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RIBA Liverpool City Tours

RIBA North - Architecture Walking Tours of Liverpool

Liverpool is one of the UK’s greatest cities. From Georgian terraces and the world-famous docks to grandiose commercial and civic monuments, the city is alive with architecture and buildings that chart over 300 years of history and development.

The Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site comprising of six locations including many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Our tours currently cover five of these locations.

Whether you are a city resident, or just visiting Liverpool – on our tours you will discover the architecture and the history of Liverpool through its key buildings and public spaces. Join us to learn the story of Liverpool’s past, present and future.

All our tours last approximately two hours.

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Mann Island (c) Rob Battersby

Our Tours

We currently run a total of six different walking tours around Liverpool.

Tours operate Tuesday through to Saturday during the warmer months.

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Tuesday 2pm
Gateway to The World

Wednesday 2pm
Gateway to The World

Thursday 2pm
Gateway to The World / Sculpture, Culture & Civic Pride (alternate weeks)

Friday 2pm
Liverpool ONE - The Remaking of a City (first Friday of the month) / The Ropewalks - Growth, Decline & Regeneration (all other Fridays)

Saturday 11am
City of Culture, Learning & Faith

Saturday 2pm
Gateway to The World / Royal Albert Dock Discovery (alternate weeks)

Please see below for further information on the individual tours.

Pier Head from Albert Dock (c) Rob Battersby

Gateway to The World

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Liverpool established its international reputation as the pre-eminent gateway for shipping, trade and the movement of people leaving one continent to find new lives in another.

The city that was created to service this exchange is rich in its buildings, streets and public spaces. Many of these have changed since they were originally build, helping to create the vibrant and modern Liverpool that exists today.

Starting at the RIBA North Architecture Centre at Mann Island, this tour puts the spotlight on key buildings and spaces that form part of the contemporary city landscape, its characters, its commerce and its culture.

This tour explores The Pier Head, UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of Liverpool’s famous ‘Three Graces’, before heading up towards the Commercial Quarter (also a UNESCO Heritage Site) and the Town Hall taking in some architectural firsts such as Peter Ellis’ Oriel Chambers and beautifully decorated buildings like Martin’s Bank that showcase Liverpool’s mercantile past. The tour ends at Liverpool ONE.

Meeting point: RIBA North Architecture Centre, Mann Island, L3 1BP

Tour ends: Liverpool ONE shopping centre, L1 8JQ

Tour time: 2 hours approx.

City of Culture, Learning & Faiths

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Join the RIBA guides on a walking tour around Hope Street, one of the most important streets in the city, and discover more about the buildings and spaces that have influenced generations. It is also the home of the RIBA’s 2014 Stirling Prize winner, the Everyman Theatre.

We start at the beginning of Hope Street at Frederick Gibberd’s Metropolitan Cathedral and finish at the other end of Hope Street at Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s Anglican Cathedral. There can’t be many streets that boast two cathedrals. The tour tells the tale of a street that has inspired creativity and gives you a taste of the arts, education, music, politics, religion and even places to relax and unwind in.

Meeting point: Piazza Café (at the base of the front steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral, Mount Pleasant, L3 5TQ

Tour ends: Liverpool Cathedral, St James’ Mount, L1 7AZ

Tour time: 2 hours approx.

Sculpture, Culture & Civic Pride

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The first view that greets visitors to the city from Lime Street Station is St George’s Hall, one of the finest examples of Neoclassical architecture in the world. The Plateau in front of the hall, with its monuments and memorials, provides the city of Liverpool with an area for congregation in good times and in bad.

It is an important meeting place in the city for political demonstrations, Remembrance Day services and a place for the city to come together and support one another. This area is home to many of Liverpool’s fine examples of classic architecture and sculpture, warranting its status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Meeting point: St. George’s Hall Heritage Centre Café. The entrance is on the left side of the building in St. George’s Place.

Tour time: 2 hours approx.

Liverpool ONE (c) Rob Battersby

The Ropewalks - Growth, Decline & Regeneration

This area once played a crucial role in the commerce and growth of the city as a world-class seaport. Evidence can be seen in its large collection of warehouses, factories and merchants’ houses. Over time it became forgotten, until the late 1990s when the city council decided to initiate the re-development of the area by bringing derelict buildings back to life. New buildings have been introduced along with open spaces to encourage greater use of the area for creative industries and leisure activities.

Meeting point: Liverpool ONE Travel Centre, Liverpool ONE Bus Station, L1 8LB

End point – At the bottom of Bold Street

Tour time: 2 hours approx.

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Royal Albert Dock Discovery

Find out all about the iconic Royal Albert Dock and the important role it has played in the history of Liverpool. Discover more about its origins, its deterioration and eventual regeneration to become a vibrant cultural hub for the city. The tour also looks at the surrounding docks, which all help to tell the story of Liverpool’s growth to become a great maritime port and city.

Meeting point: RIBA North, 21 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 1BP

Tour time: 2 hours approx.

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Liverpool One: Remaking a City Centre

Find out more about the development that changed the way we interact with our city and the buildings that were built for it, as well as those that remain from before.

Meeting point: RIBA North, 21 Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 1BP

Tour time: 2 hours approx.

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Group Tours

We can arrange private tours for groups of any size, from anywhere. Tours can be especially tailored to suit your needs or one of our regular tours delivered at a time to suit you. For more information email lct@riba.org or telephone +44(0)151 703 0107.

Contact Us

Telephone : +44(0)151 703 0107
E-mail : lct@riba.org

Please note our office hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

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