History & heritage

History all around!

History all around!

From humble beginnings as a tiny waterfront settlement, the city of Liverpool has gone on to play an important role on the global stage.

Beeston Castle

Beeston Castle

Crowning a rocky crag and boasting spectacular views, Beeston is one of the most dramatically sited medieval castles in England. With a 4,000 year history and a 40-acre woodland park Beeston Castle has something for everyone.

Birkenhead Priory & St Mary’s Tower

Birkenhead Priory & St Mary's Tower

As the oldest standing building on Merseyside, Birkenhead Priory & St Mary’s Tower offers a unique insight into the town of Birkenhead and its historical and spiritual importance in the development of Wirral.

Bluecoat

Bluecoat

The Bluecoat Display Centre is a nationally and internationally recognised contemporary craft and design gallery. It sells, exhibits and promotes over 300 selected contemporary craftspeople each year working in a broad variety of media.

Chinatown

Chinatown

Liverpool Chinatown is the first chinatown that was established in Europe. The city has many reputable Chinese restaurants, Chinese takeaways, a huge selection of Chinese groceries from many Chinese supermarkets.

Dewa Roman Experience

Dewa Roman Experience

Dewa Roman Experience occupies a unique site at the heart of the original legionary fortress. In 1991 archaeologists discovered remains of the fortress on this site and the excavations have been left open for public viewing.

International Slavery Museum

International Slavery Museum

The International Slavery Museum highlights the international importance of slavery, both in a historic and contemporary context. It is located in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, at the centre of a World Heritage site.

Knowsley Hall

Knowsley Hall

Knowsley Hall and the Stanley family have featured in the region’s history, along with that of the nation, since the estate was created in 1385. Delve into the family’s past and you’ll discover the history of this family and the house.

Liverpool Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral

A spectacular building, boasting the highest and widest gothic arches, this neo-gothic masterpiece takes your breath away. Explore the famous tower with the highest and heaviest peal of bells and stunning panoramic views.

Mendips

Mendips

251 Menlove Avenue, named Mendips, was the childhood home of John Lennon, singer and songwriter in the Beatles. The home was bought by Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, who then donated it to the National Trust.

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum contains a variety of objects associated with the social and commercial history of the port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship models, colourful posters from the golden age of liners.

Museum of Liverpool

Museum of Liverpool

The Museum of Liverpool reflects the city’s global significance through its unique geography, history and culture. Visitors can explore how the port, its people, their creative and sporting history have shaped the city.

National Waterways Museum

National Waterways Museum

Set in a glorious collection of warehouses, stables and workshops on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, the National Waterways Museum includes working double locks, historic canal boats, boat trips and a waterside café.

Northwest Museum of Road Transport

Northwest Museum of Road Transport

The Northwest Museum of Road Transport is a voluntary organisation, with members freely giving of their time and work towards keeping the museum open to the public, keen to show them the rich transport heritage of the region.

Old Dock Tours

Old Dock Tours

Old Dock Tours offers free tours of Liverpool’s revolutionary Old Dock. The dock was the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock, they are now available and can be booked from Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Piermaster’s House

Piermaster’s House

The Piermaster’s House was built in 1852 for the Piermaster who was responsible for ensuring the safe passage of ships entering and leaving the dock at high tide. In 2003 it was transformed back into a wartime house.

Port of Liverpool Building

Port of Liverpool Building

The Port of Liverpool Building was erected as the head office of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. The building was designed by Briggs, Wolstenholme and Thorneley following an architectural competition in 1901.

Port Sunlight Museum

Port Sunlight

Port Sunlight Museum is located in the heart of the village, it gives an insight into the vision of the creator, philanthropist William Hesketh Lever, what it was like to be a ‘Sunlighter’ and the story of soap.

Royal Liver Building

Royal Liver Building

Overlooking the River Mersey and dominating one of the world’s most famous waterfront skylines, is Royal Liver Building. This Grade I iconic symbol of Liverpool was built in 1911 and at the time was the tallest building in Europe.

Sefton Park Palm House

Sefton Park Palm House

Sefton Park Palm House is a Grade II listed Victorian glasshouse, with an octagonal three-tiered structure, showcasing the Liverpool Botanical Collection. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the park, then relax with a coffee.

Seized! gallery

Seized! gallery

Enter the world of the Customs officer – a dark and unseen world of smuggling, intrigue and danger, where things are not always what they seem. The museum tells a contemporary story, balanced with a view of the past.

Speke Hall

Speke Hall

Speke Hall is a rare Tudor timber-framed manor house which has been restored and brought back to life in the 19th century, it is a unique and beautiful mixture of Tudor simplicity and Victorian arts and crafts’ aesthetics.

Sudley House

Sudley House

Sudley House is the only place you can see the art collection of a Victorian merchant in its original setting including paintings by Millais, Rossetti, Burne-Jones, Turner, Romney, Gainsborough and Landseer.

The Beatles Story

The Beatles Story

Discover the story of four boys that changed the world. Visit the award-winning Beatles Story, the world’s largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to The Beatles and their journey to stardom at Albert Dock.

The Hardmans’ House

The Hardmans' House

Explore the contrasting sides of this house: the neat, professional, spacious business rooms and the cluttered, cramped living quarters of the renowned portrait photographer Edward Chambré Hardman and his wife Margaret.

U-boat Story

U-boat Story

U-boat Story is a £5m attraction telling the story of World War II German submarine U-534. View the amazing life on board with original film archive and interactive displays you will witness all the dramatic action!

Victoria Gallery & Museum

Victoria Gallery & Museum

The Victoria Gallery & Museum is housed in Alfred Waterhouse’s spectacular Neo-Gothic building. With wide-ranging permanent displays and regular temporary exhibitions, it is free to visit and offers something for everyone.

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

_Williamson Art-Gallery & Museum

The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is minutes from the heart of Birkenhead, on the edge of the village of Oxton. A truly splendid building, this elegant venue provides space to display masterpieces, ceramics, and sculptures.

World Museum

World Museum

From the watery world of the aquarium to the magnificent planetarium, explore the galleries and collections at World Museum. Discover treasures from around the world, explore outer space and meet live creatures!