To understand the city's prosperous maritime past, head for waterfront Albert Dock, 7 acres of restored warehouses built in 1846. Named after Queen Victoria's consort, Prince Albert, the dock provided storage for silk, tea, and tobacco from the Far East until it was closed in 1972. The fine colonnaded brick warehouse buildings contain the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, Tate Liverpool, and the Beatles Story. When weather
allows, you can sit at an outdoor café overlooking the dock or take a boat trip through the docks and onto the river. For a bird's-eye view of the Albert Dock area, take the rotating Echo Wheel—Liverpool's 60-meter-tall version of the London Eye—which has 42 capsules seating up to eight passengers. Much of the pedestrian area of the Albert Dock and waterfront area is cobblestone, so wear comfortable shoes.