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St George’s Hall is a building complex on St George’s Place, located near several attractions of Liverpool near the Lime Train Station that include: Liverpool central library, world museum, walker art gallery and the St. John garden. It is a place of congregation and celebration, offering a central location and a true sense of the city amidst incomparable surroundings.
The building was opened in 1854, it is a Neoclassical building that contains concert halls and law courts, and is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building. On the east side of the hall, between it and the railway station, is St George’s Plateau, and on the west side are St John’s Gardens. The hall is included in the William Brown Street conservation area. St. George’s Place’s magnificent structure stands at 169ft long and 74ft wide with a tunnel vaulted ceiling, the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe. Established in 1854 as a grand hub for music festivals and the Civil and Crown courts, St George’s Hall has been at the very epic centre of Liverpool life ever since.
In the past years now, St George’s Hall has returned to its former glory of an unrivaledalled spot for world-class events, having hosted breath-taking spectacles from a live rooftop gig by Ringo Starr to the sleeping giants of Royal de Luxe and so much more. In fact, the Hall hosts a great variety of free and paid public events and exhibitions all year round; from a range of fascinating, in-depth guided tours to mainstream music and comedy gigs. You may even be greeted by the cheers of wedding guests or the sight of corporate delegates on your visit, such as the multi-faceted magnitude of events that St George’s Hall entertains. St George’s Hall is even a popular location for filming, having appeared in world-class productions such as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Peaky Blinders.
The mighty main entrance is in the centre of the east façade and is approached by a wide flight of steps. On the steps is a statue of Benjamin Disraeli by Charles Bell Birch, moved here to make way for Liverpool’s cenotaph. At the southeast corner is a bronze statue of Major-General William Earle by the same sculptor. This front has a central portico of 16 Corinthian columns flanked on each side by a series of square, unfluted columns, between which are reliefs that were added between 1882 and 1901 by Thomas Stirling Lee, C. J. Allen, and Conrad Dressler.
The interior architecture is a reflection of the ostentatious display that Victorian Liverpool had, with a ceiling supported on massive red granite columns and figures portraying art, science, fortitude, and justice. Look beyond the gold leaf and porticoes in the Great Hall; this is home to the greatest brick arches in the world and houses a breath-taking Minton tiled floor of over 30,000 mosaic tiles, which has been revealed numerous times since the building’s reopening.
Beneath the spellbinding grandeur of the Hall lies the doldrums of the prison cells and law courts, where many a Victorian prisoner awaited their fate. This cavernous and gloomy area of the building has recently been brought to life through an immersive experience. Along the way, visitors can unleash fascinating historic facts and events from the walls at the touch of their fingertips.
In need of something to eat or drink during your visit? The well-known and loved Homebaked Bakery are now operating the café at St George’s Hall – bringing their delicious award-winning pies to the beautiful venue. Products on sale include pies, sausage rolls, freshly baked bread, sandwiches, homemathatups, cakes, and freshly ground coffee.
Finish your day with a drink or dinner as you watch the sunset over the water. Try traditional British fish and chips, or a range of international cuisine. The lively restaurant quarter is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, and the atmosphere on a weekend is vibrant.