Sunday, 31 July 2011

A day in Liverpool

The Chinese takeaway arrived successfully last night and was excellent.  We sat out on the dock most of the evening as it was such a warm evening.  We then all took a walk along a very short stretch of  the Manchester Ship Canal just in time to see two ships and two tugs passing by.  The wash made by the tugs was a sharp reminder that the MSC is not the safest of places for little old narrow boats.

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Today (Sunday) James, Doug and Ann took the train to Liverpool.  John stayed on the boat to look after Oscar and spend some time in the museum. The train was only £2 return for each of us!  We walked down to the docks and along  by the Royal Liver Building (Britain’s first skyscraper).

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Ann and Doug in front of the Royal Liver Building

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The recently completed Museum of Liverpool on the water front.

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James at Albert Dock.

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Liverpool Cathedral designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and built in the twentieth century – a truly awesome building and the largest cathedral in Britain.  Inside the size, detail and design is magnificent.

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The organ, some of which can be seen either side of the chancel, is the largest in Britain with 10,268 pipes.  It also has the highest and heaviest peal of bells and Britain’s highest and widest gothic arches – and who says size isn’t important!

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That’s Ann by the way.  We went up the tower (which cost £5 but entry to the building is free with a donation of £3 requested) and was well worth it with views over the city. 

We had lunch at the Cathedral Restaurant, Doug tried “Scouse” -  very tasty meat hot pot while Ann had a roast lunch and James having the veggie option. With a bottle of red wine the cost was £30.  We can highly recommend the cathedral for a lovely and reasonably priced meal.

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…… and the surroundings are pretty impressive as well!

We travelled back on the train to Ellesmere Port arriving back at 5pm - set off back towards Chester and moored at 7pm back at Chester Zoo.  We’re now ready to make our way into Chester in the morning so Ann and John can get the train from Chester to Penkridge -  sadly their week with us has come to an end….

1 comment:

  1. So glad you enjoyed your trip to our fair city! It's a pity you won't be here in September, I will be moored in the Salt house Dock for two weeks, for the tall ships. I would have loved to have met you! So your now a fan of "Scouse" too, fab! lol.

    Debbie x