RIBA Walking Tours - Gateway to The World
Liverpool established its international reputation as the pre-eminent gateway for shipping, trade and the movement of people leaving one continent to find new lives in another.
The city that was created to service this exchange is rich in its buildings, streets and public spaces. Many of these have changed since they were originally build, helping to create the vibrant and modern Liverpool that exists today.
Starting at the RIBA North Architecture Centre at Mann Island, this tour puts the spotlight on key buildings and spaces that form part of the contemporary city landscape, its characters, its commerce and its culture.
This tour explores the 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. The tour ends at Liverpool ONE.
Meeting point: RIBA North Architecture Centre, Mann Island, L3 1BP
Tour ends: Liverpool ONE shopping centre, L1 8JQ
Tour time: 2 hours approx.