Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels

Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels

Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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The Friends of Williamson's Tunnels are the custodians of two fascinating sections of Williamson’s Tunnels. The first, Paddington, is formed of multiple and impressive brick arched chambers. These chambers include the cathedral like Level 4, 60ft below street level, located on ‘Paddington’, Edge Hill, L7 3RG. Visits to Paddington are available free of charge. Second is Joseph Williamson’s House on Mason Street. Within the remains of Joseph's House is the remains of Joseph’s Kitchen, complete with 4 large fireplaces & cooking Ranges. Venturing below are the subterranean chambers, the - Wine Bins, Sandstone Arch, Gash and the famous Banqueting Hall. Williamson’s House is on Mason Street, Edge Hill L7 3EW. Extended visits to Joseph’s house are members only. Visits can be booked directly from our web site or e-mail, aswell as all information needed. All visits must be booked in advance and are Free of charge, though we welcome donations. FoWT run Tours on Wednesday's & Sunday's only.
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  • moo m
    Prescot, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where mystery meets history
    I was looking for something a bit different to do with the kids (7 and 13) and a friend recommended visiting the tunnels. Lynn was very friendly and welcoming from the start. We loved the tunnels and the history behind them and the kids have already asked to visit the other so I will be joining as a member and coming back soon. The kids were full of questions about the tunnels on the way home and very interested to see more.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Community by Nature
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    We had a fantastic trip to the Williamson Tunnels, thank you to all the guides for the experience. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed listening to the history, seeing the preserved artifacts and the amazing architecture. Its mind blowing to see what is beneath the city. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • philRainhill
    Rainhill, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not To Be Missed
    A wonderful trip for my granddaughter and my self. We went around the extensive tunnels and rooms, guided by Lynn. She is so enthusiastic about the whole project of discovery. I expect the rest of the volunteers are the same. We were in a group of 15, mixed nationalities and ages. Because I am a Friend of Williamson Tunnels, we got the added adventure of the wine cellar and banqueting hall. Thanks to all concerned. I can only hope you overcome some of the obstacles put in your way by officialdom. To anyone reading this it is not to be missed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Karen C
    Mijas, Spain3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing chambers and history of merchant Williamson
    A great morning with our guide Colin, he was so knowledgeable and clearly dedicated to restoration and discovery of the underground chambers. The artifacts found are amazing and the voluntary work undertaken to share this amazing place is unreal. A must see visit when visiting Liverpool!!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Heather A
    Warrington, United Kingdom70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem.
    What an amazing place. One of Liverpools must see attractions. The work that has gone in to building them and then this fabulous dedicated team working so hard to bring them back to life is fantastic. So much has been saved and is on display to see. Thank you Lynn for making it such an excellent opportunity and a fantastic guide.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 August 2023
  • carlenep87
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    Absolutely amazing. None of the pictures do it justice honestly would recommend to anyone it is brilliant to see and witness and imagine how the volunteers dug all out by hand. The artifacts alone are amazing to see. Brilliant guide Mike. So knowledgeable. Thank you
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Lilee
    Liverpool, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome, never knew this was beneath Liverpool
    Lynn was our tour guide, she has a wealth of knowledge gained over 10 years of volunteering. I loved the designs and the history of the tunnels. There were amazing artefacts on display, that were painstakingly recovered as part of excavating the network of tunnels. The tunnels hold their own secrets as they are never ending.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • MartinWhereIsTheSun
    Liverpool, United Kingdom107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent trip
    Really good afternoon spent with our guide Mike. This place is well worth a visit. Interesting what’s literally on your doorstep and Mike (and the other volunteers I spoke with) are so passionate and knowledgeable about the tunnels. I really do hope they win their battle with the council and get access to the labyrinth beneath out streets. Thanks very much Mike !!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Megan T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience, well worth a visit!
    The tour was really informative and engaging. There was so much to see and so much history in the tunnels. There are 2 sites to visit and we are definitely going to go back and visit the second house site. Great tour guides and a great experience; would highly recommend!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 August 2023
  • Kendric T
    Singapore, Singapore4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Out of the NORM & NOT to be MISSED!
    It was one of the BEST tours that we have ever been. Lynn was our guide and she was GREAT! A place to visit out of the normal (commercial) tours. This place was full of mystery how it was being discovered and still discovering and piecing it together after all these years. We followed on to continue with the extended tour and we didn't regret it at all. Wonderful team of people that have been running and maintaining as well as uncovering new things! Kudos for such a wonderful experience we had!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
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Alison W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
We went as a family today for a tour (age range 12 - 80) and every one of us had a fabulous time we learnt new facts about our Fabulous City and its history!! Colin was our tour guide and he did a fantastic job he was enthusiastic, informative and passionate about restoring this fabulous series of tunnels and vaults under the city. Totally recommend a tour we loved it that much we became members and can’t wait to go back and have another look at this subterranean world!! Lynn was brilliant when we booked in too super organised and welcoming. Thank you all very much ❤️
Written 16 January 2022
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Joy L
Liverpool, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
I went on a tour of the tunnels with my family and friends, and we were really impressed! I learned a lot of really amazing things. Our guide, Mike, was very informative and enthusiastic about the history of the tunnels. He was very patient and answered all of our questions, of which there were many. The tunnels are preserved by passionate volunteers. I would highly recommend this experience if you ever visit Liverpool, or if you're a local that wants to learn more about the city's rich history.
Written 15 November 2021
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Mikejy
Abingdon, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Friends of Williamson Tunnels - Guided Tour

