Key to the City™, Liverpool.

The Lowdown on Liverpool

Church Street, Liverpool
Church Street, Liverpool (Photo: Not So Big Media)

Liverpool is a international city and the second port city in the country after London. Known for its trading background, the city was at the centre of the British Empire. In this section we'll give you an outline of how the city works.

The Layout of Liverpool

We think that the easiest way to find your way around a city is to choose a centre point and then divide the city into smaller districts. Liverpool has a large city centre and many centre points including Liverpool One and Derby Square. We have though chosen the junction of Church Street, Lord Street, Paradise Street and Whitechapel as our centre point. From here you can get to anywhere in the city centre in about ten minutes.

We have divided Liverpool into four districts, and each district is divided into smaller chunks too. The areas are: the City Centre, quite large with many of Liverpool's main attractions including the Albert Dock, Liverpool One shopping centre, Ropewalks (Liverpool's independent retail quarter) and the Cavern Quarter, legendary home of The Beatles; the Inner City, home to the Georgian Quarter, University Quarter and the up-coming Baltic Traingle; the Liverpool Suburbs, the outskirts of the city with good motorway access and ideal for business travellers, home to Anfield, Aintree, Croxteth Park and The Beatles childhood homes; and finally Merseyside which includes the Wirral, Birkenhead, Southport and St Helens. For simplicity, we have included parts of some other boroughs within the Liverpool districts.

Paradise Street, Liverpool

City Centre

This is the very heart of the city and home to the famous Albert Dock and Cavern Quarter. Shops can mainly be found on Church Street, Lord Street area and in Liverpool One. Parking is relatively abundant but can be costly.

Liverpool Cathedral

Inner City

Liverpool's Inner City is home to Liverpool Cathedral and the Georgian Quarter in the south east, University Quarter in the north east and the trendy Baltic Triangle in the south.

Sefton Park Palm House, Liverpool


Liverpool is a big city and you have to venture out of the city centre to reach many of its attractions. Croxteth Hall and Country Park to the east is the city's biggest outdoor space, or venture south to discover The Beatles' Childhood Homes.

Port Sunlight Garden Village, Wirral


The Merseyside region extends to the Wirral, Southport and St Helens. We hope to add more visitor attractions in the coming months.