Liverpool Giants: Our top tips on where to get the best views
Charge your phones and cameras to the max, the giants are coming.
Liverpool is no stranger to phenomenal photographic opportunities, just look at our skyline! Once in a while we play host to incredible events, huge gatherings and memorable moments that attract thousands to our city streets and the Liverpool giants combine all three.
Exploring the streets of Liverpool and Wirral from 4th-7th October 2018, this final visit to the region involves the Giant, Little Boy Giant and Xolo the dog covering routes of more than 20 miles. Click here to get the full run down of the Giant Spectacular routes on both the Wirral and in Liverpool, across the four day event.
Did you know you can see the Little Boy Giant asleep in his hammock at St George’s Hall on Thursday 4th October? Get your fancy dress on and go and join the party with live music from 7pm. More info here.
Make sure you’ve checked out the route and the road closures in place and leave with plenty of time to get to your preferred location. Social media is your best bet for updates on travel, follow @merseyrail @arrivanorthwest and @giantspectacle for updates on the go.
We’ve poured over the route for you to mark out 10 places to get the best views of the Giant Spectacular.
1 – Lime Street Steps
Lime Street station steps will give you the perfect view as the Little Boy Giant wakes from his hammock at St George’s Hall and takes his first walk with Xolo the Dog. You’ll also see the Giant Man approach from St John’s Lane on Saturday.
2 – The Chinese Arch, Berry Street
The Little Boy Giant and Xolo will walk along Berry Street to the junction with Upper Duke Street and walk up towards the Cathedral on Friday, anywhere near the Chinese Arch crossroads will make a great vantage point.
3 – Bombed Out Church
The steps of the Bombed Out Church, St Lukes will provide Giant Spectacle fans a great view along Ranelagh Street and down towards China town on Saturday. Get here early and bring some munchies.
4 – Princes Park Gate
The Little Boy Giant and Xolo are covering some serious ground on Friday and will be making their way down Princes Avenue. Head to Princes Park gates, on the roundabout nice and early for a brilliant view of the oncoming procession.
5 – Marine Promenade/The Dips
New Brighton provides a perfect backdrop to see the Giant Man wake from Fort Perch Rock and wander along Marine Promenade on Friday before taking a nap at The Dips. Set yourself up near Bubbles World of Play at Marine Point for a winning view.
6 – Queen Victoria Monument
Derby Square, home of the Queen Victoria Monument is a great place to set up camp, high on the steps as The Little Boy Giant and Xolo head to the business district on Saturday. The Giant Man will be close behind crossing the same junction that afternoon.
7 – Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool ONE
The Giants roam The Strand from New Quay to Sefton Street on Sunday. Get yourself a great spec up on the benches on Thomas Steers Way or at Chavasse Park and watch the Giant Spectacle from up on high.
8 – The Strand
Thousands are set to line either side of The Strand as the Giant Spectacular crosses this main waterfront road on each day of the event. We suggest setting up your pitch near to Hilton Hotel or near the Leo Casino for the best views.
9 – Parliament Street
All three Giants will cross Parliament Street (the bottom end just down from Camp & Furnace and the Cain’s Brewery Village) on Sunday before their final farewell. This is a huge junction onto Sefton Street and is a great place to snap with the city skyline in the background.
10 – The Waterfront
Seeing our special visitors wow the crowds in front of our stunning Three Graces is truly a sight to behold. Get yourself down to the waterfront, from New Quay (near Costco) to Sefton Street (near Leo Casino) to catch all three giants walk their last route.
Top tip from Liverpool Photographer Dave Wood: “Got a selfie stick for your mobile camera? Make sure to bring it with you to photograph over the heads in the crowds. Put the timer on and hold it high.
“Keep an eye out for higher vantage points. It doesn’t have to be a rooftop or balcony, just something that will give you that extra height above the crowds. Make sure to get there early and get set up.”
Don’t forget to allow plenty of time to travel to your preferred part of the Liverpool Dream Giant Spectacular route and allow for road closures. Click here for more info on how best to travel around the city region over the weekend.
Stick with @TheGuideLpool on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram throughout the event as we bring you all the action as it happens, across the entire weekend. The Giants are coming!