Liverpool’s maritime history encapsulated at Albert Dock

Today the Albert Dock in Liverpool is a bustling tourist attraction featuring upmarket bars and restaurants, cool cafes and glistening views over the River Mersey.

The impressive red-bricked warehouses that sprouted up during the industrial revolution, when the docks would welcome trading sailing ships from across the world, now house a number of popular sights.

These include the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which I have visited many times and find fascinating – especially the Transatlantic Slavery gallery.
This section is so popular that it has been expanded and is now called the International Slavery Museum.

It is currently located on the museum’s third floor, but the eventual plan is for it to have its own separate entrance, with a connection to the other parts of the Maritime Museum.

Modern and contemporary art can be found at the Liverpool Tate, which constantly attracts high-profile exhibitions such as Rene Magritte, Pablo Picasso and Gustav Klimt.

Beatles fans flock to The Beatles Story museum, an experience aimed at recreating the 60s atmosphere in order to celebrate the life, times, culture and music of the band.

If its family fun you’re after, a trip on the Yellow Duckmarinewould cause a splash.

This is certainly an alternative way to enjoy Liverpool’s rich maritime history.

The trip lasts around an hour and begins when the Second World War landing vehicle splashes down into the water before the tour of the docks gets underway.


History of the Albert Dock

* The Albert Dock began welcoming sailing ships in 1845, even though the building was not complete. It was the first non-combustible warehouse development in the world and was built with cast iron, brick and stone.

* Prince Albert was the guest of honour at the official opening on July 30, 1846.

* The warehouse buildings which still exist today were used to stock goods such as cotton, sugar, brandy, tea and silk.

* The docks went into decline in the 1860s as there was not enough space for the new larger steamships. This was further exacerbated by the introduction of new methods of trade transport such as the railways.

* The docks were used as a base for escort vessels in the Battle of Atlantic during the Second World War. It was damaged in air raids over Liverpool, especially during the May Blitz of 1941.

* The site further declined following the War and was eventually abandoned in 1972.

* After being derelict for a decade, the regeneration began in 1981 and the Albert Dock was re-opened in 1988.

* The Albert Dock has the largest single collection of Grade I listed buildings in the UK.

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