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Liverpool’s unmissable landmarks and historical sights

Looking for the must-see sights of Liverpool? This guide to the top 15 Liverpool landmarks will ensure you don't miss a thing in this historic city.

Liverpool's skyline is testimony to its long, complex story. Each era of Liverpool's history has left its mark on the city's architecture, with listed buildings from many different periods. As a post-industrial port city, many of Liverpool's most important historic landmarks are near the Waterfront, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Explore this fascinating and diverse city, and take in its most important historical sites. Whether you're looking for the best places to visit, the most famous landmarks, or some of the city's hidden gems, this guide to the top 15 Liverpool landmarks will make sure you don't miss out. Whether you're traveling with friends, as a couple, or with kids, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this vibrant city.

Historic and architectural landmarks in Liverpool

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1. The Royal Liver Building

Unquestionably Liverpool's most iconic building, the Royal Liver Building was the world's first skyscraper. Learn more about this Grade I historic building on a Royal Liver Building Tour, and get the best views of the city to boot.

Highlights:

Alongside the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building, this is one of Liverpool's famous Three Graces, the name given to 3 architectural wonders that line the city's Waterfront.

Address:

Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1HU.

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2. Philharmonic Dining Rooms

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms describes itself as 'Britain's most ornate pub,' and it's easy to see why. This Victorian pub is one of the finest examples of Art Nouveau décor in the country; even its exquisitely marbled men's restrooms are justifiably famous.

Highlights:

The Grade I listed building also has historical value for being the Beatles' favorite pub: sit where Lennon and McCartney once sat and enjoy a pint.

Address and opening hours:

36 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BX. Open Monday-Thursday 11:00 AM-11:00 PM, Friday-Saturday 11:00 AM-12:00 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM-10:30 PM.

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3. Anfield Stadium

No trip to Liverpool is complete without seeing Liverpool FC's famous stadium. Take a Liverpool Football Club Legends Q&A and Stadium Tour to explore this beloved Liverpool landmark. Whether or not you're a football fan, Anfield is an integral part of Liverpudlian identity.

Highlights:

See the 'This is Anfield' sign, and walk down the legendary Players' Tunnel

Address:

Anfield Stadium, Walton Breck Rd, Liverpool L4 0TH.

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4. St Luke’s Church

St Luke’s Bombed Out Church is a well-known landmark in Liverpool. Extensively damaged by bombing during WWII, the church today is a much-loved Liverpool institution and cultural center, hosting plays, concerts, and events in the summer months.

Highlights:

There's a wonderful café in the church garden; enjoy a coffee while admiring this atmospheric architectural landmark.

Address:

Leece St, Liverpool L1 2TR.

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5. St George's Hall

This neoclassical building is one of Liverpool's finest architectural landmarks. Beautifully decorated, with ornate Minton floor tiles, gold leaf, and grand porticoes, St George's Hall is a beacon of Liverpool community life, where the city gathers on momentous occasions.

Highlights:

St George's Hall frequently hosts concerts and festivals. Check the website to see what's coming up.

Address and opening hours:

St George's Place, Liverpool L1 1JJ. Open Monday-Thursday 9:30 AM-4:45 PM, Friday-Saturday 9:30 AM-5:00 PM.

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6. The Beatles’ Statue

An homage to Liverpool's most famous sons, the Beatles' Statue is a much-loved Liverpool memorial. Take a 2-hour Beatles and Waterfront Guided Walking Tour and pose for some unique holiday photos with this quintessentially Liverpool statue.

Highlights:

Go in the evening when the statues are illuminated to get the best photos; the morning light is at their backs, making them difficult to snap.

Address:

Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1BY.

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7. Liverpool Town Hall

Liverpool Town Hall is an impressive architectural landmark from the 18th century. Lavishly decorated, with tiles depicting everything from the Goddess of Wisdom to golden pineapples, it's one of the city's finest buildings. When you take part in the City Highlights Exploration Game, you'll discover more about this unique historic landmark in the heart of the city.

Highlights:

Be sure to check out the impressive staircase, which was used as a model for the staircase on board the Titanic.

Address and opening hours:

Town Hall, High St, Liverpool L2 3SW. Open Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Scenic and natural landmarks in Liverpool

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8. The Dazzle Ferry

One of Liverpool's most flamboyant landmarks, the Dazzle Ferry was designed by Sir Peter Blake, famous for creating the famous cover of the Sgt Pepper album. The ferry has become a symbol of Liverpool that you can experience for yourself on a River Cruise and Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour.

Highlights:

Get some truly enviable vacation photos on board this uniquely colorful ship.

Meeting point:

Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 1DP. Start times vary.

