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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  • 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 ...  read more »
  • 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 f...  read more »
  • 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...  read more »
  • I love this place, there is no big grand visitors center but it's fascinating and run by people who care about the tunnels
  • 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.
  • Me and my Mum visited Liverpool for a long weekend and saw a leaflet on Williamson Tunnels, it was a toss up between this and Speke Hall, we chose this because we thought it wasnt something you see every day. We are glad we did. There was just me and my mum on the tour (its not a packed attraction), it only took about 40 minutes for the tour and technically there wasnt a lot to see (you could walk around it in less than 5 minutes) but what made it interesting was the guide who is one of the volunteers who run this, she was able to talk in depth and point out interesting things that we would have missed if just walking around ourselves (which your not allowed to do). The Williamson Tunnels is an ongoing project really, there are still many tunnels that the volunteers need to explore thoroughly before they are hopefully opened to the public. Overall, if you are interested in tunnels and history then I would say that this is for you, it is not overly expensive to get in (think it was about £4 odd) but if your totally not interested in this sort of thing then I'd go somewhere else. Personally, I will be watching the progress of the Williamson Tunnels in the future.
  • 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.
  • Good guided tour
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