We had the chance to take the relatively new Liverpool link which joins the Leeds and Liverpool canal right into the Albert Dock. What a fantastic trip around the north of the city leading to Eldonian Village and the Stanley locks. You then pass through huge docks including Stanley, Collingwood, Salisbury, West Waterloo, Princes then you pass in front of the three Graces – Royal Liver building, port of Liverpool building and the Cunard building. You finally head into Canning Dock and then Albert and Salthouse Docks where we moored just by Liverpool one. It felt like we were travelling where so many huge ships had sailed before and it was awe inspiring. We were obviously helped by Rogers humming of the Liverbirds theme tune as we cruised!
We had 12 nights in the city during which we were spoilt for choice of things to do. My highlights were (in no particular order)
- Slavery museum, where there was a fantastic display about world inequality and the situation in the Congo.
- Maritime museum
- Central library – what fantastic architecture.
- St George’s Hall
- The two cathedrals, both magnificent in their own very different ways.
- The Cavern quarter for the live music.
- Liverpool museum.
- Listening to live music by The Full English at St George’s concert hall.
I was disappointed by the Tate gallery and the museum of the world, but I guess that’s just down to taste.
We left Liverpool docks yesterday and cruised back up the Leeds and Liverpool canal stopping at Maghull. Today we took a train trip to Crosby to see Gormeys iron men. So impressive and wonderful.
Here’s a few photos of our Liverpool trip. We recommend this city to you all.