Library ranked top tourist spot

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Inside the newly regenerated library ©Flickr/Bev Goodwin

Inside the newly regenerated library ©Flickr/Bev Goodwin

Liverpool’s Central Library has been named the city’s number one tourist attraction.

The library, which has recently been given the National Building Excellence Award, was placed number one out of 124 attractions in the city by travel review site, TripAdvisor.

The ranking means that it is the only public library in any of the UK’s major cities to be in first place.

Independent reviews on the site gave the library five stars overall, helping it to achieve one of TripAdvisor’s ‘Certificate of Excellence’ awards.

The £50m refurbishment, which saw the library close for over two years – before reopening in May this year – was the subject of much praise from the reviewers.

One reviewer on the site, said: ”I wish I lived in Liverpool so I could use this place regularly. Fantastic makeover! Architectural dream”.

With another stating: “For a place outside London this place has capital city wow factor”.

The library beat Albert Dock, Liverpool One and The Beatles homes to the number one spot.

Liverpool City Council’s Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, Councillor Wendy Simon, said: “It’s fantastic news to reach the number one spot on a website that is visited regularly by millions of people.”

Since reopening in May, more than 400,000 people have visited the venue, which is now home to new features, such as the atrium and the roof terrace.

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