The city of Liverpool is located in the north west of England, on the eastern shore of the Mersey Estuary. The city's diverse population, drawn from a wide range of nationalities, cultures and religions, particularly from Ireland have resulted in a city with a long and rich history. In 2007 the city celebrated its 800th anniversary and was also the European City of Culture in the same year, along with Stavanger in Norway. The city was also labelled the World Capital of Pop by Guinness World Records because of its world famous link with The Beatles and other groups from the Merseybeat era. Parts of the city have also been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites, in recognition of the city's rich heritage.
The Port of Liverpool, which is one of the United Kingdom's major ports, is spread over both shores of the River Mersey. On the Liverpool side of the river are the Passenger Ferry Terminals where passengers can purchase drinks and snacks. There are two daily crossings to Ireland with a crossing time of around 3 hours and 45 minutes which are currently operated by Super Seacat Fast Ferries. There are also two services each day to Dublin in Ireland with a crossing time of around 8 hours, five daily sailings to Douglas on the Isle of Man, with a crossing time of 2 hours and 30 minutes, and two daily crossings to Belfast in Northern Ireland with a crossing time of around 8 hours.
Dublin is the capital if Ireland and is located in the province of Leinster on the north east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey. As Ireland's capital city it is a major tourist destination and attracts millions of visitors each year. Popular attractions in the city, whose history dates back to Viking times, is Dublin Castle which was founded in 1204, just after the Norman invasion. Other popular attractions includes the Mansion House, the Anna Livia Monument, the Molly Malone statue. Christ Church Cathedral, St Patrick's Cathedral, The Custom House and Saint Francis Xavier Church on Upper Gardiner Street.
Dublin's port is located on both banks of the River Liffey. On the north bank, the main port lies at the end of East Wall and North Wall, from Alexander Quay. The element of the port on the south side of the river is much smaller and lies at the beginning of the Pigeon House peninsula. Ferry services from the port depart to Holyhead in Wales, Liverpool; in England and Douglas on the Isle of Man.