Three Graces

Liverpool, Merseyside

Stroll along the waterfront for some of Liverpool's many architectural treasures.

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When it comes to beautiful buildings, it’s difficult to know where to start in Liverpool. Football fans would probably whisk you off to Anfield Stadium (home to the city’s red-shirted team), but we think you’d probably prefer the waterfront – which is where you’ll find the famous ‘Three Graces’.

Located at the Pier Head, just few minutes’ walk from the city centre, this rather magnificent trio is testament to the time when Liverpool was at the centre of Britain’s maritime industry. Looking at them from left to right, with your back to the water, you’ve got the Royal Liver Building – its ‘twin towers’ guarded by the fictional ‘liver’ birds perched on top. Next up is the Cunard Building – built between 1914-17 as the headquarters of the famous Cunard Line shipping company; and on the right there’s the former office of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board (built in 1903-07).

This, however, is only scratching the surface of Liverpool’s architectural treasures. After all – the whole city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll five minutes along to the Albert Dock and you’ve got the Tate Liverpool (fab contemporary art), and if you nip into town you’ll find the rather dramatic cathedral with Gothic revival architecture. All this, and we haven’t even got onto the Beatles yet…


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