“Worthy of Athens,” declared Queen Victoria, speaking of St Georges Hall. The 1854 neo classical building greeting people off the trains at Lime Street. And it does indeed look as if it has absconded from Ancient Greece. Inside however, it is ornately decorated to look more like a Roman bath or palace. Which is the result of plans for two buildings being combined. When it opened for public use in 1854, it was a truly multi purpose community building. Where people could be tried for murder, attend a ball, or listen to a concert – all under one roof. Prince Charles declared this to be his favourite building when he reopened it after a £23 million refurbishment in 2007.
Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am-5pm, entry is free and there is a range of interactive DIY tours where visitors can follow in the steps of the unfortunate prisoners, from prison cell to the dock. The hall also hosts a wide range of events through the year.