Port of Liverpool has received more than £100 million investment over the past five years, from the Mersey Docks, The Harbour Company (the Port of Liverpool authority) and firms offering services at the port. There are plans to spend £15 million building a cruise liner terminal at the port in 2005.
The city of Liverpool is an historic, cultural centre and a sporting city, with two famous football clubs, Liverpool and Everton. It also hosts the most famous horse race, the Grand National, at Aintree. Merseyside has over 40 golf courses, seven of which have championships status. These include the Royal Liverpool which will host the Open in 2006 - Birkdale and Formby Golf Courses.
Liverpool s status as a European Capital of Culture 2008 will further help the city s regeneration and attract even more visitors each year. An investment of £2 billion is planned over the next five years, some of which will go on tourism. This should create around 14,000 new jobs, which will also have a significant impact on economy.
Liverpool has been dubbed the World Capital of Pop in the Guinness Book of Hit Singles, as it is the birthplace of The Beatles and home to many poets, writers, sculptors, musicians, painters, designers and architects. Liverpool s Waterfront and Commercial Centre was recently nominated for UNESCO s World Heritage Site status.
Liverpool Attractions and Activities. Liverpool offers a range of attractions for all ages. It has more listed buildings, national museums and galleries than any other UK city, apart from London. The two glorious cathedrals that dominate Liverpool s skyline are an example of the city s astonishing architecture. The Walker national gallery, Museum of Liverpool Life, Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Museum are set on the famous waterfront in the award winning Albert Docks complex. The area attracts millions of visitors a year and offers a variety of cafes, restaurants, shops and the popular The Beatles Story museum. From the Mersey Ferry you can enjoy stunning views of Liverpool s Pier Head waterfront. Liverpool s Anglican Cathedral is the largest cathedral in Britain and the fifth largest in the world.
One of Liverpool s latest attractions is the £10 million FACT centre, featuring works of international artists, and is home to many galleries, cinemas and bars.
A few miles from the Liverpool s city centre are Croxteth Hall, its Country Park, Knowsley Hall and Safari Park and the National Trust s historic Speke Hall, which dates back to the 15th century. Liverpool has a wide range of venues for concerts, shows, ballets and operas, including Liverpool Playhouse, Everyman Theatre, Unity Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Valley Community Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Philharmonic Hall and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Shopping and Dining. Liverpool has a wide range of cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants, shops, markets and clubs.
Liverpool History. Liverpool was a modest trading village in the 1700s before being transformed into a major commercial centre by the slave trade, which was abolished in the 19th century. At the time, many English, Scottish, Swedish, Norwegian and Russian people set off for a better life in Australia, but many Irish settled in Liverpool. Later, Indian, Caribbean and Chinese communities emigrated from British colonies and Liverpool became Britain s first multicultural city.
Liverpool was an important strategic location during World War Two. Liverpool entered a depression after the war, but that changed in the 1960s, following the worldwide popularity of The Beatles. Huge investment in the city began in the 1980s.
Liverpool Access. Access to the city s edge is via the M6, M62 or M58. From the M62: follow the City Centre signs and then signs for the Pier Head to the Princes Landing Stage. From the M58: follow the A5036 and then A565 to the Pier head. When coming from Wales, take the M53, then the Wallasey Tunnel and the A59 to the Pier Head.