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Waterfront, Liverpool

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The waterfront, which takes in the Albert Dock and the Pier Head, is an integral part of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site – and is the best place to get a feel for the city’s former grandeur. It features The Three Graces, a trio of buildings that were designed to illustrate Liverpool‘s immense wealth, the Baroque Port of Liverpool Building and the iconic Royal Liver Building, topped with two its cormorant-like Liver Birds. The female is said to look out over the sea for returning sailors, while the male looks over the city, to check the pubs are still open.

The Albert Dock right on the water boasts the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the UK and is home to numerous shops, restaurants and hotels in its red brick warehouses – as well as Tate Liverpool. This superb gallery is not a lone cultural highlight here, however; the waterfront also features the Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, the Museum of Liverpool and Open Eye Gallery, a small photography gallery with a big reputation.

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Exhibitions 21 October 2016–5 March 2017, from £6.00

Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

Sculptor, painter and creator of artistic installations and happenings, Edward Krasiński was one of the most significant Eastern European artists of the 20th century. This is the first UK retrospective of his work.

Exhibitions 1 April–1 May 2017, FREE

O.K. The Musical at Tate Liverpool

Visitors to Tate Liverpool will have the unique opportunity to witness the entire production of a musical unfold live in the gallery over the space of four weeks, culminating in three special performances.

Exhibitions 6 January–19 March 2017, FREE

North: Identity, Photography, Fashion at Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery launches its 40th birthday year with this exhibition, exploring the influence of the North of England on fashion and visual culture.

Exhibitions 16 September 2016–3 September 2017, FREE

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

An exhibition focusing on the work of Tracey Emin and William Blake to reveal surprising links between the two artists.

Exhibitions 23 June–15 October 2017, from £6.00

Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919-1933 at Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool’s upcoming exhibition Portraying a Nation documents the glamour and misery of the Weimar Republic through the work of painter Otto Dix and photographer August Sander.

Exhibitions 21 October 2016–5 March 2017, from £06.00

Yves Klein

Discover one of the most influential figures of the post-war era, this exhibition brings together major works never before seen in the UK.

Liverpool District Guides

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City Centre, Liverpool

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Hope Street, Liverpool

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Ropewalks and Chinatown, Liverpool

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Exhibitions 21 October 2016–5 March 2017, from £6.00

Edward Krasinski at Tate Liverpool

Exhibitions 4 February–23 April 2017, FREE

Public View at Bluecoat

Exhibitions 16 September 2016–3 September 2017, FREE

Tracey Emin and William Blake in Focus

Exhibitions 21 October 2016–5 March 2017, from £06.00

Yves Klein