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Wroclaw, also known as Breslau (It was a German city pre 1945) is Poland’s 4th largest city and is the historic capital of the Lower Silesian region. Wroclaw was not really on the tourist radar until it hosted the UEFA Euro 2012 championship as well as becoming the 2016 European Capital of Culture. Since then Wroclaw has grown its international profile drawing in an increasing amount of tourist visitors. These visitors flock to see Wroclaw’s fabulous historic old town, picturesque bridges and scenic islands such as Ostrow Tumski, Wroclaw’s oldest area.

Cathedral Island Wroclaw
Cathedral Island Wroclaw

Although the city is becoming more popular with tourists, it is nowhere as popular as the other main cities in Poland such as Warsaw or Krakow. Even in July, one of the most popular months to travel to Europe, Wroclaw still felt undiscovered with no sign of the usual stag and hen parties found in other popular European cities. In fact I hardly heard any other English speaking tourists throughout my time in the city. The city was still bustling with activity and the many restaurants surrounding the main square and its cobbled side streets were still full of people enjoying the warm sunshine eating and drinking the fabulous Polish beer!

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During my 5 night stay in early July 2019 I managed to see quite a lot of the city and its many attractions and highlights. So here are my top recommendations on the best things to do in Wroclaw:

Wroclaw is such a beautiful city that you could really spend days just wandering around getting lost in its cobbled streets, checking out all the fabulous architecture. I myself found the city a wonderful place to slowly wander exploring all its side streets and checking out many of its amazing churches and historic buildings as well as keeping an eye out for Wroclaw’s most famous attraction, the hundreds of little bronze gnomes scattered around the city! However the city has so much more to offer,

These are in no particular order:

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Ostrow Tumski

Ostrow Tumski is the oldest part of Wroclaw and is also known as Cathedral Island. The area was built in the 10th century by the Piast Dynasty and was the centre of the city until it was destroyed by marauding Tartars. As the city was rebuilt, the centre shifted across the river where its development would be less restricted and Ostrow Tumski became a place of almost exclusively religious and royal significance.

A visit to Ostrow Tumski is a must when visiting Wroclaw especially if like me; you enjoy visiting churches and historic places. The area itself is accessed via an iron bridge built in 1890 and is now famous for the thousands of padlocks placed by newlyweds and lovers hoping their love will last forever. You can even buy a padlock from a local vendor at the entrance to the bridge if you fancy attaching one yourself.

The area is a lovely place to explore and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. As the area is predominantly filled with churches and cathedrals you won’t find a many bars or restaurants making it a peaceful place to take a stroll.

My favourite cathedral to check out was The Cathedral of St John the Baptist. This is one of Wroclaw’s most iconic buildings, originally built in 1244; it was the first brick building in Poland. For 5 Zt (£1) you can even take a lift up one of its towers and take in the beautiful views from the top! You can also pay 4 Zt and visit the secret chapels at the back of the cathedral which are beautiful with some amazing details and artwork, definitely worth checking out!

As you walk around though you may notice that the buildings don’t quite look as old as you would expect. This is because the area was almost destroyed during the 2nd World War; however the area was rebuilt virtually identical during the post war reconstruction. As you walk across the bridge you will notice a picture showing the extent of the damage and if like me, you’ll be amazed at how they rebuilt the cathedral after so much damage.

Ostrow Tumski
The ruined cathedral and surrounding area after the siege of 1945
Ostrow Tumski
The cathedral today after being rebuilt

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Market Square

The market square, still one of the largest in Europe is an old medieval square located in the heart of Wroclaw old town and is the centre point to the pedestrianised zone. Again much of the square and surrounding area was re-built after the siege of 1945. Surrounding the square you will find numerous historic buildings ranging from the Gothic to Art nouveau era apart from one exception; the drab ten-storey office building in the corner leading towards the 24hr flower market at Plac Solny.

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Town Hall

At the centre of Wroclaw market square you will find the magnificent Wroclaw Town hall. This beautifully crafted gothic structure no longer acts as a formal town hall but is now the museum of Burgher Arts. Even if you are not interested in visiting the art exhibitions inside, you can still appreciate the details adorned all over this beautiful building.

Opening Times: Wed – Sat 10:00 – 17:00 Sun 10:00 – 18:00

Tickets: 20 Zt (£4.20)

Wroclaw Town Hall
Wroclaw Town Hall

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Hala Targowa, the market hall

The market hall was built between 1906 and 1908 and has around 190 shops and stalls. On the ground floor locals vendors sell various local produce such as quality fruit and vegetables, as well as a wide selection of local cheese, salami and hams.

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The Market Hall

Upstairs you will find a bewildering array of bric-a-brac, nylon underwear and plastic kitchen utensils, alongside a set of surprisingly clean and modern public toilets. This place is not only popular with the locals but has become a tourist attraction too. It’s a lovely place to check out local life and try some fabulous local produce.

The market is open Mon-Sat 08:00 – 18:30

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Centennial Hall and Multi Media Fountain

Centennial Hall was built to celebrate the hundred year anniversary of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Leipzig in 1813 and to showcase the architectural muscle of German architecture. However at the time, many people were adverse to such a concrete monstrosity being built, with many people opposing the building stating it resembled a concrete hatbox.  Even with all this negative opposition the building was built and became one of the biggest structures of its kind in the world with an inner diameter of 65 metres, a height of 42 metres and a 10,000 person capacity. Although not the prettiest buildings it was an engineering marvel, in fact is was so revolutionary in design that the builders were reluctant to go inside once completed for fear that it would collapse.

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Centennial Hall

Today the building is known as the ‘discovery centre’ and houses an exhibition giving visitors an overview of Centennial Hall’s construction, its history and its place in the pantheon of modern architecture. Please note due to refurbishment the Centennial Hall is closed until September.

Although you cannot enter the building whilst renovations are taking place, the area around the hall is still worthy of a visit. In the summer months, you will find local food vendors and pop up bars with comfy seating areas and deck chairs located within the square leading towards the entrance. Whilst at the back of the hall you will find one of Europe’s biggest fountains, the Multi Media Fountain. This fountain is surrounded by a beautiful flowered gazebo stretching all the way around almost enclosing the fountain fully.

