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The Williamson Tunnels

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by Marcel Deer (subscribe)
I've been freelancing for over 4 years in PR and journalism, I'm now based in Liverpool, England. You can see a body of my work on and on When not reviewing or interviewing I write comedy for TV.
Published March 7th 2013
Liverpool's Hidden Underground City
So you come to Liverpool as a tourist. You go to the Albert Dock, the Beatles Museum, the Cavern, St Georges Hall etc etc etc. The problem is, a lot of people haven't even heard of the Williamson Tunnels, and this place screams history and heritage from beneath the bowels of the city!

These tunnels were built over a series of years in the middle of the 1800's by a team of construction workers working under the eccentric character Joesph Williamson. He had made all his money through the bustling tobacco industry, and had decided to employ hundreds of workers to build a labyrinth beneath the city in order to extent his empire.

The reasons for the building of these tunnels are shrouded in speculation, as Williamson himself never gave a clear motive for his actions. It is thought that they may have been built as part of a religious sect!

They're great fun to look around and have only been open to the public since 1995. In the last few years, a local promotions company known as Harvest Sun have started to give high profile bands such as Midlake gigs in the tunnels. Although I haven't made it to one of these gigs, I've heard it's a fantastic venue and that the atmosphere is amazing!
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Why? Liverpool's hidden historical heritage!
When: Check website for details
Phone: 0151 709 6868
Where: Liverpool Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre
Cost: Adults £4.50, Children £3.00
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