St George’s Hall fantastic floor revealed

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Minton Floor Reveal. Pic by Amy Toal © St. Georges Hall

One of the hidden treasures of St George’s Hall is going on show to the public again and tickets are now available for people to see the beautiful Minton Floor that is normally kept out of sight.

The Grade 1 listed building’s famous floor tiling will be unveiled from Thursday April 13th to Wednesday April 18th.

Considered one of the world’s finest encaustic floors, the mosaic of more than 30,000 tiles was concealed in the 1860s to allow events such as dancing at the venue.

The unique patterned design depicts the Liver Birds, the Roman god Neptune, sea nymphs, dolphins and tridents in what was once the largest Minton paving in the world.

Hall Manager, Alan Smith, said: “The fantastic Minton Tiles at St George’s Hall are always hugely popular with tourists and residents each time they are revealed. I would urge anyone who hasn’t yet seen them to go along to St George’s Hall and see these magnificent tiles.”

Historian Steve Binns, one of Liverpool’s outstanding ambassador guides, will be available daily at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm, to provide a detailed insight into St George’s Hall.

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One-hour guided ‘walk the floor’ tours will occur each day from 10am to 5pm, with tickets costing £10, plus booking fee.Evening access from 6pm to 9pm will also be accompanied by a complimentary glass of fizz, with the privilege costing you £12 per ticket.

The floor was first laid in the 1850s by Robert Cockerell, and is covered by a slate of wood for 11 months of the year.

Bookings are now available via the TicketQuarter or alternatively by calling 0844 800 0410.

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