Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough of Merseyside, England, United Kingdom along the eastern side of Mersey Estuary. It was founded as a borough in 1207 and was granted a city status in 1880. In 2011, the population was 574,500 and is at the centre of a wider urban area, the Liverpool City Region.
Liverpool is noted for its rich architectural heritage and is home to many buildings regarded as amongst the greatest examples of their respective styles in the world. Several areas of the city centre were granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2004.
As a major British port, the docks in Liverpool have historically been central to the city's development. The best well known dock in Liverpool is the Albert Dock, constructed in 1846, today comprises the larges single collection of Grade 1 listed buildings anywhere in Britain.
One of the major developments in the Liverpool region is called Liverpool Waters. The Liverpool Waters vision involves regenerating a 60 hectare historic dockland site to create a world-class, high-quality, mixed use waterfront quarter in central Liverpool.