12 Fascinating Facts About The Royal Liver Building

Updated: Mar 23

Interesting Facts About The Icon For The Liverpool City Region

The Royal Liver Building standing proudly in The Waterfront District, or The Pier Head, of Liverpool City Centre (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).
The Royal Liver Building standing proudly in The Waterfront District, or The Pier Head, of Liverpool City Centre (Credit: The Liverpudlian/Peter Eric Lang).

The Royal Liver Building is iconic renowned worldwide, so much so, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which confidently confirms the stature of the building and its surrounding area.


Here are some incredible facts about the magnificent building:

  1. The construction for the RLB started in 1908.

  2. It finished completion in 1911.

  3. The Royal Liver Building is a Grade 1 List Building.

  4. The RLB was the tallest building in the UK for 50 years after its completion from 1911 until 1961.

  5. The Royal Liver Building has the largest clock face in the UK, which means it is even bigger than Big Ben in London.

  6. The Liver Building makes up one of the Three Graces on the Pier Head.

  7. The Royal Liver Building is the iconic symbol for the City of Liverpool and the wider Liverpool City Region.

  8. It was the tallest building in Europe for over 20 years after its completion in 1911 until 1932.

  9. RLB was the second of The Three Graces to have been built, completed after the Port of Liverpool Building and before the Cunard Building.

  10. The Royal Liver Building is found in The Waterfront District, also known as The Pier Head, of Liverpool City Centre and is one of the district's core elements.

  11. The RLB is 13 storeys tall, earning it a height of 322 feet tall, or 98.2 metres tall.

  12. The two Liver Birds that stand proudly on top of the building, named Bertie and Bella, are said to protect the city, with one looking inland to protect its people and the other looking out to protect its fortunes and keep its people out at sea safe. It is said if the Liver Birds fly off, the city will cease to exist.