Royal Albert Dock

Stephanie Heneghan
Albert Dock Liverpool
Image courtesy of Visit Britain

Royal Albert Dock, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AF – Visit Now

Christmas drinks at Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock (see below for full profile): Christmas at the Royal Albert Dock is a magical affair. The lights wrapped around the colonnades twinkling as they’re reflected in the dark water, oversized illuminated installations of the Liver Birds (Bella and Bertie, did you know they had names?) adding a Scouse element that’s slightly cheesy but very fun. Also, it’s got some of the best places in Liverpool with Maray, The Long Shot, Madre and Turncoat counted amongst their residents.

So, we wrapped up warm and took a festive walk around the dock to see what’s happening and more importantly, discover the most delicious places to eat and drink. Always thinking of our stomachs.

First up, we head to Turncoat, an underground gin bar that is tucked away in the vaults and does a mean line in a hot toddy. In December all booze should be warm enough to heat up even the coldest Grinch heart. From there we head to The One O Clock Gun, for more warm booze – mulled wine – and more importantly one of the most impressive toasties we’ve ever had.

Stacked with pulled turkey, smoked bacon, gravy and melted cheese, it’s the kind of sandwich that renders everyone silent as they concentrate on the job in hand. More toasties that involve gravy as a main ingredient, please.

Christmas at the Royal Albert Dock is a magical affair

Waddling out we head to The Long Shot, a bar that also shows sports but is absolutely not your traditional sports bar. It’s stylish, friendly and has an envious cocktail list that if you ask nicely includes festive specials. We’d highly recommend the Scarlet Fizz, a true winter warmer of a drink.

Talking of winter warmers, we’ve still got space in our dessert stomach (it’s a real thing, ask James Acaster) that needs to be filled by Madre in their winter garden. For December they’ve turned their outdoor seating area into a Christmas courtyard with fairy lights and heaters, it’s the perfect place to fill up on Churros and waive the hot booze rule for a spicy margarita.

Profile: The largest group of Grade I-listed buildings in the UK; the red-brick former warehouses that comprise Royal Albert Dock Liverpool were built in the 1840s by Jesse Hartley, an engineer with architectural flair. Designed to store “high value bonded goods”, they fell into disuse in the 1950s and by the 1970s were earmarked for demolition. Luckily, instead, they were brought back to life, with the first phase of development completed by 1984. The subsequent move here by the Tate – it opened Tate Liverpool in 1988 as celebrated architect James Stirling converted the warehouse into a gallery – cemented an altogether brighter future not only for the Albert Dock but the until-then disused waterfront as a whole.

There’s plenty to do here. The star attraction is undoubtedly the Tate’s northern outpost but alongside that gallery there is the award-winning Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum. There are several shops offering souvenir gifts, and a selection of cafes and restaurants suiting varying budgets and tastes along the waterfront.


Opening Hours

  • Mon: Open 24 hrs
  • Tue: Open 24 hrs
  • Wed: Open 24 hrs
  • Thu: Open 24 hrs
  • Fri: Open 24 hrs
  • Sat: Open 24 hrs
  • Sun: Open 24 hrs
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

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