Four fab reasons to visit the Albert Dock

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The Beatles may have put Liverpool on the modern map but the city’s heritage is a maritime one – and there’s no better place to get a flavour of what this vibrant port has to offer than a visit to The Albert Dock.    Originally opened in 1846, it had state-of-the-art systems to load and unload cargo from every continent at one of busiest ports in the world.  Today it’s one of the North West’s best days out and there are enough attractions to keep even the seriously ‘am I bovvered’ teenager from being bored.

Albert Dock

The excellent Maritime Museum showcases many aspects of this history.  The UK Border Agency display has a very unusual collection of objects that smugglers use to bring in their contraband goods into the country.   There’s a fascinating collection of memorabilia from The Titanic.  As part of the White Star shipping line she was registered in Liverpool; 2012 is the 100 anniversary of the sinking of this iconic ship. One of my favourite exhibits is a 20ft long model of The Titanic, which has been exhibited in countries around the world.

Model of The Titanic

Photo courtesy of The Maritime Museum

Fab Four lovers will find The Beatles Story gives a really insightful look at the journey that four young men took from Liverpool to interstellar stardom.  Children love the interactive Discovery Zone where they can listen to a Beatles song in a reconstructed NEM store or compose a tune on the huge piano.  Listening to John Lennon singing ‘Imagine’  in front of the white piano is a spine-tingling musical experience.

The White Room

In the International Slavery Museum you will discover just what a huge part slavery played in this city’s sea-faring past; its story is told with compassion and illumination   The museum explores the “historical and contemporary aspects of slavery through stories of bravery and rebellion amongst enslaved people.”  The graphic scenes shown in the section on the horrors of the journeys across the sea, help us to understand just how barbaric this trade was.  With regular changing exhibitions black achievements are celebrated through stories, photographs, hands-on exhibits.  You can also book onto the Slavery History Tour with Eric Lynch – starting at that Liver Building, it’s a walk back in time that shows a hidden side of the city that the casual visitor will never see.  It’s one of the most memorable walking tours I’ve ever been on …

Liverpool

 The old Pump House, built in 1870, is a great place to to rest weary feet after all that walking, history, culture and music.  It’s right on the quay and has a lively atmosphere day and night. There a huge selection of beers and the menu changes all the time.  There’s a classic selection of traditional pub grub including bangers & mash, fish & chips and great burgers.  I can highly recommend their Rump Steak Ciabatta!

Pump House

So, a brief flavour of a few of the treats on offer at the Albert Dock – and we’ve not even touched on the Yellow Boat cruise, the contemporary art gallery Tate Liverpool or the VERY quirky land & water tour in the Yellow Duckmarine …



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3 Responses to “Four fab reasons to visit the Albert Dock”

  1. Ron Creer
    October 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Then cross the footbridge to the Pier Head for four more reasons: the view of the Three Graces, the extension to the Leeds-Liverpool canal, the new and superb Museum of Liverpool and, of course, the ferry terminal for the cruise along the river.

  2. Jim Hughes
    October 28, 2011 at 12:50 am #

    Long before there was a Beatles Museum there was Cavern Mecca. Liverpool had nothing for the tourist back in the 1970′s, even the local council was anti-Beatles. The only place you could get help was a shop called Magical Mystery store at24 North John Street, Liverpol. It was run by Jim & Trevor Hughes. MMS ran from 1976 and eventually evolved into Cavern Mecca run by Liz & Jim Hughes with the help of local volunteers. Cavern Mecca received no received no help from the council so had to rely on local fans to help build it. Work started in September 1979 and John was killled in December 1980, the people working on it were accused of cashing in on John’s death despite starting work in September 1979,we were also psychic. Cavern Mecca opened in Januuary 1980 at what is now called Flanagan’s Apple, Mathew Street, Liverpool. We were there from 1980 to 1984 and eventually had a world membership of 2000. We moved to Cavern Walks in 1984 but had to close due to the poor health of Liz Hughes. Liz passed away on June 26th 2008. Liverpool is now a different place and tourists can receive help from various places. We now have a council that recognizes what The Beatles did for Liverpool.
    A Re-union will be held at Flanagan’s Apple on the 5th. November 2011 (Liz’s birthday). It will celebrate Cavern Mecca and Liz Hughes who was responsible for the opening of Cavern Mecca. Jim Hughes 27th October 2011.

  3. John Williams
    October 31, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Zoe, Albert Dock is one of my favoured locations for a day out. The Maritime Museum and the Slavery Museum are free too! Liverpool has so much to offer visitors.

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