Wroclaw Multimedia fountain
Wroclaw Multimedia fountain

The fountain itself houses 300 different nozzles able to project water 40 metres high, alongside nearly 800 lights and lasers and sound system that can produce a dazzling water display. This display can be seen for free from May to September with hourly shows throughout the day starting at 10am. The best shows are left till after dark when on Fri, Sat and Sunday’s the main shows produce an amazing light show which often draws in up to 20,000 spectators. Unfortunately I was visiting midweek so never got to witness the main event but I did get time to cool off at the fountain and watch some stunning water displays. It’s a really lovely place to sit and relax and maybe take a picnic. Whilst I was there the temperatures where hitting nearly 40 degrees and I was surprised how few people there where trying to cool off, usually these places are crowded in the summer heat but this felt like a little oasis, I defiantly recommend a visit even if you are looking to escape the intense heat of summer!

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Panorama of the battle of Raclawice

To be honest I was unsure what to expect when I came across this museum whilst walking around Wroclaw as I’d never heard of it, however I thought since I was here I’d go and check it out. The building as it turned out was purpose made for this exhibition and houses the Panorama of the Battle of Racławice which is a huge 19th-century painting. This huge painting is 15 meters tall and 114 meters long and circles the inside of the exhibition space alongside additional artificial terrain and special lighting that makes the observer feels inserted in the picture himself.  Inside you are given a headset which tells the history of the painting and depicts the story of a David and goliath type Polish victory against the Russians in 1794. The painting itself is stunning and is extremely detailed and in places even looks real. The artists, some of the best available at the time painted in a way that we would now describe has having a 3D effect which is astonishing to think in that era!

Opening times: Summer April – Nov 08:00 – 19:30

Tickets: Normal: 30 Zt (£6.20)

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Hydropolis

Housed in a 19thcentury disused underground water tank, Hydropolis is a museum not surprisingly about water. This unique facility is the only one of its kind in Poland and one of few around the world. Inside you will find various exhibitions including modern multimedia stations giving you the history of where our water comes from, how we use it from different perspectives and the importance of protecting our water supplies not only locally but worldwide. This informative museum not only has interesting exhibits but also offers some peaceful relaxation areas which I thought were pretty cool.

Hydropolis Wroclaw
The entrance to Hydropolis

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 09:00 – 18.00 and Sat/Sun 10:00 – 20:00

Tickets: Normal: 27 Zt (£5.50)

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Botanical Gardens

Located on Cathedral Island, Wroclaw Botanical Gardens is part of the University of Wroclaw and is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy some beautiful scenery. The site is beautifully manicured and houses various botanical exhibits including a small lake and café. The site is pretty big covering 7.5 hectares and is thought to have over 11.5 thousand plants.

Opening times: April – November

Tickets: Normal: 15 Zt (£3.10)

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Szczytnicki Park and Japanese Garden

Just around the corner of Centennial Hall you will find the beautiful Szczytniki Park and Japanese garden. This is a lovely place to relax and read a book or just walk around and take in the lovely green spaces. The Japanese garden situated in-between the park and the centennial hall is especially beautiful and for a small fee you can relax in a Japanese inspired garden complete with lake filled with massive coy carp.

This beautiful garden first appeared back in 1913 made specifically for a global exhibition, however afterwards it was dismantled although the lake remained. The garden was then reinstated with the help of Japanese gardeners back in the 90’s however it was lost again due to severe flooding three years later. The site as it is now was re-opened in 1999 and has been flourishing ever since.

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The Japanese Garden

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Go shopping at Wroclavia

If a bit of retail therapy is your thing whilst on holiday then a trip to Wroclaw’s main shopping Mall is a must. Situated next to the main train and bus station stain Wroclavia is a huge shopping mall with a vast array of stores catering for most people’s needs. If like me you need a comfy pair of trainers for all the walking then this is the place to go! There is also a huge IMAX cinema, children’s amusement centre and a 24hr gym. Just bear in mind that shops across Poland are not open on Sundays, however you will still find restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues still open.

Wroclavia
Wroclavia Shopping Mall

Wroclavia is also a great place to hang out whilst waiting for a train or bus as there are plenty of comfy seating areas offering charging stations and free Wi-Fi.

Best Things to do in Wroclaw: Go dwarf hunting

Last but by no means least my favourite thing to do whilst in Wroclaw is to go Dwarf or Gnome hunting! Although finding these little munchkins have become a bit of tourist attraction, these krasnale as they are called in Polish represent a dark time in Poland whilst under communist rule.

The ‘Orange Movement’ was an underground protest movement based in Wroclaw that used absurdity and nonsense to stage peaceful, yet subversive protests; they used the gnome symbol to represent their organisation. After the fall in communism in Poland these gnomes became a tribute to the orange movement and as well as city ambassadors in Wroclaw.  

Nobody knows for sure how many of these little creatures are to be found around Wroclaw but it’s estimated at around 400 with more appearing each year.  If you want to find all the dwarfs you can get maps from most of the tourist offices around the city, however just finding these as you walk around can be just as much fun. Be warned though, you can get quite addicted to seeking these little fellas out, so much so I actually missed finding them when I left the city for Krakow.  

So there you have it my recommended best things to do in Wroclaw. You may not want to visit every place on this list but I hope it gives you a good starting point for planning your trip to Wroclaw. If you are short of time and would rather take an organised tour, then I recommend Get your Guide for the best value trips and deals offering instant confirmation with exceptional service. Here’s a few of the popular tours available in Wroclaw:

Have you been to Wroclaw? Is there anything you would add to this list, or are you planning to visit any of these highlights? If so let me know in the comments below, plus if you like this post then please feel free to share on your favourite social media and subscribe to be the first to read my other blog posts and adventures.

Happy travels, Louise X

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Chania is located about 7 Km east of Souda Bay, on the north coast of Crete. The area is mostly known for its military installations with both Hellenic and NATO bases positioned on its Akrotiri peninsula. However, the area is increasingly being seen as a popular tourist destination with many people wanting to explore the areas rich heritage and ancient historical sites.

