Liverpool – Merseyside – Photos

Liverpool memories

Liverpool memories

Liverpool is a photographer’s dream, but I have chosen this photo because the symbolism moved me so much.  A bombed out church has been left as it must have been at the end of the war and the sculpture in front of it shows a German and an English soldier shaking hands over a football during the Christmas truce.  Wonderful imagery!

I had not visited Liverpool before so it was a real treat for me.  I’m sure that most people (myself included) link Liverpool with the Beatles and the music of the sixties, but there is so much more to it than just that.  I had not realised that it is a Unesco designated World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City.

Gateway to America

Gateway to America

Liverpool as gateway to the Atlantic

I knew that the Founding Fathers left England from Plymouth to travel to America, but apparently far more people left from Liverpool.  In fact the estimate is that nine million emigrated to America through Liverpool.

This Legacy Sculpture was given to Liverpool by the Mormon Church as a tribute to all the families who made that journey.  It shows a family with suitcases and the small child is intended to represent moving forward to a new future.

The Cavern Club

The Cavern Club

The Cavern Club

Even though I knew that Liverpool was way more than the Beatles and the Mersey Beat, I couldn’t resist a pilgrimage to the Cavern Club.  We had intended to have a quick wander around the club and then continue our sightseeing, but ended up staying there for several hours.  They have live music during the day and we happily bellowed out all the old Beatles songs.

Interestingly, they also had an impressive collection of memorabilia – signed guitars and such like.

Liverpool docks

Liverpool docks

The Waterfront

As with so many cities, the docks have been re developed to create a wonderful area of museums, exhibitions and art galleries.  We could have spent several days exploring just that area, but time did not allow.

The Liverpool Museum had lovely interactive sections for the children – but as there weren’t many children around I had a play on several of the sections and ended up with a good rating for being a potential docker!

Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedrals

There are two cathedrals in Liverpool, not far apart from each other.  The first one that we came across was the Catholic cathedral.  It is a very modern and striking building.  I believe the overall shape has been likened to the pope’s hat.

Inside the cathedral

Inside the cathedral

It certainly dominated the area, but I was quite unprepared for the beauty of the interior.  Clever lighting framed the individual wall hangings which were all very impressive in their own right.  The building is round and they had made use of every inch of space.

We couldn’t descend to the crypt as there was something on that day, but apparently it was designed by Edwin Lutyens and is a masterpiece in its own right.

Cathedral Church of the Risen Christ

Cathedral Church of the Risen Christ

The second cathedral is built to a far more traditional design.  It is no less beautiful and surprisingly was only built at the beginning of the 20th century.

It is the longest cathedral in the world, although my photo only shows one end of it.  In this article you can find far more information about it than I could give you.

Royal Liver Building

Royal Liver Building

The Royal Liver Building

This wonderful building was built for the Royal Liver Assurance Company.  The two Liver Birds that you can see on the tops of the towers watch over the city and the sea.  Legend has it that if they ever flew away then the city of Liverpool would cease to exist.  Let’s hope that never happens to such a wonderful city.

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  1. Dorothy Riley says:

    I am 81 years old when I left school aged 15 I worked in a place opposite the bombed out church and often used to sit in the grounds and eat our lunch .The place I worked was called Weatheralls and made ladies clothes very high class a lot of the work was hand stitched . Their main showroom was in Bond Street London .I still have letter offering me employment my starting wage was £1.15 shillings a week equivalent to £1.50 in today’s money .Regards Dorothy

    • Hi Dorothy. Thanks so much for your memories – I can just visualise those ladies clothes: all the work that must have gone into each item. I bet you could buy a lot more for £1 15 shillings then than you can now! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sandra Barnett says:

    Oh Rose,
    You are quite the traveler and writer. I am glad that you come back to tell me all about your adventures. I would never get to see the beautiful buildings in Liverpool. What a treat. Thank you. You are giving sightseeing as well as history to all that you see. Thank you again.

    • Hi Sandra. I am trying to travel as much as possible now while I can. I had a long period of not being able to travel much while looking after first the children and then my parents, so I’m making up for it now!

  3. Anne-Marie Zmek says:

    Besides the lovely quilts you show us, you are quite the travel writer. I just want to get up and go to all the great places you describe. Some day, hopefully. Thank you.

  4. Margaret Pearson says:

    Rose, I was one of the those people who sailed from Liverpool, in 1958, to come to Canada to marry my sweetheart who had emmigrated a few months before.

    • Hi Margaret. How lovely to hear from you. I don’t think you’d recognise the dockyards in Liverpool any more – they’ve been completely redeveloped making a lovely area for tourists.

  5. Brenda Oak says:

    Wow – lovely photos Rose – so pleased you had good weather. Liverpool is a super place for a city break isn’t it? We visited most of your sites when we were there, but I loved “Another place” by Antony Gormley the best I think. So evocative and peaceful at the same time. I remember those books which Irena mentioned – The Latchkey Kid was the first I think.

    • Hi Brenda. I didn’t have time to see them but I’ve just looked them up and will definitely have to go to Crosbyy Beach next time I’m in Liverpool. Thanks for the tip. I’ll try to find some Helen Forester books over the weekend.

  6. Carol Tambourine says:

    I am so happy that you enjoyed visiting our wonderful city. Call before you come next time and we will take you around some more.

  7. Irena mangone says:

    Dear Rose . Thank you. For sharing with us your tour of Liverpool. I’ve never been there. Read some of Helen Forester books. About a family. They were once well off but sunk into poverty. Can’t remember the titles of the books.

    • Hi Irena. Thanks for the tip – I’ll look out for some Helen Forester books. Always on the lookout for authors that I don’t know.