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Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre

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Address: Smithdown Lane | The Old Stableyard, Liverpool L7 3ED, England
Phone Number: +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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This is a unique atraction. See how anthropologist, Joseph Wiliamson, the mole of Edge Hill, employed hundreds of people building tunnels which appear to go nowhere. This... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a unique atraction. See how anthropologist, Joseph Wiliamson, the mole of Edge Hill, employed hundreds of people building tunnels which appear to go nowhere. This attraction is constantly being developed by the volunteers who continue to excavate.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a taste of Liverpool of another time. Congratulations to Williamson that left such a monument to Liverpool...Ι was impressed by the red sandstone and the whole construction...

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You would walk past the entrance if you didn't know it was there. Well worth a visit, it's like another world...or should I say a past world. Very interesting

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*Anglesey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This place has interested me for a while now, but now I have visited the place, I find it even more fascinating. The guide was helpful and knowledgeable, not only about the tunnels, but the wider area of Edge Hill and beyond. I could have spent all day here, well worth the visit.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

A fascinating tour by a well informed guide . Our tour last approximately 45 mins during which our guide was able to give a good insight into the mysteries of the tunnels. Whilst the tour is confined to just a section of the tunnels you still get a good idea of their scale. Access is good with only a few... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This a fascinating situation where a gentleman had random tunnels built. Our guide said they really don't know why they were built. But it would seem the most plausible reason would be for quarrying for sand stone for building materials. We learnt about the tunnels from a bloke we were chatting to a a laundromat. What a lucky chance meeting... More 

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Widnes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

This is a great attraction, its not that big but they have great enthusiasm on the tours and explain the history behind everything. It's amazing whats under ground in Liverpool and what else they have to find.

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Somerset
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Not much of the tunnel network is actually open to the public, but what is is fascinating. Brought to life by a knowledgeable guide, it's an interesting insight into times gone by... and what the folk got up to. I am looking forward to some of the other tunnels being opened up.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We had watched a programme on the tunnels a while back, so we decided to go next time we were in Liverpool. It was a quick tour around 30-35 mins with a guide who told you about the tunnels etc. You have to wear hard hats. I would've have liked it to last longer and go deeper in the tunnels,... More 

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Went the tunnels a few years ago they do themed tour like Easter Halloween Christmas if you like being scared go Halloween we did it was good.

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