You know how there are some things in life you constantly think about doing? But, somehow, you just never get around to it? Well, that’s been my relationship with St John’s Beacon viewing tower in Liverpool for a long time. Until now that is.
I decided to take to journey up last Monday and what can I say about the experience? Simply stunning! Most of you know it as the Radio City Tower however, it’s official name upon opening in 1969 was St John’s Beacon. Originally, there was a revolving restaurant that ran up to 1979 when it was closed due to health and safety issues. A few years later, in 1983, it re-opened as “Buck Rogers”, a space themed cafe but closed down in 1994 due to a lack of business.
In 2000, St John’s Beacon was now rebranded Radio City Tower as the Liverpool based radio station made the permanent move that was announced some two years before.
The views from the observatory deck are spectacular. What you get is a 360 degree view of Liverpool and, on a clear and sunny day, you can easily see Wales in the distance. On any given day, you can see Anfield with the new main stand towering over but you may need to squint a little to catch a glimpse of Goodison Park across the way.
I now scratch my head as to why I didn’t take the journey up sooner? I’ll be going up again at least twice. Firstly to see things at night, and secondly, to catch the views on a clear and sunny day. At £5.50, the views are worth every penny!