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To be honest, I hadn’t really heard of Chania or Souda Bay until the day we arrived. Our cruise ship, Holland America’s Koningsdam was originality supposed to be docking in Santorini. However much to everyone’s disappointment, the captain had been advised from the Santorini port authority that the weather was too bad for us to dock and the winds too strong for the tender boats. So we were woken to the news that although we could see the beautiful island of Santorini in the distance, we wouldn’t be able to venture ashore. However the captain announced that they had found an alternative port that was willing to let us dock and that would be Souda Bay in Crete. So after a few more hours sailing we arrived at midday in port without a clue of what to do or see. Luckily, as this was an unscheduled stop Holland America put on free transport to the more scenic port of Souda Bay which was most appreciated.

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Beautiful Souda bay with the mountain backdrop in the distance

History of Chania & Souda Bay

The area has a long history, with port facilities being in the bay since ancient times, serving the city of Aptera which was founded in the 7th century BC. Aptera was eventually destroyed by the Saracens in the 800s AD.

The Venetians occupied the area in 1207 and fortified the bay and its islands with many fortifications in order to protect themselves from Ottoman raiders and pirates. During this time the Venetians constructed salt evaporation ponds which produced around 150,00 kilos of salt each year! During these times the area was flourishing with many inhabitants enjoying a lavish lifestyle.

However, Crete and the rest of Greece were under constant threat of invasion by Turkey during the last years of Venetian rule. Eventually In 1645, after two months of siege, the town sundered to the Turks. Incredibly extensive material destruction followed the conquest. Many churches were levelled whilst others were converted into mosques, and roads and fortifications fell into disrepair.

Over the years there were various attempted uprisings against the Turks, which led to the Greek War of Independence in 1821. In May 1822, 10,000 troops made up of Ottomans, Egyptians and Albanians led by Hassan Pasha disembarked warships in Chania and successfully suppressed the revolt of the Cretans.

In 1832 a Greek state was established, however, this did not include Crete and the island passed to the Egyptians, in acknowledgement of their assistance against the revolt.

In 1870 Rauf Pasha drained the salt ponds and built a settlement with around 150 Turkish families. During this time the Cretans were subjected to hard treatment and high taxes, finally, after years of struggle, the British alongside the French, Italians and Russians decided that Turkey could no longer maintain control and intervened with the expulsion of Turkish forces in 1898 which led to the formation of the independent Cretan Republic.

Finally, in 1913, union with Greece was realised. Under the Treaty of London, Sultan Mohammed II relinquished his formal rights to the island. In December, the Greek flag was raised at the Firkas fortress in Chania, with Venizelos and King Constantine in attendance, and Crete was unified with mainland Greece.

During World War 2, the Cretan desire for independence resurfaced after the Italian forces of Mussolini tried to gain control of northern Greece. After Mussolini’s failure, Greece became the target of Hitler’s forces. In April of 1941, Nazi Germany began its attack against mainland Greece, rapidly penetrated the Greek defences, and occupied the country. The battle for Crete lasted only 10 days with huge loses on both sides. Eventually allied forced had to retreat and evacuate to Egypt. The German occupation lasted 4 years until the end of the war.

Today, Souda bay still holds a massive allied military base as well as a large War Cemetery where more than 1500 commonwealth service men are buried.

Where do cruise ships dock:

Most cruise ships will dock at Souda Bay port, however some ships may dock near to the old Venetian port and use tenders to ferry people into the port.

Our ship arrived in Souda Bay and although transport was already arranged by Holland America there is a regular bus running straight from outside the port into the old Venetian port which takes around 15 minutes and costs €1.50. You will also find plenty of taxis willing to take you into town as well as other places further afield.

Things to do:

The Old Harbour

The first thing you need to do once you get off the bus in Chania is make your way down to the old harbour. This place was definitely an unexpected highlight to our cruise. At first when we got off the bus we were a little disappointed as we had been dropped off in what looked like a typical Greek urban town with nothing looking particularly interesting. However we followed a little map, given to us at the port and made our way to the harbour. As we got closer we found more and more tourist shops and it started to look more like a typical tourist destination I generally expected in Greece with the usual leather sandal shops and trinket stores. Eventually we found ourselves looking onto one of the most beautiful harbour views I’d seen in a long time!

Chania
Chania

This large harbour was surrounded with lots of shops and restaurants all painted lovely pastel colours looking out on to the most beautiful clear blue sea. As the bay circled round you could see the old Venetian walls wrapping the harbour with the old Venetian lighthouse proudly sitting at the mouth out the harbour.

The Venetian Lighthouse

Old Venetian lighthouse Crete

The Venetian lighthouse is one of the most prominent attractions in Chania, although you can’t go inside it’s a beautiful walk giving you fabulous views of the harbour and the mountains behind. To get to the lighthouse you need to walk along the promenade towards the right side of the harbour towards the marina. It’s a bit of a walk but eventually you will reach the old stone wall where the harbour meets the sea. From here you can walk along its walls right towards the lighthouse. Be careful walking along its top tier though as there are no safety rails!

Maritime Museum of Crete

Towards the left side of the harbour near to the fortress you will find the Maritime museum. If you like history like me you will love this little museum which houses various displays setting our Crete’s maritime history including an exhibition about the battle for Crete in 1941. Entrance fee is €3.00

Exhibition of Ancient Naval Architecture

As you are walking towards the harbour walls towards the lighthouse you will pass the old ancient Moro docks which date back to the 17th century. Within one of these building you will find the Exhibition of Naval Architecture which houses a reconstructed 15th century Minoan ship as well as other artefacts and displays relating to ancient navigation and ship building. This is a great little exhibition and worth it’s €2 entrance fee.

Wander the ancient streets

Like lots of other old Greek settlements, the streets of Chania are perfect little places to wander and explore. There are so many old cobbled streets lined with well-preserved historic building all with various Venetian, Ottoman and neoclassical influences. it really is a picture perfect place to explore.

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Giali Tzamissi

This once mosque is the oldest Islamic structure in Crete. The mosque was built in the 17th century where once a Venetian church once stood. The building hasn’t been used as a mosque since 1923 and today it’s used as an exhibition space. The building is situated in the harbour and looks out towards the Venetian lighthouse.

