11 unmissable Liverpool landmarks near 30 James Street

11 Unmissable Liverpool Landmarks Near 30 James Street

During your stay at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic, you will become immersed in maritime history. The building once served as The White Star Line’s headquarters, and the hotel is now adorned with many artefacts from the company’s ships. In commemoration of RMS Titanic and RMS Carpathia, both ships have inspired the themes across the hotel and restaurant. Each room within the hotel offers a connection to the ill-fated liner; whilst our rooftop Carpathia Champagne Bar & Restaurant is a tribute to the rescue ship. Guests can also enjoy genuine objects memorabilia sourced from both ships, displayed for viewing throughout.

As much as guests can experience a host of maritime culture within the walls of 30 James Street, the surrounding area is filled with historic and iconic culture just 10 minutes’ walk of the hotels front door.

 

The Cunard Building – 5-minute walk

Flanked by the Royal Liver Building and the Port of Liverpool Building is the Cunard Building, home to its namesake for over 40 years, the Cunard Line. Built with a mixture of architectural influences, such as Italian palatial design, Greek revival and American Beaux Arts, the exterior is adorned with elegantly sculpted cornices. These include artistic representations of Britannia, Neptune and  carvingsand carvings symbolic of peace and war. The building’s interior was once where passengers would wait before embarking upon their voyage. With evidence of extravagant decor, the first class lounge holdholds great marble columns supporting the edges of an ornate translucent ceiling. A show of the wealth that once sat within the halls waiting to embark on their journey. Perhaps more interesting is what lies beneath the building, where many of the building’s original features still exist. The timber baggage racks that stored passenger luggage along with vaults that held the most valuable passenger goods are still intact.  There are also stores of documents, drawings and blueprints from the Cunard’s history that remain intact in the basements below.

The Royal Liver Building – 5-minute walk

 

The most synonymous of Liverpool’s architecture has to be The Liver Building. A stunning feat of architecture that is the most recognised building in Liverpool’s history, standing as the tallest building in Europe until 1932. Built to house the Royal Liver Assurance group, which it does to this day, the Royal Liver building is also the home of the two mythical Liver birds. Surrounded by years of legend, the birds are said to protect the city of Liverpool. One bird keeping watch inland and the other guarding entrance to the city via the River Mersey. Rumour has it that if either bird was to leave their perch atop the clock towers, Liverpool would cease to exist. This tale is further compounded by the fact that both birds are tethered to their perches with heavy chains. A more reasonable explanation would be they are secured to prevent them plummeting to the ground, both being constructed out of copper and standing 10 feet tall, thus causing a considerable amount of damage should one topple.

The Port of Liverpool Building – 4-minute walk

Likened to Italian renaissance palaces, the Port of Liverpool Building was an imposing addition to Liverpool when construction was completed in 1907. The late addition of its grand domed centre brought to mind the likes of St Peter’s Basilica and St Paul’s Cathedral. The exterior of the building already had an opulent feel, and was further enhanced by sculptures depicting Liverpool’s maritime history and operations. Inside the marble floors and walls are adorned with bronze fixtures, as well as intricate woodwork created using imported Spanish mahogany and Polish Oak. Perhaps the grandest feature inside the Port of Liverpool building is the granite staircase. Flanked on either side by intricate stained glass windows filled with depictions of British Empire countries and maritime related imagery. A beautiful celebration of both the British Empire and Liverpool’s involvement in maritime history.

International Slavery Museum – 7-minute walk

In an effort to make the world understand the impact of historical transatlantic slave trade upon today’s society, the International Slavery Museum was .was. Now the International Slavery Museum stands as a powerful educational tool to address any ignorance or misunderstanding in today’s culture. The museum has powerful exhibitions that address both historic and modern forms of slavery. Today the International Slavery Museum is a hub that provides support in promoting today’s diverse cultural and human rights issues. Holding exhibitions celebrating various global cultures, as well as talks and demonstrations on present slavery issues, the International Slavery Museum plays an important role, educating the public with the details of slave trade, present and past.

Queen Victoria Monument – 2-minute walk

 

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Noted as the most ambitious monument of Queen Victoria ever created, The Queen Victoria monument was erected in 1906. Located in Derby Square, the monument was built over the site of Liverpool castle, a 14.5ft bronze statue of Queen Victoria at its centre. Four separate pedestals surround the central plinth with groups of figures depicting education, agriculture, commerce and industry. The monument is then capped with a dome encircled by a further four emblematic figures of peace, justice, wisdom and charity. These four dome dwelling figures are rumoured to have been commissioned in representation of Queen Victoria’s personal virtues. Finally perched atop the dome is a character representing fame. Having survived two world wars and being the only structure left standing in the area following the blitz, the monument is a striking sight to behold.

