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RIBA Liverpool City Tours

​RIBA Liverpool City Tours

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 300 years of history and development. On our tours you will discover the architecture and history of Liverpool and explore key buildings and public spaces to learn the story of Liverpool past, present and future.

The Albert Dock (c) Easton

Our Tours

Gateway to the World, Wednesdays at 2pm and Sundays at 11am

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 use since they were originally built, helping to create the vibrant and modern Liverpool that exists today

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.

Meeting point: outside RIBA North at Mann Island, L3 1BP

City of Culture, Learning & Faiths, Saturday at 11am

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

Starting at one cathedral and ending at the other (not many cities can boast that!), 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 Cafe (at the base of the front steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral), Mount Pleasant, L3 5TQ

Sculpture, Culture & Civic Pride, first and third Thursdays of the month at 2pm

Tours run on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 2pm

Explore the attractions of Liverpool's beautiful Cultural Quarter, of which the city is rightly proud ,on this circular walk.

The area is home to some of the city's most awe-inspiring buildings, many of which were built as a statement to showcase Liverpool's increasing power and wealth in the 19th century.

Today they have a variety of uses but have lost none of their grandeur. Take a closer look too at a large number of fine monuments, statues and sculptural panels which help tell the tale of Liverpool's history.

Meeting point: St George's Hall Shop, L1 1JJ

The Ropewalks: Growth, Decline and Regeneration, second and fourth Fridays of the month at 2pm

This area once played a crucial role in the commerce and growth of the city as a world class seaport. Evidence of this can be seen in its large collection of warehouses, small factories, merchants' houses and terraces.

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 premises back to life and introducing some new buildings and open spaces to encourage greater use of the area for creative industries and for leisure activities. This now popular district received a name rooted in its past - The Ropewalks.

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

Liverpool ONE: Remaking a City Centre, first Friday of the month at 2pm

Come along and join the RIBA guides on a discovery tour in and around Liverpool ONE. 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, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Albert Dock Discovery - second and fourth Saturday of the month at 2pm

Let the RIBA guides tell you the story of the iconic 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, Liverpool, L3 1BP

Mann Island and Port of Liverpool Building (c) Paul McMullin

How to Book

You can book in the following ways:

  • Online via our dedicated ticket site
  • In person at the Albert Dock Tourist Information Centre situated in the Anchor Courtyard
  • Calling the Albert Dock Tourist Information Centre on +44(0)151 707 0729

Tickets are £8.50 (adults) or £6.50 (concessions).

Museum of Liverpool (c) Paul McMullin

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 e-mail or telephone +44(0)151 703 0107.

Contact Us

Telephone : +44(0)151 703 0107
E-mail :

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

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