Check out the Cathedral

As you walk towards the harbour from the bus station you will most likely walk past the old Venetian cathedral. During the ottoman era the cathedral was used as a soap factory, In fact, the belfry you see today was once were cauldrons were houses in which the materials for the production of soap were boiled. In another part of the church was used as a warehouse, there was once a picture of the Virgin Mary.

Legend says that in the mid- 19th century, a man named Tserkaris was working at the soap factory, to which Virgin Mary appeared, in a vision, and told him to leave because this place was her home and not a place for soap manufacturing. The craftsman left, taking the picture with him. Shortly thereafter, the child of Pasha fell in the well, to the south of the temple. Full of despair, the Turk Pasha appealed to Virgin Mary to help him save his child and promised that in return, he would give the church back to the Christians. The child got out of the well safe and sound and the Turk Pasha kept his promise and started the construction of the new church.

Souda Bay

Pick up some souvenirs

One of the things I love when travelling is walking around the souvenir shops; however due to normally travelling solo and for long periods I usually only stick to buying fridge magnets to add to my ever growing collection! However this time round I was travelling with my parents who can’t help but come home with a multitude of souvenirs from every trip! This trip was no exception. There are so many beautiful shops to buy jewellery, ceramics and other souvenirs in Chania; however one place is defiantly worth a mention, Melody Ceramics. This mother and son duo work together and produce some beautiful handcrafted ceramics and I would highly recommend a visit to their shop. You can even watch them making some of their products and they are also happy to answer any questions about the shop and the local area.

Final Thoughts on Souda Bay

I have got to say; although I’d never heard of Souda bay before I arrived I was pleasantly surprised. Even with only the afternoon in this lovely place we managed to see quite a lot and explore some of the local history. It has definitely made me want to book a trip to Crete with the view of exploring more of the area as well as other parts of Crete. If you have the chance to visit Chania and Crete I would very much recommend it, fabulous history as well as beautiful surroundings all thrown together with that famous Greek hospitality.

Not visiting by cruise ship, looking for somewhere to stay? If so, I recommend Booking.com for budget hotels or Hostelworld for hostels. If you are looking for something more luxurious then I recommend using Hotels.com as you will get one free nights’ accommodation for every 10 nights booked!

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Have you visited Souda bay and the surrounding area? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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Happy Travels,

Louise X

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Ephesus was an ancient port city whose well-preserved ruins are in modern-day Turkey. The city was once considered the most important Greek city and the most important trading centre in the Mediterranean region. Throughout history, the city survived multiple attacks and changed hands many times between conquerors. It was also a hotbed of early Christian evangelism and remains an important archaeological site and Christian pilgrimage destination. Exploring ancient Ephesus is definitely a archaeological site not to be missed!

For me Ephesus has always been a place I’ve wanted to visit. I love wandering around ancient sites and ruins imagining what they must of been like in their heyday. As I walk around these places I imagine who else walked the same footsteps and how life may have been for the inhabitants. There is really something about these historic places that really sets my imagination alive! Ephesus was no exception and it’s up there with the best historical sites I’ve ever visited, it was truly amazing!

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Kuretes street leading to The Library of Celsus

Ephesus History:

According to legend, Ephesus was founded by a tribe of great female warriors, the ‘Amazons’. The original city is thought to be the site of the Arzawa Kingdom’s capital city Apasa, the name meaning ‘city of the Mother Goddess’. Some scholars maintain that the sign of the labrys, the double-axe of the mother goddess which adorned the palace at Knossos, Crete, even originated in Ephesus.

Ephesus was inhabited from the end of the Bronze Age onward, but the location was changed due to floods and the whims of various rulers. Around 1200 BC migration from North West Greece began bringing Ionian colonists. The cities that were established after the Ionian migrations joined in a confederacy under the leadership of the city of Ephesus.

Under Greek rule, Ephesus became one of the wealthiest cities in the Mediterranean world. It was a centre of learning and the birthplace and home of the renowned philosopher Heraclitus. This thriving city was a place where women enjoyed rights and privileges equal to men, there are even records of female artists, sculptors, painters and teachers. At night the streets of the city were brightly lit with oil lamps, a luxury not many cities could afford.

Under the rule of King Croesus of Lydia between 560 – 547 BC, construction of the great Temple of Artemis at Ephesus began. Then In 356 BC, a crazed man called Herostratus burned down the Temple. The Ephesians rebuilt the temple even bigger. It was estimated to be four times larger than the Parthenon in Athens and became known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

In 546 BC, Ephesus fell to the Persian Empire; however the city continued to prosper as an important port of trade. When the Ionian city-states rebelled against Persian rule in the 5th century BC, Ephesus remained neutral and thus escaped the destruction suffered by so many other cities at the hands of the Persians.

In 334 BC, Alexander the Great defeated the Persians and entered Ephesus. After his death, one of his generals, Lysimachus, took over the city and renamed Arsineia after his wife. In 281 B.C, Lysimachus was killed at the Battle of Corupedium and the city was renamed Ephesus again.

In 129 BC, the Roman Empire acquired Ephesus after King Attalos of Pergamon left Ephesus to the Roman Empire in his will. Under Caesar Augustus the city enjoyed its most prosperous time. Most of the ruins you see today such as the enormous amphitheatre, the Library of Celsus, the public agora were built or rebuilt during Augustus’s reign.

During the 1st century AD, Ephesus was visited repeatedly by early Christians.the most famous being Saint Paul who preached and was ‘booed’ and chased from the theatre. However, Ephesian officials, protected Paul and his followers and eventually Christianity became the city’s official religion.

In 262 AD, the Goths destroyed Ephesus, including the Temple of Artemis. Some restoration of the city took place, but it never regained its splendour. 

The Ottoman Empire took final control of Ephesus in the fifteenth century; however, the city was in dire straits, its harbour practically useless. By the end of that century, Ephesus was abandoned, its legacy left to archaeologists, historians and the thousands of visitors like you and me to flock to the region each year to see these magnificent ancient ruins!

Exploring ancient Ephesus:

The Government Agora:

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The Government Agora

This is one of the first buildings you will see as you enter the Ephesus site. As you can see not all of the original building remains but you can still imagine how the area may have looked like.

