Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre-The Joseph Williamson Society, Liverpool

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Explore the elaborate labyrinthine system of tunnels hidden beneath the streets of Liverpool district at Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre-The Joseph Williamson Society. Philanthropist and businessman Joseph Williamson built them between 1810 and 1840, allegedly to provide income to the working-class laborers he employed--though this motive is subject to controversy. Construction of the tunnels ended following Williamson's death in 1840; they remained largely derelict and full of rubble but were eventually excavated in 1995 and turned into a heritage site. The tunnels range from 8 m (25 ft) wide and 6 m (20 ft) high to 1 m (4 ft) wide and 2 m (6 ft) high. You can take a guided tour of the underground network, where a selection of exhibits recounts the tales of Williamson's eccentric life. Use our Liverpool trip itinerary planner to visit Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre-The Joseph Williamson Society on your trip to Liverpool, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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TripAdvisor
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 hav...  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Really interesting and a great guided tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and didn't mind answering any questions that I had. Great way to spend a couple of hours.
  • I love this place, there is no big grand visitors center but it's fascinating and run by people who care about the tunnels
  • Not the normal place to visit but you won't believe what you see when you get there.
  • Fascinating place and a brilliant tour. This is the most unusual place to visit in Liverpool - if you like something different, off the usual tourist trail, then this is for you. Our guide was brilliant - she gave us more of an insight into the history and character of Liverpool than any of the other places we have visited in the City . Well worth the trip.
  • I took my 16 year old son for the tour at Wilkinson tunnels, and found it very interesting indeed. The lady tour guide was very knowledgeable, and answered all of our questions in great depth. Over all, it was a great experience.