On the 9th February World Museum in Liverpool opened a special exhibition “China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors” featuring objects connected with one of the most remarkable archaeological finds of 20th century when thousands of life size figures were uncovered guarding the tomb of China’s first emperor Qin Shi Huang. Part of this collection has been loaned to World Museum to mark the 10th anniversary since Liverpool was European City of Culture. This walk published at the time of the 2008 celebrations demonstrates exactly why Liverpool deserved its title.

Fact file

Start. Lime Street Station, Liverpool


Finish: Albert Dock, Liverpool

Distance 2 ½ miles

Time: At least an hour but a more leisurely stroll is recommended

Grade: Easy

Map: A-Z Street Atlas Liverpool


 Map by kind permission of Johnston Press


From the station concourse cross to reach the plaza in front of St George's Hall.


This public hall has been described as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world. It was first opened in 1854 as a venue for concerts, meetings and dinners. In the early 2000s it was extensively refurbished ready for Liverpool's year as City of Culture. Most days of the year it is open to the public and with interiors as impressive as the exterior it offers a rewarding visit.

Continuing with the walk head towards Wellington's Column (1865)


and turn left onto William Brown Street adorned with more impressive 19th architecture including World Museum now playing host to units of the Terracotta Army. To the right is the Walker Art Gallery home to one of UK's largest collections outside of London.


The street gently slopes down to a large roundabout in front of the entrance to Queensway Tunnel built under the Mersey in the 1930s to connect the city to Birkenhead.


Keep to the left of the roundabout and cross into Whitechapel. After 350yds turn right onto Stanley Street and then almost immediately left onto Mathew Street. Odd to think that this outwardly unexceptional thoroughfare attracts more tourists from all over the world than all of Liverpool's other attractions put together.


Mathew Street was the "birthplace of the Beatles". The Cavern Club was where the 1960s started and gave the Fab Four as well as hundreds of other artists a platform and an appreciative audience. The Cavern Club is not completely as it was - some 50% of it went under a re-development but it still proudly retains its address of 10 Mathew Street. Opposite there is a Wall of Fame that highlights all the acts that appeared at the Cavern between 1957 and 1973.

After passing Cilla Black on the left


and John Lennon on the right


turn right onto North John Street. Cross Victoria Street and continue to the junction with Dale Street. Turn left and soon after reach Liverpool Town Hall.


This grade 1 listed building is another in the neo-classical style though perhaps some of its grandeur is lost by being somewhat crowded out by the commercial palaces nearby.

Turn left into Castle Street. This leads to Derby Square where a statue of Queen Victoria has as its backdrop the concrete and glass brutalism of the Queen Elizabeth II Law Courts.


In design these are meant to mimic the outward form of a castle which stood here until being demolished in the 18th century. Turn right onto James Street where by keeping to the left one is better place to appreciate the array of architectural styles on show. At you reach the Strand you have a close up view of Albion House build at the end of the 19th century for the White Star Line - owners of the ill-fated "Titantic". Now a hotel it is a most striking building best seen from opposite near the end of the walk. Walk back up St James Street and after the metro station turn left onto Fenwick Street. After crossing Dale Street continue on Rumford Street and turn left onto Chapel Street to quickly return to the Strand.

Here by St Nicholas's Church everything seems dwarfed by the huge bulk of the Royal Liver Building, a better view of which will be achieved as you cross to Pier Head.


Make your way to the waterfront and turn left and then look round to admire the trio of buildings known as the Three Graces which are the reason why Liverpool is an UNESCO Maritime City World Heritage Site. Next to the Royal Liver Building is the Cunard Building and to complete this mighty triumvirate is the Port of Liverpool Building. Together they make a statement best seen from ships arriving in the port which said, "THIS IS LIVERPOOL!"


Here the ultra-modern Museum of Liverpool offers a striking contrast but one that is no less bold. The last part of the walk returns to the Strand and turns right to reach the entrance to Albert Dock.


With its mixture of museums, art galleries, shops and cafes a vibrant hub with diverting attractions including "The Beatles Story".