I never expected to fall with Liverpool, or that she would with me. However, my trip to the historic maritime city resulted in me returning home with a connection to Liverpool that felt mutual.
I’ve travelled to my fair share of cities over the years and seen a bucket load of buildings during my career, but none are quite like the ones I found in Liverpool. The city offers 2,500 listed buildings – which are unique architectural, historical or cultural structures. They are therefore protected from demolishment, alteration or extension.
I stayed in a hotel in Liverpool City Centre, which was just a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s most famous Grade I listed buildings, including the iconic Liver Building and the stunning St George’s Hall. Anyone that appreciates brilliant architecture should definitely head on over to the city, as she offers some of the most varied buildings in the world, which date as far back to the 13th century, whilst offering plenty of modern buildings.
A Little Bit of Post-Trip Research
After visiting the city, I did a little digging and found that she was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2004. It’s hard to believe that this city, that has had such a big life and offers so much history, was only recognised for its brilliant sites just 12 years ago, which were pivotal in the development of international trade and docking technology in the UK.
Celebrating the Past and Future
The city is really proud of its history – and rightly so, as it has connections to everything from some of the biggest ships in the world, the First and Second World Wars, slavery and it is the home of some of the most respected musicians and artists in the world. Everywhere you walk in the city in not only a celebration of Liverpool’s history, but of her future, too.
I was lucky enough to see the Giant Spectacular: Memories of WWI, which involved larger than life giants walking Liverpool streets to offer a stunning theatrical performance for the public. Liverpool was an important city during WWI, as she offered one of the biggest international ports in the world, and became an obvious a target of the enemy. She was, therefore, the perfect host for the event.
The city also offers a wealth of festivals to showcase and nurture Liverpool talent, including the Liverpool Biennial, which celebrates her flourishing art scene. While the Liverpool Food and Drink Festival allows local restaurants, bars and cafes to bring the city’s finest foods to the public in one place.
One thing is for sure: I will definitely be coming back to the city, which stands up against some of the more famous UK cities, such as London and Manchester. If you haven’t been then go. If you have been, you will know exactly what I’m talking about.