Liverpool audio tour: Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present

Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present

Walking Tour

45 mins

About the Tour

The tour will take you on a winding path through Liverpool city centre where you will discover much of its fascinating history and culture.

Described as one of the finest neo-classical buildings in the world, you’ll start at Liverpool’s magnificent St George’s Hall. From there you enter the city centre to follow the trail of the ancient pool. Here you will learn of the controversial reasons behind the transformation of Liverpool from a tiny fishing village into one of the world’s greatest seaports.

As a consequence of the group's appearances in the famous Cavern Club, your next stop is the vibrant street known as the ‘Birthplace of the Beatles.’ From there it’s onto the oldest part of the city and the Town Hall. During this section of your walk, you will discover some of Liverpool's hidden gems. (One such gem was a long kept Second World War secret). Your ultimate destination is the fabulous World Heritage Waterfront, home to the ‘Three Graces,' the larger than life Beatles' Statue and the famous Mersey Ferry. A river excursion on the ferry is highly recommended!

Liverpool city centre is full of cafes and it's easy to make a pit-stop along the way. If your preference is for beer or wine, there are plenty of bars en route to rest up and take in the surroundings. If you save your appetite for the end of the walk, the Albert Dock is nearby. Here you will find numerous welcoming restaurants, cafes and bars in which to relax. For more information, check out the website:

Below are some of the landmarks you'll pass along the way. You might even want to pop into one or two of them, particularly if the weather is not too good.

• The Walker Art Gallery
• World Museum
• The Cavern Club
• Town Hall
• St Nicholas Church
• Museum of Liverpool

With the exception of the Town Hall, which is closed on Sundays, all are open seven days a week

You’ll get answers to some fascinating questions along the way too, including:

• Why are more than 100 Frenchmen buried in the city centre’s most beautiful gardens?
• Why is Liverpool called Liverpool?
• Why is the Cavern Club not the Cavern Club? (You did read that right)
• What happened to Liverpool Castle?
• Why did Liverpool’s oldest church house prisoners of war?

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

  • Walker Art Gallery

  • World Museum

  • Cavern Club

  • Town Hall

  • St Nicholas Church (Liverpool’s oldest)

  • Mersey Ferry terminal

  • Museum of Liverpool

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the Greco-Roman St. George's Hall (see photo) which is opposite Lime St. railway station and the Empire Theatre about a kilometre east of the Pier Head.

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Places to stop along the way

The Cavern Club, site of the ancient castle, Town Hall, St Nicholas Church and Beatles' Statue

Best time of day

Tours are best during mid-morning or mid-afternoon.


Most of the area is pedestrianised, but there are a couple of busy roads to negotiate.


Really nice overview tour to meet the city

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , about 2 months ago

This was fantastic I have grown up in Liverpool but listening to the tour learnt me even more about our fantastic city and it’s history thank you

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 4 months ago


Thank you for the very positive comment, I really appreciate it. I'm so pleased you enjoyed the tour


Posted by Tommy , 4 months ago

This app tour is fantastic.
Having arrived in Liverpool on a 2nd visit and previously visited the docks we were looking for something different & this was just perfect! Great informative content and walked us around the city to places we wouldn’t have gone to. Liverpool has some stunning architecture and is a wonderful and vibrant city.
What a fab day we’ve had. Thank you Tommy, the narrator of the tour!

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 6 months ago

Hi. Thanks for the great review. Liverpool is indeed a wonderful city and I'm very pleased you were able to discover some of the 'hidden' secrets that many of the walking tours don't cover.
Thanks again

Posted by Tommy , 6 months ago

Great tour, unfortunately made difficult by the numerous road closures around the city. Starts of slow but speeds up a lot as it goes on.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 8 months ago

Thank you for the feedback and your very positive description of the tour. Sorry for the difficulties you encountered. Thanks for letting me know. As a consequence, I will review the route and update it where necessary.

Posted by Tommy , 8 months ago

An enjoyable and informative tour. Would have liked to see more photos though as I was listening in advance of a visit.

Posted by David , over 1 year ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present