Liverpool was founded by King John in 1208, and it grew so rapidly that by the 16th century the population had reached – 500 people! But commerce (including the slave trade) in the 17th and 18th centuries led to the creation of a large and wealthy city. Fuelled by waves of immigration from the Irish famine and the troubles across Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, Liverpool grew to become the vibrant, cosmopolitan city it is now. Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture in 2008.
Here are some of the many attractions in Liverpool:
- Tate Liverpool Art Gallery
- Beatles Tours
- Shopping at Liverpool ONE
- Cathedrals - Protestant and Roman Catholic cathedrals
- Bluecoat Building (Liverpool’s oldest building and the UK’s oldest arts centre)
- Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
- Maritime Museum and Albert Dock shopping
- Football - Liverpool FC, Everton and Tranmere Rovers all have their followings!
Cheshire makes a great base for exploring Liverpool - it's easily reached by road or rail from the Cheshire side of the Mersey. Or you can take the famous ferry across the Mersey – it will drop you right in the city centre!