The dock is a complex of buildings and warehouses that form part of the iconic waterfront in the city of Liverpool, UK. Designed by Jesse Hartley and Phillip Hardwick, it was opened in 1846. It was the first structure in Britain to be built of cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural timber and as a result was the WORLD’s first fireproof warehousing system. You can read more about the history of the complex here.
I’ve often visited the complex and indeed as I mentioned in the last post, it’s now one of my favorite places to visit. There is so much to see and do, it is home to the International Slavery Museum, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool. Of course Liverpool is also home to The Beatles and you’ll also find another museum, The Beatles Story there too. It is well worth spending at least a couple hours visiting each of these attractions.
If those aren’t really your thing, there’s a number of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants within the complex. A number of boat trips are also available, which will take you out of the Albert dock to tour some of the others along the waterfront. I really enjoy those, although it’s been a while since I’ve done one. Must try and do so soon!
While the complex is in the main busy, there are some quieter places and my favorite is the Anchor Courtyard. It’s a great place to sit with a beverage of choice and watch the world go by.
There are some unusual sights near the dock…
I’ll share more about them and the rest of the iconic waterfront in another post. Hope to see you soon