This unusual and distinctive building can be found a little outside the city center. One of the two stunning cathedrals in the city, the 'Catholic Cathedral' is the result of Sir Frederick Gibberd's award-winning contemporary design of the 1960s. Bearing spectacular architectural nuances, the structure of this cathedral is circular and almost rocket-like in appearance. During the day, the interior mesmerizes with a vivid display of light radiating through magnificent colored glass panels. Marble floors open up to decadent chapels, while the altar bears a bronze crucifix, and craved paneling, a decorative organ and quaint statues also adorn the recesses of this cathedral. The cathedral is also home to an ancient, brick-built crypt which hosts university examinations and the Liverpool Beer Festival. An impressive, suspended metal installation symbolizing the Crown of Thorns hangs above the high altar. Its facade fashioned out of Portland stone, the cathedral looks like a floodlit, funnel-shaped canopy come night. An on-site bookshop and informative guides are also available.
Described as one of the finest Greco-Roman building in Europe, this magnificent landmark is an example of the outstanding architecture within the city. Built in the 1840s, this Grade I listed building was originally built as a concert hall and two courts. The original architect Harvey Lonsdale Elmes died of consumption before the building was complete and his successor, Charles Robert Cockerell, altered the design so that the interior resembled a Roman public bath. St George's Hall is famed for the Minton-tiled floor, the Willis Organ, vaulted ceiling, as well as fine sculptures and plaster work. The courts and the concert room are often seen in film and television productions. High profile concerts are a regular affair and the hall has an excellent calendar of events throughout the year. The Heritage Centre has a wonderful array of facilities for visitors and also conducts guided tours of the hall.
The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) is Great Britain's leading center for video, digital and new media art. Featuring a range of engaging contemporary exhibits, film screenings and cutting-edge research facilities, FACT is not only an influential institution in the burgeoning field of media arts, but is also a central source for community involvement and recreation. The sprawling facility features three galleries and four cinema screens that accommodate the center's packed schedule of events ranging from art-house film screenings and photographic exhibitions to lectures and much more. Check website for upcoming events.
This grand Victorian building of the Walker Art Gallery stands next to the World Museum Liverpool. Built in 1877 and extended in the 1930s, it features a superb collection of paintings, sculpture and fine arts from the 14th-20th Century. The gallery stages regular exhibitions, events, tours and family activities. The works on display include Rembrandt, Monet, Matisse and world famous collections by William Frederick Yeames and Rossetti. The spacious cafe offers light refreshments in relaxing surroundings. The gallery is a part of the National Museums in Liverpool.
Towering over the verdant expanses of St Jame's Mount is one of Britain's largest Anglican Cathedral which boasts sharp arches and one of the world's heaviest-sounding bells, with the magnificent bell tower enhancing the city's skyline. An incredible tribute to Christ's epochal resurrection, the Liverpool Cathedral bears a spectacular Gothic visage fashioned out of sandstone. Its interiors too, with their strikingly-designed vaults looking over an impressive nave and walls embedded with elongated, vibrant stained glass windows, are a sight to behold. Along with being a looming canopy of magnificence, the cathedral's tower is much loved for its ability to afford sweeping, panoramic views of the city, and also as far across as Merseyside on a clear day. A work of exemplary design by Giles Gilbert Scott, the majestic Liverpool Cathedral is touted to be one of the world's largest cathedrals. Above the sprawling premise of the cathedral's floor is the well-lit Elizabeth Hoare gallery, a fine repository of eclectic and regal Victorian and Edwardian embroidery works belonging to the priests and the clergies. In addition to traditional services, the cathedral also hosts an array of concerts, exhibitions, recitals, gala dinners, and graduation ceremonies.
After being closed for nearly 30 years, the legendary Eric's re-opened its doors in September 2011 with a grand performance by legendary band Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. In the past, the likes of The Stranglers, U2, Police, Jam and Elvis Costello have performed here. Now, this venue is fast regaining its popularity and dominating the local music scene once again. The new space is completely refurbished with air-conditioners and modern dressing rooms equipped with showers for the performing band/artist. For gigs and technical specifications, check website or call ahead.
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, the name says it all; this theater offers the same kind of entertainment, plays and musical all out in the open. Many colleges and local non-profit organizations use this venue to do the same. After all, there's nothing like entertainment amidst a green surrounding and a great environment. (Call +44 845 241 7868 for more.)
Hope Street Limited encourages emerging and amateur talent to flower and gain a standing in the cultural scene of Liverpool. This vibrant venue hosts many entertaining events like theater, comedy shows and concerts. It offers space on hire that can be used for rehearsals, workshops and meetings. Two spacious rooms provide cutting-edge technology for successful business events. The venue also offers you artistes on hire to add more enjoyment to your parties.
Creativity and progress, are two words that aptly describe the Baltic Triangle. The Baltic Triangle is the cone-shaped area formed by the intersection of St James Street, Parliament Street and Wapping Street. It was once a dockside industrial section, home to multiple warehouse units, that were slowly taken over by independent artists, who set their studios here. Eventually it grew to house galleries, music and event venues, becoming the creative hub of the city. The establishment of the Hampton by Hilton here, was a landmark event for the Baltic Triangle.
A vibrant venue, Drop The Dumbells never fails to regale audiences with the latest in the music circuits of the city. Centrally-located in the city, its shows are attended by enthusiastic crowds who gather in large numbers. The genre is mostly unconventional and features some impressive talent. Art exhibitions are also organized from time to time, displaying out-of-the-box creative ideas.
When one mentions the city of Liverpool, The Beatles is one of the first things to crop up in one's mind. Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour provides one with a tour of the places in Liverpool which are of significance, as far as The Beatles are concerned. Upto five people can be accommodated in their private cab, which will pick you up from your hotel. Tour packages range from Epstein, a two hour quickie, to Starr, a five hour extravaganza. On these tours, one can expect to be taken to places such as the homes of the four Beatles, Strawberry Field, Penny Lane, Dovedale Tower, Matthew Street and St. Peters Church.
Built in the 19th Century, this is the second church built by the noted architect John Douglas. This building of polychromatic brick and red sandstone with its slate roof has a strikingly different appearance, This unconventional building reflects a period of experimentation in the career of the architect. The church is still functional with an active congregation that is a part of the Untied Reformed Church.