Awards and recognition received for our tours

Awards received by FoWT for their tours of the Williamson’s Tunnels

We are delighted to be recognised for our tours, not only by tourism organisations, but also the reviews left by our visitors on TripAdvisor and Google Business.

The visitors we receive include an ever growing number from outside the UK. Families planning their holiday book tours sometimes months in advance to coincide with their visit to Liverpool.

In addition to reviews, interest in the Williamson’s Tunnels has grown exponentially world wide, resulting in the Tunnels and FoWT getting the attention of many media organisations, leading to our being featured many times on Television, Radio, Newspapers and Magazines worldwide.

The Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels has always had volunteers at its core, being run entirely by a dedicated team of volunteers. They work hard to research, rediscover and protect the subterranean works of Joseph Williamson.

We started running tours many years ago. As the tunnels system grew, more chambers and passages were added to the map of known Tunnels structures. So interest in the tunnels, as well as visitor numbers has grown greatly.


Tourism Awards

Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards

  • Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2020 – Following on from our previous years success, FoWT were thrilled to learn that we had once again been shortlisted for ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2020’. Sadly, we didnt actually win but just being shortlisted was a huge honour.


TripAdvisor Awards

Travellers’ Choice (formerly Certificate of Excellence)


Visitor Reviews

FoWT have received consistent good reviews from visitors via both TripAdvisor and Google Business.

Trip Advisor

Jason
Jason
26. June, 2022.
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Curious & Interesting Amazing Experience & Unique & Interesting.... Very curious to know about the reason behind these tunnels
Bigtoad
Bigtoad
26. June, 2022.
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Totally unique Fascinating place. Guides are so knowledgeable and passionate about the tunnels. Nothing else like it I wouldn’t think. This spot is free to visit. They welcome donations so give generously. Totally unique. We will return to so the other tour.
Jane Q
Jane Q
22. June, 2022.
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Well worth a visit Friends of the Williamson tunnels really are very "friendly" volunteers!Lovely experience with very knowledgeable and hard working volunteering moles.Thanks to Lynn for organising and Eric for the tour.
Lynda H
Lynda H
20. June, 2022.
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A Must for any Dr Who fans Really interesting visit, the volunteers do a fabulous job and are really friendly and informative. Fascinating visit so my questions as to the whats and whys. Some interesting theory's put forward. A must see for any Doctor Who Fan, albeit Peter ( our Guide ) was really disappointed that they didn't use the tunnels as the main set . Thanks for looking after us.
Rosealee A
Rosealee A
13. June, 2022.
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A must do experience! Such an informative tour! Lynn, Colin and Peter were so kind and wonderful! Those 3 made the whole experience in my opinion.
wps98
wps98
8. June, 2022.
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Enjoyable Experience Really interesting tour from a very friendly team. For what is a free experience, definitely worth going along for.
Skillidge
Skillidge
8. June, 2022.
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An informative visit underground Very interesting to see the artefacts that they had found. Our guide, Lynn, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Will be interesting to see how the site develops.
Eddie's no 1 fan
Eddie's no 1 fan
7. June, 2022.
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Find out what’s below A truly wonderful visit, our guide was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable that if I was able I would have volunteered to help dig!We were there with relatives from America who were equally impressed.The site is fascinating and as it is a work in progress we shall definitely visit again
Zena
Zena
2. June, 2022.
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Amazing Place 5 of us went for the tour with Friends of Williamson's Tunnels for the first time. Lynn was our guide and her knowledge was amazing. Lynn and the rest of the team are doing so much work to keep restoring these wonderful tunnels. We all became members and will return again. They are very lucky that some firms donate building supplies to help them carry on with their restoration as they do not get any funding. Thank you Lynn for the couple of hours that we spent with you.
dizzyb1964
dizzyb1964
1. June, 2022.
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Fantastic experience I initially visited the tunnels several years ago and was completely blown away by the experience. Having friends visiting from America seemed like a perfect reason for a return visit and we were not disappointed. We were made to feel so welcome despite me adding 2 extra to our group at the last minute and Peter was an absolute wealth of knowledge. The work that the team has carried out is incredible and the results are ama,ing to view.

Google Business

Jane Quick
Jane Quick
22. June, 2022.
Knowledgeable friendly volunteers thanks Eric and Lynn for the tour and looking after us
Zach Eaton-Rosen
Zach Eaton-Rosen
21. June, 2022.
This place is great! A real hidden gem — I'd recommend it to just about anybody.
Matt Savinien-Juden
Matt Savinien-Juden
19. June, 2022.
Absolutely fantastic. Mike was great.
Sarah G
Sarah G
6. June, 2022.
Really interesting tour of these mysterious tunnels. Well worth visiting.
Zena Mayes
Zena Mayes
2. June, 2022.
Five of us went for the tour. Lynn was our guide and her knowledge was amazing. We all enjoyed her knowledge about the tunnels. Such amazing work these volunteers do. We all joined the Friends of Williamson's Tunnels and will return again. Thank you for a wonderful couple of hours.
Mark Downing
Mark Downing
18. May, 2022.
Well worth doing! Toms knowledge of the tunnels, the welcoming attitude and the exhibits make this one of the best things in Liverpool.
Andy Lahan
Andy Lahan
15. May, 2022.
Really interesting and Colin was a great guide
Sarah Crawford
Sarah Crawford
11. May, 2022.
Lovely little find. All the volunteers were really pleasant and had a great sense of humour. Our guide Mike was really interesting and informative and was fantastic with our young children. The tour itself was unbelievable and it was great to learn about the good work the charity does and make a donation to the cause!! We'll definitely be recommending and visiting again.
Barry Fidler
Barry Fidler
9. May, 2022.
Not been in but my wife and son loves it there

Online Awards

  • BBC journalist Chris Baranuic visited, creating this BBC Future Magazine article. This feature about the Williamson’s Tunnels proved extremely popular, going on to receive the “Best of 2015” listing award.

