Since the first stone was laid in 1838, St George’s Hall has accumulated a noteworthy history and reputation. The Grade I listed building is a highly sought-after venue for weddings, exhibitions, immersive experiences, and events. From Charles Dickens’ readings in the 1800s, to The Beatles’ Ringo Starr performing in 2008, the entertainment schedule here has spanned genres, crafts and centuries, and now welcomes the unforgettable Candlelight concert series.
Located directly opposite the main entrance of Liverpool Lime Street station, St George’s Hall is incredibly easy to get to. The building is situated in the heart of Liverpool, and surrounded by iconic city landmarks and unbeatable eateries. The Royal Albert Dock is a 20-minute walk from the venue, and you can find the former Beatles haunt known as the Cavern Club just around the corner.
Facts, Curiosities and Interesting Things about St George’s Hall
1. Legendary icons have graced St George’s Hall
Ever since the venue was built in 1854, a host of famous faces have paid this iconic Liverpool landmark a visit. In the mid 1800s, Charles Dickens would often hold many of his readings here. In 1869, the venue’s Great Hall was used to host an enormous banquet for the writer before he left on his travels to America. A few centuries later, Beatles member Ringo Starr performed on the rooftop to commemorate the opening of the ‘European Capital of Culture’ celebrations in 2008.
2. The venue has made multiple appearances on TV
St George’s Hall is a historic 19th century venue with a stunning interior, and TV productions can’t get enough. The beloved crime drama Peaky Blinders and the BBC’s sci-fi series The War of the Worlds have both been filmed in the venue. Thanks to its centuries worth of history, many spooky stories involving ghosts and ghouls have been told about this place, and Most Haunted Live used the building as their main filming hub for their paranormal show.
3. Liverpool’s record-breaking landmark
This place is a remarkable Liverpool landmark that boasts many firsts. When it was first built, the architects and designers set out to impress, which is why the building housed the largest barrel vaulted ceiling and the largest piped concert organ in the world at the time. But the records don’t stop there. The venue is also the world’s first commercially air conditioned building, and the Great Hall has one of the biggest brick arches in the world.
Candlelight concerts at St George’s Hall
If hearing gifted musicians performing renditions of well-known masterpieces while bathed in the glow of candlelight sounds good to you, then these magical Candlelight concerts are right up your street. This season, spectacular tributes to Coldplay, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd and Liverpool’s very own The Beatles are lighting up this magnificent venue. As a sea of candles flickers away, soundtracks to Warner Bros. film studio’s biggest blockbusters and The Legend of Zelda game series will also be getting the magical Candlelight treatment inside one of Liverpool’s most breathtaking locations.
What else can you do at St George’s Hall?
Lovers of live music have to add this historic venue to their list of must-see locations. Visitors can enjoy spellbinding organ recitals, orchestral performances and ballet shows inside this enchanting setting. What’s more, the venue also runs guided tours to give people the chance to see the venue’s beautiful mosaic tiles, red granite columns and grand Victorian decor up close and personal.
St George’s Hall is one of several enchanting locations in Liverpool that are hosting these unforgettable Candlelight concerts. Candlelight is an experience unlike any other, and you won’t want to miss out. Simply sit back and savour the stunning classical takes on modern-day hits and the music of yesteryear.