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 builder website 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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  • This is a Historical treasure trove waiting to be opened even more,go underground be sure to wear suitable foot wear as it can be very slippery and dangerous under foot,well worth a look and very inte...  more »
  • For a fiver this attraction is worth a visit. A little off the usual tourist routes but within easy walking distance of the metropolitan cathedral. Our guide, Carl, was very informative considering th...  more »
  • Costs under a fiver to get in and is a really interesting tale of a maverick and is a place that will only get better as more tunnels are discovered.  more »
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  • An old tunnel from the late 18th century with an amazing story behind. The owner, a rich person at his time, built it mainly to help people through employment. All rich people should see and learn from this place. Our guide to the tunnel was a passionate young lady who was definitely an asset for the site. By the way, the place itself is not a star yet. It is still being improved by volunteers.Gd job
  • Good quirky place. Bit smaller than I expected. The tunnels are huge but you only get to go round a fairly small section. Very interesting nonetheless and a fab example of British eccentricity!
  • Brilliant place!! Definitely would go again. I wish I lived closer because they're always looking for volunteers and the people who volunteer there were all so happy
  • Quirky, unique museum piece. The guide has his own informal style of delivery. Needs a little more infrastructure development to take off as a major tourist attraction.
  • Very interesting tour showing the unknown extent of the tunnels under Liverpool. Good charity shop as well. Nice that the artifacts discovered are on display as well.

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