FoWT and the Williamson’s Tunnels being featured in media around the globe.

TV News

  • BBC News
  • ITN News at 10
  • BBC Look North West
  • BBC Inside Out North West
  • BBC Close Up North
  • Made in Liverpool TV
  • CNN – USA
  • Channel 7 News – Australia

Radio News

  • BBC Radio Merseyside (we have taken part in Radio Merseyside programmes on several occasions)
  • Talk Sport Radio
  • The Mark Forrest Radio Show – BBC National Radio

TV series

  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip 2013 – BBC 1 with the visiting celebrity, Edwina Curry – Series 3 episode 10
  • Antiques Road Trip 2020 – BBC 1 with antiques expert Natasha Raskin Sharp – Series 21 Episode 9
  • Abandoned Engineering – Yesterday Channel
  • Mysteries of the Abandoned – Discovery Science channel in USA series 7 Episode 11
  • Underground Worlds – Yesterday Channel series 1 – Episode 3
  • Underground Britain – Channel 5 Series 1 episode 3
  • The Secrets of Underground Britain
  • Galileo Der Maulwurf Von Liverpool – German TV
  • Paranormal Explore – Discovery Channel
  • The Kids Club (Children’s TV show 2001)

Clips from some of the TV programs can be found on our YouTube Channel


We must not forget series 13 of Dr Who…

The BBC used the story of Joseph Williamson and his tunnels in the story line for the latest, Series 13 of Dr Who. Whilst FoWT were not directly featured, the fact that the Williamson’s Tunnels would feature in such a popular, long running show with such a large following worldwide, goes to show the importance, interest and intrigue that the Williamson’s Tunnel’s bring to the people.


Tate Gallery Exhibition

Artist ‘Mikhail Karikis’ created an Art Installation as part of Tate Liverpool’s annual “We Have Your Art Gallery Project”. Mickhail’s installation was filmed in the Williamson’s Tunnels with FoWT and on display in the Tate Liverpool from 27th July to 22nd November 2020.


Pod Casts

Dan Snow, the Patron of the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels, has visited, making Podcasts from the Williamson’s Tunnels for his History Hit channel.


Other TV and Online

  • Uncharted, A Great Big Story – The Lost Tunnels of Liverpool – CNN
  • Into the unknown: Liverpool’s mysterious Tunnels – BBC 1 & News Channel
  • Liverpool’s lost Williamson tunnels – BBC 1 & News Channel
  • BBC Magazine
  • Waar is de mol? In de tunnels onder Liverpool! (Dutch Web article)
  • History daily: Liverpool has a Buried Underworld and No One Knows Why
  • ‘ZuZu’ New Single “Timing”, the singer, Zuzu filmed the video for her New Single “Timing” in the Tunnels with us.

Clips from some of the TV programs can be found on our YouTube Channel


Magazines

  • Subterranea Magazine (Subterranea Britannica)
  • ‘Context’ Magazine (IHBC Institute of Historic Builders)
  • The Merseyside Magazine.
  • Local Life Magazine: The Mole of Edge Hill.
  • Aspire Magazine: Going Underground.
  • ‘Current Archaeology Magazine’: “Odd Socs”, the Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels
  • SpeakUp’ Magazine & online: Italian Magazine for expats and English-speaking Italian’s
  • Aer Lingus: Cara In-flight Magazine
  • “O” – Orange Magazine – Magazine for Orange telecommunications Customers
  • ‘Vespri’ magazine – Italy
  • Liverpool EchoFowt have been feature on many occasions
  • Guardian
  • Daily Post
  • Daily Mail
  • Daily Mirror
  • Metro
  • Sligo Weekender Ireland
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung (south German newspaper)

Newspapers


Other online examples of publicity of FoWT and the Williamson’s Tunnels, examples of which are far too many to list here. Though here are just a few examples.

  • Visit Liverpool – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels
  • Engage Liverpool – Williamson’s Tunnels
  • The Line-up – The underground mystery of the Williamson’s Tunnels
  • Messy Nessy – Liverpool has a buried Underworld and no one knows why
  • Breaktime News – An underground Mystery: Liverpool’s tunnel System
  • And many many more…

Williamson’s Tunnels used for Location Filming for TV/Films.

The Williamson’s Tunnels have been used by film makers as a filming location/set on several occasions. The following films had scenes that were filmed in the Tunnels.

  • The Cask of Amontillado
  • Descent of Sanity.
  • Tribal, Get Me Out Alive
  • Rage 2
  • The Monster of Anghenfil
  • See the Sunrise

Keep checking back here on http://www.williamsontunnels.com for the latest news about Joseph Williamson’s underground kingdom!