Liverpool is a world city of international renown, with its instantly recognisable waterfront, unique accent and famous sons and daughters. Based in the heart of North-West England, Liverpool is also Britain's favourite day trip destination according to the national tourist board. The waterfront area attracts millions of visitors each year to admire the rejuvenated Albert Dock, home to the Tate Gallery and Maritime Museum, and to take a trip on the famous Mersey Ferry. The city centre is packed with magnificent buildings and splendid architecture including St George's Hall, Liverpool Museum, Walker Art Gallery and its two cathedrals. A range of theatres offer first class productions to rival London's West End and many tourists just come to Liverpool for its exciting nightlife. Liverpool remains a major regional shopping area, and in recent years has seen new and exciting retailers muscling in to take advantage of Merseysiders' spending power. Fashion clothes store Zara has been joined by GAP and Vivienne Westwood, whilst Flannels and Armani have signed up to move into the new Met Centre which is due to be completed in late 2005. In addition, the much anticipated Paradise Project is now on site to provide new department stores that will house, amongst others, a new John Lewis and Debenhams. The site will also see two new hotels, a gallery, new bus station, public park, cinema and parking for 3,000 vehicles. It will be completed by the end of 2007. The city centre has a wide choice of cafes, bars, pubs and clubs. Mathew Street, the home of the Cavern Club, still attracts thousands of Beatles fans from all over the world. The city is alive with musicians, poets, writers, artists, painters, sculptors, designers and architects - further enhancing its image as a European city of culture. Meanwhile, its three universities (University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Liverpool Hope University) are providing our citizens with new talents and skills. Liverpool is also a serious sporting city. Liverpool and Everton football clubs are renowned the world over. Liverpool is also home to the world's most famous horse race, the Grand National at Aintree. Sourced with thanks from Liverpool.gov LIVERPOOL LINKS: Liverpool City Council Home Liverpool Tourist Information Liverpool - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Liverpool.com - Liverpool's Premier Entertainment Guide Tate Gallery Liverpool: International modern and contemporary art Downtown Liverpool - the online magazine and forum for Liverpool, UK

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