The Odeion Theatre:

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The Odeion theatre

This building was located close to the Government Agora and was used as a theatre for concerts and council meetings. The theatre was thought to originally have a wooden roof and held around 1500 people.

The Prytaneion:

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The remains of the Prytaneion (town hall)

The Prytaneion was what we would call a town hall. Inside the hall was a holly fireplace that would have been burning for hundreds of years. The governor of the town was responsible for not letting the fire burn out and was thought to be one of the most honourable jobs within the city. Many of the Artemis statues that are now displayed in the Ephesus Museum were found buried in this room. The building was once surrounded by large columns, some of which you can see in the picture above with the main building covered partly by the mountain side.

Domitian Square and Temple

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Memmius Monument

As you walk down past the Prytaneion, you will find yourself in a small square. One the right hand side you will find the remains of the Memmium monument. The stone figures around the monument are those of Memmium, his father and also his grandfather.

On the opposite side of the monument you will find the Nike relief which is in the flying position, holding a garland in one hand and a date branch in the other,

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The Nike relief

Kurets Street:

This street is probably the most photographed street in Ephesus and it’s easy to see why. This street starts at the Prytaneion, passes Domitian square and leads onto the most fabulous views of the Celsus Library. One side of the street was used for vehicles and along the other pedestrians. Along the sides there was many shops which are still to be excavated. The street was lined will large columns with statues and busts of the people who had done great things for the city.

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kurets Street

Towards the middle of the street there is a door called ‘Herakles Door’ made up of two columns. As you pass through it is thought to bring good luck if you can touch both sides of the column as you pass through.

Traian Fountain:

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Traian Fountain

This fountain, according to the inscriptions on the cornice was built in the years of 102-114 AD and was dedicated to the Emperor Traian. It once had two pools and had water flowing from one pool to a larger pool that housed the emperor statue. The statue is now housed in the Ephesus Museum.

Hadrian temple:

Hadrians Temple Ephesus
Hadrian’s Temple

Hadrian’s temple is one of the few fully restored buildings within the Ephesus site. According to its inscriptions it was built in 138 AD and was dedicated to the Emperor Hadrianus from Athens. This was one of my favourite buildings, as a lover of architecture I was amazed by the level of detail on the friezes along top of the temple as you can see below:

Ceslus Library:

Celsus Library is what everyone wants to see at Ephesus! I was extremely lucky to be there before the crowds and get to see this beautiful structure in all its glory without hundreds of people walking around it. This place is what exploring ancient Ephesus is all about! It is such an amazing structure and you can really imagine what it must of been like before it was destroyed, definitely one of my favourite historic buildings!

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Celsus Library

The library was built over the tomb of Roman senator T.Iulius Celsus Polemaeanus as a tomb monument. The building has three doors with now copies of statues in the niches. The original statures were taken to Vienna after excavations in 1910.

In order to make the building appear larger and to give a perceptive illusion they built the columns 15 cm higher in the middle than on its sides, the columns on its sides were also built lower. However this building is still huge! Its only when you are up close and personal that you can really appreciate the size!

The Commercial Agora:

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The commercial Agora

Next to the Celsus Library you will find the commercial agora. Most of this part of the site has been destroyed; however you can still imagine how the square would have once looked surrounded by all the huge columns. Behind the columns would have once been shops and other commercial outlets as well as a south gate opening up into the harbour. Unfortunately this part of the site is yet to be excavated.

Marble Street:

Marble Street
Marble Street

Leading the way between the Celsus Library and the great theatre was Marble Street, so called due to being covered entirely with white marble. Along the street would have been many dwellings and commercial buildings. Halfway down the street you will find a marble square with carvings of a female bust, a foot and a heart pierced by an arrow. This carving is thought to be an advertisement, giving directions to the ‘house of love’.

House of love
Advertisement for the ‘house of love’

The Great Theatre:

The Great Theatre Ephesus
The Great Theatre

Towards the exit of the city you will find the great theatre, the scene where Saint Paul was ‘booed’ and chased whilst trying to teach Christianity. You can still go inside the theatre, however as they are still in the process of restoring, you can only walk along a small section.

Other areas to look out for whilst exploring ancient Ephesus are the beautifully preserved mosaics along Kurets street, the public toilets, some interesting inscriptions and if you are from the medical profession keep an eye out for some familiar friezes.

How to get to Ephesus:

Ephesus is located 19 Km from Kusadasi in Turkey, about five miles inland from the Aegean coast. Most visitors take a trip to Ephesus from either Kusadasi or Izmir which is about an hour’s drive from the ancient site.

Travelling from Kusadasi:

If travelling independently, you can take a taxi to Ephesus from Kusadasi for around €20 one way. If taking a taxi always make sure to agree a price first, most taxi drivers will wait and take you back to Kusadasi, cost should be no more than €50. Regular buses also leave the Kusadasi bus station and can drop you off in Selcuk, from here you can grab a Dolmas or walk to Ephesus, cost should only be a couple of euros.

Travelling from Izmir:

From the bus terminal in Izmir you can take one of the many tourist buses straight to Ephesus. It takes approximately 1.5 hrs and costs about €2. It is also possible to get the train from Izmir airport or Izmir Basmane station straight to Selcuk. The journey takes about 1.5 hrs and costs about €3.

Travelling from Istanbul:

At a push you could explore ancient Ephesus as a day drip from Istanbul but you would have to rely on flights. I would suggest staying overnight in Kusadasi giving you more time to explore the area. Turkish Airlines and Pegasus offer daily flights to Izmir with prices starting from as little as €40 return! To check out these prices and see more great flight deals use Skyscanner.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Kusadasi? If so, I recommend Booking.com for budget hotels or Hostelworld for hostels. If you are looking for something more luxurious then I recommend using Hotels.com as you will get one free nights’ accommodation for every 10 nights booked!

