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Liverpool Lime Street Station

Liverpool Lime Street is the main station serving the city centre of Liverpool, and the oldest, dating from 1836. Trains run from here to Manchester and the rest of the north-west, Yorkshire, Newcastle, the Midlands, London and East Anglia.

The station and its surroundings underwent a £35 million refurbishment in 2010 to mark the city’s 800th anniversary in 2007 and Liverpool’s selection as European Capital of Culture in 2008, but it still has the iron and glass roofs from the 1880s. The French chateau-style building in front of the station is a former hotel, now student accommodation.

In the main concourse you’ll find statues of comedian Ken Dodd and Labour MP Bessie Braddock, both from the city, and a sculpture by Liverpool artist Tom Murphy.

The station is right in the heart of Liverpool, a fascinating city bursting with history, culture, museums, shops, restaurants, bars and fashion. Book one of our hotels near Liverpool Lime Street station and you’ll be in the centre of everything the city has to offer.

Theatres

Next to the station you’ll find the Empire Theatre, which seats 2,348 people and has one of the largest two-tier auditoriums in Britain. The theatre hosts musicals, concerts, plays, dance shows, comedy, children’s shows and more, and has been the venue for performances by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Kate Bush and the Beatles, whose 1965 concert saw fans even crammed into the royal boxes which are not normally available. Just round the corner, in St John’s Lane, is the Art Deco Royal Court Theatre, where Judi Dench made her acting debut in 1957. There has been a theatre on the site since 1826 – the old building was destroyed by fire in 1933 – and actors Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier, musicians Oasis, David Bowie and REM and the ballerina Margot Fonteyn have all graced its stage.

Shopping

Next to the Royal Court Theatre is St John’s Shopping Centre, the city’s largest mall, with more than 100 high street and specialist stores. The precinct also houses St John’s Market, which dates back to 1822. The trendy Metquarter has high-end brands like MAC and Diesel, while bohemian Bold Street is full of independent shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and world food stores - each year there is a festival here to celebrate its individuality. At one end of Bold Street you’ll find St Luke’s Church, a ruined Anglican church bombed in the Liverpool blitz, now a memorial to those who died in World War II and an exhibitions and events venue. The church has its own artists in residence, who organise musical events, dance and poetry performances and more.

World Museum

Marvel at everything from Indonesian puppets to a meteorite from Mars – almost certainly, anyway – at Liverpool’s World Museum. The Ancient World gallery houses objects and sculptures from ancient Rome, Greek ceramics and more than 1,300 exhibits from Ancient Egypt, including mummies, jewellery, clothing and other objects. The Clore Natural History Centre houses animal specimens, fossils, plants, rocks and minerals. Here you can examine a tropical butterfly, a hippopotamus’s skull and a mammoth tooth. There’s also an aquarium, a planetarium where you’ll learn about space exploration. In the bug house you’ll find live colonies of bees and leaf cutter ants alongside specimens of spiders, scorpions, beetles, centipedes and millipedes, plus a giant animatronic fly. On your way, walk through the St John’s Gardens, filled with colourful flower beds and monuments to seven illustrious citizens of Liverpool. They include MP William Rathbone, who helped found both district nursing and the University of Liverpool, and 19th-century Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone.

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