The Beatles are still a huge tourist attraction in Liverpool

Liverpool is to most people the world over as the centre of pop music. It is even recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the World Capital of Pop. When you think of all the famous pop groups that emerged from Liverpool in the sixties it is easy to see why. The most famous group was obviously the Beatles.

Thousands of people from all over the world visit Liverpool every year to visit sights in the city associated with the Beatles. Liverpool is known for much more than just pop music though. It is also known for its’ art galleries and there are said to be more there than in any other city in the UK apart from London.

The most famous is probably the Tate Liverpool which opened in 1988. It was opened along with the Tate St. Ives in Cornwall to show collections from the Tate London. The Tate Collection is the most prestigious collection in the UK and includes art works from the sixteenth century up to the present day.

This year at the Tate Liverpool there will be exhibitions from contemporary artist Charline Von Heyl and an exhibition of the works of Turner, Monet and Twombly, the only chance in the UK to see this. Another gallery in Liverpool is the Walker Art Gallery which is part of National Museums Liverpool and which holds the only national collection of English art outside of London.

In 2003 the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology opened and is the host to a lot of touring art exhibitions. FACT was a very big attraction when Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture in 2008. There is also Sudley House which holds the collection of George Holt and also opened in 2008 was the Ceri Hand Art Gallery.