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Albert Dock is one of the docks in Liverpool port named after Price Albert. It was opened on 30 July 1846 by prince himself.

It was a combined dock and warehouse designed by Jesse Hartley and Philip Hardwick in 1839. It could be entered either from Canning Half Tide Dock or Salthouse Dock. It was the first building in the United Kingdom to be built without structural wood, only of cast iron, brick and stone. And this made it also the first fire-proof warehousing system in the world. Two years after its opening the world’s first hydraulic hoist system was installed. Moreover, it belongs to Grade I buildings and with its size it is the largest set of Grade 1 Listed Buildings in the UK.

The dock was closed for ships in 1972 and it started to decline. However, in the early 80s it was redeveloped and all the buildings were refurbished. The first phase was opened in 1984 in time for the arrival of the Tall Ships Race and the International Garden Festival. The official re-opening ceremony was performed by Prince Charles on 24 May 1988.

Albert Dock is nowadays opened every day. It is visited by million tourists every year. There are over 25 shops, some bars and restaurants, two hotels (The Express by Holiday Inn the Premier Travel Inn) and also office space (home to for example the Virgin Media National Service Centre (formerly Telewest)). It also houses several popular attractions – Tate Liverpool, the Beatles Story, Merseyside Maritime Museum, the International Slavery Museum, Shiverpool Ghost Tours, and The Yellow Duckmarine.
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