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A Trip to Albert Dock in Liverpool

Albert Dock in Liverpool is one of Britain’s top heritage and cultural attractions. Albert Dock is a marina style dock situated in a spectacular riverside setting by the river Mersey in the metropolitan district of Merseyside, formerly a part of Lancashire in the north west of England. The dock forms a part of Liverpool’s UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

The native people of Liverpool are referred to as Liverpudlians and colloquially as ‘Scousers.’ This is a reference to ‘scouse’, which is a form of stew. The word ‘Scouse’ has over the years also become synonymous with the strong Liverpool accent and dialect.

The dock forms a large part of the wider reimagining of Liverpool as a city of culture. Albert Dock is no longer home to much active shipping. Instead it sports a busy, vibrant assortment of bars, nightlife, museums, old pubs and fine English restaurants. I recently had a chance to stop by on a sunny day as pictured and had a great time exploring this vibrant part of Liverpool city by the waterside.

The approach road to Albert Dock

The approach road to Albert Dock on a beautiful sunny day, note the Pump House in the distance.

Albert Dock is situated on Liverpool’s famous waterfront. The dock is to be found adjacent to the Pier Head. This is a short walk from the Liverpool city centre, shopping and all its major tourist attractions and amenities.

Albert Dock was first conceived and designed by Jesse Hartley, it originally opened for regular use in the year 1846. It remained as a fully functional dock for shipping in the north of England until finally closing in the late Twentieth Century in 1972. Albert Dock then underwent a spectacular restoration and reimagining programme.

A Trip to Albert Dock in Liverpool

The dock was reopened to great fanfare as a visitor attraction in 1988 by HRH Prince Charles. In addition to Albert Dock the immediate area is well served by luxury hotels, car parking and there is a large outdoor and indoor shopping mall known as Liverpool One.

Albert Dock in Liverpool

The view from the bridge in Albert Dock looking down along the river Mersey.

Today, Albert Dock is home to the largest collection of Grade I listed buildings found in the United Kingdom. The dock area presents award winning tourist attractions to the many hundreds of thousands of visitors who travel here to the waterfront each year.

These cultural attractions include the remarkable Beatles Story, International Slavery Museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and for art, the Tate Liverpool. As you can see from the pictures that I took there is lots to see and do. On a sunny day visitors can walk around the dock and take a stroll along the long shoreline of the River Mersey.

Albert Dock Videos

See the dock and waterside up close and personal with this selection of Albert Dock videos that showcase the immediate area and attractions.

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Albert Dock is a relaxing but also an active place, the dock side is simply perfect for people watching and observing life go by. If you enjoy the buzz of everyday life in a trendy, maritime setting then this amazing location on the banks of the river Mersey is essential to see.

Albert Dock Restaurants, Bars and Nightlife

Visitors to Albert Dock can dine out at a wide choices of family friendly restaurants. These restaurants will suit all cuisine palettes and lifestyle budgets. Dining choices include The Smugglers Cove, Gusto, Spice Lounge, Miller and Carter Steakhouse or What’s Cooking? to name but a few.

There are also fabulous Dockside cafes including Tate Cafe or Rubens Coffee Shop for that morning fix of caffeine. Alternatively if you’re looking for something different then sample classic British fare at Docklands Fish & Chips, drink fine British ales and beers in the famous Pump House pub pictured below.

Or if hungry nibble some tasty pancakes at La Crepe Rit and kick back and relax at a unique pay-per-minute dock side cafe known as Ziferblat.

The Pump House Pub at Albert Dock Liverpool

Sample fine British ales and soak up the welcoming Liverpool atmosphere at the Pump House.

For those that appreciate fine nightlife and late night dancing, Albert Dock and the immediate area are ablaze with classy clubs and late night bars. The Playground club at the Hilton hotel is literally opposite Albert Dock and is the place to be seen dancing the hours away on a Friday or Saturday night.

The Playground Club Liverpool Hilton

Dance the night away at the Playground club. This vibrant nightspot is situated in the Hilton Hotel, directly opposite the dock in Liverpool.

Hotels and Places to Stay in Liverpool

With gift shops and two on-site hotels (Holiday Inn Express and Premier Inn.) Albert Dock is perfect for both day visits and short breaks. As mentioned there is a luxury Hilton opposite the dock that provide great views of the dock and river. Look along and see more Liverpool hotels spring up as you walk further along the banks of the Mersey.

The Hilton Albert Dock, Liverpool

The Hilton hotel is directly opposite the dock. River facing rooms offer amazing waterside views of the river Mersey on a clear day.

For more information on this amazing part of Liverpool in the United Kingdom be sure to check out the official visitor web site.

For visitors planning a trip to Albert Dock by the river Mersey in the north of England everything is here that a traveler to Merseyside could ever need. They will find that the immediate area by the dock and waterfront is well served by car parks, taxis and public transportation.

Ensuring a relaxed, stress free stay in the north of England. There is just something for everyone to see and do at Albert Dock in Liverpool.

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Chris is an avid travel writer who enjoys exploring the globe and writing about his exciting travel experiences. Chris produces some of the in depth travel feature articles and interviews here at Gloholiday.

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