• LOCATION 3 | Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present

    Central Library, National Museum, St John's Garden

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    Opposite you, the first of the next two buildings is Liverpool Central Library, opened in 1865. The library contains about 350,000 books, an extensive archive system and thousands of newspapers, magazines and DVDs.

    Next to the library is Liverpool World Museum. A visit here reveals millions of years of the earth’s history through thousands of exhibits. For example the Museum’s Ancient Egypt gallery takes visitors on a 5,000-year adventure. The museum also houses a natural history gallery, an aquarium and planetarium.

    Like the art gallery, the museum is open seven days a week with free entrance.

    You're walking alongside St. John's Gardens on your left. The gardens were formerly a church and cemetery, in which many French prisoners of the Napoleonic Wars are buried. In 1904 the gravestones were removed and the gardens opened. The monuments you see include a memorial to three times Liverpool born British Prime Minister, William Gladstone. Particularly in spring and summer, the gardens are a delightful place to relax or have a picnic, and escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

    As a 12 year old, on a cold January afternoon, I came across and spoke to one of Liverpool's most famous musical icons, an occasion I have never forgotten. Who do you think it was? I will reveal his identity at the end of your tour.

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Liverpool History and Culture: From the Past to the Present