Complete Video Transcript
0:10Liverpool rises from the coastal plains of West Lancashire,
0:13where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea.
0:16Whether it be the winds of trade, war, or travel,
0:19this city’s fortunes have been tied to the ocean for over 800 years.
0:30In the 19th century,
0:32Liverpool was Britain’s trading gateway to the world,
0:35creating an enormous wealth that was ploughed
0:37back into the city’s skyline.
0:41In Liverpool, every brick, gable, and spire,
0:44is a proclamation of the city’s industry and optimism.
0:49Right in the heart of Liverpool,
0:51by the banks of the city’s beloved River Mersey,
0:54is Pier Head. Wander across this floating pier,
0:58where the excitement and teary farewells of
1:00Transatlantic steamship passengers once filled the air.
1:06Just behind Pier Head, rises the city’s crown,
1:10The Three Graces.
1:12Named after the Greek goddesses of charm, beauty and creativity,
1:16these three buildings stand as a testament
1:18to both Liverpool’s former trading might,
1:20and the city’s eternal love of beauty.
1:26One of the best views of The Three Graces
1:28is from the Museum of Liverpool,
1:30which traces the ways that maritime trade,
1:33music and sport has shaped the city.
1:38From Pier Head, a great way to explore Liverpool’s waterfront
1:42is aboard an iconic Mersey Ferry,
1:45the riverboats which inspired the famous song.
1:50Take a River Explorer Cruise,
1:52and hop off at various attractions along the way,
1:55such as the U-Boat Story.
1:57In 1993 the German submarine, U-534,
2:01was raised from the bottom of the North Sea by treasure-hunters.
2:05Although no Nazi gold was found,
2:07the submarine was remarkably well preserved.
2:11Today the U-Boat serves as a fascinating window
2:13into the men and machines which wrought havoc on
2:16Allied shipping during World War Two.
2:23Just upriver from Pier Head, is the city’s former engine room,
2:28The Albert Docks.
2:29Once packed with goods such as ivory, tea and tobacco,
2:33today the docks are the storehouses of many of
2:36the city’s historic and cultural treasures.
2:40At the Merseyside Maritime Museum,
2:42explore Liverpool’s oceangoing past, from the ages of sail,
2:46to Titanic stories of loss and sacrifice.
2:56Next door, the acclaimed International Slavery Museum
2:59is a sobering reminder that the bricks of Liverpool
3:02were mortared with the blood and sweat of Africa.
3:09When the UK’s premier art institution, The Tate,
3:11searched for a northern home to exhibit works
3:14from its national collection,
3:15the perfect home was found here, by the Mersey.
3:25Just across the dock, climb aboard another submarine,
3:28and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Fab Four,
3:32at The Beatles Story.
3:34More than just the city’s finest cultural export,
3:37The Beatles were Liverpool’s gift to the world.
3:41Admire memorabilia that has acquired an almost sacred status,
3:46such as John Lennon’s spectacles, and George Harrison’s first guitar.
3:50A few blocks away, continue your Magical Mystery Tour,
3:55down the stairs at 10 Mathew Street.
3:58In the early sixties,
4:00The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club almost 300 times,
4:03and along with bands such,
4:04the Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Kinks,
4:07helped make this tiny stage the center of the musical universe.
4:14But to discover the true birthplace of the Beatles,
4:17take a trip to the leafy Liverpool suburbs.
4:19Set in the basement of a quiet suburban house,
4:22The Casbah Coffee Club ran for just three short years,
4:26before being locked up for decades.
4:28Today you can tour this incredible time capsule,
4:30to see murals painted by the band,
4:32and hear from those who were there to witness the explosion of Beatlemania.
4:39Step even further back into Beatles history,
4:41at St Peter’s, the church where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.
4:45In the graveyard, where the two sunbathed as teenagers,
4:49lays the gravestone of Eleanor Rigby,
4:51the subject of one of the Beatles most famous and haunting songs.
4:59Liverpool is filled with magnificent houses of worship.
5:02In 1903, a 22 year-old student of architecture won a competition
5:07to design the city’s new Anglican Cathedral,…his only previous design credit,
5:12was a pipe stand.
5:14The judges stood by their decision,
5:16and 75 years later their faith was rewarded with the completion
5:19of one of the world’s most glorious cathedrals.
5:32Not to be outdone,
5:33the city’s Catholic community unveiled their own,
5:36rather controversial, Cathedral in the mid 1960s.
5:39Today, the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral,
5:41sometimes referred to as “Paddy’s Wigwam”,
5:44stands as a testament to the daring spirit of sixties.
5:53But if there are two places just as sacred to Liverpudlians as their cathedrals,
5:57it’s the cities football grounds.
5:59Both Liverpool and Everton football clubs have made Liverpool,
6:02England’s most successful footballing city.
6:05At Anfield Road Stadium,
6:08stand before the statue of the Liverpool manager who uttered the immortal words,
6:11“Football is not a matter of life or death,…it’s far, far more important than that.”
6:22Liverpool is a city where elegance awaits at every turn.
6:25Visit gardens of national importance,
6:28like Sefton Park, and stop by the bandstand that inspired The Beatles’,
6:31Sargent Pepper’s Album.
6:38Explore the lavish interiors of stately homes,
6:40like Croxteth Hall and Sudley House.
6:54At the Walker Art Gallery,
6:56stand before artistic treasures that span the great ages of humankind.
7:10Not content to ride the waves of history,
7:13Liverpool has forever looked to new horizons,
7:15and right across the city you’ll see daring architecture
7:18charting a course to tomorrow.
7:22Liverpool may no longer be England’s gateway to the world,
7:25yet each day here is voyage into a spectacular past,
7:28and,…a bright bold future.