YorkDFAS members outside Liverpool Cathedral
Visit to Liverpool 4 - 7 July 2016
The Art and History of Liverpool
Arriving at Lime Street Station in the early afternoon the party was met by our guide, Simone Peter and we boarded our coach for an introductory tour of the city which helped orientate the party for the visit over the next four days.
Our first stop was to the Tate Liverpool located in the Albert Dock where as well as having a guide to talk about the gallery time was available to explore freely and for those who wanted visit particular exhibitions of Francis Bacon and Maria Lassnig, a challenge for some!
We then had a short tour of the Albert Dock and immediate waterfront up to the Three Graces, the weather letting itself down at one point where all we could do was hide from the rain.
The second day started with a visit to the Anglican Cathedral, designed by the Architect Giles Gilbert-Scott at the age of 23. It was started in 1904 and finished in 1978. It is the largest cathedral outside of St. Peters in Rome and holds a number of records including having the heaviest peal of bells.
We then walked along Hope Street to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, after many of the group had lunch in the splendidly ornate Victorian Pub, The Philharmonic Rooms.
The Catholic Cathedral being a very different proposition to the Anglican being built over a five year period in the 1960’s, however this was after a Lutyens designed crypt had been built between 1931 and 1957 that had cathedral on top of it been completed would have been the largest in the world. As it was the more modest but more intimate and unique building was completed in its place.
It was then back on the coach for a quick visit to the recently re-opened Liverpool Library with its soaring modern atrium and beautifully refurbished Picton Reading Room.
Day three was back on the coach for a trip through the Queensway tunnel built in 1930, possibly unique in having an Art Deco ventilation shaft which could stand proudly next to the Three Graces, this took us to the Port Sunlight Village. A fascinating insight into the Lever Brothers business and the work and achievements of William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme. The village consisting of 900 houses with facilities including a theatre, school, pub and church. We visited The Lady Lever Art Gallery and the adjacent museum.
From Port Sunlight it was then a 45 minute journey to Speke Hall, a timber framed wattle-and-daub Tudor manor house. Construction starting in 1530. A house with an extensive history which was reflected in the alterations carried out by its occupants including mid 19th century Arts and Crafts influences.
The final visit that day was to Anthony Gormley’s Another Place on the other side of the city. It allowed the group to stretch its legs and view the surreal sight of 100 cast iron Anthony Gormley’s on Crosby Beach. For some of the party this was not enough as the day finished after a Catalonian tapas dinner with a trip to the Cavern Club. Some even had the energy to dance!
Day four, our final one, started with a 50 minute trip on the River Mersey on the Royal Iris passenger ferry. Unfortunately the weather wasn't entirely cooperative as we had a drizzle to contend with but it was still interesting to see the city from the river.
Afterwards there was a few hours of free time to spend before the train was caught back to York
All the arrangements worked extremely well and we had a particularly good and knowledgeable guide which meant we had a very interesting and relaxed trip and one that left a very positive impression of a great city.