A long history
Liverpool gazes out across the River Mersey to the sea, and has done since it was founded as a borough in 1207. In its long history as a port Liverpool has unloaded cargoes such as tobacco, cotton and cane sugar from across the Atlantic. Until the practice was banned in 1807, many of these same ships would continue on to West Africa, taking human cargo back to the Americas to be sold into slavery.
From old to new
Albert Dock, built in 1846 to accommodate sailing ships, proved too shallow for steamships, and by the end of the 19th century it had become largely obsolete. Comprising the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings in the country, Albert Dock has been sensitively restored in recent years to become the city’s recreational centrepiece.
Around the dock are a fascinating array of attractions, including the acclaimed Merseyside Maritime Museum, the northern outpost of the Tate Gallery and the Museum of Liverpool. It also features the 11,000-seat Echo Arena, built for Liverpool’s stint as European Capital of Culture in 2008.