Snooze, Liverpool’s most stylish Budget Accommodation
There is far too much to write about the City Centre to fit on this page, look on Visit Liverpool or the Council websites for info on tourist attractions in the city. It has been said that Liverpool is the most vibrant city in Europe and Carl Jung described it as the “Pool of Life”. Certainly this rejuvenated city is a very pleasant size – big enough to keep you occupied for days as a tourist but small enough to walk from one side to the other without getting footsore. Here’s a few pics to challenge the image of decay the city had in the 20th Century when the city faced a freefall decline from its once-great status as the Empire’s second city. During that time we endured the largest tonnage of bombs dropped by the Luftwaffe on any city outside London and the largest death toll outside London, the huge loss of jobs to containerisation of the docks and the savagery of the fighting between Mayor Derek Hatton and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Enough self pity! I can only say that you’ll find Scousers will live up to their reputation as friendly, fun, music loving, and passionate about football and their pride in the city. We had that pride when we had nothing else so imagine what its like now…..
The Liverpool – Manchester line was the first proper passenger line ever (Stephenson’s Rocket won the trials in 1829 for the contract to pull the first passenger train along this very line which was opened in 1830) and Lime Street Station was the for-runner of St Pancras station in London. St Georges Hall here gives a hint of the architecture of this city which was the greatest port in the largest empire the world has ever seen. Wealth was derived from the evil slavery trade and by exporting and importing “other goods” e.g from the industrial revolution heartlands of Lancashire and even Birmingham to the British Empire. Some of this wealth was used to create the finest architecture outside of London.
Food & Drink
Nearby to Snooze there are plenty of Pubs, Bars, Takeaways and a couple of Restaurants all within walking distance. Whilst most of our guests prefer to visit the City Centre, there are also a few of Liverpool’s hidden gems nearby, Lark Lane being our favourite. Less than 2 miles away, Lark Lane has over 20 independent restaurants and has a very unique character. Also nearby is Allerton & Smithdown Road again with plenty of independent restaurants and their own unique character.
Sefton Park is one of the largest parks in England and is Liverpool’s busiest and most beautiful park, which Lark Lane (see above) leads onto. It has just been renovated like so much of the city and had some £14m spent on it. Has a large lake and 2 small “rivers” (upper and lower Jordan) running right through. Great for a BBQ in the summer, or a walk all year round. Sefton Park is about a mile from Snooze. In the NE corner of the park you’ll find, next to a Victorian Iron Bridge, a delightful place called the “Fairy Glen” both famous meeting points for Liverpool Lovers.
Wavertree Park is called “The Mystery” or “the Mizzy” because it was donated to the council by a mystery benefactor with the proviso that it should only be used as a children’s play ground hence its old name as Wavertree Playground. It’s just behind Snooze and it’s great for a short walk or jog. It now contains Wavertree Sports Park Olympic Training Village and has an Olympic sized pool, Athletics and Tennis indoor and outdoor centres with 5- and 11- a-side pitches for football (that’s soccer for people from the USA). The facilities are available to the public most of the time.
Our 2 Cathedrals Catholic and Protestant
Each has a totally unique atmosphere and each has its own accolades. I leave you to guess which one has the largest and highest bells in the world and which one was financed by local door to door collections. One of the best views of Liverpool is from the top of the Anglican – reached partly by lift and partly by stairs.
To date Liverpool has never been the target of terrorist attacks even though in the early part of the 20th century fighting between Catholics and Protestants was commonplace dividing even Everton and Liverpool football clubs. Perhaps the name of the street leading from one cathedral to the other holds the key – HOPE. Last winter a green laser beam formed a Ray of Hope along Hope Street between the 2 cathedrals.
The Albert Dock http://www.albertdock.com/
Liverpool was originally built as a castle and naval base in the 12th century but it only came to prominence when it built the first dock in history. The wall of this dock can be viewed through glass paving in Liverpool 1 shopping centre. The Albert dock was built by Hartley and is the largest collection of grade one listed buildings in the Uk.
The Philharmonic Hall