King John granted Liverpool a charter in 1207, this was to encourage the growth of a port, at this time it was a small fishing village with a sparse population. Thus began the early formation of what became a great port with ships steaming to and from the West Indies in the late 17th-century and early 18th-century. Following the invention of the steamship in the 1840's the port well and truly thrived, becoming the terminal for Cunard and White Star liners. Merchant ships from port's all around the world called in to the seven miles of docks along the waterfront. Many of our forbearers who emigrated in the 18th-century to Australia, Canada and America left from Liverpool, and in turn Irish refugees fleeing the potato famine of the early 19th-century landed at Liverpool's quayside. These, together with other immigrants have made Liverpool the bright multi-cultural city it is today. The towering liners have gone, but the docks remain as busy as ever. Trade development is at an all time high with more than 32 million tonnes of trade crossing the quays in 2004.
When the Albert Dock opened in 1846 it was an acknowledged architectural triumph crowded with the most modern bonded warehouses and other great buildings allied to the sea-faring industry. Today, these lovely old places have been transformed to provide attractive shops, galleries, museums, bars and luxury hotels. The Albert Dock is now purely a place for leisure and pleasure.
In this exciting waterfront atmosphere, right next to the acclaimed Liverpool landmark - The Liver Building, visitors can find everything they want. The Albert Dock is home to Tate Liverpool with its fascinating changing modern art exhibitions, to the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and others which include HM Customs and Excise Museum.
There is always a "buzz" in the air. The promenade allows for pleasant strolls overlooking the famous Mersey, to the coast of Birkenhead, and after an enjoyable walk why not take time out and visit the Beatles Museum where you can learn about the lives and loves of the "fab" four, and the people who took a hand in shaping their destiny as one of the greatest musical products of all times. You can also explore the world of the famous Cavern Club, and legendry bands such as Jerry and the Pacemakers, and the Mojo's.
For those whose interests lie in sport, the Museum of Sporting Life is centred around that "sport of kings" horse racing. It reveals the story of Aintree where the Grand National is held, and charts the history of Liverpool Football Club from its humble beginnings to the present day.
After all this you really will need to find a waterside bar where you can watch the river life of the Mersey with a cooling pint or a glass of wine while you mull over the fascinating experiences of the day.
The Albert Docks plays host to a variety of events throughout the year. There is always some pleasant entertainment with one of the busiest nights of the year being in November when against a background of music, the sky across the River Mersey becomes a riot of colourful lights as Liverpool stages its dazzling Guy Fawkes celebrations with a stunning firework display.
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