Art Deco Tour
A truly magical walking or coach tour for a group as we travel back in time & style & use the magnificent Art Deco Buildings of the 1930’s to showcase Liverpool & the Wirral.
What is Art Deco?
The Art Deco movement is often wrongly assumed to be a deliberate style to oppose the earlier Art Nouveau era (c1890 to 1914) when in actual fact it was rather a more stylistic continuation with ideas or “Style Moderne” originating in France. There were lots of influences affecting building design, furniture and glass. Smooth lines and curves representing luxury and glamour and new materials such as chrome or even plastic were used along with the more exuberant ebony and ivory.
Art Deco in Liverpool
Liverpool City region contains an eclectic mix of designs from the era especially the 1930’s and architects particularly Herbert J Rowse used the post Howard Carter Tutankhamun discovery of 1922 to reflect Egyptology alongside the new motoring and aviation pioneers with representations of Amy Johnson representing the God of Speed on the ventilation shaft for what was then the most modern and the world’s longest underwater road tunnel when it opened in 1934.
There are many Art Deco buildings in the City Centre for example the Philharmonic Hall, the Lutyen’s Crypt*underneath the Catholic Cathedral, India Buildings and the former Martins Bank and we have combined these and others to create a brilliant half day walking tour with our knowledgeable Art Deco Guide.
Pre & post Art Deco & protecting Liverpool's World Heritage Site status.
Although your local guide will focus on the Art Deco buildings, you will also see buildings dating before 1910 and post war in particular thoughout the World Heritage Site. This is an interesting part of the day in itself as you might examine areas on the waterfront at Princes Parade and discuss the future of Liverpool's World Heritage Site status which is currently in jeopardy with the proposed new developments in several key areas.
Why not extend your tour or your stay in Liverpool!
There is the option to extend this tour to a two or three day mini-break in Liverpool staying in perhaps the finest example of an Art Deco hotel in the UK in the former Liverpool Airport Buildings.
All guests will be given a free map of Liverpool City Centre
Suggested timings - Half day Day tour (these can be amended to suit your arrival time)
- 10.00am - Start – The guided walking tour starts at Liverpool Lime Street station with a short walk to see St Andrews Gardens. We will then walk to the Georgian Quarter to see the 1934 Liverpool Philharmonic Building which was refurbished in 2015 at a cost of £13.8 million. This area also contains the Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre and our two cathedrals.
- We will walk back down to St Georges Plateau and explore the wonderful art deco relief work around the 1934 Mersey Tunnel entrance with its stylised period toll booths.
- 11.30am - There will then be tea, coffee and biscuits at the newly refurbished Royal Court Theatre.
- 12.00 - Art Deco walk around Liverpool City Centre, Martins Bank, India Buidlings, Lancaster House & lots more.
- 13.30 - Finish - The tour will finish at Herbert J Rowse’s ventilation shaft on the waterfront and close the fabulous Albert Docks where there are lots of shops and restaurants for you to buy your own lunch and souvenirs and where you can spend the rest of your day at leisure.
This is a walking tour but it is also suitable as a tour in your own coach or you can book our transport for your group as an extra at checkout.
- Tourist guide for your walking tour.
- Tea & biscuits.
Optional Extras (additional costs apply).
- We can arrange this tour as a private shore excursion for a group from a Cruise Ship using a luxury people carrier for a small group or a coach for a larger group.
- You can extend this tour to two days in Liverpool - This tour would work particularly well with an overnight stop in the Art Deco Crowne Plaza Hotel which is the former Liverpool Airport Terminal in Speke about 4 miles south of the city centre.The overnight tour could include an Art Deco talk and a guided tour of the hotel itself.
- We can extend this to a full day tour for a walking group to include lunch at Port Sunlight (which although strictly speaking is not art deco was heavily influenced by William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement and used many different architects including Professor Charles Riley from the Liverpool School of Applied Arts) followed by a leisurely afternoon exploring the fabulous collection of Art Deco railway stations on the Wirral railway lines.
- The tour can be extended to include the Mersey Tunnel tour which takes around 3 hours and has very many steps and goes underground the art deco ventilation shaft which is otherwise known as the Georges Dock Ventilation and Control Tower.
- The tour can be extended to include a tour of the Edwin Lutyens Crypt at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.
- For groups arriving by coach there is the option to meet your group at the end of the M62 or M56 motorway and to explore the former Littlewoods buildings and the jewel in the crown the former Liverpool Airport Terminal and the Matchworks.
How to Book our tours?
Click the link to book the tour where you will then enter the number of people in your group, the time and meeting point and then you can choose any extras including the relevant transport for your group. You will then see the total cost before checking out. Travel Trade partners who have already requested our
Number of people in your group
1 - 15 £275
16 - 29 £350
30- 50 £400
We can tailor this and any of our tours to suit the interests of your group. Tours can also be combined to create an exciting and bespoke holiday using a quality hotel in Liverpool City Centre with excursions out to explore a wider part of North West England and North Wales.