Tour Liverpool, by order of the Peaky Blinders. On this tour, you’ll see more than 10 filming locations, including the Garrison location, the Epsom racecourse and Polly and Ada’s homes.
So you thought Peaky Blinders was set in Birmingham? Think again. Liverpool’s Victorian Industrial architecture was chosen as the perfect backdrop for the exploits of the Shelby family – many of the show’s most famous scenes were filmed right here by the Mersey.
Liverpool or the “pool of life” is a city pulsing with energy and people from all walks of life. It has had a rebirth as an arts and culture bedrock in the northwest, but once upon a time it had its very own Peaky Blinders: a ruthless gang known as the High Rip ruled the streets of Liverpool. You’ll learn all about them on this tour and come to understand why the Grade Listed buildings, Victorian docks and canal system were chosen to bring Tommy’s story to life.
Your guide doesn’t deviate from the facts of the award-winning show. Suited and booted in Tommy’s Shelby’s distinctive style, down to his tweed flat cap, he knows his stuff. You’ll hop aboard the coach outside St George’s Hall in central Liverpool – if you’re a true fan you’ll spot that the hall doubled as a party venue in the third series – before being driven around the city and across the Mersey to the Wirral.
You’ll see where Tommy was brutally beaten by Father Hughes’ henchmen and the place where Grace confronted Inspector Campbell. You’ll also visit the largest cathedral in Britain, Liverpool Cathedral, where Catholic (though let’s face it, not practising) Thomas Shelby would go for moments of peace (and where he met Jack Nelson in Season 2).
You cross the River Mersey to Seacombe Ferry Terminal, which was transported back to the 1920s with vintage flags and boarding signs for the scene where Vicente Changretta was captured on his attempted escape to America, before being executed. Another Wirral location that you’ll recognise is in pretty Port Sunlight – the lofty village home gifted to Polly Shelby by the Shelby brothers.
After a photo op of the Liverpool skyline you’ll return to the city with a healthy respect for the criminal underworld of the 1920s, and for the filming scouts who travelled the length and breadth of Britain to find the most atmospheric Shelby locations.
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Closest? Holiday Inn Good quality with basic mod cons
Cheapest? Adelphi Hotel Smart town centre hotel with a pool
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The start and end point for the tour is St George’s Hall, close to Liverpool Lime Street, which is a direct train from London Euston. For information about car parks see the Liverpool City Council website.
The area around Lime Street has plenty of restaurants and cafes. Try Key Lime Coffee for a break before or after the tour.
The tour is not accessible for wheelchair users or anyone with limited mobility.
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