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message for paulfranciswilliams by geordiegirl on 27 August 2007 10:11pm
Is there much information out yet about stuff on in Liverpool,do you know, say September/October, for the City of Culture year next year?
We want to spend a week in the area, any recommendations re websites?
Re: message for paulfranciswilliams by paulfranciswilliams on 29 August 2007 12:22pm
Hi Linda,

Sorry about the delay in response, I've been out of town for a week.

As regards your request for info, you should check out www.visitliverpool.com which is a fairly good and comprehensive site about the city and surrounding areas, and has a calender of events. Unfortunately, you've just missed the 800 years celebration weekend. Also, by far the best thing to come for is the Matthew Street festival which has been run every August bank holiday weekend for years, however the Capital of Culture Commission (in their wisdom) decided to cancel this event this year due to building work going on in the centre. There was an outcry from Scousers because, as you can imagine, they felt a little bit cheated.

There are no other specific events that I can think of coming up, but next year we'll have events coming out of our ears.

If you do come, I recommend the Albert Dock for museums, bars and restaurants. Unfortunately you can't get the ferry across the Mersey from the Pier Head at the moment, also due to construction works, but there is a ferry service running I think from across the river at Birkenhead, to Seaforth.

I must recommend the Maritime Museum, which is truly brilliant. That is at the Albert Dock, also there is the Tate (the only one outside of London) as well as the fantastic Beatles Story museum (with a full scale replica of the Cavern inside).

Also, if you stay in the centre, the Adelphi hotel is nice and right in the heart of the city, next to Lime Street station. It is, however, a little pricey.

In the city centre, we have Church Street, Lord Street, Bold Street and, of course, Matthew Street for shops and cafes. Along Matthew Street you will find snazzy bars and cafes and the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub, as well a a quaint little Beatles shop that sinks down below pavement level.

On Bold Street, there is a great 50's themed diner (not sure of the name sorry) but you can't miss it. If you walk along Bold Street towards the bombed-out church (which you will see in the distance, at the very top of Bold Street) then the diner is on your left. They serve the best milkshakes in town (or anywhere), and the place comes complete with jukeboxes at every table and waiters dressed in 50's clothes. They do a mean burger also.

The church at the top of Bold Street (St. Lukes) is fascinating. It was bombed-out during the 2nd world war, and has never been restored. The walls still stand intact, but the roof and windows where completely blown out. Now, trees and grass grow inside the church. It's only a 5 minute walk along Bold Street, and is well worth a look.

Talking of Church, you could visit both of our two Cathedrals, Anglican and Catholic. The Catholic Cathedral is affectionately known as 'Paddy's Wigwam' because it's shaped like a wigwam. The Anglican Cathedral is simply breathtaking - absolutely huge, and I think you can scale the tower to get amazing views of the city and the mersey.

The Williamson Tunnels is a place that they took us to visit from school. It is a labrynth of tunnels carved into the underground rock, in Edge Hill in the north of the city. Nobody knows why they were built really, but it's fascinating to walk around them (as well as a little creepy).

I must also recommend Slater Square (just off Bold Street) for bars. The nightlife here is great. And I have to recommend FACT, which is an arts centre, but houses a fantastic state-of-the-art cinema, in case you fancy a film whilst you're here.

I'm sure there's loads I've missed out, if I think of anything else then I'll drop you another message.

In the meantime, check out the Liverpool website I gave you, as this is really the most comprehensive guide to the city that I know of.

I should warn you about the large scale, city-wide building that's going on at the moment. You'll see a lot of cranes and scaffolding etc around the place, because the city's having a major facelift at present, but if you don't mind that then there's plenty of stuff to see.

Hope you enjoy your visit!

Warmest Regards
Re: message for paulfranciswilliams by geordiegirl on 30 August 2007 6:09pm
Paul -
MANY thanks for taking the trouble to post such a detailed response, with so many interestig ideas. I haven't actually read my way all through it yet but will soon do so. I must've given you the wrong impression, we'll be in Liverpool 2008 - we rather fancied staying in Port Sunlight as that looks v.interesting itself.
I expect you all hope the construction work will be finished soon - central London is always a nightmare here (Channel railway extension, Olympic stuff starting) - and you just MUST have That Ferry working for next year, plus, they tell me, THAT song on the continuous loop!
Anyway, very much appreciated, what you've taken the trouble to do, and thanks again.
All the best,
Re: message for paulfranciswilliams by paulfranciswilliams on 31 August 2007 8:32pm
Hi Linda,

It was a pleasure, and wasn't much of an effort since I know the city like the back of my hand.

Yes, the rumours are true - "Ferry Across the Mersey" does indeed play continuosely on board the ferry, accompanied by a rather nice voice commentating on all the landmarks and history etc.

Port Sunlight is an interesting place and would certainly make for a nice holiday.

Yes, I lived in London for 3 years until very recently so completely understand your frustrations. I lived in Ealing Broadway and worked just off Oxford Street, and then just off Leicester Square - Central Line was always a nightmare.

Warmest regards

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