By chance we were in Liverpool, staying with friends, over Heritage Day, when many normally closed places are specially open, and this included those tunnels administered by The Friends of Williamson Tunnels. The opportunity was too good to miss so I booked all four of us on the tour, which included those under the remains of his house plus some in Paddington area. Lynn from the friends was most helpful, both over the telephone and on the day. Our guides were the most excellent and knowledgeable Tony and Laura, both usually engaged in the arduous task of digging out the many years of accumulated rubbish, but who had made the transition to expert guides apparently seamlessly. Williamson himself, the tunnels, their history, construction, and the treasure trove of artefacts they contained, were all equally fascinating, and our two hour tour was nearer four hours. Two of the party have mobility issues but they enjoyed the tours of both sites and were able to manage the vast majority, ably looked after by Laura, Tony, and Lynn at “basecamp”. The artefacts that had been deposited in the tunnels under the houses that Williamson had built and rented out were many and varied, in remarkably good condition, as were the tunnels so far exposed. As a bit of a collector myself I was able to identify a couple of items previously unknown to our guides, so it was a delightful two-way experience.

It is a tour I can thoroughly recommend, and our friends joined the Friends group, which allows them access to the sites on future occasions. Only part of the frontage of Williamson’s own mansion remains and the Friends are lobbying hard to have it secured and retained. Once again, many thanks to all concerned.
Written 5 October 2023
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Excursion819826
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Booked on this Sunday morning tour and was greeted by lovely Lin, very chirpy for a Sunday morning. After getting supplied with hard hats(which were very snug and comfy to others I'd worn) and hi vis jackets we were taken by Mike on the tour. He was very interesting to listen to. We were taken on many levels of Tunnels, and shown little treasures from days gone by that had been found on digs here. They don't charge for the tour but a donation minimum of £5 is stated on a sign but yo be fair it is well worth it and they are only managing to do what they fo on donations. Videos and books and badges are also for sale at a cheap price if you want any. Well worth a visit. Thank you for a great time we will be back
Written 2 February 2020
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nickjem
Liverpool, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Incredible part of Liverpool history uncovered, by hand , by a small group of dedicated volunteers. The photos and videos do not do the place justice, the size, depth and scale of what they have dug out is unbelievable. The artifacts they have uncovered by sifting through the rubble are on display and gives insight into the eras when the tunnels were filled in. I have been twice and guides Lynn, Colin and Mandy know so much about the history - not only of Williamson and his tunnels but of Liverpool in general. The safety of the tunnels is paramount - we were given a hard hat, hi-viz jacket and all steps have been taken to make accessibility very safe.
Sadly, they have had to stop digging. The tours are free, they offer a yearly membership for just £5 which has lots of benefits. I think if they charged a fee, well worth it for such excellent tours, they could keep digging.
Written 29 August 2022
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Glenn Walsh
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Hidden under a car park is one of Liverpool's most interesting and intriguing places, Williamson's Tunnels. My group of 5 visited on 15th May and got to spend a full 2 hours with our excellent guide Col. Like everyone else in FOWT, he is a volunteer and incredibly knowledgeable. He even pointed us to a secret spot where we could get the best views of the city for free! We would definitely recommend FOWT to anyone visiting Liverpool who wants something a bit different.
Written 18 May 2022
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Rebecca Webb
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Excellent tour which started with a warm welcome from Lynn (the lady who organised our tour) and Mike (our tour guide).
Mike was fantastic, his knowledge of the project and willingness to share his experience as a volunteer helped us to understand step by step the story of the site as a whole.
