We’ve left Liverpool now and we’re back in Burscough for a few days, delayed by the fact that someone in a boat managed to buckle the gates of a lock on the Wigan flight so badly that they will not prove easy to fix. There’s nothing much to write about as we sit here twiddling our thumbs so I may as well carry on describing some of the stuff we did in Liverpool.
There are (at least) two vantage points from which you are able to get a wonderful view of the city. The first we visited was St John’s Beacon, known locally as the Radio City Tower. No slogging up stairs – you reach the top in a rather speedy lift. The glassed in gallery provides you with an incredible panoramic view of the city.
When we visited, a rainstorm was approaching which meant the views across the Mersey and into Wales weren’t as clear as they can be.
From here you get a great view of the two cathedrals.
The tower of the Anglican Cathedral provides another great vantage point to view the city. Unfortunately, although there are two lifts to help, you also have to climb just over 100 stairs to reach the top. It’s not too tough though, as there are platforms after each flight of steps where you can take a rest as you pretend to admire the view of the bells below!
This is the view over the Mersey Estuary and the Radio City Tower.
There are some extremely elegant houses in the cathedral area.
It was a clearer day and the views across the docks, the Mersey and into Wales were lovely.
By contrast we also managed to have a look below the Liverpool One shopping development at the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock. This irreverant and amusing tour is free and is run by Danny and Yazz from the Maritime Museum on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The dock was responsible for making Liverpool the premier port in the world in its hey day and its history is lovingly described by this amusing pair.
Their enthusiasm for and pride in this incredible piece of industrial archaeology is infectious, and their knowledge extensive.
Only a small part of the dock is on display at the moment but it is hoped, that if more funding can be acquired, more of it will be open to the public in the future.