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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  • Mind boggling innovation by a pure genius over 100 plus years ago the man is a legend .MAN FOR THE SCOUSE PEOPLE AND ALL WHO LIVED IN LIVERPOOL. WORTH GOING TO SEE THE TUNNELS BRICK WORK IS MAGNIFICENT. YOU WILL NOT REGRET GOING.
  • Ongoing project to excavate a strange example of Victorian philanthropy and eccentricity. Well worth a look, the guides are really helpful and give a good idea of what's known and unknown about what's likely to be found next.
  • Great historical site that will just keep growing as they excavate. Amazing to see a new piece of history despite living here for years
  • Local history only recently discovered Take a tour through the tunnels​ with a guide who explains how the tunnels where constructed, they are still being excavated of hundreds of tons of rubbish that where thrown down there over a hundred years.. Fascinating place to visit.
  • Such an interesting place to visit. It reveals the history of edge hill.

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