St George’s Hall Court

St George’s Hall Court
St George's Place, Liverpool
L1 1JJ
Region or country
England (North West)

St George's Hall is a Grade I listed building, and since opening its doors in 1854, it has come to be recognised as one of the finest neoclassical buildings in the world. The initial idea of the Hall was conceived by Liverpool citizens, who wanted a space for the city’s triennial music festivals. During this same period, a venue was being sought for the Civil and Crown Courts and it was decided that architect, Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, would design one building to serve all needs. Behind the grandeur of its impressive Great Hall and Concert Room  lay the prison cells and law courts.

During the 1980s it fell into a state of disrepair and lay derelict for over two decades. Following a £23m restoration project, the Hall was reopened on St George’s Day in 2007 by Prince Charles, and has become a grand focal point for cultural, community, civic, corporate and performing arts activities once again.

The Hall's history and heritage is protected by the St George's Hall Charitable Trust.

What can be found at the venue?
Historic building or site
Significant collections relating to regional crime and punishment organisation or to a particular individual
Grade I listed court room and cells
Does the venue have an online collections catalogue?
Details of opening for public access and / or research services
The St George’s Hall Experience: The History Whisperer transports visitors to a time when this extraordinary building was the meeting point of both opulence and destitution. Tickets for the tour can be bought from the website listed above.
Available services or facilities
Cafe, Toilets
Accessibility and disability arrangements / Covid requirements
Accessible toilets and wheelchair access; induction loops for tour; lifts for wheelchairs.
Other connected heritage sites, museums or archives
Liverpool Dale Street Magistrates' Court; Liverpool Record Office
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