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Private and group tours:

If you aren’t comfortable visiting Ephesus independently then there are various tour companies that can take you and even offer guided tours of Ephesus giving you a more detailed insight into the history of the area. If arriving into Izmir or Kusadasi via cruise ship, then you will probably have the option to take various excursions, usually for a over inflated cost. One way to get around this is to take local excursions which help the local economy and usually cost a lot cheaper! I recommend using Get Your Guide, here are just some of the options available:

Ephesus Visitor information:

Entrance fees:

Ephesus – €10

If you are going to visit other sites besides Ephesus in Western Turkey, there is a 7 day Museum Pass which provides multi visits to many sites without waiting in lines and you can make great savings. Valid for Ancient city of Ephesus, Basilica of St. John, Terrace Houses in Ephesus, Archaelogical Museum of Ephesus, Ancient city of Aphrodisias, Temple of Didyma, Ancient city of Smyrna, Ancient City of Miletus, Ancient City of Priene, Ancient City of Sardis, Ancient City of Pergamon, Asklepion of Pergamon and many others. You can buy the pass at any of the ancient sites at a cost of 185 Turkish Liras (approx €28).

Opening Times:

April – October
Opening Time: 8.00
Closing Time: 19.00

November – March
Opening Time: 8.00
Closing Time: 17.00

When to visit:

Ephesus can be visited all year round; however it can get busy in the summer months. If like me you don’t like crowds then I recommend visiting in the shoulder season. I personally visited in May 2019 and there where hardly any people about at all. It felt like the perfect time to wander around this archaeological wonder!

Tips for visiting Ephesus:

  • Getting a guide will defiantly make the experience more enjoyable, our guide was able to point out some of the things you wouldn’t normally notice, as well as being extremely knowledgeable about the whole area and its history.
  • If you want to take lots of fabulous photos, make sure you bring a wide angle lens as a lot of the buildings within the site are very close together making it difficult to get some good shots.
  • Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as the ground can be very uneven.
  • If visiting Ephesus in the summer months make sure you bring plenty of water and a sunhat. The site has hardly has any shade at all!
  • Be sure to have a little haggle with the shop owners selling souvenirs as you exit the site, lots of bargains to be had!

Final thoughts:

If you are the slightest bit interested in history or architecture then I fully recommend a trip to Ephesus. The site itself is so well-preserved that you can really imagine what it must of felt like to live during this time. Nothing can prepare you for how amazing this place really is!

Have you visited Ephesus and the surrounding area? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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Herculaneum is a fascinating site, overshadowed by Pompeii to its south, Herculaneum is lesser visited, yet it’s said it offers a far better insight into Roman life in 79 AD than Pompeii. This post will include everything you need to know before visiting Herculaneum including tours, tickets, useful tips and the best way to get there.

About Herculaneum:

Herculaneum was an ancient city of 4,000–5,000 inhabitants in Campania, Italy. It lay 5 miles southeast of Naples, at the western base of Mount Vesuvius, and was destroyed together with Pompeii, Torre Annunziata, and Stabiae by the Mount Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD.

The town of Ercolano now lies over part of the site. The excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii began in 1738 and continue today concentrating along the ancient shoreline. Collectively, the ruins of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Torre Annunziata were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Located in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town destroyed by the volcanic pyroclastic flows in 79 AD. Unlike the more famous Pompeii site, which was mostly covered in ash and pumice pebbles to around 10 metres, the pyroclastic rock that buried Herculaneum solidified up to 25 metres high in some places. This led to a unique phenomenon of preservation providing not only solid structures of building but also various organic artefacts such as plants, fabrics and even food (carbonised loaves of bread left within ovens).

Visiting Herculaneum is a great alternative to the more popular and crowded Pompeii and will give a more realistic and detailed view of what it must of been like for the inhabitants during this time.

Warning: This post contains pictures of skeletons!

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The views of the ancient city as you enter the site.

Most people will arrive via the entrance bridge which gives amazing views across the whole site. Once inside you can either hire a private tour guide, audio headsets or use the free walking tour. Whichever option you choose, you will start by walking down through the tunnel towards the old port warehouses that once opened up onto the beach. Personally I chose to use the free walking tour which included a booklet detailing all the various ruins. Although check the map carefully as it’s easy to miss out a few segments and you’ll end up backtracking a few time like me!

The Barrel Arches:

These vaulted rooms were used as port warehouses and boat storage and support the imposing structures of the terraces above! It is here that around 300 skeletons were found along with valuables such as necklaces and coins. It is thought the people killed here had run to escape via the shoreline, but where beaten back and died from the high temperatures of the blazing clouds erupting from Vesuvius.

I thought it was quite sad seeing these remains all bunched up together; I couldn’t help but imagine how terrifying it must have been for these people trying to escape the inferno of the volcano and knowing they wouldn’t be able to escape!

Skeletons of Herculaneum
The skeletons on Herculaneum

Terrace of M. Nonius balbus:

Walking back up towards the ramp brings you to a large open square surrounded by the Suburban Baths. Within this piazza stands the funeral alter of the local senate M.Nonius Balbus, who rebuilt the city after the disastrous earthquake of 62 AD. Unfortunately you can’t enter the baths but you can look through the windows and get a glimpse of what they would of been like.

Funeral alter of M.Nonius Balbus
Funeral alter of M.Nonius Balbus

Once out into the city streets you can really get a glimpse of what it would of been like living in this ancient city. The streets themselves form a grid like structure with cobbled streets lined with houses, shops and other buildings.

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The cobbled streets of Herculaneum.

Here are some of my favourite buildings within the city:

House of Relief of Telephus:

This house was believed to belong to M.Nonius balbus and is the second largest in all of Herculaneum. Built in a scenic position on a slop leading down to the marina, the house was built on 3 levels and housed a rich collection of sculptures. The atrium had Greek like columns supporting the upper levels of the house.

Looking at these colourful columns it’s easy to imagine how extravagant this building was. Looking closer around the remains you will also find the faint remains of paintings along its walls.

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The colourful columns supporting the floors above.

Large Taberna:

This was the local pub; marble covered counters housed large jars that were used to store food and drink.

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The large storage jars.

Hall of the Augustals:

This building was the forum where all political, religious and commercial life took place. It had a quadrangular layout with walls separated by arches and four central columns. Along its walls you will find many painting relatively still intact. Whilst here you could watch first hand some of the restoration works being carried out. It was fascinating to watch how painstakingly slow the process was and the attention to detail that was involved by the restoration team.

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Some of the beautiful wall paintings that have been preserved.

