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Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

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Address: Smithdown Lane | The Old Stableyard, Liverpool L7 3ED, England
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+44 151 709 6868
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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A remarkable attraction in an unremarkable area of the city. Here is an...

A remarkable attraction in an unremarkable area of the city. Here is an extraordinary collection of tunnels and chambers commissioned by 19th century Victorian industrialist Joseph Williamson. His motivations for the work are still a mystery, but guided tours among what's thought to be just a small part of a much wider network offer plenty of insights.

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Subterranean World

You need flat shoes on for the visit, you can smell the age it was excavated, very interesting story as to why the tunnels exist worth a visit, not your normal sightseeing day... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our guide was very knowledgeable and also funny. Although the tunnels are extensive your only visiting a small proportion but you get the general idea.

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Thank Richard12755
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

OK, this place is different because its founder was able to offer employment by digging these different tunnels. Having said that, the tunnels aren't very attractive or interesting. Almost all the other Liverpool attractions are better worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is great local history that people should know about. I took people live outside the Liverpool area and they were amazed at the things that Joseph Williamson done to help the people of Liverpool.

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Thank 59Kevin2013
Liverpool
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You need flat shoes on for the visit, you can smell the age it was excavated, very interesting story as to why the tunnels exist worth a visit, not your normal sightseeing day enjoy, its cold as well warm clothes needed

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was born in Liverpool and didn't know about The Williamson Tunnels until quite recently. Not an extensive network of tunnels however the story of why they were built is quite fascinating. If you have a few hours to fill in well worth a visit, just a short stroll.

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Thank Alan D
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely tour of the tunnels with a fab tour guide. A little long with the introduction but on the whole the tour was interesting and informative. I just wish that there were more tunnels to explore.

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Thank kate w
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

OK for a short visit, tunnel tour very interesting led by a very knowledgable guide. Lots of local history to see if you like that sort of thing.

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Workington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

this is histrioc as williamson was man who created theedge hil tunnel s to creat jobs , but fasnatin se whay it was like al thse years ago

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Thank garykh58
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

One of Liverpool's more unusual places to visit. Excellent and knowledgeable guides give you the strange history of Joseph Williamson. A 'must see' for locals as well as visitors

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Very interesting tour and the guide was very informative. I wouldn't recommend it for those with mobility issues as one of our party is in his mid 60s and he struggled on a few occasions with the uneven ground which was made worse with the poor lighting (to be expected underground). I also took a friend visiting from South Africa... More 

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