Today the monkey is at Liverpools Albert Dock. Or more appropriately titled since 2018, The Royal Albert Dock.
The weather is good, the sun is shining, it’s spring and therefore I thought I’d take the monkey out. Today we visited this cultural UNESCO site to experience the delights it has to offer. Now I’ll let you into a secret, I’m from Liverpool and therefore I’ve been here many times before. Yet despite this, I never get bored of visiting this fantastic place.
The Albert Dock was designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick and opened in 1846. It was the first non-combustible warehouse system in the world. Built from cast iron, brick and stone, with no structural wood.
Its revolutionary system of loading and unloading of ships directly to the warehouse reflected Liverpools maritime trade and its important role in world commerce.
Following it’s eventual decline and abandonment over many decades, by the late 1980’s Albert Dock was regenerated into a shopping, leisure and cultural complex.
The Royal Albert Dock has developed into a major tourist attraction for Liverpool and now attracts over four million visitors per year. It is so popular it’s now Liverpools number one tourist attraction.
One hundred and seventy two years after the Albert Dock was built it was finally bestowed with Royal status in 2018, becoming the Royal Albert Dock.
Today the Albert Dock houses the Tate Liverpool Art Gallery, The Merseyside Maritime museum, The International Slavery museum as well as the museum for the iconic 1960’s band, the Beatles. All of this in addition to countless shops, bars and restaurants. It’s certainly worth a visit.
Address – Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, Merseyside, UK, L3 4AF
Website – https://albertdock.com