Art galleries in Liverpool
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William Brown Street, Liverpool

Creative Tourist

As city centre districts go, this one is relatively small: a cluster of buildings along a cobbled street, with Lime Street Station at the top and the Queensway Tunnel entrance at the bottom. But what it lacks in size, this chunk of Scouse real estate makes up for in kerb appeal: the buildings along William Brown Street are an integral part of Liverpool’s World Heritage Status.

Dominating them all is the neo-classical grandeur of St. George’s Hall, a neo-Grecian building that includes an immense Great Hall, with a tunnel-vaulted roof above and an original Minton tiled floor, made from around 30,000 individual tiles, below. It’s here that Liverpool gathers at times of protest, celebration and remembrance; in September 2012, for example, 10,000 people paid their respects to those who died during the Hillsborough disaster.

The buildings lining William Brown Street have the same restrained classicism of the hall. Among them are the Walker Art Gallery, a petite but perfectly formed art gallery that’s home to the annual John Moores Painting Prize, the World Museum, Liverpool’s Central Library (which reopened in 2013 after a £50 million facelift), and the County Sessions House.

Discover our top picks

  • 1. St George’s Hall, Liverpool

    St George’s Hall, Liverpool, St George's Place , Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JJ - Visit now

    Combining both Victorian cells and a stunning hidden floor, St George’s Hall Liverpool makes for an unusual visit. It’s a building with a unique character and history: the original design combined both the Town Council’s call for a new music hall, and government orders to build a new Assizes Court, making St George’s possibly the only civic building to host both music concerts and murder trials under one roof.

  • 2. Walker Art Gallery

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    Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 8EL - Visit now

    The Walker Art Gallery houses one of the most significant collections of paintings in the UK, as well as sculpture and decorative art dating from the 13th century to the present day. The gallery also hosts one of the most prestigious art competitions in the country, the John Moores Painting Prize.

  • 3. Liverpool Central Library

    Liverpool Central Library
    Liverpool Central Library reading room. Image by Austin Smith Lord

    Liverpool Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 8EN - Visit now

    Liverpool’s Grade II-listed Central Library is the largest of the 22 libraries in the city and sits alongside a string of other, similarly magnificent Neo-Classical venues on William Brown Street.

  • 4. World Museum Liverpool

    Exterior of World Museum Liverpool, home to Dino Ranger Day

    World Museum Liverpool, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 8EN - Visit now

    The World Museum holds treasures from around the world, the bottom of the ocean and even outer space. A hybrid of old and new: outside, it’s all Corinthian columns and neo-Classical architecture. Inside, a newish atrium connects what was the Central Technical School with the museum. This museum is unashamedly family focussed with masses of hands-on, especially in the Clore Natural History Centre, so perfect for a family day out.

  • 5. St. John’s Gardens

    St John's Gardens, Liverpool. Courtesy St John's Gardens

    St. John’s Gardens, William Brown Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 - Visit now

    Sandwiched between the museum and gallery on William Brown Street and Queen’s Square, St. John’s Gardens is a small, formal garden filled to the brim with statuary and memorials; its rose flowerbeds forming the backdrop to St. George’s Hall.

  • 6. Liverpool Lime Street Station

    Liverpool Lime Street Station, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JD - Visit now

    Liverpool Lime Street is the largest railway station in Liverpool, has an approximate annual footfall of 11.5 million and is still covered by vast iron and glass roofs dating from the 1880s. Toilets, booking offices, shops, a left-luggage office, taxi ranks and coffee bars are amongst the facilities provided.

  • 7. Liverpool Empire Theatre

    Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE - Visit now

    The Liverpool Empire Theatre is the largest two-tier theatre in the country with a capacity of 2350. Here you will find touring productions of opera, ballet, concerts, comedy and West End shows offering a packed schedule of events.

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