Yesterday was another day of horrible English weather, as you can see from the photo. I took myself down to Liverpool’s waterfront. The groovy modern building is the Museum of Liverpool, which I think will be opening next year.
Liverpool was the British Empire’s great port, but much of the trade now occurs in bigger docks just north of Liverpool. The 19th century dockland areas have been converted into museums, apartments and retail space. The biggest and best of these is Albert Dock. It houses the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum and the Tate Gallery.
All the old warehouses have been given a new lease of life. The Tate is housed at the end of this dock building. They have a Picasso exhibition on at the moment that I visited, and also a great sculpture exhibition that I enjoyed more than Picasso.
This is the old Pump House, which now has a restaurant. Behind it is a new set of apartments called One Park West, which is a highly sought after address.
It was a nice morning to have a walk around the dock. It is full of fancy restaurants and shops. There is also something called The Beatles Experience, but I didn’t go in there.
Here you can see Liverpool’s “Three Graces” – the Royal Liver Building, The Cunard Buidling, and the Port of Liverpool Building.
They dominate Liverpool’s waterfront. This last pic isn’t mine. I found it here. Liverpool’s waterfront is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.