Albert Dock & Waterfront
It may once have been a complex of dockside warehouses which became silted up after the second world war, but in recent years Liverpool’s Albert Dock has been transformed to become the most visited multi-use attraction in the entire UK outside of London.
Featuring the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the country, this remarkable, historic place designed by Jessie Hartley is now one of the friendliest and trendiest places in the city to be seen, to have fun and to be inspired – all at the same time.
Opened in 1846 by Prince Albert as the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, instead of structural wood, the site has been restored and some!
With its impressive colonnades and stunning architecture, Albert Dock is now an integral part of Liverpool’s World Heritage waterfront, a vibrant mix of old and contemporary – and it works brilliantly!
Discover a world of museums and galleries, of places to eat, drink and to watch the world go by, where culture, comedy, music and socialising sit comfortably side by side. There are lots of organised events for example; the Steam and Pirate festivals and the International Mersey River Festival and there are historic wooden ships as well as restored steam powered tug called the Daniel Adamson all of which help to bring this wonderful area to life.
The Albert Dock’s attractions include the award-winning Beatles Story, which details how four local lads became the toast of the city and shook music and the world forever. There’s also a Magical Mystery Coach Tour that takes in the famous locations of Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane. There are cruises aboard the Skylark and you can canoe or hire a Swan shaped pedalo from the Watersports Centre and have a great time viewing the historic docks from the water itself.
Nearby, Tate Liverpool is the home of art and culture, where past collections have included Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock, Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso and Tracey Emin.
The Merseyside Maritime Museum explores Liverpool’s maritime heritage, including the White Star shipping line who built the Titanic and Cunard. It also explains the importance of Liverpool during World War Two. Liverpool’s connection to the slave trade is covered extensively at the International Slavery Museum.
Other free attractions include a visit to the 1940’s Piermaster’s House and the UK’s newest National Museum the Museum of Liverpool.
In March 2016, the Albert Dock opened its doors to its latest crowd-pleaser – Mattel Play! Liverpool, a family entertainment centre featuring more than 13,000 sq ft of interactive adventure play across three uniquely themed zones. This is located in the area fondly remembered by many English visitors as the location of the ITV “This Morning” studios with Richard & Judy.
When you feel it’s time to have a change of scene, Albert Dock has a great selection of hotels, bars, restaurants and shops. They’re set amongst the Colonnades which is the perfect spot to unwind and soak up the atmosphere of this unique waterfront setting.
Assisting visiting coach parties, Albert Dock has free drop-off and pick-up points at Albert Gate, Salthouse Quay and Gower Street. Coaches can then park at the Kings Dock.
For young and old, for families, indeed for anyone visiting the city, make sure you stop off at Albert Dock during your stay. You can get free maps and other information at the tourist office in the Anchor Courtyard. There is ample paid car parking and you can get buses including an open top tour buses to explore the rest of the city.
You can book a guided tour of the area which includes the Liverpool Beatles Walk. Many of these and other attractions can be booked using our link at: