Museums and Heritage Centres

Museums and Heritage Centres


National Museums Liverpool

National Trust Other Liverpool Museums University Of Liverpool Wirral Surrounding area Field Trips/heritage Walks


The eight venues in the National Museums Liverpool group are World Museum Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, the National Conservation Centre, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Sudley House and the Museum of Liverpool.

Web links to each of the museums can be found at which gives details of locations, opening times, admission charges and onsite facilities.



World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN
Telephone 0151 478 4393

World Museum Liverpool combines historic treasures from across the globe with the latest interactive technology to make an unbeatable family day out. Our internationally important collections include archaeology, ethnology and the natural and physical sciences as well as Britain's only free Planetarium. With everything from real live bugs to Egyptian mummies, prehistoric pottery to space exploration, as well as lots of hands-on fun, there's something for everyone inside.



William Brown Street , Liverpool, L3 8EL

Telephone 0151 478 4199

The national gallery of the North, housing outstanding collections of British and European art from 1300 to the present day. Well known works include stunning renaissance masterpieces and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country. Visitors are also bound to recognise many other much loved works on our walls such as 'And when did you last see your father?' and the famous Tudor portraits.



Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Telephone 0151 478 4499

The Merseyside Maritime Museum in the historic Albert Dock tells the story of one of the world's greatest ports. Discover Liverpool's central role in centuries at sea as the gateway to the new world, how the Titanic, Lusitania and Empress of Ireland tragedies affected the city and how merchant navy ships operating out of the port have provided a lifeline in times of war and peace. The museum now also includes Seized! Revenue and Customs uncovered - the museum of the HM Revenue and Customs collections



Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ
Telephone 0151 478 4499

This exciting new museum explores both the historical and contemporary aspects of slavery, addressing the many legacies of the slave trade and telling stories of bravery and rebellion amongst the enslaved people. These are stories which have been largely untold.



Whitechapel, Liverpool, L1 6HZ, Merseyside, England
T :  0151 478 4999

Science meets art in this award-winning venue that reveals the important behind-the-scenes work of museum conservators to the public. Everything in National Museums Liverpool's diverse collections from Roman sculpture to fabulous Vivienne Westwood outfits come here to be preserved and restored. Find out how our conservators use the latest scientific techniques to investigate these objects and unlock their secrets.



The Lady Lever Art Gallery is the beautiful legacy of soap magnate and discerning art collector William Hesketh Lever, the first Lord Leverhulme. The gallery is famous for its Pre-Raphaelite paintings but also has outstanding collections of Wedgwood, Chinese porcelain and 18th century furniture among the treasures on show. Named in memory of Lever's wife, the gallery forms the centrepiece of Port Sunlight, the garden village built for his workforce.



Mossley Hill Road , Aigburth, Liverpool, L18 8BX, Merseyside, England
T :  0151 724 3245
Open :  Sudley House is now open after major refurbishments. Open 10am-5pm daily
Closed :  Closed from 2pm on 24 December, all day 25 and 26 December and 1 January.
Sudley House has the only Victorian merchant's art collection still held in its original setting - the former family home of the Liverpool ship owner George Holt. Works on show are drawn mainly from his fine collection of British paintings including works by Landseer and Turner, major Pre-Raphaelite pictures and 18th century portraits by Gainsborough, Reynolds, and Romney.



The new Museum of Liverpool will be one of the world's leading city history museums. Building on the success of the former Museum of Liverpool Life, which closed in 2006, the new museum will demonstrate Liverpool's unique contribution to the world and showcase popular culture while tackling social, historical and contemporary issues. It will be housed in a new landmark building at the Pier Head, at the core of the World Heritage Site on Liverpool's famous waterfront.


National Trust



The Walk, Liverpool L24 1XD
Telephone: 0844 800 4799 (Infoline), 0151 427 7231

One of the most famous Tudor manors in Britain, a superb Tudor house with rich interiors, along with fine gardens and estate. Intriguing period interior: discover the secret priest's hole and 'thunderbox' toilet. Countryside walks, with panoramic views over the Mersey Basin towards North Wales.

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20 Forthlin Road , Allerton, Liverpool L24 1YP

Telephone: 0844 800 4791 (Infoline)

The childhood home of music icon Sir Paul McCartney and his brother Michael. One of the most important houses in the history of popular music. The Beatles composed and rehearsed some of their earliest songs there. Authentically furnished as it would have appeared during the 1950s and early 60s when Paul and his family lived there. Houses display of family photographs taken by Michael McCartney.

