Distilleries, grand country homes and civic halls.
Liverpool has a rich architectural history that is evident as soon as you step onto a platform of its iconic train station and out into a dizzying metropolitan Northern hub that is as rooted in the past as it is wilfully futuristic. The city’s heritage can be traced as far back as the Medieval age, although no physical remnants from that time remain there are a handful of streets in the Old Town that have remained more or less in the same place since that time. Travel further out into the suburbs and you’ll discover imposing Tudor and Elizabethan country estates rich with architectural delights and expansive grounds.
Stop by these attractive listed buildings the next time you’re visiting this iconic city:
Liverpool Lime Street Station
Originally opened in 1836, Liverpool Lime Street Station quickly became one of the most popular stations in the country, leading to extensive expansions over the years. Thanks to its historic nature and considerable size it is now the oldest grand terminus mainline station in use in the world. At the time of its construction Lime Street was the largest structure of its kind and the first station to use extensive ironwork. Regeneration work has been completed as recently as 2018, but the station still holds the same historic grandeur.
The 19th Century Black-E (formerly the Blackie) was erected in 1841 as a chapel designed by the city architect Joseph Franklin. At the time the building was one of the biggest chapels of its kind in the city and accommodated nearly 2,000 worshippers every Sunday. The grand pillars which prop up the frontage are considered the largest monoliths in the country, whilst inside you’ll find such wonders as the magnificent carved pulpit, impressive balcony and extensive forecourt; it is open today as a community arts hub.
Liverpool Gin Distillery
Opening on the 26th November 2018, the Liverpool Gin Distillery might well be a new addition to the city, but the building that it resides in has been around for a long time. Castle Street is one of the few original streets of Liverpool, named after the castle that once presided over the settlement in Medieval times. The Gin Distillery is the first of its kind in the city centre and is promised to be one of the new major attractions that tourists from across the world will flock to Liverpool to see.
One of the oldest buildings in Merseyside, Speke Hall was built in the mid to late 16th century and is one of the last remaining examples of a wood-framed wattle-and-daub construction in the North of England. The building is Grade I listed and considered to be of the finest surviving examples of its kind in the world. The manor house has gone through a number of restorations over the years and is open to the public all year round.
Beginning life as a school over 300 years ago, the Bluecoat is now a creative arts hub which is home to exhibitions and classes throughout the year. Its distinctive Queen Anne style architecture is unmistakably British whilst also incorporating modern flourishes that have been added over the years. Whilst the commercial centre of the city has risen around it over the last few centuries, it remains a unique architectural gem that is well worth popping in to.