House of Neptune and Amphitrite:

This was probably one of my favourite parts of Herculaneum as the painting and mosaics were so well preserved! The name of this dwelling derived from the glass paste wall mosaic depicting Neptune and Amphitrite which adorned the east side of the room.

House of Neptune and Amphitrite
House of Neptune and Amphitrite
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Mosaic depicting Neptune and Amphitrite

The Food Shop

The food shop was found in a great state of preservation. As you can see from the picture below, it was furnished with wood shelving which still shows the scars of the once burning building.

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The shop with burnt wood shelving still preserved

House of the Mosaic Atrium

This was an aristocratic residence built in a scenic position within the town. It housed both painted decorations and a grand mosaic atrium which had a black and white checker board design. You can’t go inside the house as the structure is still unsafe, but you can still imagine how this building would have once been a beautiful place to live at that time.

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House of the Mosaic Atrium

House of the Bronze Atrium

In one of the smaller homes, you will find this bronze herm, thought to be the homeowner. I found this face really intriguing as I wondered the fate of this individual, did they manage to escape or did they succumb to the inferno that erupted over the town?

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The Bronze Herm

The House of Argus

The name of this house comes from a painting that is no longer present depicting Argus guarding lo, who was a nymph beloved by Zeus. The house itself was large and had large columns surrounding its gardens. It was here that excavators found an actual pantry, with flour and loaves ready to bake, as well as terracotta pots containing legumes, olives, almonds and fruit.

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House of Argus

Here are some more pictures taken around the Herculaneum site:

Herculaneum Museum

As you exit the archaeological site, there is a small museum that houses many of the artefacts found within the site such as jewellery. Although small the museum gives visitors an opportunity to learn more about the people of Herculaneum and how they lived there lives.

The Boat House

Just before the exit there is a small building that houses a well preserved Roman boat. This 9 metre boat was found near the Barrel Arches with the remains of two bodies, a number of swords, scalpels and coins were also found close to them.

Herculaneum Museum
The charred remains of an old Roman boat

How to get to Herculaneum:

Visiting from Naples:

Herculaneum is approx 15 Km away from Central Naples. The easiest and cheapest way to get to Herculaneum is by train. From the Napoli Piaazza Garibaldi station, take the local Circumvesuviana train to Portici-Eroclano which takes around 20 minutes. You can either buy your tickets from the station or use the Train line app. The cost when I visited in May 2019 was about €2.20 each way. Once off the train it’s just a short walk down hill to the site. For convenience if you are worried about getting lost, I recommend using Maps.me, it’s a free mobile app that you can use to find your way around anywhere, just download any required maps whilst you have WiFi.

Visiting from Sorrento:

To go to Herculaneum from Sorrento, you can take the train from Sorrento to Portici-Eroclano. The train from Sorrento to Herculaneum will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and costs around €4 each way.

Visiting from Rome:

It is possible to visit Herculaneum from Rome in a day, I recommend going as early as possible as it’s a lot of travel. To go to Herculaneum from Rome, you can take the train from Rome Termini to Naples Centrale and then transfer onto the Napoli Circumvesuviana train to Portici-Eroclano. The train from Sorrento to Herculaneum will take anywhere from 2-3 hours and costs around €50 return.

Driving to Herculaneum:

If you have access to a car then it is definitely feasible to use it to take you to the site. From Naples, you’re looking at a twenty to thirty minute drive depending on traffic and from Rome, you’re looking at anywhere from two to three hours to the archaeological site. Parking is available at Herculaneum.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Naples? If so, I recommend Booking.com for budget hotels or Hostelworld for hostels. If you are looking for something more luxurious then I recommend using Hotels.com as you will get one free nights’ accommodation for every 10 nights booked!

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Tours to Herculaneum:

If independent travel isn’t your thing then there are a multitude of tours offered in and around Naples that will take you to Herculaneum. For the best value tours I recommend using Get Your Guide, here are some of the more popular Herculaneum tours offered:

When to visit Herculaneum:

Herculaneum can be visited all year round; however it can get busy in the summer months. If like me you don’t like crowds then I recommend visiting Herculaneum in the shoulder season. I personally visited in May 2019 and there where hardly any people about at all. It felt like the perfect time to wander around this archaeological wonder!

Visitor Information:

Opening times:

Summer (01/04/ to 31/10) – 08.30 – 19.30 with last admission at 18.00

Winter (01/11 to 31/03) – 08.30 – 17.00 with last admission at 15.30

Closed on 1st January and 25th December.

Admission price: Adults €13, free for children under 18.

For tickets you can buy on the day or you can buy online, however there is an €2 reservation fee. Online bookings can be made here.

Bring your passport or ID with you If you’re an EU citizen as you may qualify for a ticket discount at Herculaneum. If you’re 18-24 and an EU citizen or if you’re over 65 and are an EU citizen, you’ll receive a discounted, or even free, admission to the site.

Tips for visiting Herculaneum:

  • If you don’t want to get lost following the free guide like I did then make sure you also pick up a free map!
  • If you want to know a bit more of the history of Herculaneum then you can rent an audio guide on site at a cost of 5€. You can also sometimes rent a private guide that can show you around and explain about the ruins and history of the Roman town, the cost is negotiable with the individual guides themselves.
  • If you’re staying a few days in Naples and want to see Pompeii as well, then you can buy a ticket that covers both sites, as well as Oplontis, and Boscoreale for 22€. Visiting the sites in Stabiae is free. These tickets can be purchased at both Herculaneum and Pompeii.
  • If you’re vulnerable to mosquito bites then make sure you bring some bug spray! There are a few areas within the site that have stagnant water which is a breeding ground for those pesky bugs!
  • If you want to take lots of fabulous photos, make sure you bring a wide angle lens as a lot of the buildings within the site are very close together making it difficult to get some good shots.
  • Make sure you wear comfortable shoes as the ground can be very uneven and is mostly cobbles.
  • If visiting Herculaneum in the summer months make sure you bring plenty of water and a sunhat.
  • When on the trains be wary of pick pockets! Naples like other big cities in Europe is full of them.

Final thoughts:

If you are the slightest bit interested in history then I fully recommend a trip to Herculaneum. The site itself is so well-preserved that is humanises the people of Herculaneum and really takes you back in time to the Roman days.

