Originally opened in 1846, Albert Dock was considered revolutionary due to the loading systems it introduced to British docking. As years passed into the Second World War, Albert Dock served as a base for ships serving in the Royal Navy – and much of the complex was seriously damaged during air raids over Liverpool. After almost a decade of disuse, in 1984, the docks reopened – and today it is an extremely famous tourist attraction – with the country's' highest number of Grade 1 listed buildings in a single complex!
Here's our top picks of what to see and do - you can click on any of the headings for more information!
Close to Albert Dock is the Pier Head and three magnificent sights, the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building. Atop the Royal Liver Building are the famous Liver Birds. The huge copper birds are affectionately named Bella and Bertie by locals and there is a myth that if the birds were to ever leave their perch, the city would cease to exist.
This museum, established in 1980, takes focus on the role of Liverpool as a major dock of the United Kingdom in its history. With a harshly truthful account of Liverpool's partaking in the international slave trade (in the International Slavery Museum), emigration and the construction of the famous RMS Titanic.
Follow the journey of four young lads that embarked on a journey that changed the face of international music forever. John, Paul, Ringo and George all get their own stories told in this incredible museum dedicated to Beatlemania.
The home of the National Collection of Modern Art in the north, Tate Liverpool is especially popular to lovers of contemporary and modern art. Once your done taking in all the breathtaking art, there's also a small cafe where you can regroup and grab a bite to eat before heading back out for more of what Albert Dock has to offer.
The Museum of Liverpool was opened in 2011 and takes a unique look at the social and urban history of the city. Through exhibitions of decorative art, costumes, archaeological material and photographic archives – the history of Liverpool and its inhabitants is documented with a poignant accuracy.
The Gallery Cafe - £
The Gallery Cafe is a perfect pit-stop for a light bite of a slice of cake during a day out on Albert Dock. The Gallery Cafe offers a fantastic spot to calmly take in the buzzing atmosphere of the docks with a light meal.
Revolucion de Cuba - ££
A rum bar and cantina at heart, Revolucion de Cuba boasts a menu of Cuban delicacies ranging from large hearty sandwiches to burritos to tapas. With a stunning view of the docks, this spot is perfect to end a day out.
Gusto - ££
This elegant, Italian restaurant and bar prides itself on the mantra ‘Con Amici’ - translated to “eating with friends”. With a wide selection of complex and stylishly designed cocktails – this is truly the destination for a high brow night.
Puffle Waffle - ££
A spin on the Japanese street dessert, puffle waffles are made up of up to 30 crunchy waffle “pockets”, each of which can contain an individual filling and additional toppings to finalise the ultimate snack!
Revolution - ££
With a focus on nautical décor and the possession of an incredible outside terrace and sky booths – Revolution Albert Dock is fantastic for a chilled drink after a long day of exploring – or for that pre-night out cocktail!
The Pump House - ££
Built in 1870, the pump house of Albert Dock has been gently renovated into a homely pub. Serving humble and hearty dishes, as well as a range of draught beers – all of which can be enjoyed on a stunning outside patio.
The oldest serving restaurant at Albert Dock, What's Cooking? Bar & Grill overlooks The Three Graces and sits in the Grade 1 listed Queen Elizabeth Hall. This restaurant focuses on the provision on traditional, hearty meat based dishes and cocktails that are promised to pack a punch.
The Smugglers Cove - £££
With a passion for rum, The Smugglers Cove delivers a huge choice in Caribbean influenced cocktail concoctions. Contrasting the drink menu, the food menu at The Smugglers Cove promises home comforts in a hearty meal with undeniable British influence. Live music fills the brick walls of the cove nightly too!
PanAm, Restaurant & Bar - £££
PANAM provides a plush experience alongside an exquisite menu with influences ranging from all over the globe. PANAM also boasts an unbelievable cocktail menu, so you can sit in awe of the dock visible through the large glass windows of the building, whilst enjoying a refreshing, Caribbean influenced drink.
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