Members of the public can take their place on the ‘Beatles balcony’ and relive some right royal occasions when Liverpool Town Hall throws open its doors next week.
The city’s most important civic building opens to the public from Monday 19 August. It is giving everyone the chance to take in the beautiful surroundings of one of the finest surviving 18th century buildings, and relive some of the most significant civic occasions in the city’s history.
Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said: “Liverpool’s Town Hall is one of the many jewels in the city’s crown. This iconic 264 year old building will be my office for another 10 months and each day I pinch myself to think I’m surrounded by so much of Liverpool’s great heritage.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to visit one of the city’s most stunning buildings.
“It’s all too easy to overlook the wonders directly on our doorstep, but I hope we can encourage as many people as possible to come and visit us and take a look around at this beautiful building.”
Visitors can stand on the famous balcony graced by the Beatles, the Queen and some of Liverpool and Everton’s greatest ever players. It is a unique opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the rich and famous.
On entering the building visitors will be greeted by the splendid Flemish wooden fireplace from 1893. The entrance hall also features a floor made up of hand-painted tiles and showing the Liverpool’s Coat of Arms.
Or wander along to The Large Ballroom within Liverpool Town Hall which contains three of the finest Georgian chandeliers in Europe weighing over one ton each. At each end of the room are two enormous mirrors specially designed so that people could admire themselves during balls and banquets.
Open days are as follows:
• Monday 19 August (10am until 3pm – last entrance is at 2:30pm) Guided tour at 11am
• Tuesday 20 & 27, Wednesday 21 & 28, Thursday 29 August (10am – 4pm – last entrance is at 3:30pm) Guided tour at 11am and 2:30pm
• Thursday 22nd August (10am – 2pm – last entrance is at 1:30pm) Guided tour at 11am
Taking a walk around the Town Hall is free of charge and there is no need to book, but if you wish to go along on one of the guided tours (conducted by local Liverpool historian Steve Binns) there is a charge of £3.00 per person and, as places are limited advance booking is recommended by calling the bookings team on 0151 233 3020 to reserve a place.
For the first year running there will also be a variety of exhibitions on site with the artist who produced the artwork there to have a chat with, including Jim Connolly the notable local artist. Items will also be available to purchase.