Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

An Amazing Day in Liverpool

The Coach Trip to Liverpool was, predictably, a great success. Everybody appreciated what an amazing city this is.

On these trips, I always make a stop for coffee in the morning and another in the evening. While the evening one has to be at Motorway Services, the morning stop is always somewhere rather more interesting. We have stopped at garden centres, museums, farms, craft centres and even cathedrals.

The morning stop on this occasion was at the relatively new Ceramica, at Burslem (part of Stoke-on-Trent). There was plenty of opportunity to purchase ceramic items, and everyone felt it was a good choice.

The Guided Walk showed much of the things that you would expect to see in this vibrant city.

We started outside the Anglican Cathedral, designed by Giles Gilbert Scott. It is the largest cathedral in England, and the largest Anglican cathedral in the world.

From there, we moved on to the Metropolitan (Catholic) Cathedral, a stunning building whose architect was Frederick Gibberd. This is the one that’s affectionately nicknamed “Paddy’s Wigwam”.

Then into the City Centre, with its imposing buildings such as St. George’s Hall and the Walker Art Gallery.

Then we went to the streets where the Beatles phenomenon began, viewing the original site of the Cavern, Tommy Steele’s sculpture of Eleanor Rigby and the much-photographed statue of John Lennon lounging in a doorway.

The fabulous waterfront area came next, with the famous Liver Birds on top of the Liver Building, and with the many museums and other attractions around Albert Dock.

Later on, I went round the Catholic Cathedral with Anne on a guided tour, and had a cup of coffee in their café – the best I have ever experienced in any church.

All in all, it was a great day, and if you missed it you shouldn’t have!

Forthcoming trips include Bury St. Edmunds, Old Mercia Tour, Richmond and Essex Tour.