The City of Liverpool has a long and honored cultural heritage, and it is home to the Pier Head Waterfront UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to supporting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, it is the birthplace of popular musical groups like The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Frankie goes to Hollywood, and many more. The Port of Liverpool boasts the biggest national museum collection after London. Europe's oldest Chinatown is in the Port of Liverpool. There are far too many attractions and activities available to tourists in the Port of Liverpool to describe in this article. Please refer to the city's tourism website for complete information.
The Port of Liverpool has a temperate maritime climate with cool summers and mild winters. Rain falls regularly, but it is light. Snowfall is unusual. Temperatures range from an average high of 20 °C (68 °F) in July to an average low of 2 °C (36 °F) in January.
In 2004, the Port of Liverpool's Dock Front was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its cultural and historic importance. The Port of Liverpool played an important role in the growth in British influence and trade during the country's Age of Empire, and it also pioneered architectural and dock engineering innovations. Called the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City, the World Heritage Site contains six different areas.
The Albert Dock and area is a sophisticated area with the biggest collection of listed buildings in the United Kingdom. It contains many of the Port of Liverpool's oldest warehouses that have been converted into all imaginable uses for shoppers, residents, and visitors. The most popular attraction in the Port of Liverpool, the Albert Dock houses the Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, the Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, and the BugWorld Experience. It even has the Shiverpool Ghost Tour as well as many wonderful bars and restaurants. The Port of Liverpool's Stanley Dock and nearby Castle Street, Duke Street area, and the Cultural Quarter, hold architecture and local color that is basically unchanged from the early days.
The seaside resort of Southport is just a short drive from the Port of Liverpool. Offering prize-winning family beaches and great shopping, Southport hosts wonderful events throughout the year. It has wonderful beaches and a classic Victorian pier, the oldest surviving iron pier in the United Kingdom, and some of the best shopping in the area. It has Marine Lake, the biggest man-made recreational like in the country with attractions like the Miniature Railway Village and a Mississippi-style paddleboat. Splash World is an all-weather water park. Southpark also offers the UK's largest unspoiled dunes and pinewoods. With 15 golf courses, Southport claims to be England's Golfing Capital, and it offers the Southpark International Jazz Festival each year.
Visitors will want to take a tour on the world-famous Mersey Ferry, complete with commentary on local history and wonderful views of the Port of Liverpool waterfront and the World Heritage Site. The Mersey Ferry offers several different daily cruises including the River Explorer Cruise, the Manchester Ship Canal Cruise, and special cruises and boat hires. The Manchester Ship Canal Cruise takes visitors on a 56-kilometer voyage on the canal with commentary on the history of this major British waterway. Passing through wonderful scenery, the six-hour cruise includes stop-overs at Liverpool attractions that include the U-Boat Story at the Woodside Terminal in Birkenhead.
Travelers wishing to visit the Port of Liverpool by sea can find a list of scheduled cruises at the Cruise Compete website.