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Woolton, Liverpool
Telephone: 0844 800 4791 (Infoline)

Childhood home of 20th-century icon John Lennon where some of the earliest Beatles' hits were first composed. A unique insight into the life and times of John Lennon as a boy through photographs, documents and other fascinating memorabilia

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Other Liverpool Museums


59 Rodney Street , Liverpool L1 9EX
Telephone: 0151 709 6261

Beautiful Georgian terraced house – the former studio and home of the renowned local photographer E. Chambré Hardman and a unique time capsule of Liverpool life in the mid 20th century. There is a small exhibition space devoted to a selection of Hardman's work and his amazing techniques for photographing people and landscapes.

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Tel: 0151 227 2008
Set beneath Derby House/Exchange Flags, behind the town hall, the visitor can re-live the times of 1940's Britain with an insight into the life and work of the Wrens and Waafs working under constant pressure in the original area command headquarters for the battle of the Atlantic. Now open to the public, you can visit the reconstruction of the 50,000 sq ft labyrinth of original rooms which brings a dramatic period of history vividly to life. Amongst the rooms you can visit, are the main operations room, the Admiral's office, Teleprinter station and also a reconstructed educational centre, with Anderson shelter and bombed out room. Visitors can see and handle genuine artifacts, such as gas masks and ration books, from the Second World War. The museum shop holds an extensive range of Western Approaches souvenirs. Also available to buy are videos and memorabilia on World War II.


The Old Stableyard, Smithdown Lane, Liverpool, L7 3EE

Telephone: (0151) 709 6868

The Williamson Tunnels are a labyrinth of tunnels and underground caverns under the Edge Hill district of Liverpool in north-west England. They were built in the first few decades of the 1800s under the control of a retired tobacco merchant called Joseph Williamson. The purpose of their construction is not known with any certainty. Theories range from pure philanthropy, offering work to the unemployed of the district, to religious extremism, the tunnels being an underground haven from a predicted Armageddon. Although some of the tunnels have been lost over the years, a lot of them still exist today, under what is now a residential area. One section of the tunnels has been cleared and renovated and is open to the public. The remaining parts of the labyrinth are closed, with many suspected tunnels yet to be rediscovered. Friends of Williamson's Tunnels is a voluntary organisation which is trying to find and excavate the whole of the system. We are one of the biggest local history societies in Britain. It is a rectangle of land bordered by Mason Street, Grinfield Street, Smithdown Lane and Paddington. This is a few hundred metres from the city's landmark Metropolitan Cathedral.




Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, L41 5BR, Wirral, England
Tel :  0151 666 4010
Open :  Open all year Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm (includes all Bank Holidays)
Closed :  Closed Mondays


1 Taylor Street , Birkenhead, CH41 1BG , Wirral, England
T :  0151 647 2128

Birkenhead is a town packed with transport heritage, it is the home of Cammell Lairds shipyard and the home of the European tramway. George Francis Train chose Birkenhead for the first European tramway, back in 1860. Mr Train made an agreement that if the tramway was unsuccessful, he would return Birkenhead's streets to their original state with his own money. Luckily the tramway was a success and operated until 1937 when the petrol motor bus took hold. The Starbuck factory on Cleveland Street built approximately 3000 trams between 1862 and 1913. Trams were made for the UK market and for export. The Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway are both still using vehicles built in Birkenhead. Trams still operate on the streets of Birkenhead, the main service trams were built in Hong Kong in 1992 to a 1948 pattern. However, a genuine 1901 Birkenhead Tramways tram of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society can be seen in service on special days. The Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society has a number of local trams, both electric and horse-drawn. Pictures of the electric trams at Taylor Street tram depot are included under our "vehicles" page, further information about the group and it’s trams can be found on their web-page.
Wirral Museums Historic Vehicle Collection is housed a Wirral Transport Museum showing a selection of vintage buses representing a variety of local operators over a number of years. There is also a display of cars,and motorcycles and a 1930's garage scene. The 26 foot model railway layout is always the centre of attaction. As well as operating trams, Wirral Museums are also a bus operator, using a London Routemaster they provide transport for school children to visit the various historic sites on the Wirral peninsula. Operations increase when special events require additional public transport. The museums resident vintage buses may be seen providing a free service connecting the tramway at Woodside Ferry terminal and passes Egerton Bridge, Seacombe Ferry terminal and Seacombe Aquarium.

Key artists and exhibits
Wirral Heritage Transport Collection ; Taylor Street Model Railway ; Baxter Collection ; George Francis Train ; Starbuck factory ; Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society ; 201 Bus Group. ; Wirral Transport Library and Archives.

