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Liverpool is synonymous with music and football but there is much more to discover in this historic maritime city, making it a great place to learn English.
A trade and migration port on the River Mersey where it meets the Irish Sea, Liverpool is a friendly city with a diverse population and Liverpudlians - known colloquially as ‘Scousers’ (a reference to ‘scouse’ a form of stew) have a reputation for wit.
This is a coastal city with promenades and beautiful beaches and fresh sea air, within easy reach of Wales, the Lake District, and other areas of outstanding natural beauty.
The Liverpool Pier Head and the Three Graces – the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building – were designed to impress, and together they make up part of the Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City UNESCO World heritage site. Take a Mersey cruise and experience Liverpool’s iconic waterfront and skyline from the river.
Liverpool built its wealth on trade and shipbuilding and this is reflected in the impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture, exemplified by the Walker Art Gallery, the national gallery of the north, home to an impressive collection of Flemish, Italian and Pre-Raphaelite art, and St George’s Hall, regarded as one of the finest neo-Classical buildings in the world, where visitors can see the cells used by prisoners awaiting trial, the judges’ robing room and the Criminal Court.
Liverpool boasts two cathedrals.
Sir Gilbert Scott’s neo-Gothic Anglican Cathedral is the largest in Britain. Dubbed ‘one of the great buildings of the world’ by the poet Sir John Betjeman, it features a massive organ and a tower which offers views across the city and as far as Blackpool on a clear day. The modern Catholic cathedral Christ the King with its distinctive teepee shape is also worth a visit.
The docks are central to Liverpool’s history.
Following a period of decline and dereliction the city’s Albert Dock underwent a process of regeneration. Now, the largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in the country is home to the Beatles Story, Liverpool’s most popular museum, as well as Tate Liverpool, the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and the International Slavery Museum.
By the end of the 18th century Liverpool was at the centre of Britain’s slave commerce and this museum recognises the part the city played in that trade as well as focusing on contemporary human rights issues. The Albert Dock is also a popular nightspot with trendy bars and restaurants.
Liverpool is a great shopping destination with over 160 shops in Liverpool One and high end fashion in the Met Quarter.
There is a wide range of cafes, bistros and restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes and plenty of nightlife, with pubs, clubs, bars and a thriving music scene. A visit to the Cavern Club – where the Beatles played over 300 gigs – is a must and it still hosts live music every day of the year. And no trip to Liverpool is complete without going on a Beatles tour and exploring the city’s music heritage.
Liverpool stages major sporting events such as the Grand National at Aintree race course and is home to two prominent football clubs - Liverpool FC at Anfield and Everton at Goodison Park.
It is also a city of culture. Theatres include the Liverpool Playhouse and the Everyman, and the city hosts the Liverpool Biennial of Contemporary Art, the UK’s leading festival of visual arts.