Liverpool's Waterfront Tops England's Great Places List

Dec 17th 2015 | travel | liverpool | Written by Will Jamieson

Liverpool's waterfront has won a national competition to find the "greatest places" in England.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site was the overall winner of the England's Great Places awards.

The competition was run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), to show off the most "attractive and inspiring" work of town planners.

Thame High Street in Thame, Oxfordshire, and Saltaire near Bradford came second and third respectively.

Liverpool waterfront, which features the landmark buildings known as Three Graces, topped the list after more than 11,000 people voted.

The area stretches along the waterfront from Albert Dock, through The Pier Head and up to Stanley Dock, and up through the historic commercial districts and the RopeWalks area to St George's Quarter 

It was granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004, reflecting the city's significance as a commercial port.

The Pier Head encompasses a trio of landmarks known as the Three Graces - the Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building

The Albert Dock, designed by Jesse Hartley, opened in 1846 and remained a fully working dock until closing in 1972. It later underwent a restoration programme and was reopened as a visitor attraction in 1988.

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