Open :  Sat-Sun 13.00-17.00 Easter, Whit and Summer School holidays, Open all week 13.00-17.00 Group visits welcome by arrangement, outside of normal opening hours.
Closed :  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

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South Pier Road , Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW
Tel: 0151 355 5017

Making the most of its canal-port origins, at Ellesmere Port you can see many items from the inland waterways collection as they would have been originally placed and used. Examples from the historic boat collection are available to view in the canal, Porters Row details what the dock worker’s cottages would have been like from 1833 to the 1950s, equipment in the blacksmith’s forge is still used to create ironwork and the engines in the Power Hall reveal what was needed to make the canal port function. Within the main gallery, the Island Warehouse, patterns and tools illustrate how boats used to be constructed and on the upper floor you can see the type of material which used to be transported on our waterways and hear stories of people who lived and worked on the canals.




Birkenhead Priory & St Mary's Tower , Priory Street, Birkenhead, L41 5JH, Wirral, England
T elephone:  0151 666 1249
Open :  Summer: Wednesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm Winter: Wednesday – Friday 12noon-4pm Saturday & Sunday 10am–4pm Also open Bank Holidays Other times by appointment only.


Croxteth Hall & Country Park, Croxteth Hall Lane, Liverpool, L12 0HB, Merseyside, England
T :  0151 228 5311
Open :  From Easter 2005 Daily 10.30am - 5.00pm
Closed :  October 2005 - Easter 2006

University of Liverpool


Ashton Street, off Brownlow Hill, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 3DR, Liverpool T :  0151 794 2348
Open :  Monday - Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm
The Tate Hall Museum, a large Gothic style hall on the second floor, showcases material from wide ranging University museum collections. Highlighting the innovation and excitement of academic discovery and the history of teaching, the collection includes a number of objects relating to innovation and research in areas such as anaesthesia, dentistry, archaeology, zoology, engineering and oceanography. Exhibits include sea creatures and animal skeletons from an early 20th century zoology museum, fossils of footprints from extinct dinosaur ancestors, a display of calculators from the 19th century to the present day and X-rays from the beginning of X-ray technology.


14 Abercromby Square , Liverpool, L69 3BX , Merseyside, England
Tel :  0151 794 2467

The Garstang Museum of Archaeology, in the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology is named in honour of Professor John Garstang, whose excavations in Egypt, Sudan and the Levant produced the majority of our archaeological collections. Between 1904-1914 Garstang's work at the cemetaries of Beni Hassan, Esna and Abydos in Upper Egypt produced a wealth of objects from burials of all periods of Egyptian civilisation, while his work at Nagada and Hierakonpolis, also in Upper Egypt, is critical for our understanding of the earliest phase of Egyptian history.

The Garstang Museum also contains objects which came from his work outside Egypt, from Meroe in the Sudan, Jericho in the Levant, and Sakje Geuzi in Anatolia.

The Museum displays some of the key objects in our collection, which also indicate the key areas of strength in teaching and research in the School - Egyptology, Classical Studies and Prehistoric and Near Eastern Archaeology. 

The Garstang Museum can be found on the first floor of the School at 14 Abercromby Square, Liverpool. The museum is normally open on Wednesday afternoons (2.00-5.00) in term time, and all day (9.30-5.00) on the first Friday of every month (2nd Friday in January 2009). The entrance is at the rear of the building through a wrought-iron gate from Chatham Street.

Open :  Wed 13.30-16.00 during Term Time Other times by appt



Mersey Road , Widnes, Cheshire, England, WA8 0DF
Telephone: 0151 420 1121   Fax: 0151 495 2030  WA8 0DF

This is the only science centre (and museum) solely devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in every day life - from medicines to meccano. The key aim is to inform people of all ages about chemistry, industry and its role in our lives, past present and future. Holdings include an extensive collection of (mostly local) photographs, the Peter Spence archive, the entire ICI General Chemicals Division research archive and much research done by the original Museum Project regarding the chemical industry in the North-West.  There are also have several ad hoc documents prepared for various enquiries over the years, plus the J W Towers and Co Ltd archive which is in the process of being catalogued.



Address: The Beatles Story, Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD

Telephone: 0151 709 1963.

Located within Liverpool's historic Albert Dock, the Beatles Story is a unique visitor attraction covering an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles.

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34 Church Street , Prescot, Knowsley, L34 3LA, Merseyside, England
Tel :  0151 430 7787
Open :  Mondays - By appointment Tues-Sat 1000-1300 & 1400-1700 Sun-1400-1700
Closed :  Public Holidays


St Helens Central Library , The Gamble Building, Victoria Square, St Helens, WA10 1DY,

Tel:  01744 456954
Open :  Mon and Wed 9.30 - 20.00 Tues, Thurs, Fri 9.30 - 5.00 Sat 10.00 - 13.00
Closed :  Sat after 13.00 Sun Christmas and New Year


The Old Bus Depot, Hall Street, St.Helens, WA10 1DU, Telephone 01744 451681
A unique & extensive collection of vintage buses, British trolleybuses and classic cars in the UK are the centrepiece of this regional transport museum formerly known as St Helens Transport Museum.

