Liverpool was once Britain’s main transatlantic port and the empire’s second largest city, but around the world it is known for being the city that produced The Beatles. A visit to the city is best begun at Liverpool’s waterfront, at Pier Head, where you can take a ferry to Birkenhead for nice views of the city. Just behind the ferry terminal is the Liver Building, with an enormous clock façade and the local mascots (two liver birds) perched on each clock tower. A short walk leads you to Albert Dock, the showpiece of the renovated docks area, whose main focus is the Tate Liverpool, home of the national collection of modern art. On the other side of the dock is the Maritime Museum, now joined with the International Slavery Museum, a sobering exhibition of the transatlantic slave trade. Albert Dock is also home to The Beatles Story, a multimedia effort to capture the greatness of the Fab Four. The center of Liverpool is in the Cavern Quarter, where pubs and shops allow you to enjoy some Beatles nostalgia, especially at the Cavern Club where The Beatles played in the 1960s. There are several tour operators offering “Magical Mystery Tours” of other parts of the city associated with the band, such as Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.