Liverpool’s World Heritage status waterfront and The Albert Dock stands testament to the history of Liverpool as a thriving port. The Old Dock boasted the first integrated docking system in the world, a series of locks and floodgates which allowed ships to be loaded and unloaded even at low tide. When the system was built (1710 – 1716), the innovation meant that ships would only be in port for one and a half days making it financially very attractive to shipping companies, who had previously had to wait up to 14 days. This no doubt sealed Liverpool’s status as Britain’s greatest seaport during the mid 19th Century and the World’s Global City.
The Albert Dock area is now home to a whole range of restaurants and bars, the Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum and Tate Liverpool, and stands next door to the new Echo Arena.