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World Heritage City

In 2004 Liverpool was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site under the title Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City. 

In 2004 Liverpool was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site under the title Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City. This refers to Liverpool’s unique international importance, including how the city was at the forefront of dock development in the word; the evolution of the mercantile systems, and the mass movements of peoples that were involved in the slave trade and in mass emigration to the New World during the 19 and 20th centuries.

There are six distinct areas of the World Heritage Site: Albert Dock; Pier Head; Castle Street; Lower Duke Street; William Brown Street; and Stanley Dock - each with their fascinating stories to tell, and with stunning examples of architecture and testament to the development of Liverpool from insignificant fishing village to second city of the British Empire. You can take in the fascinating details of these areas on foot with walking tours or take coach tours that give a total overview of the stunning Liverpool UNESCO Maritime Mercantile City.