Liverpool has played an integral role in the world’s architecture. For example, the famous Albert Dock was the world’s first non-combustible warehouse in the world. It is no wonder the city is renowned across the globe for its beautiful buildings – and we’ve picked out the 5 most beautiful!
Liverpool Cathedral is based on a designed by the respected architect Giles Gilbert Scott, and was built between 1904 to 1978 on St James’s Mount. It is also the longest cathedral in the world at 207 yards in external length, and the fifth largest cathedral in the world.
Not only is it one of the biggest cathedrals on the planet, but it also happens to be one of the most beautiful, both inside and out. Offering beautiful stained glass windows and the highest cathedral bell in the world, it’s really not hard to see why the cathedral is a Grade I listed building in the National Heritage List for England.
30 James Street
30 James Street is now one of the most popular hotels in Liverpool, serving as a Titanic themed hotel that commemorates RMS Titanic whilst celebrating the building’s connection to the White Star Line. The “streaky bacon” building was originally built to serve as the shipping company’s HQ, and so the crew would have received their orders from this very building.
The building is now a beautiful reminder of Liverpool’s maritime past, standing tall amongst the city’s stunning buildings. Built in 1898, 30 James Street, formerly known as Albion House, survived the Liverpool Blitz 1941, with only the building’s gable damaged, and was later rebuilt in the 1940s. It has since been recorded as a designated Grade II* listed building.
The Florence Institute
Known to locals as “The Florries”, the Florence Institute is one of the city’s finest buildings. Built in 1889 by Bernard Hall, a local magistrate and Mayor of Liverpool, the building was built to provide a place of “recreation and instruction for the poor and working boys of this district of the city”.
Hall named the building in memory of his daughter, Florence, who tragically passed away at the age of 22 years old. The building is an exquisite example of Victorian architecture, and you can view The Florence Institute for yourself on Mill Street in Dingle.
Liverpool Town Hall
Liverpool Town Hall was once described as “one of the finest surviving 18th century town halls” – and it isn’t hard to see why. The Grade I listed building offers a magnificent civic room in the UK, and is a prime example of beautiful Georgian architecture.
At present, the city council meet every seven weeks in the Council Chambers, whilst the public can enjoy a tour of the building each month. The building also serves as a beautiful wedding ceremony venue.
The Tudor-style of Speke Hall is one of the finest examples of its kind, and the remarkable building dates back to the 1598. In addition to offering the grandeur of the Tudor era, the building also maintains some of its original features, including the thunderbox toilet, priest hole and a special observation hole. The building now belongs to the National Trust and is open to the public.