St George’s Hall Catacombs Tours Return With New Stories This September

Photograph by Ant Clausen

Photograph by Ant Clausen

The increasingly popular theatrical Catacombs tours of St George’s Hall Liverpool return this September, with brand new stories in the next instalment of The Catacombs Of Liverpool’s Darkest History. This is the fifth series of tours which follows hugely successful sell-out runs in March and June.

The new tours will run from Monday 28th Sept – Sunday 4th Oct, with four tours each evening at 6.00pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm and 8.15pm. Tickets are priced at £15 per person.

Back by popular demand, the tours explore the most chilling and infamous of crimes from Liverpool’s dark past, with the shocking tales recreated within the cells and catacombs of Liverpool’s most celebrated and historic building.

St Georges Hall can be aptly described as a capsule for Liverpool’s history; whilst the rich and influential enjoyed the grandeur and opulence that the Great Hall had to offer, there existed a harsher reality in the cells below. Men, women and children crammed into tiny stifled cells awaiting their punishment. Nowhere in the city could you find a more relevant space to animate some of the darkest elements of Liverpool’s criminal past.

Theatrical company Lovehistory who produce the Catacomb series, can promise that these new promenade tours will be the most compelling to date consisting of powerful theatrical performances that will undoubtedly move their audience.

The promenade performances will lead the audience into the dark cells below where those waiting to be condemned would spend their final moments. In the dark shadows of Liverpool’s history, visitors will encounter the characters and witness a series of thought provoking and expertly choreographed scenes of Liverpool murders, torment and cruelty. Behind every dark corner lies a hidden story which will be exposed.Catacomb Tours 2 - Credit Ant Clausen

LoveHistory can reveal the first of the new stories to be featured in this new series of tours. Hear the heinous tale of the 1931 murder of Julia Wallace, one of the most baffling crimes to ever hit Liverpool.

After a mysterious caller sent Julia’s husband, William Herbert Wallace, on a wild goose chase looking for a street that didn’t exist he returned to find his wife brutally slain in their own home. A sensational trial followed and William came within inches of being executed for his wife’s murder however the lack of evidence spared him. This was only the start of the story however as the inexplicable aspects of the case that saved William’s life continues to intrigue amateur sleuths to this day.

This tale of murder and mystery will be expertly recreated along with other shocking stories which will be announced in due course, by a team of professional actors who will leave audiences spines tingling as they discover the gruesome details of the innocent victims, the not so innocent perpetrators of these vicious crimes and those who carried out the sentence of the court – the executioner.

Judy McLean, Creative Director of Lovehistory, said:

“We at Lovehistory are all very excited to return to St George’s Hall in September with a 5th series of Catacomb Tours. We have had thousands attend these tours and what has been the most pleasing for us has been people’s reaction to the stories we tell and how we tell them. These shows always seem to exceed people’s expectations due to the quality of the production. It’s a fantastic building and so relevant to history of the city.”

The Catacombs Of Liverpool’s Darkest History promises to be the most haunting and gripping tour to date.

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The Catacombs of Liverpool’s Darkest History
St George’s Hall, Heritage Centre Entrance, St John’s Lane, Liverpool.
Monday 28th Sept – Sunday 4th Oct
Time: 6pm, 6.45pm, 7.30pm, 8.15pm
(Approximately one hour in duration)
Tickets: £15
(Capacity 40 people per tour)
Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool. Online at or call 0844 800 0410.

EVENT: I Love Allerton Road

This coming Saturday 15th June, Allerton Road is THE place to be in South Liverpool as the brand new event ‘I Love Alerton Road’ takes place.

The monthly Allerton Road Farmer’s Market is expanding, with a record number of stall holders due to participate. A number of shops will be offering taster sessions and running special promotions throughout the day AND The Lord Mayor of Liverpool will be in attendance to celebrate local love for the busiest high street outside of the city centre.

Local councillor Richard Kemp said of the event:

“Allerton Road is the ‘jewel in the crown’ of South Liverpool but we want to work together to boost activity and to help our small, local independent shops. People are looking more and more carefully at where their purchases, especially food purchases, come from. The local shops and the farmer’s market provide a challenge to the bland products of the big chain stores.”

Allerton Road has one of the widest selections of good, locally-run businesses in Liverpool. It has recently seen the opening of a new bakers and is home to many fine purveyors of food and drink such as The Interesting Eating Company, Oddbins and more.

Here at Down South Liverpool we are thrilled to see local councillors working with residents and traders to ensure the continual success of one of our favourite places to be.

Lord Mayor Gary Millar will be present 1-3pm and local councillors will have their usual open air advice centre. The Waltones will be performing and there will be opportunity to win an exclusive performance for yourself and your friends as well.

Here are just a few more reasons to visit Allerton Road this Saturday 15th June:

Participating shops include:
The Chandlers Supercentre and Homewarehouse
The Style Clinic
Rays the Bakery
Zaffran Restaurant
Vinci Wine Bar
The Linen Warehouse
The Interesting Eating Company
The Other Place Cafe & The Other Place Bistro

Market traders include:
Baltic Bakery
Best Olives
Bill Neal – vegetables
Blooming Baskets
Northern Comfort Food Club
Chris Nichol – cheese
Little Gem Garden Company
French Corner
Lous Bakery
Albion Bakehouse
Pudding and Pie Cafe
Simon Wong – Charcoaled food

There’s a host of other fun stuff going on, including:
Face painting
Bouncy castle
The Lord Mayor (1 – 3pm)
A perfomance from The Waltones

We look forward to seeing you there!