The Albert Dock is quite simply alive with energy and electricity, and it is within walking distance from Central Dock on Liverpool Waters. Always something to see and do with an exquisite mix of history and culture, family activities and the potential for romance amidst the magnificent backdrop of red pillars and mesmerising water ripples. It’s a destination attraction that should be on everyone’s itinerary when visiting Liverpool. You can easily spend the whole day and evening in this spectacular location – and that’s before you’ve seen anything of the city itself!
Designed by Jesse Hartley, the dock opened its waters in 1846 for sailing ships carrying cargo from around the world bringing cotton, brandy and sugar, and remained a fully working dock until closing in 1972. Today, the iconic architecture of the surrounding buildings and warehouses are home to its thriving art and music culture, museums as well as a myriad of shops, bars and restaurants. It is the perfect example of how the city so cleverly integrates the old with the new; traditional with contemporary.
Begin exploring at the Merseyside Maritime Museum. Here you’ll learn of Liverpool’s famous maritime heritage and its relationship with the sea, from the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania. Also home to The International Slavery Museum, delve into the transatlantic slave trade, covering historical and contemporary slavery as well as being a hub for resources on human rights issues.
On a lighter note, if modern and contemporary art is more to your appeal, TATE Liverpool is just around the corner inside the Pavillion. Host to world-class exhibitions and displays of British and International art, including photography, painting, sculpture and installations across four floors.
After walking around the free museums and gallery you will need to stop for a rest and possibly a Liverpool Gin. With an abundance of activities to take in and a visit shouldn’t be rushed, so make sure you drop into one of the many cafes, restaurants or bars for some refueling.
The Albert Dock is home to wide variety of foodie treats to suit everyone’s needs; whether you’re looking for coffee and a cake on a shopping break, or champagne for a special occasion: Albert Dock has got it all…
Choose from Indian delights at Spice Lounge to succulent steaks at Miller and Carter. Contemporary Italian dishes at the wonderful Gusto, or timeless British classics at The Pump House.
By night, twinkling lights transform the Dock, head to Revolution de Cuba to enjoy a delicious rum cocktail and their exciting live cabaret show, or perhaps try the Comedy Central Comedy Club a night full of laughter and superb entertainment.
Most venues have terraces, which are perfect for taking in the picturesque views of the dock and if you get too comfortable and forget to carry on. There is so much to see and do, and venues to eat, drink and relax in that a day just isn’t enough – make sure you plan the next visit!
This Summer see’s an abundance of activities including Football on The Docks, where you can try out your football skills with our professional coaches from Everton In the Community and LFC Foundation. Folk on the Dock returns to Albert Dock this August bank holiday as we celebrate 3 days of folk, roots and acoustic music from Saturday 25 – Monday 27 August 2018.
Now in its third year, Folk on the Dock 2018 boasts ten stages and 200 artistes attracting music lovers and performers from all over the world. Also incorporating the Liverpool Shanty festival with music on boats around the water’s edge and the contemporary Dock Stage which is to be hosted by the legendary Janice Long. In 2018 a new venue will be added to the August Bank Holiday festival programme with a fantastic, ticketed launch event with a headline artist on Friday 24th August, in the stunning Museum of Liverpool.
Also featured is the infamous ‘Pirates on the Docks’ – where you can bring the whole family to the dock to enjoy the legendary swash buckling pirate and mermaid adventure. Featuring live cannon battles and thrilling action under sail plus a whole host of family entertainment. This enchanting Dock really does have something, for everyone.