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Staybridge Suites King Water Front
21 Keel Wharf,
Liverpool, L3 4AF GB
Holiday Inn Express Albert Dock
Liverpool, L34ad GB
Holiday Inn Liverpool City Centre
Liverpool, L1 1NQ GB
Jurys Inn Liverpool
31 Keel Wharf,
Liverpool, L3 4FN GB
ABOUT ALBERT DOCK, PORT OF LIVERPOOL
With over four million visitors a year, Albert Dock in Liverpool is the most visited tourist attraction in the UK, not including London. When it opened in 1846, it was considered an extremely unique and modern dock as a result of a number of factors. Firstly, although the foundations are constructed using wood, the Albert Dock was built primarily of stone, brick and cast iron, making it the first fireproof warehouse complex in the world. Secondly, it featured the world’s first hydraulic cranes, and thirdly, it had a docking system where ships were loaded and unloaded directly to and from the warehouses.
During World War II, the dock served as a base for the British Atlantic Fleet and was damaged in air raids in 1940 and 1941. Due to a general decline in docking, the complex eventually closed in 1972. However, redevelopment began within a decade, and in 1988, Albert Dock was officially re-opened by Prince Charles.
The dock buildings themselves are five stories high, not including the basement level, making them quite visible from the surrounding areas. They comprise the single largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the United Kingdom, and the cast iron and granite Doric columns are one of the dock’s most distinctive features. The dock was once enclosed by a perimeter wall, but only remnants of this remain today.
Albert dock has five warehouses that had a capacity to store 250,000 tons of commodities. Today, the warehouses serve somewhat different uses than in previous days. Today, rather than brandy, cotton, tea, tobacco, sugar, silk and ivory, visitors will find in Warehouses A, B and E commercial enterprises, while Warehouse C houses shops, apartments and the Tate Liverpool Art Gallery. Warehouse D is where the Merseyside Maritime Museum is located. In addition, the Albert Dock complex contains the renovated dock traffic office, the Granada Television offices, the Beatles Story Museum, the International Slavery Museum, the Bug World Experience attraction, bars, restaurants and two hotels.