in the United Kingdom outside of London, and is home to abundant restaurants and bars, as well as the Tate Liverpool gallery.
2. Bluecoat Chambers
The Bluecoat Chambers was built in 1717 and is the oldest surviving building in the centre of Liverpool. Originally the Bluecoat School, the Bluecoat Chambers is now an art gallery and exhibition space located just next to Liverpool’s main shopping street. The H-shaped building was designed by Brian Blundell and suffered incendiary bomb damage in the May Blitz of 1941; after the building’s restoration in 1952 the Bluecoat Chambers was designated a Grade I listed building status.
3. Liverpool Cathedral
Taking over 75 years to construct, the Liverpool Cathedral was completed in 1980 and was very different to Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s original plans. Today this grand, Gothic-revival style cathedral is the largest in the United Kingdom, and one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Take a trip up the bell-tower and marvel at the beautiful panoramic views across Liverpool city centre and beyond.
4. St. George’s Hall
Located just opposite from Liverpool’s main train station, Lime Street, St George’s Hall has 16 stunning Corinthian columns and is a beautiful example of 19th Century Neoclassical architecture. Inside this stunning building you’ll find the Grand Concert Room, which is used for different theatre and music events throughout the year.
5. Speke Hall
Pick up your Easirent hire car from our Liverpool Airport depot and head to Speke Hall, one of the country’s finest surviving wattle and daub Tudor houses. Constructed between 1530 and 1598, Speke Hall has contemporary features including a priest hole, an observation hole and an eavesdrop. Now under the care of the National Trust, visitors to Speke Hall can explore the beautiful gardens, which date from the 1950’s.