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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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  • What a beautiful place to visit with your family and friends you get a chance to see the views of the Mersey and beyond the gardens are a lovely to walk around from the old international gardens festi...  more »
  • We have come here several times with our dogs and its a really nice walk in good weather. Would highly recommend visiting.  more »
  • We came here by walking along the promenade from the city centre with a group of geocachers (there's an excellent puzzle cache in the gardens). The small part of the original site is lovely but we wer...  more »
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  • Now closes at 4pm.instead of 9pm good for picnics and a light stroll.
  • Nice place to walk around. Sometimes needs more care
  • Really lovely a lot of development to be done and incredible sights. A great project in course.
  • It's great for the kids
  • Great place, not what it was once in the 80's but still a good place.