Royal Liver Building can be visited with a guided tour. It lasts for about 70 minutes and it is very interesting. I visited yesterday and today I’m sharing details from our tour. See details on prices and parking at the end of the post.
Royal Liver Building is one of the buildings on the Liverpool’s waterfront, alongside the other two, they are called the There Graces. It first opened in 1911 and it took 3 years to be built. It has an impressive 15 floors which made it the tallest building in Europe when it was built.
At the entrance there is a small gift shop and some details on the building and on the Liver birds. After a short introduction by the guide, we were taken to the 10th floor. We stepped outside and we could admire the beautiful panorama.
We got closer to the Liver birds. There are two birds, mythical creatures, called Bertie and Bella. Bertie looks inward into the city (to check out the opening times for the pubs), while Bella looks out at sea (to check if a new sailor boyfriend might show up). Of course the initial idea was that Bertie was to watch over the city (Liverpool’s people) and Bella to watch over the sea (Liverpool’s prosperity). The legend says that if the birds see each other they will fly away and the city will cease to exist. I love this kind of stories.
From this first stop we could see The Beatles Story, where a restaurant is located at the top floor with its beautiful terrace (we had cocktails there last month).
One of the clocks was directly above us. We went back inside and climbed to get inside the clock tower.
Here was a lovely movie which showed the history of Liverpool, dotted with lovely cultural references. We were able to watch the clock mechanism in action and we could ask questions regarding it.
After that we went up again, to reach the 15th floor and see the 360 panoramic views of the city.
I’ve been to a tour of the Cathedral and went up the stairs too, to get on the roof of that building.
It is worth visiting the Liver Building. The tour is long enough to have time to take pictures and ask questions, but it is not too long to make it boring.
Royal Liver Building is on the Liverpool Watefront, Liverpool, L3 1HU.
The price is £15 for adults, so not exactly cheap, but I think it’s good value for money, as the tour is guided and the staff seem very friendly and they answered our questions.
There is paid parking nearby, quite expensive, but there are many cheap car-parks in walking distance. There are good transport links if you decide you want to take the bus. I would suggest booking the tickets in advance.