Walker Art Gallery

“An outstanding collection of British and European art” - VisitEngland Assessor


Liverpool, Merseyside

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Known as one of Europe's finest galleries, The Walker Art Gallery houses an outstanding collection of British and European art from the 14th to the 20th century. Many visitors will already be familiar with some of the much-loved paintings in the gallery's permanent collection, including the tense Civil War scene And When Did You Last See Your Father? and the famous Tudor portraits of Henry VII and Elizabeth I. The gallery is known for its Pre-Raphaelite artworks by Rossetti, Millais and Holman-Hunt and has a strong collection of contemporary art featuring David Hockney, Peter Doig, Bridget Riley and Lowry. The Big Art for Little Artists gallery caters to children under 8 years and their families. Special exhibitions throughout the year. Photo credits: main image - Mark McNulty.

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Walker Art Gallery
Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, LIVERPOOL, Merseyside, L3 8EL


About the area

Discover Merseyside

A metropolitan county on the River Mersey, with Liverpool as its administrative centre, Merseyside incorporates the towns of Bootle, Birkenhead, St Helena, Wallasey, and Southport. In the 19th century, Liverpool was England’s second greatest port, and the area has been affected by urban deprivation and unemployment. 

When the port of Chester silted up in medieval times, Liverpool took up the slack. The first dock was built in 1715 and the port came to prominence with the slave trade. Following abolition, the port grew to a seven-mile stretch of docks, busy with cargoes of cotton, tobacco and sugar and the huge wave of emigration from Europe to the New World in the 19th and 20th centuries. In its turn, immigration brought an influx of people to Merseyside to join its expanding population, including many from Ireland fleeing the potato famines. In the second half of the 20th century, accessible air travel brought an end to the era of the ocean-going liners. Meanwhile, trade with Europe was picked up by the southeastern ports. Merseyside’s population dwindled, but it remains one of Britain’s most vibrant and interesting areas.

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