Sunday, a sunny cold day, we rose early and headed into Liverpool from Chester on the train. The train system is very efficient and punctual.
The streets of Liverpool were very quiet as the city centre didn’t open until 11 o’clock. We walked down to the World Heritage site of Albert Dock, a large body of water ringed by enormous cast-iron columns and impressive five-storey warehouses. This was a busy place. We visited the International Slavery Museum, which recounts the history of slavery in a clear and uncompromising manner and the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which has a great exhibit on emigration to a new world.
We then headed over to an area north of Albert Dock known as Pier Head. This is the departure point for ferries across the River Mersey. We watched a ferry approach and the famous song by Gerry and the Pacemakers was wafting over the water. This made my day!
On the Canadian Boulevard behind the dock is a trio of Edwardian buildings known as the Three Graces: The Port of Liverpool Building, the Cunard Building and the Royal Liver Building, which is topped by Liverpool’s symbol, the famous copper Liver Bird. They are very well maintained and look imposing.
Further along is the Museum of Liverpool, which shows the city’s cultural and historical milestones through displays and films. A very worthwhile place to visit.
Back in the city centre we had tapas at Salt House on the corner of Hanover Square and then headed back to the train station to catch the train back to Chester and the Griffin Inn.