Merseyside Maritime Museum – 7-minute walk

The Merseyside Maritime MusuemMuseum is home to a collection of memorabilia associated with the Port of Liverpool’s history. The popular museum displays antique items such as posters depicting the golden age of travel also tools and equipment used in shipping goods across the seas. Alongside permanent displays, there are exhibitions related to Liverpool’s involvement in transatlantic travel. Currently presenting Titanic and Liverpool: The Untold Story, a delve into the RMS Titanic’s ties with Liverpool. Amongst other educational displays for Albert Dock and the Port of Liverpool’s history, the museum holds various interactive shows. Some depicting customs and contraband practices and others running tours of the Edmund Gardner, a ship that used to ferry pilots to and from vessels requiring their services. Enjoy a fully interactive museum providing an insight to Liverpool’s maritime history

Tate – 7-minute walk

The Tate Gallery is nestled amongst the red brick and coloured columns of the Albert Dock. A free entry gallery with displays of historic and contemporary art within its walls. Celebrating controversial and classic works, the Tate is currently home to Francis Bacon’s Invisible Rooms exhibition, where upon visitors can attend a curator led exhibition over a display of more than 30 of his pieces. While some of the other exhibitions come with a cost, the initial entry to the permanent displays is free. This being just one of the many artist exhibitions to take place over the year, the Tate is a perfect place to visit for an artistic experience of both the past and present masterpieces.

Albert Dock – 7-minute walk

 

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A historical site of Liverpool, and home to many of the UK’s architectural ‘firsts’, the Albert Dock is iconic to the city of Liverpool. Collectively the largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in the country, and the first of Britain’s structures to be built entirely of stone, brick and cast iron. After 50 years of service, the dock fell into dereliction and wasn’t regenerated until the 1980s. It is now home to numerous bars and restaurants, whilst playing host to various river based festivals, including the recent International Mersey River Festival and the up and coming Vintage on the Dock Festival. The Albert Dock makes for a fabulous walk through history. Imagining a working dock in its early years is easy, as many of the original features are still visible today. Instead of warehouses there are trendy bars, restaurants and clubs, and amongst these are museums, art galleries and city tour offices. A great way to spend a large portion of the day taking in the masses of history and culture, just a short walk from the steps of 30 James Street Hotel – Home of the Titanic.

The Titanic Memorial – 8-minute walk

Noted as the first monument that celebrates the working man, the Titanic Monument was erected in memory of those 244 lives lost in the engine rooms of the tragedy stricken Titanic. These men remained in the lower parts of the ship as it flooded, supplying power and electricity to the liner for as long as possible. Their heroic actions avoided causing the mass hysteria, which would have ensued from the lights failing any earlier than in the two minutes prior to submersion. Their brave efforts allowed wireless contact with other vessels right up to 10 minutes before the vessel was submerged. Originally a memorial for those that solely perished on the Titanic, the monument now encompasses all the men who also lost their lives in marine engine rooms during World War 1. Constructed in 1916, the monument survived bombs that fell during the Second World War, yet damage from shrapnel is clearly visible today. Unveiled to the public on May 1916, the monument was said to “surpass, in architectural beauty, The Statue of Liberty at New York”, fitting given the Titanic’s intended, but never reached, destination.

Open Eye Gallery – 2-minute walk

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Home to displays of great photographic talent both past and present, the Open Eye Gallery is a venue that brings the art of photography to the attention of the public. Encouraging emerging artists as well as celebrating established talent, The Open Eye gallery hosts exhibitions of innovative photography that capture our past and present and look forwards to the future. Being the only gallery in the northwest of its kind, The Open Eye gallery is a must visit when in Liverpool. Enjoy new work from a variety of lens-based practices as well as other mediums of art. For example, Wall Works is a project that takes place on the exterior of the building, a display of graphic design talent that changes every two years and turns the building into a working canvas. On top of all this, the Open Eye Gallery is a building to behold. Its main construction of glass exterior exposes a network of supporting beams and reflects the surrounding buildings, a comparatively modern addition to Liverpool’s waterfront structures.

The Museum of Liverpool – 4-minute walk

The largest UK museum constructed within the last 100 years, The Museum of Liverpool holds within its walls recognition of how the city’s people, sporting history and creative nature helped shape the culture of Liverpool to date. Set on the waterfront, the museum is a piece of architectural genius, its intricate steel frame supports a gleaming stone exterior, which in turn allows for its cavernous column free interior space. Being such a modern construction, the technology within the building provides its own state of the art sustainable power source, and actually contributes to lowering carbon emissions equivalent to 88,400 trees. Exhibitions provide visitors with results of archaeology finds in Cheshire that include the Huxley Hoard of Viking Silver and Roman and Iron Age finds. Also home to a vast collection of Beatles memorabilia, The Museum of Liverpool is a must visit for any Liverpool enthusiast.

When in the city of Liverpool visitors are never too far away from points of historic reference, but all of the above are accessible with just a short stroll from our hotel. To arrange your stay at 30 James Street – Home of the Titanic, call 0151 236 0166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk, and enjoy a visit immersed in culture.

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