The Albert Dock is a complex of dock buildings and warehouses that are situated in Liverpool, England. The docks were seen as revolutionary when they opened as they were the first structure in Britain to be built with no structural wood, as they were built from iron, stone and brick; this was important as it made the dock building non-combustive. The docks were used for over 50 years for shipping but advancements in shipping meant that bigger docks were needed. Although the docks were still used for cargo shipping for many years the effects of the loss of business to bigger docks did finally catch up with the Albert Dock. Since the docks struggled for business, many of its buildings were sold off and today the docks serve many different purposes such as television studio space, museums and cafes/bars/restaurants. The dock buildings are ‘Grade I’ listed in terms of English Heritage and Albert Dock is also a World Heritage site.
If travelling to the dock by bus, the C4, C5 and City Link services stop at Albert Dock and the Liverpool ONE bus station is opposite the dock. By train, ‘Liverpool Lime Street’ is a 20-minute walk away but you can get the train from there to ‘Liverpool James Street’ station which is a 5-minute walk away. If travelling by car, follow the signs for Albert Dock on the M62 motorway, parking is available close to the dock at a cost.
Opening Times and Admission
It is free to walk around the dock area and there are little in the way of restrictions. The dock buildings serve many different purposes so fees may apply to enter them.