Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
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Approximately 3½ Hours
The city of Liverpool stretches along the bank of the River Mersey, and the downtown core climbs above the waterfront, anchored by the city's two great cathedrals. In 1840, Samuel Cunard established the first shipping line here, carrying passengers to North America, and his ships sailed from Liverpool. As you come ashore to begin your panoramic introduction to the city, you will discover that Liverpool is a lively, cosmopolitan city with a rich architectural heritage. Many of its buildings are built to classical designs. Notice the Royal Liver Building, whose towers are topped by statues of mythical Liver birds from which the city took its name. You will pass through the oldest part of the city, seeing the Town Hall fronted by a Corinthian portico. It was rebuilt around parts of the original 1754 hall. Then, view the Cavern Quarter, where the Beatles performed many times at the Cavern Club. Close by are the notable buildings of the Walker Art Gallery and St George's Hall. Stop for photos here before stepping inside the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Its giant wigwam-style design is splendidly photogenic and the building is undoubtedly a major modern architectural attraction of the city. This unusual cathedral is topped by a spiked lantern tower containing 25,000 pieces of stained glass. Liverpool is one of the greenest cities in Britain -- you will see this for yourself on a visit to the suburbs and parkland areas. Watch for Penny Lane and snap a photo of the famous road sign. Returning to the city center, you'll drive along the reclaimed river frontage to the converted dockland areas of Albert Dock. In 1846, Albert Dock was England's gateway to the New World; today, it constitutes the largest group of Grade I historic buildings in Great Britain. Guests who wish to stay at the Albert Dock complex to shop or explore independently are welcome to do so, but must make their own way back to the ship.