29 September 2016 City in the spotlight
Tourism is nothing new to Liverpool. People have been heading to the city for centuries. In 2008 it was the European Capital of Culture, this bought people flocking into the city. But centuries before that it was a maritime hub, bringing people from Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and America. It’s got a very international feel.
So if you’ve visited before and are looking for something a little less conventional to be getting on with or even if you’re a newcomer who likes to take on a city in a different way than expected, this is the post for you.
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Our tips are:
Walk in the footprint of gods
Musical gods that is. The Beatles are the darling children of Merseyside, and the city really wants you to know it. There are countless places you could go to get a little closer to the four scallies. But these three tips will have you travelling to the root of their inspiration. Visit Strawberry Field, the now defunct children’s home (so much for Strawberry Fields forever). A young John Lennon enjoyed their summer children’s parties so much he eternalised their name. Or Penny Lane, put it in your ears and in your eyes. There is even a barber on the road, no confirmed sightings of “photographs of every head he’s had the pleasure to know”. From there take in the final stop of the magical mystery tour (sorry, not sorry) to the Eleanor Rigby statue found on Stanley Street, just a five-minute walk from easyHotel Liverpool.
Plumb the depths at the Williamson Tunnels
Joseph Williamson built these tunnels in the early 19th Century. But the motivation behind them has never quite been clarified. They were built by an eccentric local businessman and unfortunately never came into use as he died before he was satisfied they were complete. Williamson was extremely secretive as to the purpose of these tunnels, nor did he seem to have a desire to see them completed. He is reported to have commanded his employees to move large piles of rubble from one place to another and then return them back again. So why do it? There is a growing school of thought that it was as a means of charity. The workers he employed tended to come from the poorest in society who struggled to make ends meet. This pointless work was a way for Williamson to share his wealth, while ensuring the poor retained an appreciation for the value of work. You can visit and tour the tunnels, find out more here.
Look around the bombed out church
Liverpool is home to the shell of an old Victorian-built church. It was known as St Luke’s Church, but now tends to go by the name of The Bombed out Church. It was bombed in WWII and has since stood as a husk. The shell still stands and measures have been taken to preserve the outer brickwork but it has all but been hollowed out. The ruin is kept standing as a monument to those who were lost in war. It’s an iconic building that is well worth the visit. You can find events taking place there throughout most of the summer months.
Eat like a local
The local dish to be tucking into is known as scouse. It’s where the accent and people of Merseyside get their colloquial name. It’s a fairly simple stew, made up of meat and vegetables. It won’t be blowing any minds, with its revolutionary use of flavour and texture. But what it does offer is a chance to get a true taste of Liverpool. If you plan on trying something of the sort you should head to Maggie May’s, widely seen as the best of the bunch in their scouse offering.
Stanley Dock Tobacco Warehouse
The Stanley Dock is testament to the devotion of 20th Century England to smoking. It is the largest brick warehouse in the world and was built to process tobacco imported into the UK. The market for tobacco products has since gone up in proverbial smoke. The building is made up of 27 million bricks, 30,000 panes of glass and 8,000 tons of steel. To say it is substantial would be an understatement. Have a look around this now derelict building whilst you can, it will undoubtedly be turned into luxury flats soon.
With that you have your unconventional tour of Liverpool. Ensure you pick a cheap room in Liverpool with easyHotel.
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