Words by Steph Wetherell
Posted on 30/10/2019
Situated at the mouth of the Albert Dock on the banks of the River Mersey in Liverpool, the Tate Liverpool boasts one of the largest collections of contemporary and modern art outside London. The gallery is located within one of the iconic warehouses that surround the docks, lying derelict until they were converted as part of a regeneration project in the 1980s.
Along with an extensive display from the National Collection of the Tate, the gallery is well known for its ever-changing programme of exhibitions and collections; since it opened, works by Dali, Picasso, Warhol and Monet have hung on these walls, with upcoming shows crossing disciplines from photography to sculpture, film to installations.
When you’ve had your fill of art, have an amble around the dockside area. Once an integral part of the port of Liverpool, the site is now a bustling mix of shops, museums, restaurants and bars. Follow the Liverpool Canal Link as it weaves along the historic waterfront, which contains the greatest concentration of Grade 1 listed architecture in the UK. A waterway once linked the Leeds & Liverpool Canal with a series of docks, but building work in the early 20th century left the southernmost docks disconnected. In 2005 a new route was proposed that would reconnect the docks, and the work was completed in 2008, opening up another 1.4 miles of navigable water.
Follow the link as it passes by the Museum of Liverpool, its modern architecture in striking contrast to the historical majesty of the ‘Three Graces’, made up of the Cunard Building, the Port of Liverpool Building, and the Royal Liver Building. The latter is the most iconic, topped with two Liver Birds, a mythical creature that is associated with the maritime history of the city. As you continue to follow the waterway, you will pass a series of warehouses and docks until you reach the hexagonal clock tower at Salisbury Dock. At this point the waterway turns sharply right and continues until it reaches Stanley Dock, dominated by the towering Tobacco Warehouse and a lock flight that marks the end of the link and the meeting point with the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.
Plan your day out along the Liverpool Canal Link with our online guide
Illustration by Tom Bradnock