Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery is known locally as 'the National Gallery of the North'. It is one of the national museums and galleries administrated by central government funding rather than a local or regional gallery. This impressive gallery was founded in 1877 and sits regally on William Brown Street in the heart of the city near the River Mersey.

Walker Art Gallery Collections
The Walker Art Gallery's Collection began in 1819 some 76 years before the gallery was founded. The first 37 paintings came from the banking giant William Roscoe who had to sell some of his collection due to the failure of his business. These paintings were acquired by the Liverpool Royal Institution who displayed them in a small gallery beside their headquarters. In the coming years their collection grew in stature with works from the Liverpool Society of Fine Arts and Liverpool Academy.

When William Brown, a benefactor of the city of Liverpool, donated a substantial gift to the city the Town Council were able to establish a public library, museum and art gallery. And so the Walker Art Gallery was born and became home to the collection of great works built up over the years since 1819. The gallery is named after Sir Andrew Barclay Walker, a former Mayor of Liverpool.

Accommodation near the Walker Gallery
Visitors to the city hoping to spend time viewing the Walker Art Gallery collection and exhibitions can conveniently base themselves at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Liverpool just a 5 minute drive away. This modern hotel is right in the heart of the city centre close to many popular attractions in including the Anglican Cathedral and has 194 well-appointed rooms to choose from. Guests can enjoy the ARK Spa and Fitness centre including a swimming pool, whirlpool and wellness treatments.