Liverpool is one of the most important cities in England, and its name is probably known to more people around the world than any other English city except London.
Liverpool probably means "The Beatles" to millions. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr transformed popular music in the sixties, and the city also produced Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black, as well as, earlier, George Melly and Frankie Vaughan.
There are two top-class football teams in the city - Liverpool (whose ground, Anfield, is something of an international sporting icon) and Everton. The Grand National takes place at Aintree.
Liverpool has two twentieth century Cathedrals. The Anglican one was built to the design of Giles Gilbert Scott and completed in 1978. The Catholic Cathedral was designed by Frederick Gibberd and built in the 1960s. Its startling design has earned it the affectionate nickname "Paddy's Wigwam".
Liverpool is also a city to make you laugh. Ken Dodd, with his tickling stick and Diddy Men, comes from the city, and so do Jimmy Tarbuck and Tom O'Connor. Heroes of previous generations like Big-Hearted Arthur Askey and Tommy Handley (It's That Man Again) were also products of Liverpool.
There are probably more songs having Liverpool in the title than anywhere else. There's "The Leaving of Liverpool", "Liverpool Lullaby", "Liverpool Judies", "I Wish I Was Back in Liverpool", "In My Liverpool Home" and the notorious "Long Haired Lover From Liverpool", while "Ferry Cross the Mersey" almost fills the bill.
The city prospered because of the sea. The shameful triangular slave trade brought much wealth, and immigration and emigration were big business for many years. Both Cunard and White Star had their headquarters here.
There are many superb buildings, including the Town Hall, St. George's Hall and Philharmonic Hall. There are said to be more Georgian buildings in Liverpool than in Bath.
Famous people born in Liverpool, as well as the above, include Jean Alexander, Beryl Bainbridge, John Birt, Alan Bleasdale, Bessie Braddock, Craig Charles, Elvis Costello, William Ewart Gladstone, Leon Goossens, Rex Harrison, Frank Hornby, Jack Jones, Lynda La Plante, Nicholas Monsarrat, Simon Rattle, Leonard Rossiter, Willy Russell, Selwyn Lloyd, Peter Shaffer, George Stubbs, Bill Tidy, Alfred Waterhouse and Colin Welland.
Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Liverpool for groups.
Places in Liverpool
20 Forthlin Road, Albert Dock, Bluecoat Chambers, Calderstones Park, Croxteth Country Park, Croxteth Hall, Cunard Building, Devonfield Road Gardens, Dock Wall, George`s Dock Tunnel Ventilation Building, Greenbank Park, Heroes of the Engine Room Memorial, India Building, Leeds and Liverpool Canal Locks, Lime Street Station, Liver Building, Liverpool Cathedral (Anglican), Liverpool Cathedral (Catholic), Liverpool Central Station, Liverpool Collegiate Apartments, Lowlands, Martin`s Building, Matthew Street, Mendips, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Oriel Chambers, Our Lady and St. Nicholas Church, Pier Head, Port of Liverpool Building, Rodney Street, Roscoe Memorial Garden, Sefton Park, St. Agnes Sefton Park, St. Georges Hall, St. James Cemetery, St. John Tue Brook, Stanley Dock Warehouses, Sudley House, The Beatles Story, The Cavern, Town Hall, Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, World Museum