Parks and Gardens: Suburbs (South Liverpool)
Riverside Drive, Liverpool. L17 5BU • (0151) 233 2008
Liverpool Festival Gardens are on the site of the first International Garden Festival, which took place in 1984. The gardens have been restored, rejuvenated and renewed. They provide a unique, vibrant, lovely green space for everyone to enjoy.
The International Garden Festival took place between May and October 1984 and attracted 3.8 million visitors. The specially commissioned entertainment complex was the centrepiece of the city’s early regeneration efforts following industrial decline in the preceding decade. When the festival closed its doors, a large part of the site was developed into residential housing, while the remainder experienced various incarnations as leisure and entertainment facilities, until it was left derelict in 1997 to fall into disrepair. Now, after many years and numerous failed attempts to breathe new life into the historic site, the future of the restored Festival Gardens is secure, and the gates are well and truly open.
The restoration of the Festival Gardens has taken painstaking effort from the many teams and specialists involved. Look out around the site for two restored pagodas in the oriental gardens, the restored Moon Wall and new lakes, waterways and waterfalls.
Free Entry, Picnic Area, Public Toilets.
No easily accessible wifi. Designated smoking areas only.
Open 8.30am-6pm/dusk daily (please check the website for any late changes). Free admission.
Advance booking is not required.
Located south of the city centre on the east bank of the River Mersey.
St Michaels railway station: Five minutes walk.
Free onsite parking available.
Festival Gardens, Riverside Drive, Liverpool. L17 5BU • (0151) 233 2008
Last Updated Monday 20 April 2020
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