Liverpool Town Centre
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Last updated 1st March 2006
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This walk around Liverpool is about 5 miles (8 km) in length and takes in most of the main sights apart from the waterfront and downtown areas. It includes the Museum area and Chinatown. The route is circular and you don't have to start where I do; Lime Street and Central Stations are on the route and the Central Bus Station is also handily situated on Paradise Street (left at the bottom of Church Street). The way is, of course, all on hard surfaces and will be hard on your feet as well if you don't wear something comfortable on them. Make a day of this walk to allow time to look around places of interest and stop for refreshment; don't miss the many excellent pubs en route, if you feel that way inclined.

The relevant Ordnance Survey 1:25000 Explorer map is No. 275.

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Walk down to the bottom of the hill where Mount Pleasant joins from the left. On your right at the junction is Liverpool's famous Adelphi Hotel [12] and opposite is Lewis's huge department store [13] with Jacob Epstein's bronze figure above the door. Turn right in front of the Adelphi along Lime Street, where you pass two magnificent Edwardian pubs, the Vines [14] and the Crown [15]. Further along is Lime Street Station [16] fronted by the vast former North Western Hotel building.

Cross Lime Street in front of the station to the first of Liverpool's famous group of neo-classical masterpieces, St. George's Hall [17]. Go up the steps and walk along the plateau towards Wellington's Column and the Steble Fountain.

In front of you is the magnificent array of buildings on William Brown Street. Going in order down the hill, these are: the County Sessions house [18] and Walker Art Gallery [19], the Picton Reading Room [20], the William Brown Library and the museum [21], and the museum extension and Central Technical School (now turned over to museum use).

Walk down William Brown Street and enter St. John's Gardens [22] on the left near the bottom of the hill. This is a pleasant open space in the city centre with a large collection of memorials and statues. Exit the gardens at the other side on St. John's Lane and cross over to a roadway on the left of a large hotel, which leads into Queen Square [23]. This is a new development with many restaurants and bars. Keep ahead to the bus station and cross over into Williamson Square [24] with the elaborate Playhouse theatre building on the left and a water sculpture in the centre. Cross the square diagonally to locate Tarleton Street at the opposite corner.

Go along Tarleton Street and near the end on the right is a fine old unspoilt pub, the Carnarvon Castle [25]. Turn left onto Church Street, one of the main shopping streets, and then immediately right into Church Alley, at the end of which is Bluecoat Chambers [26], a beautiful Queen Anne-style building and the oldest surviving building in the centre of the city. Retrace your steps and turn right up Church Street, crossing over into Bold Street at the top. On the left as you go up the hill is Central Station [27]. The top end of Bold Street is dominated by the tower of St. Luke's Church [28], bombed during World War II and preserved as a ruin.

When you reach St. Luke's, turn right into Berry Street. This is the start of Chinatown and at the end, at the junction with Upper Duke Street, you will see opposite the spectacular Chinese Arch [29] at the entrance to Nelson Street. Nelson Street is the current heart of Chinatown and there are many authentic restaurants and ethnic shops. Turn left up Upper Duke Street to reach your starting point by the Anglican Cathedral. On the left here is Rodney Street, Liverpool's Harley Street, with more fine Georgian town houses. It's been a long day, but what a city, eh?