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Liverpool 2

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Liverpool city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover more of Liverpool's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Liverpool has two cathedrals, one situated at each end of Hope Street. The Anglican cathedral is the 5th largest in the world, and has the world’s highest and heaviest bells, and its tower is more than 100 metres high. The cathedral’s Grand Organ is made up of 10,267 pipes, making it the biggest in the UK. Liverpudlians are sometimes called scousers after a type of stew which includes lamb or beef, cabbage, carrot, potatoes and onion. The Philharmonic pub, on Hope Street, is dazzling and flamboyant and is reputedly the most ornate pub in England.


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    Curious About... Liverpool 2

  • An exploration of Liverpool's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures. There is also a Liverpool 1.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Liverpool in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
  • One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home or for using immediately on your mobile device, or we can print it for you and send it using 1st class Royal Mail.
Curious About... Liverpool 2

Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts where the first finishes.

1. Two Cathedrals - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms

This route starts at Liverpool's remarkable Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral – ‘a luminous beauty within a conical shape’. From here the route wends its way past university buildings, through streets soaked in history, where Prime Ministers once lived. Pass a pub once frequented by John Lennon, followed by the school once attended by Sir Paul McCartney, before finishing at the truly stunning and immense Anglican Cathedral.
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2. Cathedral Circular - 1 mile / 1.6 kms

Starting at the Anglican Cathedral, head along Liverpool's equivalent of Harley Street, where many famous Liverpudlians have lived and worked. Pass the 'bombed-out church' of St Luke's which took a direct hit during the blitz, before tasting some of Liverpool’s older, fashionable shopping streets. Finally enjoy the largest Chinese Arch outside China, before returning to the magnificent Anglican Cathedral - the longest cathedral in the world!
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The Booklet
Liverpool 2 Booklet

Each booklet is A5 size. You can: a) download to your computer & print; b) download to your phone or tablet (different format) & use directly from there; c) order a pre-printed copy which we post to you. Each has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck; a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.

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Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free). Please see our FAQs page for further information.

Printed Copy

The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £2.25, and after that it's £4.35. Outside the UK it's £2.50 for 1 booklet, £3.80 for 2 booklets, £5.30 for 3 to 6 booklets and £10.75 after that.

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If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
  • Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
  • Complete one or both walks in your own time.
  • Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
    Complete one form for each location (eg Liverpool 2).
    Let us know one additional interesting fact you discovered along the route for each walk you complete (this provides proof that you did it / them).
  • We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
What People are Saying!

"We tried both Liverpool 1 and 2 and loved them both. The booklets arrived next day, which was great service. We particularly liked the two cathedrals walk, as it was an area of Liverpool we knew nothing about. The clues kept us busy for two or three hours, and afterwards we really enjoyed a coffee in the cathedral! I'd recommend it to anyone - young or old!"

Latest Revision : February 2019