As Liverpool has emerged into the 21st century, it has changed its industrial base dramatically. The area was famed for its rapid growth as a result of the city’s development as a port, but as the port’s popularity declined, so did the amount of jobs that were provided by it. Today Liverpool has to use other areas to supply its population with jobs, and one such area is tourism.
There are many reasons why people would want to visit Liverpool and its surrounding area. The first reason is the geography that provides the city with a number of nearby beaches. In the summer months the beaches at Formby, Crosby Hoylake and Southport are all popular destinations.
One advantage of the deindustrialization of the region has been the cleaning up of the River Mersey. There was a period in the 1980s when the Mersey was one of the most polluted rivers in the United Kingdom and today the nearby beaches have benefited from the river being far cleaner than it has been since the start of the 19th century.
Many people who visit Liverpool will combine their city visit with day trips to the nearby beaches. The sea that faces the coastline is the Irish Sea and this large area of bay can boast by having some of the finest beaches in the country.
Liverpool attracts many people as a result of its industrial history and this is recorded in museums in the city and tourists often organize into groups to visit the old working areas. The museum of Liverpool is UK’s first museum dedicated to the history of a city and enables the visitors to discover how the city grew through its port and industries.
The redeveloped Albert Dock area is a major attraction for tourists as it is the home to both the Merseyside Maritime Museum and the International Slavery Museum where it enables people to look closer at Liverpool’s relationship with the sea.
This area is also the home to the Tate Liverpool gallery which hosts international exhibitions and has works of various artists – from Tracey Emin to Picasso. The city is also home to the Walker Art Gallery which is the national gallery for the north of England.
Liverpool is proud to be the home of the Beatles and the city gives tourists numerous opportunities to research the bands history in the city. “The Beatles Story” is a permanent exhibition located in Albert Dock which takes the guests through the lives, times and music of the band.
There are replicas of the Casbah, Matthew Street and the Cavern that have been recreated to give a feel of the premises and areas that the band use to occupy. There are even workshops that demonstrate how the band came to create their music. The lovers of the band are also able to take special bus tours around the city to see where the band played and lived.
The major sporting venues in the city also cater for the needs of the tourists. The two football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, have special tours of their stadiums and visitors can see changing rooms, supporters’ boxes and the trophy cabinets that display the trophies that have been won by the two clubs. Tourism is becoming more and more popular in the city and this has a great deal to do with the work that the local authorities have done in creating new places of interest that the city’s guests can visit.