The tunnels are breathtaking; the amount of work originally required to; quarry, tunnel and complete the brick work is mind boggling. More than that is the monumental effort these volunteers have put in to not only save but excavate the site for us to enjoy is honourable.
Massive thank you for such an interesting morning. We loved it.
Written 27 September 2020
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DenB5
merseyside30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A hidden gem. Many locals don't even know about it but a must see for all visitors to the city. It's an amazing experience for all age groups given by friendly, entertaining and knowledgeable, dedicated conservationists.
Could be a great wet weather alternative outing too. Tunnels are warm and dry. Free car parking onsite or nearby. Also accessible by bus from city centre or walkable from Catholic cathedral. Location is near Novotel Paddington.
The dedicated team have actually recovered by hand these huge historic Victorian sandstone chambers from landfill rubble. Don't let the term "tunnels" put you off. They are huge halls and accessable via solid safe stairs.Just a donation requested towards continued renovation projects.
Must pre-book.There are two separate systems to see very close to each other and viewable in an hour or two depending on how long you want to spend there.
All high vis jackets & hard hats provided. Don't wear your best clothes and shoes or let the "work in progress" appearance of the reception area put you off and it is by no means a dirty wet caving experience. All the huge rooms underground are well lit, very safe and solid stairs installed.Guides keep a close safety eye on all visitors and tell great history stories.
Some claustrophobics may be put off by the entrance steps seeming a little dark and restricted but they are not really,p so well worth gritting your teeth to move on into the amazing larger areas. There are quite a few steps to move particularly between Paddington floor levels so no disabled access but there are plenty of interesting level areas to take breaks.
We challenge anyone not to be amazed and entertained by what they see, the stories they hear and the dogged determination of the volunteers that have saved this hidden gem.
Written 9 March 2023
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Ray_MacD
Wigan, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
We couldn't get over discovering such an understated enterprise in the heart of Liverpool.

We attended as three couples, joined by another couple, & were treated to a superb tour by Eric, whose knowledge & enthusiasm made our visit so enjoyable.

The tour was safely managed, starting with a brief induction, & provision of protective clothing, before entering the undercroft via well formed stairs & walkways.

Very soon after decending, you are presented with the most amazing, cavernous, & almost cathedral-like structures, displays of artifacts & evidence of workmanship, both ancient & modern. Every turn or decent through the levels, reveals amazing sights.

The tunnels, coupled with Eric's inspirational presentation, make a lasting impression of bygone endeavour & of the equally hard work & commitment of the volunteers & sponsors who have made the venue accessible today.

I cannot think of a comparable experience, so accessible & so different from most other places of interest, & I would most definitely recommend it to anybody who wants to discover & explore something unusual.

Finally, I must commend all of the volunteering Friends of Williamson Tunnels for their unbridled commitment & hard work.

Thanks again to Lynn for her help with the planning, & to Eric for a most amazing tour.
Written 11 November 2021
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Gordon
Reading, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A fantastic 90 minutes of walking around an amazing underground space - two in fact as we went to the second tour as well (the first are the main tunnels and the second is under Williamson's house) An amazing story and an incredible amount of hard digging and excavation by volunteers. Mandy took us round and explained all the detail with real enthusiasm (she is one of the volunteer diggers) Our teenagers loved it too, from putting on hard hats and high vis jackets, to seeing the artefacts and climbing up and down dimly lit ladders. A real 'must do' if you have a few days in Liverpool!

The entrance is literally a building site on a small residential road, so you will need to drive carefully (or a 25 minute walk from the centre and near the Catholic cathedral)
Written 26 August 2021
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