Liverpool City Halls are marking Heritage Open Days 2022 by offering free-to-attend events at St George’s Hall and Liverpool Town Hall.
The events at both Halls are available on a limited scale and will be served on a first come, first served basis.
ST GEORGE’S HALL HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
St George’s Hall will be running seven FREE guided tours of their magnificent Great Hall between Friday 9 September and Saturday 17 September* to mark the 2022 Heritage Open Days programme.
Join their knowledgeable guides, as they deliver a snapshot of the history and architecture of this unique, grand setting, which has played host to countless large scale events. From fashion shows to festivals, to becoming a bedroom for giants, the Great Hall has provided the awe-inspiring backdrop to many an occasion (not forgetting graduation ceremonies and wedding days).
In addition to being a place where people often congregate and celebrate, the Great Hall has also appeared in several Film & TV productions, including Peaky Blinders, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and BBC’s War of the Worlds to name a few.
Although the majority of the buiding’s famous 30,000 encaustic tiled Minton floor is currently hidden (with the exception of the outer perimeter), St George’s Hall still has many marvels for visitors to admire within the Great Hall. Whether it be the recently restored barrel-vaulted ceiling, the 7,737 piped Willis Organ, the near 13-feet high bronze doors, the statues of notable people in Liverpool’s history, or the stunning stained glass depictions book-ending either side of the Hall, your visit promises to deliver a visual feast.
LIVERPOOL TOWN HALL HERITAGE OPEN DAY
Liverpool Town Hall Heritage Open Day takes place on Monday 12 September, from 1pm-5pm.
Take part in a rare opportunity to enter the magnificent Grade I listed Liverpool Town Hall.
A base for the city’s Lord Mayor and all civic business, the Town Hall was established back in 1749 and is still lauded today as one of the finest surviving town halls of the 18th century, due to its masterful Georgian architecture.
Passing residents, visitors and commuters may have already admired the breath-taking exterior of this iconic landmark, which is crowned by a statue of Minerva and has all manner of decorative curiosities hidden in plain view. However, stepping inside will leave you with a whole new perspective of a building which has greeted Queen Elizabeth II, The Beatles and the Dalai Lama among many other esteemed guests…
From the impressive vestibule – complete with a decorative groin vaulted ceiling, an encaustic tiled Minton floor and an ornate fireplace – our guests will be able to navigate through to the distinguished oak and mahogany decorated Council Chamber, which serves as the epicentre for all civic business.
Below ground level, visitors can take time to pay their respects to the city’s fallen within the poignant surroundings of the Hall of Remembrance, which contains Liverpool’s official Roll of Honour. Through to the crypt thereafter, visitors will be able to view some of the plushest, most old-fashioned working toilets in existence (the fancy facilities will also be familiar to fans of Peaky Blinders, having appeared in scenes of the popular BBC series).