Albert Dock, Liverpool

Spend some time exploring Liverpool’s iconic Albert Dock.

Albert Dock is one of Liverpool’s most important tourist attractions and a vital component of the city’s UNESCO World Heritage site, Maritime Mercantile City. This is a kingdom of concrete, bricks and metal. Today in Albert Dock you can find cafés, galleries and museums.

The Albert Dock was not always as we know and see it today: its history dates back over 170 years to 1839. Following a period of dereliction and a complete regeneration, the Dock was officially reopened in 1988. It was engineer and architect Jesse Hartley who submitted plans to the Liverpool Dock Office, to begin the build of the original Albert Dock.

Today we can proudly say that the Dock’s lofty colonnades and statuesque columns make up the largest group of Grade 1 listed buildings in the country.

The creation of Albert Dock is a testament to innovation and engineering feats: before it, the wooden warehouses of the time made fires a huge risk. As such, the Dock was the first enclosed, non-combustible dock warehouse system in the world.

It was also the first structure in Britain to be built entirely of cast iron, brick and stone. The Dock went on to gain another ‘first’ in 1848, when the world’s first hydraulic warehouse hoists were installed on its site.

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