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Art, History & Archaeology Sites & Museums

One of England’s densest urban areas, Merseyside was formed in 1974 to unify the city of Liverpool with the suburban sprawl around it. Glimpses of a time when the area was largely rural can still be seen at the grand house of Speke Hall, one of the finest Tudor buildings in England. The Industrial Revolution sparked major change for this area, when it became one of Britain’s most important ports – Liverpool’s docks were formerly recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Growing population and wealth led to new building projects throughout the 19th century. One example was Saint Luke’s Church, a Neo-Gothic structure later left as a bombed-out shell during the Blitz. Into the 20th century, Merseyside became internationally known as the home of The Beatles, with fans of their music continuing to visit Liverpool’s Cavern Club where they once performed.

Archaeology & History Sites in Merseyside

Speke Hall

On the banks of the River Mersey, Speke Hall is a majestic timber-framed manor house built in the 1530s. It was originally the home of the Norris family; who were devout Catholics and ensured that the hall contained a secret priest hole. The house underwent restoration in the 19th century, with additions reflecting the Arts and Crafts aesthetic then in vogue. The present garden design also dates from this period. Now owned by the National Trust, Speke Hall offers a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of urban Merseyside.

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Museums & Art Galleries in Merseyside

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