If you ever have an afternoon free and find yourself in or around the Liverpool area, I highly recommend a walk around the docks area. There is so much history around the area and so much to see! I actually think it gets a bit neglected because of all the Beatles mania further to the centre of town!
When we visited it was Chinese New Year and so everywhere had been lit up with stunning red lanterns which swayed constantly to and fro because it was super cold and windy! It was so pretty!
The best thing about a walk around the Docks is how quiet it is. We went on a Sunday afternoon and wandered around until nightfall. Designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick, it was opened in 1846, and was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood. As a result, it was the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world.
Now, it hosts lots of shops, restaurants and hotels. We loved this quirky American Bus Diner serving burgers and fries.
The museums, galleries, bars, restaurants and shops are amid The Colonnades of the site and from there you can eat and drink or simply enjoy the view
We ate dinner at the Miller Carter Steak House (using our 25% discount code from the AA app) and it was delicious. Beautiful views over the water too.
You’re very near the Liverpool Echo Arena where lots of acts, bands and shows are held (our hotel was right next door)
There is also a giant wheel known as the Wheel of Liverpool. it’s basically a giant Ferris wheel on the Keel Wharf waterfront, opened on 25 March 2010. The wheel is 196 feet tall, weighs 365 tonnes and has 42 fully enclosed capsules that you can sit inside and enjoy a ride to see the views of Liverpool.
It is stunning at night time when everything is lit up and sparkly.
Of course, there are tours available if you’d like them and we often found buses offering tours of the area as well as Liverpool football stadium. It’s basically like a mini London.
We enjoyed looking at all the various boats around the dock, sadly the famous Weather Map of the UK is no longer situated there (Anyone who watched daytime TV in the 90’s will know what I mean) – but there were some quirky boats that captured our attention.
There is even a floating restaurant you can eat in!
It’s so great walking around the docks and taking in all the history – always look up! That’s my advice to any city you go to. There is always something that you might miss otherwise.
Some of the buildings like the Edward Pavilion are currently empty and up for sale – they’re looking to fill it with more restaurants though – I actually think that’s a great idea. It used to be a warehouse so the space inside must be magnificent.
I can’t imagine it’s the best place to wander around on a rainy day – but in the sunshine, even though it was cold – we had a lovely time. Got some exercise, some food and saw parts of Liverpool we would have otherwise missed.