Old or new, me­dieval, gothic or con­tem­po­rary, Liver­pool's iconic build­ings are its big­gest draw. San­chita Nam­biar lists five of her favourite Liver­pool build­ings

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Leg­end has it that the statue of the two Liver birds fit­ted atop the Royal Liver Build­ing are eter­nal pro­tec­tors of the city of Liver­pool. Like­wise, there are many such iconic build­ings in Liver­pool that tell in­ter­est­ing sto­ries.

To­day, these build­ings don’t just make for a stun­ning sight, but have also be­come con­vey­ors of so­cial change — Liver­pool’s most fa­mous struc­tures be­ing lit up in the rain­bow colours of the LGBT+ flags for the “Come Out of the Shad­ows” cam­paign is the best ex­am­ple of this.

Lo­cated in north­west Eng­land, Liver­pool is the fifth largest city in the UK with a pop­u­la­tion of 2.24 mil­lion. It is a pop­u­lar spot amongst tourists and is known for be­ing the home ground of The Bea­tles and two foot­ball clubs — Ever­ton and Liver­pool. How­ever, it is the over­whelm­ing pres­ence of cul­ture, art, mu­sic and her­itage struc­tures that adds depth to this port city. Liver­pool is known for its her­itage struc­tures — ev­ery street, ev­ery cor­ner is filled with stun­ning and his­toric build­ings.

We list five iconic build­ings that you must visit when in Liver­pool:


Strolling around the Vic­to­rian gar­dens and grounds of Tu­dor-style house of Speke Hall is an ideal way to spend your day.

It is a Grade I listed build­ing in Liver­pool that houses a range of art­works, eater­ies and shops for vis­i­tors to ex­plore. An­cient oak fur­ni­ture, arms and ar­mour, ta­pes­tries, paint­ings and ce­ram­ics are ex­hib­ited in this prop­erty.

Built by the Nor­ris fam­ily in 1530, Speke Hall is an ar­chi­tec­tural treat with its in­te­ri­ors filled with carved and em­bel­lished pan­elling.

Book lovers will have a field day here, as this build­ing of­fers a wide collection in its li­brary. Vis­i­tors can also en­joy the win­ter sale at Speke Hall, where beau­ti­ful throws and scarves are up for grabs.

Af­ter ex­plor­ing the prop­erty, you can sit back and en­joy pas­tries, spir­its and flavoured ice creams at Speke Hall’s renowned F&B out­lets — Home Farm Restau­rant, Sta­ble Tea Room and Cheshire Farm Ice Cream Kiosk.


The Royal Liver Build­ing, over­look­ing River Mersey stands tall as one of Liver­pool's “Three Graces”. It was built in 1911 and served as the head of­fice for the Royal Liver As­sur­ance group, that helped peo­ple who lost a wage-earn­ing mem­ber of their fam­ily. Now, it is a com­mer­cial prop­erty that of­fers work spa­ces to com­pa­nies like Amaze, SportPesa, Princes Ltd. and ITV.

De­signed by Wal­ter Aubrey Thomas, this ar­chi­tec­tural beauty is amongst the first few build­ings in the world that was made with re­in­forced con­crete. The Royal Liver Build­ing has gothic-style ex­te­rior and state-of-the-art in­te­ri­ors, mak­ing it a per­fect blend of clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary de­sign.

Vis­i­tors can take a tour in­side the Royal Liver Build­ing only dur­ing the Her­itage Open Days.


If you are look­ing to ex­plore the cul­ture and art of Liver­pool, then Bluecoat Cham­bers is the place for you. Once a char­ity school, this his­toric build­ing is now an arts cen­tre that holds ex­hi­bi­tions, de­bates, dis­cus­sions, pub­lic meet­ings, cam­paigns, po­etry read­ings, mu­si­cal con­certs and cul­tural lec­tures.

Apart from be­ing an art lover’s par­adise, this place also of­fers some lo­cal food and drinks, that you should try out.

Dur­ing Christ­mas, this quaint space also hosts par­ties and small gath­er­ings.

Lastly, walk­ing through the snow­cov­ered court­yard of Blue Cham­ber is an ex­pe­ri­ence in it­self that you shouldn’t miss in Liver­pool.

Clock­wise fromleft: Live­pool city wa­ter­front.; the city is a mix of me­dieval and con­tem­po­rary ar­chi­tec­ture; and Speke Hall

Clock­wise from top: Bluecoat Cham­bers; West Tower is the tallest build­ing in Liver­pool; Lady Chapel, Liver­pool Cathe­dral; and Royal Liver Build­ing has a gothic-style ex­te­rior

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