Liverpool audio tour: Hidden Histories: Liverpool’s Links to the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Hidden Histories: Liverpool’s Links to the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Walking Tour

40 mins

About the Tour

Much of Liverpool’s darker history is hidden in its side streets, plazas, courtyards, churchyards and other significant locations. This walking tour takes you to several locations hidden in plain sight that reveal Liverpool’s role in the slave trade and the American Civil War.

As you make your way from the Mersey Ferry Terminal on the Pier Head to the International Slavery Museum on Albert Dock, you’ll hear stories about the historical architecture and monuments along the way, and how they link the city to the slave trade. I’ll also answer questions including:

• How did Liverpool become the dominant British and European slave trade port?
• Who were the men that profited the most from the slave trade?
• How is a city centre fountain linked to the slave markets of Senegal?
• Were slaves actually sold in Liverpool?
• How important was Liverpool to the Confederate cause during the American Civil War?
• Did the Civil War really end in Liverpool?
• Why is the city’s Lord Nelson monument part of Liverpool’s slave trade mythology?
• How does the Town Hall reflect Liverpool’s role in the slave trade?

This 40-minute walk takes in important aspects of Liverpool’s past that are barely covered on the majority of guided tours.

Tour Producer


Tommy Allen

I was born in Liverpool and raised about a half mile from where your tour begins. After leaving school, I went on to study History at Liverpool University. Following graduation, I began teaching History and Sociology at Liverpool College. In 2015, I left the teaching profession to fulfill my ambition of becoming an author. Subsequently, I have written four books on different aspects of Liverpool history. There is a link to my Amazon website below. I also offer private guided tours around Liverpool city centre. There is also a link to that website below

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Major Landmarks

  • Liver Building

  • Goree Fountain

  • Liverpool Parish Church

  • Former Confederate Bank

  • Town Hall

  • Site of the first dock

  • Albert Dock

  • International Slavery Museum

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the Mersey Ferry Terminal on the Pier Head just a few metres from Liverpool's iconic Liver Building.

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Places to stop along the way

Halfway though the walk you are on Castle Street. If you want to stop for a drink or something to eat, this is the ideal place in which to do so.
The tour ends at the Albert Dock home to the Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum. Here you can learn much more of Liverpool's role in the slave trade.

Best time of day

From dawn to dusk: Avoid the traffic before 9.00 am and between 5.00 and 6.00 pm. There are a couple of busy roads to cross, so please use the pedestrian traffic lights


Liverpool can be a bit wet in the spring and autumn so it might be best to bring an umbrella with you


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Hidden Histories: Liverpool’s Links to the Transatlantic Slave Trade