Wandering around Liverpool

No boating today – today was a day spent wandering around Liverpool. Nick was a student here back in the 1980s and he kept remarking how much things had changed.

Liverpool Ferry - In "Dazzle"

Liverpool Ferry – In “Dazzle”

I used to visit Nick quite a bit and there was a great little transport cafe just round the corner from the Queesway Tunnel entrance that did typical truckers breakfasts and large mugs of tea of out mismatched mugs….

You go down that tunnel for about 20 miles. turn right and you're in Wales

You go down that tunnel for about 20 miles. turn right and you’re in Wales

Like the Kingway Tunnel this tunnel also has a ventilation system – however this one is disguised as a building down on the water front.

Tunnel Ventilation

Tunnel Ventilation

The Walker Art Gallery has several famous paintings in it – the most famous of which is “When did you last see your Father?” but has a lot of other interesting pictures and exhibitions, and is well worth a visit.

Walker Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery

When did you last see your father?

When did you last see your father?

Outside the Walker Art Gallery is a square which contains a large monument to Wellington.

Wellington Memorial.

Wellington Memorial.

Leading down from there you get to St George’s Hall with its statues of Queen Victoria and Albert.

St George's Hall

St George’s Hall

 

Victoria

Victoria

 

Albert

Albert

Between the two statues is a war memorial.

The War Memorial, St George's Hall

The War Memorial, St George’s Hall

Apart from the Beatles Liverpool is famous for its two cathedrals – situated basically at each end of Hope Street. The Catholic Cathedral was originally going to be the second largest church in the world, and the one with the biggest dome, but they only built the crypt before construction was halted by the second world war. The current cathedral stands on top of the crypt and sits well within the boundaries of the original cathedral floor plan.

The Catholic Cathedral

The Catholic Cathedral

The Catholic cathedral is basically round with the altar in the middle, and above the altar is a large stained glass “Tower”

The altar

The altar

 

Another view of the altar

Another view of the altar

 

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

Above the main entrance to the cathedral stands what is basically the bell tower.

The Bell "tower"

The Bell “tower”

Heading down the steps takes you to Hope Street which contains The Everyman Theatre, Philharmonic Hall and the “Philharmonic Dining Rooms”.

Philharmonic Dining Rooms - front door

Philharmonic Dining Rooms – front door

The “Phil” has to be one of the most ornate, but practical, pubs I’ve been in.

The Bar

The Bar

The Grandé Lounge

The Grandé Lounge

The gent’s toilets are something not to be missed either!

At the other end of Hope Street lies the Anglican Cathedral. Like the Catholic cathedral this was quite a late build and was only actually finished in the late 1970s. Again like the Catholic Catherdal this one is huge and is the fifth largest cathedral in the world but in terms of length is in fact the longest at 207 yards.

Lliverpool  Anglican Cathedral

Lliverpool Anglican Cathedral

 

Liverpool  Anglican Cathedral

Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

The Organ is the largest in the UK and it’s collection of pipes is quite impressive… there are 10,268 of them.

Organ Pipes

Organ Pipes

More Organ Pipes

More Organ Pipes

We also wandered up to The Williamson Tunnels – you only get to see a tiny bit of a couple of them but its a fascinating insight into something that is quite big and almost unknown about.

Foundation struts from the student accommodation overhead

Foundation struts from the student accommodation overhead

 

Inside the tunnels

Inside the tunnels

Liverpool also has a rather large China Town and as you’d expect it’s full of restaurants, and like other China Towns it has its own rather impressive gate

The Gate at China Town

The Gate at China Town

Liverpool – it’s all coming together

We have confirmation of our booking through the Liverpool Link… we’re also probably going to phone and get permission to go through the rest of the docks to Liverpool Marina in Coburg Dock to get some fuel and do a pump out on the Saturday morning.

We’ve just about got the crew sorted out too – people are going to be coming and going throughout the two weeks but there’s lots of places where people can hop on and off.

Liverpool in the Autumn

After failing to get to Liverpool last year due to various circumstances we’re trying again this year.

2016 is the 200th anniversary of the opening of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and its the 30th anniversary of the launch of Mintball

So it seemed sort of good to combine the two events and take Mintball not only back to the waters she was first launched on, and spent her early years exploring, but also to go right down into Liverpool and through the docks on the Liverpool Link.

The proposed route can be found on the trip summary page

Liverpool and Back

This is the planned route but it may well change closer to the time, or even during the holiday as the timing are very easy and we know we’ll be able to do a lot more than this during the two weeks.

[ Google Route Map embedded here ]

Starting at Tom's Moorings and finishing at Tom's Moorings with overnight stops at : Prescott Bridge Narrows No 10, Willow Green Bridge No 208, Grocer's Wharf, Henhurst Bridge No 52, Chapel Bridge No 7, Lydiate Winding Hole, Salthouse Dock, Salthouse Dock, Halsall Warehouse Bridge No 25, Parbold Bridge No 37D, Worsley Visitor Moorings, Dutton Stop Lock No 76, Middlewich Visitor Moorings (Middlewich Branch), Wrenbury Church Visitor Moorings, and Tom's Moorings. A total distance of 270 miles, 5¼ flg and 122 locks.