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9. Another Place at Crosby Beach

For a highly unique scenic landmark, head out to Crosby Beach, where you'll find 100 mysterious figures standing on the strand, gazing out to sea. Antony Gormely's Another Place sculpture installation is an otherworldly meditation on the theme of emigration, and is both beautiful and thought-provoking.

Highlights:

Enjoy a beautiful and dramatic sunset on Crosby Beach; this natural landmark features a wide open expanse of sea and sky.

Address:

Mariners Rd, Blundellsands, Liverpool L23 6SX.

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10. St James Mount

Just behind the impressive bulk of Liverpool Cathedral, you'll find St James Mount and Gardens, a beautiful natural landmark that feels far from the noise and crowds of the city. Originally a stone quarry, then a cemetery, it's now an outstanding urban park.

Highlights:

The sunken gardens feature catacombs, memorials, a natural spring, and awe-inspiring views of the cathedral from below.

Address and opening hours:

Cathedral Gate, St James Rd, Liverpool L1 7AZ. Open daily 5:00 AM-10:00 PM.

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11. Liverpool Waterfront

The famous Liverpool Waterfront is a unique area combining business, tourism, arts, and architecture. The redevelopment of the Victorian Albert Docks has created a buzzing cultural hub with restaurants, bars, and the inspiring Tate Liverpool art gallery.

Highlights:

Stroll along the Waterfront and work up an appetite before popping into one of its hip cafes or restaurants for a meal.

Address:

Liverpool Waterfront, Liverpool L3 4AD.

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12. Sefton Park

In the heart of the city, you'll find Sefton Park, a stunning natural landmark and the city's biggest green space. Check out the stunning Victorian Palm House, an enormous greenhouse with an impressive range of tropical plants. Why not take a  Beatles Magical Mystery Bus Tour to Penny Lane, then walk up to this beautiful scenic landmark?

Highlights:

The Palm House is also a cultural center that runs workshops, events, and concerts.

Address and opening hours:

Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AP. Open daily, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.

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13. Strawberry Field

Made famous by the Beatles' 1967 song 'Strawberry Fields Forever,' this former Salvation Army children's home is an important Liverpool landmark. It now houses an interactive museum where you can learn about John Lennon's life. Explore the museum and grounds with this Strawberry Field Entry Ticket.

Highlights:

The garden and woods are gorgeous; some visitors claim that walking through them is a spiritually lifting experience.

Address and opening hours:

Beaconsfield Rd, Liverpool L25 6EJ. Open daily 10:00 AM-6:00 PM.

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14. Speke Hall House and Gardens

Ranking among Liverpool's most impressive architectural and natural landmarks, Speke Hall and Gardens is a Tudor mansion. It is a magnificent example of this type of building, with its wooden frame and wattle-and-daub structure. The gardens are a scenic landmark on their own, with stunning topiary, flowers, and a play area for little ones.

Highlights:

The impressive maze is a favorite family-friendly activity for fun-loving people of all ages.

Address and opening hours:

The Walk, Speke, Liverpool L24 1XD. Open daily 10:30 AM-5:00 PM.

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15.  Royal Albert Dock

Liverpool's Royal Albert Dock is an important historical and natural landmark. Formerly part of the city's industrial shipping port, it declined in the 1960s. Today, the dock has been renovated and is home to many museums, bars, and restaurants. Take this Private Tour With a Local to experience the best of this dynamic area.

Highlights:

The tour can be personalized according to your tastes. Speak with your guide to ensure your tour is tailored to the Liverpool landmarks you most want to see.

Address:

Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD.

FAQs

What is the oldest historic landmark in Liverpool?

The Bluecoat Gallery on School Lane, built in 1717, is the oldest building in Liverpool. It is now an exciting and dynamic contemporary art space and gallery.

What are some free landmarks to visit in Liverpool?

Liverpool's impressive Metropolitan Cathedral, England's largest Catholic Cathedral, offers free entry and guided tours. Many museums and galleries are free to enter, as are other well-loved landmarks such as St George's Hall and Sefton Park.

Are there any guided tours that focus on the architecture of Liverpool's landmarks?

Yes, RIBA North, the Royal Institute of British Architects, is based in Liverpool and offers several guided tours focusing on different aspects of Liverpool's architecture.

How can I get the best views of scenic landmarks in Liverpool?

Everton Park is an elevated vantage point offering impressive views of Liverpool's iconic skyline. From this spot, you can see the Royal Liver Building, the Anglican Cathedral, and the Liverpool Wheel, among other famous Liverpool landmarks.

What are some natural landmarks near Liverpool worth visiting?

The Wavertree Botanic Gardens is an attractive 19th-century public park, easily accessible by train. Otterspool Promenade provides remarkable views along the Mersey and is a short walk from Festival Gardens, another natural landmark worth visiting.