Lord Mayor & High Sheriff pay us a visit

On Wednesday 19th Feb, we were honoured to welcome Anna Rothery, Liverpool Lord Mayor and David Steer, the High Sheriff of Merseyside along with Mrs. Steer and their son Oliver on a tour of the Williamson’s Tunnels. They started at Williamson’s House, descending down into the Wine Bins, Sandstone Arch, Gash and the Banqueting Hall then on to Paddington.


Lord Mayor and the High Sheriff of Merseyside, in our office


Lord Mayor and the High Sheriff of Merseyside, at the bottom of the Gash in the Banqueting Hall

The Lord Mayor in Paddington
The Lord Mayor at the Bottom of the Gash in the Banqueting Hall

In addition to the Lord Mayor and High Sheriff’s visit, we were busy with regular visitors and also a group of third year architecture students from John Moores University, who will be using us for their study project.

FoWT up for 2nd major Tourism Award

You may remember us winning the ‘Hidden Gem’ Category of the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2019, this was a very proud day indeed for all the volunteers of FoWT. We are delighted to be able to report that FoWT have once again been shortlisted for the ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’ award in Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2020.

The list of small visitor attractions in the running for this year’s award are:

  • Everton Football Club
  • Friends of Williamson Tunnels
  • Mersey Tunnel Tours
  • Royal Liver Building 360
  • The Palm House Sefton Park

Which means, we are up against some amazing and tough competition, each of these attractions being worthy of winning this award. So we can but hope that we can win for a second year. Fingers crossed, but whatever happens we are thrilled to be in the running.

We wish all taking part in the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2020 the best of luck. 



Members meetings 2020 – Important Announcement


A few weeks ago, we announced that we had changed the location of our monthly members meetings to give easier access for our members attending our meetings.

We agreed with the owners of Grand Central Hall on Renshaw Street, Liverpool to hold our meetings in Bar Racine. Sadly, we have been contacted by the owners, just over a week before the first meeting, with the news that they had sold Bar Racine and that we can no longer hold our meetings there.

This is devastating news, which leaves us more than a little panicked to get a meeting location confirmed.

In the interim, we have arranged for the February and March meeting to be in the The Quaker Meeting House, 22 School Ln, Liverpool L1 3BT. See the location map of the Quaker Meeting House

We are urgently seeking a replacement venue for our meetings, so please watch this space for news on future meetings.

The Trustees and volunteers apologise for unavoidable problem.

Defibrillators now on site

Tom, Lynn & Mike with our Defibrillator…

Walk around many of our towns and city’s these days and you will probably have noticed that defibrillators are more widely available. These important life saving devices are essential for when the unexpected happens to us.

FoWT’s Trustees, made the decision a while ago to equip our sites with defibrillators as a means of protecting not only our working volunteers but also the many visitors that visit the tunnels. Sadly these days we never know when the worst will happen and we may be in need of one of these Life Saving devices.

We were very grateful to Mike Moran, of Proton Partners International, Rutherford cancer centre for Donating our first defibrillator, which is to be located at Mason Street. We will be ordering a second unit for the Paddington Site too.

Alan Walker, giving us defibrillator training

Though defibrillators are intended for use by non-medically trained persons, when every second counts to save someone’s life, it does help to have a good knowledge of what to do whilst waiting for an Ambulance to arrive. We are very grateful to Alan Walker, from Speke Education and Training Centre (S.T.E.C) who agreed to come to Mason Street to train our volunteers on the use of our Defibrillators.

Whilst it is comforting to know that we are prepared for the worst, let’s hope that we never need to use either of these defibrillators…

Our defibrillator, in place, just in case. Lets hope we dont need them…


FoWT win yet another award…

Wow, you wait years for an award then 2 come along at once! Following our amazing award last week, we were delighted to be notified today that we had received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

“We’re pleased to announce that Williamson’s Tunnels – Friends of Williamson’s Tunnels has been recognised with a 2019 Certificate of Excellence, based on the consistently great reviews you’ve earned on the world’s largest travel site.”

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This is actually our second certificate off TripAdvisor, having already received the same in 2018

This of course is wonderful news, however we could not have done it without the support and hard work of our volunteers and of course the wonderful feedback from our visitors.