ONE of Britain’s hidden gems is set to go on public display in Liverpool in August.
St George’s Hall’s exquisite Minton floor will be uncovered for one month in the Grade I listed venue – considered one of Europe’s greatest neo-classical buildings.
Opening to the public from Thursday 1 until Monday 26 August, the 30,000 beautifully hand-crafted tiles will be uncovered for the only time this year.
Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to flock to the Hall to see the immaculately preserved surface which depicts the city’s coat of arms, sea nymphs, dolphins and tritons, in what was the largest Minton floor in the world when first constructed.
This year, the floor is set to make matrimonial history in August as the first-ever marriage will take place on the tiles on Monday 19 August.
There are also extra opportunities for visitors to get close to the floor with two special tours – Walk the Floor and Night on the Tiles. Music on the Mintons will also take place on Sunday 4 August which will see city organist Professor Ian Tracey perform with Mezzo Soprano Danielle Louise Thomas.
This will be the ninth time the floor has been unveiled since the Hall reopened in 2007 to celebrate the city’s 800th birthday.
Entry costs £5 per person on the door, £2 for those 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance from Ticket Quarter for £3 plus booking fee.
It will be open to visitors from 10am to 5pm most days (times may vary so please check the website before visiting).
For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.stgeorgeshallliverpool.co.uk