The Royal Liver Building is one of the Three Graces on Georges Pier Head on Liverpool’s waterfront. It was built as the home of the Royal Liver Assurance group and it was Europe’s tallest building when it was opened in 1911.
The Grade I-listed building remains an iconic building that is one of the city’s most recognisable. Despite being such an iconic symbol of Liverpool, guided tours of the building did not commence until 2019.
What to see on the Royal Liver Building 360 tour
The Royal Liver Building 360 is a guided tour experience that takes you to the building’s 10th and 15th floors plus the rooftop where you can get close to the building’s famous clock towers which are crowned by Bella and Bertie, the two liver bird sculptures that have become a symbol of the city.
The tour starts out in the lower ground floor visitor centre where there is a small exhibition about the building’s history. After a quick safety video, you take the lift up to the 10th floor where you can admire the view and listen to the guide tell you about the building’s clock faces. After this, you go up to the 15th floor and the rooftop for a close-up look at the clock face. The rooftop also offers a great view of the city centre and the River Mersey.
The tour gives you a unique opportunity to see inside the famous clock tower and the experience also includes a short nine-minute video presentation about Liverpool
Visiting the Royal Liver Building
The Royal Liver Building 360 is one of the Three Graces on Georges Pier Head. It is right next door to the Cunard Building (which is home to the British Music Experience) and only a five-minute walk to James Street station. The central location means that there are plenty of other things to see and do nearby including the Western Approaches Museum, the Cavern Club, the Magical Beatles Museum, the Museum of Liverpool, Tate Liverpool and the Merseyside Maritime Museum, which are all within a 10-minute walk of the building.
The visitor centre opens daily at 9am but the closing time varies according to seasonal demand.
Although the visitor centre on the lower ground floor is wheelchair accessible, the tour itself isn’t as it involves climbing 124 steps, more than half of which are on a narrow stone spiral staircase. In fact, it is quite a physically demanding experience that may not be suitable for a lot of people.
The clock strikes on the quarter-hour, which is something to bear in mind if you’re sensitive to loud noises.
The entire experience takes a little over an hour.