The ultimate guide to Castle Street in Liverpool

Emily has your ultimate guide to Castle Street

Emily has your ultimate guide to Castle Street

One of the city’s seven original streets, Castle Street, gets its name from the castle that once stood here. It is now a thriving part of the city’s commercial district.

The famous street is a place completely steeped in history, and shows no signs of going anywhere – with many flocking to its diverse bars and restaurants and enjoying the outdoor seating areas in the summer months.

Here are some of our favorite things about Castle Street, and why it should be on your list of places to visit.

Liverpool City Hall: At the head of Castle Street is Liverpool City Hall – the base for the Mayor and all civic matters. Built in 1749, the Grade I listed building has no shortage of character and characters, from the golden pineapple to the Goddess of Wisdom. The hall has hosted countless prestigious events, including many of the city’s freedom celebrations, royal visits from home and abroad, and the Beatles’ famous homecoming on the front porch.

If you wish to enter, it is periodically opened for guided tours, giving visitors the exclusive opportunity to explore one of the finest surviving city halls from the 18th century.

Sanctuary stone: We can see some of the great history of this street through the sanctuary stone. This served as one of the boundaries of the medieval markets, which existed here for centuries.

Queens Street: Something you might miss unless you’re familiar with it is Queens Avenue. It’s a real moment you’ll miss in this part of town. This picturesque alley has been likened to a magic corridor, and here you’ll discover an art gallery, a wine shop, hairdressers and a restaurant.

Local gin: Liverpool Gin Distillery produces its own organic gin on site in a specially designed 60-litre copper pot still. On three floors there are bars where you can get a variety of drinks. They also have “labs” where you can make your own gin to take home.

Bars: There are also a range of other bars to excite you and restaurants serving Italian, French and Brazilian cuisine, to name a few. In June 2020, Liverpool City Council launched a fund to help local businesses redesign outdoor spaces into high-quality, covered seating areas – to replace indoor space lost as a result of social distancing restrictions during the pandemic. This resulted in part of Castle Street being closed to traffic, enabling venues to spread out onto the streets.

Behind the name: You might not necessarily associate castles with Liverpool, but there was a castle here from around 1235 to the 1730s. It is built on a natural sandstone outcrop on the natural tidal inlet of the River Mersey. The castle was prominent in the layout of Liverpool’s original medieval ‘seven streets’. A historical document tells us that it contained a chapel, a brewery, a bakery and a covered well.

Derby Square: The Queen Victoria Monument was built directly on the site of the former castle on Derby Square. But it’s not just the former king on display here. The statue actually contains 26 bronze figures. The Grade II listed structure was unveiled five years after the king’s death. She even endured the attack. While the surrounding area was destroyed, she managed to survive.

Watch the video at the top of this page for our complete guide to Castle Street in Liverpool.

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