St John’s Beacon Is Reopening Its Viewing Gallery This Weekend

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


Take in unreal sights of the city and beyond from July 24.

You can’t deny that the Radio City Tower is pretty hard to miss. Yes, we’ve got our fair share of tall buildings- the Liver Building, West Tower, Liverpool Cathedral, Beetham Tower and Alexandra Tower, to name a few- but the shining beacon that is Radio City Tower is a renowned structure that makes up a part of the cityscape.

Also home to one of the UK’s most successful radio stations, Radio City, the tower gives you a unique opportunity to view Merseyside’s ever changing skyline over 400 feet above the heart of the city centre. St John’s Beacon offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Wirral, North Wales and Lancashire from its observation platform and from this weekend (July 24-25) you can see the views for yourself.

Built in 1969 and designed by James A. Roberts Associates in Birmingham, St John’s Beacon is 138m tall and is the second tallest free-standing building in Liverpool and the 32nd tallest in the United Kingdom. On clearer days, visitors to the viewing gallery can even see as far as Snowdonia and Blackpool

Announcing the reopening news, St John’s Beacon said: “From Saturday 24th July we are reopening the viewing gallery here at St Johns Beacon. We have been working hard to ensure that the beacon adheres to social distancing, cleansing of the gallery will be undertaken at all times (with more thorough cleaning between time slots) and visitor numbers will be limited to avoid crowding. This will make the tower a clean, comfortable, safe and enjoyable environment for all visitors.

“We have a one way system in operation and we encourage all visitors to keep moving so to avoid a cluster of groups gathering at certain points at the same time, but please bear in mind you can journey around the tower as many as times as you desire during your allocated time slot.

“Though it is no longer government policy, all visitors will still be offered the opportunity to scan their NHS QR code via their NHS COVID-19 app should you wish to still do so. All staff will undergo regular testing and will continue to wear face coverings at all times.”

Radio City recently celebrated its 21st birthday  since the station and then sister station Magic 1548 started broadcasting from the top of St John’s Beacon. Book your slot at St John’s Beacon viewing gallery here.

St John’s Beacon, 1 Houghton Street, L1 1RL

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