Liverpool offers so many remarkable buildings, which now serve as the backdrop to many films and TV shows. With more Grade II* listed buildings than anywhere else in the UK, outside of London, it’s unsurprising Liverpool has become internationally respected for the city’s beautiful architecture.
1. The Port of Liverpool
The Port of Liverpool is one of the Three Graces located on the Pier Head. The building originally served as the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Offices, and was more locally known as the Dock Office. The Grade II* listed building is now part of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Maritime Mercantile City, and helps form the famous Liverpool skyline.
2. 30 James Street
30 James Street has to be one of the most distinctive buildings in the city. Offering a streaky bacon design, classic balconies and a remarkable story, we defy anyone not to fall in love with this exceptional building.
Back in the 19th and 20th century, Liverpool offered one of the biggest ports in the world, with world class liners coming in and out of her dock every day. One of the biggest shipping companies in the world at the time was the White Star Line, who built their headquarters at 30 James Street.
The White Star Line was the company behind the world famous RMS Titanic, which tragically sank on 15th April 1912, taking the lives of more than 1,500 people. Following the disaster, the White Star Line faced significant financial problems, resulting in the company selling their shares of the company to the Cunard Line. The building now serves as a luxury Liverpool hotel named 30 James Street, and commemorate the building’s history throughout the rooms and onsite restaurant, Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant.
3. St George’s Hall
St George’s Hall is brimming with intriguing history. Tourists stepping out of Lime Street Station cannot help but be impressed by the bold and beautiful building, which once served as a law court, with basement cells that once housed prisoners.
One of the most impressive areas within the building has to be the Concert Hall, which regularly hosts a number of arts festivals, events and performances. Numerous movies and TV shows are also regularly filmed at the hall, including Peaky Blinders and J. K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.