Liverpool Festival Gardens, Liverpool

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The International Garden Festival was a garden festival recognised by the International Association of Horticultural producers (AIPH) and the Bureau of International Exhibitions and held in Liverpool, England from 2 May 1984 to 14 October 1984. It was the first such event held in Britain, and became the model for several others held during the 1980s and early 1990s. The aim was to revitalise tourism and the city of Liverpool which had suffered cutbacks, and the idea came from Conservative Environment Minister Michael Heseltine. The festival was hugely popular, attracting 3,380,000 visitors.The FestivalThe garden festival was held on a 950,000m2 derelict industrial site south of Herculaneum Dock, near the Dingle and overlooking the River Mersey. On this site was built sixty individual gardens, including a Japanese garden and pagodas. A large exhibition space, the Festival Hall, formed the centrepiece of the site and housed numerous indoor exhibits.Other attractions included a walk of fame, featuring numerous stars connected with Liverpool, and a light railway system (see below). Public artwork included the Yellow Submarine, a statue of John Lennon, a Blue Peter ship, the Wish You Were Here tourist sculpture, a red dragon slide, a large red bull sculpture and Kissing Gate (by Alain Ayers).
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  • August 12, 2017
    We took the kids for a bike ride at Liverpool Festival Gardens and found it peaceful and relaxing. We walked through a wooded area and it was hard to believe we were in the City. Lovely little park ar...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    The Festival Gardens are the last remaining part of the 1984 International Garden Festival site. The structural elements of the original garden still exist, but the formal landscape is slowly being re...  more »
  • May 27, 2017
    They have finally restored this once horticultural extravaganza to a degree of respectability. A pleasant place to walk, enjoy river views and for the kids to play.  more »
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  • It’s sad to say that although the newly refurbished festival gardens are lovely, they seem to be poorly advertised to passing traffic and neglected by whoever is responsible for maintaining them. The lake doesn’t have enough water in it, and the pagoda in the centre has seen better days. Don’t get me wrong though, they are definitely worth a visit – I just wish that the owners and the local authority would improve the offering that the gardens and the immediate surrounding area provide.
  • First time I've revisited here since the garden festival of 1984! Really enjoyed the pleasant walk with other families and nature. The Chinese and Japanese gardens were lovely, I just hope they keep them maintained for future visitors and generations!
  • Great place to explore! Fun for all. Closes at 6pm though so be careful not to get locked it!
  • Great place to relax even take your dog on a nice day a lot to see
  • Nice walks. generally well-kept. Shady areas if you don't like too much sun. Plenty of car parking spaces.

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