RIBA NORTH – Architecture Walking Tours of Liverpool
Liverpool is one of the UK’s greatest cities. From Georgian terraces and the world-famous docks to grandiose commercial and civic monuments, the city is alive with architecture and buildings that chart over 300 years of history and development.
The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site comprising of six locations including many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Our tours currently cover five of these locations.
Whether you are a city resident, or just visiting Liverpool – on our tours you will discover the architecture and the history of Liverpool through its key buildings and public spaces. Join us to learn the story of Liverpool’s past, present and future.
All our tours last approximately two hours.
Places are limited to 16 per tour.
Gateway to the World
This tour explores The Pier Head, UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of Liverpool’s famous ‘Three Graces’, before heading up towards the Commercial Quarter (also a UNESCO Heritage Site) and the Town Hall taking in some architectural firsts such as Peter Ellis’ Oriel Chambers and beautifully decorated buildings like Martin’s Bank that showcase Liverpool’s mercantile past.
Sculpture, Culture & Civic Pride
The first view that greets visitors to the city from Lime Street Station is St George’s Hall, one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in the world. The Plateau in front of the hall, with its monuments and memorials, provides the city of Liverpool with an area for congregation in good times and in bad.
Liverpool ONE: Remaking a City Centre
Find out more about the development that changed the way we interact with our city and the buildings that were built for it, as well as those that remain from before.
City of Culture, Learning & Faiths
Join the RIBA guides on a walking tour around Hope Street, one of the most important streets in the city, and discover more about the buildings and spaces that have influenced generations. It is also the home of the RIBA’s 2014 Stirling Prize winner, the Everyman Theatre.
Albert Dock Discovery
Find out all about the iconic Albert Dock and the important role it has played in the history of Liverpool. Discover more about its origins, its deterioration and eventual regeneration to become a vibrant cultural hub for the city.
The Ropewalks: Growth, Decline and Regeneration
This area once played a crucial role in the commerce and growth of the city as a world-class seaport. Evidence can be seen in its large collection of warehouses, factories and merchants’ houses. Over time it became forgotten, until the late 1990s when the city council decided to initiate the re-development of the area by bringing derelict buildings back to life.