Victorian dock area, originally built of iron, stone and brick, now fully restored and claiming to be the largest group of Grade I listed buildings in the country. The complex includes car parking, hotels, shops, restaurants and several museums, including: Slavery Museum; Maritime Museum; Beatles Story; and Tate Liverpool. Albert Dock is about a 20-30 minute walk from Lime Street station.
Show village, built in the 18th century, on the Beaulieu river with a pub, hotel and museum. There is also a riverside walk to Beaulieu village. Buckler's Hard was at one time a port and shipbuilding community, where many of the Royal Navy's ships began life. It is part of the Beaulieu Estate.
Famous 19th century sailing ship, built in Dumbarton in 1869, which was the fastest ship of her time and is the world's only surviving tea-clipper. Carefully restored after a disastrous fire, Cutty Sark has been raised about 10 feet (3+ metres) so that you can walk right underneath her copper-bottomed hull. On deck and below are fascinating displays and accounts of the ship's history and life on board.
Managed by Royal Museums Greenwich, who are also responsible for the National Maritime Museum, Queen's House and Royal Observatory.
Berthed by Glasgow's Riverside Museum is the SV (sailing vessel) Glenlee, launched in 1896. Known locally as “The Tall Ship”, this is one of the last steel-hulled bulk cargo carriers in existence, one of only 5 Clyde-built sailing ships still afloat – and the only one in Britain. Extensively and lovingly restored, Glenlee can be seen at the same time as visiting the Riverside Museum and is also hired out for events (so check before making a special trip).
HMS Belfast is one of London's landmarks, a World War Two Royal Navy cruiser permanently moored by London Bridge and now a museum operated by the Imperial War Museum. Belfast saw service on the Arctic Convoys, during D-Day and the Korean War. Exploring the ship gives a unique insight into life on board during those dark days and up to 1963.
Launched at Chatham in 1765, HMS Victory served in the American War of Independence, the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic War. She is most famous as the flagship of Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, when the Royal Navy defeated a larger combined French and Spanish force. Nelson died on board. Victory has been in dry dock since 1922 and is still a commissioned warship. Learn the origin of 'a square meal' and 'not enough room to swing a cat'. Be amazed at the conditions in which sailors lived and fought in the early 19thC.
The National Maritime Museum is allegedly the world’s largest maritime museum with a collection that includes artwork, maps and charts, models, memorabilia and thousands of other objects - such as an impressive number of figureheads and items relating to Horatio Nelson and Captain Cook. The museum opened in 1937 and is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.
The first purpose built lighthouse to be lit by electricity. There are cracking views from the top, you can get up close and personal with a rather large light bulb and there is a fascinating museum. On the adjacent grass-covered wind-swept cliff top used to be a mining village - not a trace of it can be seen now. All about are the cries of hundreds of seabirds and the grassland - the Leas - is home to a variety of wildflowers.
German U-boat U-534 mysteriously refused to surrender at the end of World War Two, and was on a northerly course from Denmark when it was attacked, and sunk, by an RAF Liberator. Most of the crew survived. The wreck was recovered in 1993 and now sits in Birkenhead. The ship itself has been cut away to reveal its rusted and destroyed interior. There is also an interesting exhibition.
Note - entry to U-534 might be free with a Mersey Ferry Explorer ticket. Managed by Mersey Travel.