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.
One of the most iconic arenas in the world of European football, Anfield has long been the proud game territory of English League team Liverpool F.C. The stadium's first association was with another club, Everton F.C, which lasted for seven years between 1884 and 1891. Followed by an internal dispute, the club relocated to Goodison Park, thus igniting a fierce rivalry between Evertonians and Scousers. Equipped with a splendid GrassMaster turf, this legendary stadium really comes to life during cup ties and Champions League knock-out stages, when the whole place erupts in passionate club chants and vibrant fireworks. Of the four stands it houses, Anfield's Spion Kop is perhaps the most well-known, and seats some of the most avid fans of the club.
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.
Originally built as a thriving dock complex somewhere between 1841 to 1847 by renowned Liverpool-based civil engineer Jesse Hartley, the Albert Dock was the first structure of its kind to be built of a composition of cast iron, stone, and brick. In its distinguished service to the public, the dock functioned as a base for the British Atlantic Fleet during World War II, when it suffered significant damages as part of the devastating May Blitz of 1941. Since being restored as a major tourist hotspot, Albert Dock manages to draw over five million visitors every year. A treasured world heritage site, it offers a fascinating blend of history, culture, food, and shopping. In addition to the many shops and craft, carts present here, there are numerous attractions including The Beatles Story Museum, Tate Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Liverpool.
One of England's great historic houses can be found set in its own glorious grounds, just 12.87 kilometers (eight miles) from the city center of Liverpool. The cleverly-concealed priest holes suggest Tudor times, while other rooms, including the fully-equipped kitchen, are more Victorian in style. Wandering through the endless corridors reveal all manner of curios, but enter the Tapestry Room at your peril; the resident ghost may be closer than you think. A more modern addition to the beautiful grounds is a beautifully-designed maze, which may be easier to navigate than it is to say aloud. Visit the website for details of visiting hours.
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.
Opened to public in 1860 and located on William Brown Street in Liverpool. Initially the museum started off by showing a tiny part of the Earl of Derby's collection, some paintings, models of Liverpool, and samples of imports that had been shown at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. However, over the years, the number of visitors increased drastically and there was a need to shift to a bigger place and that is how St. George's Hall across the street, also became a part of this legacy. It was an excellently designed building with a Classical style and including Corinthian columns.
This Victorian civic building is easy to spot from the main road, not least for the humanities library with its imposing dome and façade. Situated next door to the equally illustrious Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool Central Library has a huge amount of books in every imaginable category and houses a 15,000 strong rare book collection. See a rare copy of Birds of America by Audubon and view the original copy of King John's Charter. Internet access and audio/visuals are accessible at a small charge.
Located close to the main train station and opposite the impressive St George's Hall, the Liverpool Empire was established in 1925 making it one of the city's oldest theaters. The mixed variety of shows include musicals, touring ballet companies and major productions such as Annie, Grease and West Side Story. It's also a venue of repute for international and mainstream rock and pop music acts. The plush interior is well-maintained and a licensed bar is available on the premises. Check website for event schedule and bookings.
One of the two venues of the prestigious O2 Academy Liverpool, O2 Academy2 Liverpool is a smaller concert hall with a holding capacity of 500. Featuring international superstars such as Miles Kennedy to Frank Turner and hosting up-and-coming local artists, it has an eclectic programming and furnished with state-of-art facilities, it lets the visitors enjoy an immersive and memorable performance.
One of the largest contemporary music venues in the city, the O2 Academy can hold as many as 1700 within its two performance spaces. Originally opening as the much smaller Lomax on Cumberland Street, it moved to its present location as the L2, before being drawn into a nationwide chain of concert venues known as Carling Academy. Finally donning its present avatar as the O2, programming at this venue is now eclectic, moving a long way from its one-time policy of only booking rock bands. O2 has a varied schedule of events including some excellent folk, jazz and reggae acts. See website for complete schedule of events.