2015 July Liverpool

Just had a short visit to Liverpool.  Like many of the places we’ve visited on this trip, we could have easily spent a lot longer exploring this fascinating city. We stayed in GSB_England_DSCF3126_150723_LiverpoolBirkenhead, across the Mersey river from Liverpool, which is connected with downtown via bus, train and ferry service (Gerry and the Pacemakers released a hit song entitled “Ferry Across the Mersey” in the early 60’s). The whole waterfront along the Mersey has been beautifully re-developed, as has a whole pedestrian area that is connected to the waterfront. There is an enormous selection of pubs, restaurants, clubs, shops etc. to complement a number of museums and cultural sites.  Like Glasgow, some of the biggest museums are free and well worth visiting – there are tremendous exhibits relating to the Titanic (built in Liverpool), the Merchant Marine (with a focus on WW2), the Slave trade etc.  In addition to Liverpool’s maritime history, it is also quite famous for the “Mersey Beat” sound, and there is a lot to see and do if you are interested in exploring the history of the Beatles and other groups that either came from, or were influenced by, Liverpool. We visited the Cavern Club on Mathew Street where the Beatles played almost 300 gigs before becoming famous.  The club has hosted over 1,800 different acts, and  the walls of the club are inscribed with a veritable “who’s who” of bands that  have played there over the last 50 years. A few shots of our stay can be seen here.