Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A Fabulous Weekend in Liverpool


As the Virgin train pulled into Liverpool Lime Street on Saturday 23rd May my sister Mary and I were as excited as children. We were going to spend two days in Liverpool and have dinner on the Queen Mary 2.

As guests of Cunard we stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Old Hall Street, which has river views. I was the lucky winner of this competition run by Visit Liverpool   http://www.visitliverpool.com/onemagnificentcity/competition

We are scousers too, though we live down south now, so this was a coming home weekend for us.

View of Queen Mary 2 from restaurant window, Radisson Blu  Hotel

The 3 Cunard Queens, the Queen Mary 2,  Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Victoria were going to visit Liverpool and  `dance` on the famous river Mersey.

Fabulous modern hotel

 On Saturday we visited the magnificent Albert dock and Pier Head.

Albert Docks
Three Graces _ Liver birds, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building

We then took a tour bus which was fantastic value at £10 per person. The tour takes you past the famous cavern walks were the Beatles played. Both the cities Cathedrals can be seen on the tour and the amazing buildings like St Georges Hall, the Art Gallery and Museum. A lively commentary gives you a history of the city, you can get off the bus at any of the sites and rejoin it later.

Hanover Street in the city was buzzing with people and seemed the perfect place to eat. We went to Tia Pan Chinese Buffet restaurant which was excellent and recommended by a local cabbie. Then on to the famous Adelphi Hotel to gaze at the grandeur of days gone by. We also sampled the wine at the Irish Bars.

Sunday and we were going to the magnificent Queen Mary 2 at 6pm. We spent a few hours in the Ark Fitness Centre next door to the hotel using the pool, sauna and steam room. All wonderfully relaxing and complementary if you are a guest in the hotel. 

 Welcome Aboard!

 The Queen Mary 2 in Ice

On board Spa - wow!

View from the deck

Luxury Aboard
Liverbirds from Queen Mary 2

I could easily get used to this life!

 Freedom of the City Award to Cunard

All this attention, Mary who is 75 in a few weeks thought the whole evening was brilliant.

One way to have fun on the Mersey!

A Mersey Ferry 

Wow that is some liner!

Queen Mary 2 at Pier Head Liverpool

We were able to watch the light show on the 3 Graces and the firework display from the front deck of the Queen Mary 2. How wonderful was that!

Hundreds of thousands of people came into Liverpool to see the 3 Queens on Monday 25th May. We managed only a glimpse of the 3 liners together but we had an amazing weekend.

Thank you to everyone involved in providing this memorable, fabulous prize. Cunard, Virgin trains and Visit Liverpool.

 Albert Dock Liverpool

This is the photo I won this fabulous prize with, it was taken in 1990 when Queen Elizabeth II sailed into Liverpool for the first time in many years. The photo shows me, my son Anthony and daughter Katrina and was taken by Tony Reid.

Tags, Liverpool, Visit Liverpool, Cunard, Albert dock, Pier head, Virgin Trains, Radisson Hotels 

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