Following its extensive and comprehensive refurbishment the North West Museum of Road Transport has joined the ranks of the top North West attractions and is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday.




World of Glass, Chalon Way East, St. Helens, WA10 1BX,

Tel:  01744 22766
Open :  For visitors the Centre is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm and Bank Holidays. Group bookings for evening visits are available on request.


Field Trips/Heritage Walks


From around 1740 and until abolition, Liverpool was Britain's main slaving power. Thousands of ships travelled to Africa where they loaded up with slaves and transported them to the Americas. There they were sold and luxury goods such as cotton, sugar, coffee and rum were bought with the proceeds, for sale on return to Britain. The fortunes of many Liverpool-based merchants and investors were effectively made by the trade, and the legacy can still be seen today around the city centre, whether in street names, in the carving on buildings, or in the existence of the buildings themselves. This map tours some of the more visible examples you can see as you walk around the city. Select a name from the list on the right and discover how it is still linked to this bloody trade.



You have read about the Albert Dock and its warehouses in the Trading Places unit. Now it is time for you to explore it yourself. Simply print out these sheets, take them to the entrance of the Merseyside Maritime Museum and your exploration begins.



Morris, Maggi & Ashton, J. The pool of life: A public health walk in Liverpool(1997). The history of public health told through key buildings and people, arranged in a number of guided walks.



Highly trained tourist guides are ready to walk, talk, and tour to make your visit even more enjoyable and fascinating.

Walks: There are regular walking tours taken by Blue and Green badge guides to suit many interests.  For a full list call at the Tourist Information Centres at John Lennon airport, Anchor Court at the Albert Dock, or in the city centre at the 08 Place in Whitechapel, opposite the Met Quarter shopping mall.

On the Bus - There is an open-top bus service around the city with live commentary by a guide.

Private tours - Some guides have their own vehicles licensed and insured to carry small groups. Those who are qualified are shown in the Guides List.

Contact – Discuss your plans and requirements, they can build a tour or walk to suit your party.
email - or Phone - 01928 566969



One of two WW II DUKW amphibious landing craft that The Yellow Duckmarine company has rebuilt, updated and turned into a 30-seat sightseeing vehicle.  Wacker Quacker 1 and Wacker Quacker 2 as they are named, have been operating tours from The Albert Dock since April 2001 and between them they provide up to 11 tour departures most days from 11.00am. This unique road and water adventure provides knowledge and excitement and interest for all ages.  On the road, Ducks travel a circular route along Liverpool's historic waterfront and through the city taking in the major sights including the Pier Head,  Royal Liver Building, St Georges Hall, the cathedrals, Chinatown and many other places of interest. This part of the tour lasts 30 minutes.  On returning to the Albert Dock the vehicles dramatically drive straight from the road down the main slipway and into the Salthouse Dock - the famous Duck Splashdown!  On the water the tour continues through the 19th century south docks - via Wapping and Queens Docks to Coburg Dock and then back to circle the Albert Dock itself before returning to the start point.  There is a live tour commentary throughout each tour, which is delivered by our very knowledgeable crews.

DUKW's were built in the USA by General Motors and started life in the mid 1940s as military ship-to-shore transports.  Many were used in the D-Day landings and in other wartime theatres. They remained in service with the British and other armies into the 1960s. Liverpool's DUKW's have been extensively rebuilt, fitted with new diesel engines and updated where necessary to meet current road and water regulations.  On the road they are considered to be a 30 seat bus and on the water, Class V passenger vessels.  The company is therefore heavily regulated regarding safety, by both the road transport and maritime agencies. 

Tickets: are on sale to individuals from the ticket office in Anchor Courtyard Albert Dock, and by telephone on 0151 708 7799.  Pre booking is advised to avoid disappointment.  
The ticket office and shop is at: 32 Anchor Courtyard, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AS. 
Open From 10:00am to 5:00pm Tel: 00 44 (0) 151 708



The magical mystery tour is one of the most popular tours around Liverpool.

Stopping off at many of the Beatles homes, schools and birthplaces it shows your round famous spots.  Strawberry fields, Penny lane and many other famous landmarks made famous by the fab four are all stop off points. At the end of the two hour tour you are dropped at the famous Cavern Club where you collect your free Cavern souvenir poster, available only to people who have been on the tour. The tour goes daily and starts at the famous Beatle story and lasts for two hours.  The price of the tour is £10.95 per person.

For further information please call 0871 222 1963

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