Liverpool’s history is like the tide, moving back and forth from good times to bad and back again.

Way back in the 12th century, Liverpool was a small fishing village. Some say all that changed with King John’s Charter of 1207, but the truth is that, four centuries later, the population was still somewhere around 500, living a quiet, peaceful existence.

Liverpool had a growth spurt in the 17th and 18th centuries that was, sadly, due in some part to the slave trade; during that time, the city’s population boomed and many of its new citizens were wealthy. But then immigrants from all over Europe descended upon Liverpool in the early part of the 20th century and the city fell into economic decline in the 1950s. Even the youth culture boom, a decade later, with its straight-to-famous band, The Beatles, couldn’t help and, by the 1980s, Liverpool’s unemployment rates were among the highest in the United Kingdom.

But this is a culturally-rich place with an eye on constant improvement. In 2004, “Paradise Development” introduced significant changes to the city’s centre and became Liverpool One, an exciting new shopping and leisure development linking the old shopping area of Church Street and Lord Street to the Albert Dock and waterfront.

Liverpool was “European Capital of Culture” in 2008. During that year, Liverpool was given the chance by the European Union to showcase its culture. Many people say that it was the most successful European Capital of Culture ever and saw visitor numbers to the city significantly increase.

Links for more information:

Visit Liverpool Tourist Info : History

History of Liverpool