Have you visited Herculaneum? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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Happy Travels,

Louise X

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History of the Albert Dock, Liverpool

Located in Liverpool’s incredible World Heritage waterfront, the Albert Dock Liverpool is one of the areas most visited tourist attractions. The site features the largest collection of grade I listed buildings in England and was made a UNESCO World Heritage site along with other areas of Liverpool in 2004.

The history dates back to 1839, when it was once a thriving port. Designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick, it was the first structure in Britain to be built from cast iron, brick and stone with no structured wood. By the 1920’s commercial shipping had virtually ceased and the site was used mostly for storage. However, it remained a working dock until closing in 1972. It then turned into a derelict site until it received a full regenerative transformation in 1988. In June 2018, the Albert dock was recognised by Her Majesty The Queen and was officially re-named the Royal Albert Dock.

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Albert Dock Liverpool: Why Visit?

No trip to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the Royal Albert Dock.  This historic and cultural part of the city is actually the most popular free tourist attraction in the North West of England. There is always something to do, including several museums, art galleries, as well as an regular themed events throughout the year. As well as the historical sites and museums you will also find many bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and artwork dotted around every corner. Regardless of age and interests, you’ll easily find something to do in the Albert Dock.

Albert Dock Liverpool: Things to do

There is no shortage of things to do at the Albert Dock and you could easily spend a whole day here, whether you’re visiting with your friends, family or exploring on your own.

One of the best things to do is too just walk round and explore. As you walk around you’ll notice lots of artwork, musicians and beautiful architecture. Sometimes you may even find yourself in a festival of some kind! For more information on what events are planned in the future, check out the Royal Albert Dock Website here.

Mersey Maritime Museum

The Mersey Maritime Museum showcases the maritime history of the Port of Liverpool. Highlights include ship models, maritime paintings, colourful posters from the golden age of liners and even some full sized vessels. You will also find several exhibitions including:

  • Titanic and Liverpool: Discover the untold story of the famous ship.
  • Seized!: Border and customs uncovered
  • Lusitania, Life, Loss and Legacy: The incredible story of Liverpool’s favourite liner.

On Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can also book a free tour that takes you underneath Liverpool One shopping centre to check out the carefully preserved Old Dock. The Old Dock was discovered during excavations in 2001 after being buried since 1826. For the first time in centuries the bed of the Pool, the creek that gave Liverpool its name, can be seen.

For more information check out the Mersey Maritime Museum website, entrance is free, donations welcome.

The Piermaster’s House

The Pier-masters’s house was one of four houses originally built in 1852. The Pier-master was responsible for the safe passage of ships entering and leaving the docks at high tide. The house was the only one still standing after the heavy bombing during the Second World War. The house was converted in 2003 into a wartime house complete with original period furniture, and everyday objects. Today you can wander around the rooms and find out what it was like to live during war time Liverpool.

International Slavery Museum

Located on the third floor of the Mersey Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum highlights the stories of millions of Africans who were enslaved and transported across the Atlantic by Europeans and Americans as a labour force to work, especially on plantations.

Liverpool ships alone are known to have carried 1.5 million slaves across to the Caribbean, returning with goods such as sugar, cotton, coffee and tobacco. It was this trade that made Liverpool boom! Although the British ended the slave trade in 1807, Liverpool’s connection with slavery continued through cotton and other trades that were dependent on slave labour for much of the 19th century.

The International Slavery Museum opened on the 23 August 2007, not only the date of the annual Slavery Remembrance Day, but the year 2007 was particularly significant as it was the bicentenary of the abolition of the British slave trade. The museum not only highlights stories and artefacts from the transatlantic slave trade but also focuses on modern slavery, raising awareness for slavery in today’s world!

For more information check out the International Slavery Museum website, entrance is free, donations welcome.

Tate – Liverpool

Check out some great British modern art at Tate Liverpool. Entrance is free, except for some exhibitions. Checkout the official website here.

The Beatles Story

As most people probably already know, Liverpool’s most famous export was The Beatles! Follow the story of how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of fame and fortune.

Tickets cost £16.95 Adults £10 Children. Tickets and more information can be bought in advance on the official website here.

Escape Hunt

Are you in Liverpool with a group of friends, looking for something different to do, if so check out Escape Hunt. Groups of 1-6 are ideal but if you have more, split up and go head to head?

There are four different games to play, once locked in, you have an hour to work together as a team to figure out the clues and escape. Can you beat the clock! Afterwards enjoy the in-house bar and fun photo opportunities.

For more information check out the official website here, prices range from £20-25 per person depending on group sizes.

Liverpool Wheel

For some of the best views across the River Mersey and the Albert Dock head to the Liverpool Wheel. Situated next to the M&S Bank Arena and Conference Centre. The structure measures 196 feet tall, weighs 365 tonnes and incorporates 42 fully enclosed capsules offering stunning panoramic views across the city. If its a special occasion why not book the VIP package offering a private capsule, leather seats and Champagne!

For more information and to book on line check out the website here.

Liverpool Wheel

Check out the fabulous bars and restaurants

There are numerous bars and restaurants all located within the Albert Dock itself as well as a number of great street food options.

My favourites include:

Gusto – One of my favourite restaurants in Liverpool. If you like Italian food then this is the place to go! Also serves great cocktails! Menus and how to book a table can be found online here.

The Smugglers Cove – A great themed pub, brace yourself for the perfect pirate experience at Smuggler’s Cove’s atmospheric eatery. Menus and booking information can be found online here.

Miller and Carter Steak House – If its a steak ya after, then you definitely need to check out this place! For more information on menus and booking check the website here.

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One of the many street food options

Looking for somewhere to stay in Liverpool? If so, I recommend Booking.com for budget hotels or Hostelworld for hostels. If you are looking for something more luxurious then I recommend using Hotels.com as you will get one free nights’ accommodation for every 10 nights booked!

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As a Liverpool lass myself, I can honestly say that the Albert Dock is one of my favourite parts of the city. You will never get tired of wandering around, coffee in hand watching the world go by. Even if you just fancy getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city, its a great place to relax and watch the sun go down. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve visited but will always come back for more!

Have you visited Liverpool? If so did you check out the Royal Albert Dock? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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