An Architects Guide to Liverpool this Festive Season

The history of Liverpool can be traced back as far back as 1190, and despite many ups and downs throughout the following millennium the city has emerged as a multi-cultural centre famous for it’s history, architecture and diversity.

Whilst many European cities undergo a beautiful transformation during the weeks of Christmas, with beautiful decorations, trees and lights adorning the streets and buildings, Liverpool is truly an Architects dream with it’s multitude of historical buildings and unique architecture. With a wide range of events taking place, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy. We have put together an Architects Guide to taking in all Liverpool has to offer this Christmas…

Royal Albert Dock

A trip into Liverpool is never complete without a visit to the Grade 1 Listed Royal Albert Dock. Opened in 1846, it was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood. Today the original buildings have been converted to become home to a wide selection of restaurants and bars, the Tate Gallery, museums and more. Over the festive season you can take part in the annual Light Trail, a guided walk around all the most magical parts of the dock.


Pier Head

The iconic pier head primarily consists of the famous Three Graces; the Royal Liver Building (Liverpool’s signature landmark), Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building. Together they form the infamous Liverpool skyline that is recognisable all over the world. A stroll down this part of the Mersey, formerly a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an Architect’s dream. Now surrounded by more modern structures, the Royal Liver Building is Grade 1 listed whilst the Cunard and Port of Liverpool Building are Grade 2 listed. This winter you can make the most of this impressive setting with a visit to Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival for Ice Skating, rides and a range of stalls.

Ice Festival

St Johns Gardens

Liverpool Christmas Markets 2021 returning with new location - Liverpool  Echo

St John’s Gardens are part of the William Brown Street conservation area, and comprise one of the two open spaces within Liverpool’s World Heritage Site. They are overlooked by the stunning concentration of public buildings including the now World Museum, Liverpool Central Library and Walker Art Gallery, as well as St Georges Hall opposite. St George’s Hall is situated opposite Lime Street Station. Opened in 1854, it is a Neoclassical building which contains concert halls and law courts, and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building.

This Christmas stalls, rides and Christmas decorations will transform St John’s GardensWilliam Brown Street and the area around the North Entrance of St George’s Hall (near the Stebble Fountain) for a truly magical festive experience.

Christmas Markets

Liverpool Cathedral

The Christmas carol services you can enjoy this year in Liverpool - The  Guide Liverpool

The impressive Liverpool Cathedral is the largest Cathedral in Britain and fifth largest in the world. The original design by a 22 year old Giles Gilbert Scott won a competition to design the Cathedral in 1901 and was approved in 1903. In 1910, he decided he was not satisfied with his original design, and managed to persuade the Cathedral committee to accept a completely new one. Scott continued to make refinements up until his death which sadly occurred in 1960, whilst the Cathedral was not completed until 1978 due to delays during the two World Wars. The Cathedral boasts the largest Gothic arches ever built, the largest working church organ in the world and the world’s heaviest and highest ringing pealing bells. Due to its imposing stature it can be seen from most points in the city.

The Cathedral boasts a busy and diverse calendar of events. Over Christmas you can visit the Winter Arts Market or attend a Carol Concert.

Liverpool Cathedral

City Centre

Celebrate Christmas at Liverpool's stunning City Halls this year!

When the lights go up in Liverpool City Centre it really does make the magical city even more magic! Liverpool Town Hall is a magnificent 18th century grade one listed building situated in the heart of the culture quarter close to Mathew Street, that often features lots of lights and even it’s own Christmas tree. Nearby Castle Street is also a must-see, flanked by buildings that once held the old city banks, now tenanted by a range of bars and restaurants.

Empire Theatre

Liverpool Empire Box Office | Buy Tickets Online | ATG Tickets

The first playhouse o sit on this site was originally built way back in 1866, with the building we know and love now replacing it in 1925. It currently boasts the largest two-tier auditorium in the United Kingdom seating 2,348 people. The entire building is packed full of unusual and intricate decorative features. A trip to the Empire over Christmas is a must.

Take a look to see what’s on: https://www.atgtickets.com/

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall - VisitLiverpool

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is a concert hall in Hope Street, in Liverpool, England. It is the home of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. The original hall was completed in 1849 but was destroyed in a fire in 1933, making way for the current building which was completed in 1939. Throughout the year it is home to numerous musical events, and over Christmas you can catch delights such as ‘Swingin’ Christmas’, Spirit of Christmas and Love Actually in Concert. Make sure to visit the Philharmonic Pub over the road for a drink!

Liverpool Philharmonic

St George’s Hall

St. George's Hall is unveiling its beautiful Minton Floor again and you can  help celebrate - The Guide Liverpool

The Grade 1 listed St George’s Hall sits within the heart of Liverpool and is visually striking both inside and out. This year they are hosting a series of events including Concerts, Carol Services and a production of A Christmas Carol.

Book now: https://www.stgeorgeshallliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/

Croxteth Country Hall and Gardens

Croxteth Hall and Country Park - Creative Tourist

Croxteth Hall and Country Park is a Country Estate dating back to the 16th Century. The Grade II* listed Hall and collection of Grade II listed outbuildings sit amid 500 acres of woodland, pastures, ponds and streams. The site is the perfect spot for a frosty winter walk.

Croxteth Hall

Speke Hall, Gardens & Estate

Speke Hall | Day Out With The Kids

The famous Tudor Manor House, Speke Hall, dates back to the 15th century. Now owned by the National Trust, visitors can take part in the Victorian and Tudor costumed tours that bring the house alive followed by a walk round beautiful gardens and woodlands. This years special events include a walk round the grounds with Percy the Park Keeper and traditional Tudor Yuletide celebrations around the site.

Speke Hall

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