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