I had the fortunate opportunity of living in the city of Liverpool for seven years so this will probably always be my most visited UNESCO site. Having this incredible architectural sight on my doorstep meant I had plenty of opportunities to explore and take photos.
The city was made a UNESCO site in 2004 due to the fact that:
”Liverpool played an important role in the growth of the British Empire and became the major port for the mass movement of people, e.g. slaves and emigrants from northern Europe to America. Liverpool was a pioneer in the development of modern dock technology, transport systems and port management” UNESCO.
Officially the World Heritage site stretches from the Albert Dock (which independently has the largest collection of the Grade I listed buildings in the UK), along pier head up to the Stanley dock, more or less the site you can see in the panoramic photograph above.
Great to wander round, the Albert Dock is home to Tate Modern, a host of restaurants and cafes, and was the former home of Bug World the UK’s only insect zoo (unfortunately Bug world has now closed down).
And should you need refreshments, the Old Pumphouse seen here in the right of the above photo, formerly the docks pumphouse now a grade II listed building which has been refurbished and turned into a pub and restaurant.
Wonderful to wander round at night, everywhere is lit up, and the Liver birds shine brightly at the top of the Liver building, the female bird looking out to the river and the male into the city. It is a common story, that the reason the birds are chained down to the building is to prevent them leaving, as should they do so the Mersey would burst its banks and flood the city of Liverpool.
Liverpool was once one of the most important cities in the world (and in the minds of many people, particularly those from Liverpool, it still is). Once one of the largest ports in the UK, a starting point for many a journey across the Atlantic, down to Africa and over to America as part of the trans-atlantic trade route.
The slaving history of the Port is evident not only in the Slavery Museum in the Maritime Museum on the Albert dock but in the decorations of some buildings….
Liverpool has a rich and diverse history and this UNESCO site is a wonderful mix of the old and the modern. A fabulous city that I was proud to call my home for all those years, and a fascinating UNESCO heritage site.
You can find out more on the UNESCO website here.