The Shankly Experience provides a personal insight into the life of one of the greatest football managers of all time. The Shankly family has chosen to share private memorabilia with the public for the very first time, which will be on display throughout the reception area and The Bastion Bar & Restaurant.
Bill Shankly is highly regarded as one of the greatest football managers in history, as his illustrious career resulted in significant professional achievements. You can view everything from Bill’s original LFC contract, his telegram from Neil Armstrong, the key to The Shankly Gates and his This Is Your Life book. No place on Earth offers such a unique look at the legendary manager’s career.
The Shankly Experience is a tribute to a respected football icon, the likes of which will never be seen again. Memorabilia can be viewed within the floor, walls and ceiling, so you can enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by genuine Shankly memorabilia.
Kindly donated by the Shankly family and featured throughout the hotel you will discover some of Liverpool’s and the wider sporting world’s most iconic items from his original Liverpool FC contract (considered by many as the birth certificate of Liverpool FC in the modern era) to his This is Your Life book, trophies, personal items, scouting books and clothing. Many of these items are on display for the very first time.
This unique area within the hotel reception has been set aside as a place to relax and enjoy some of the letters penned by Shankly during his managerial career and then later in life as a sports pundit alongside the typewriter he used for his correspondence.
A poignant and fitting tribute to the 96 fans who lost their life during the Hillsborough tragedy on April 15th 1989. This wall features the now famous image of the two children wearing the number 9 and 6 shirts and holds 96 eternal candles each one engraved with the name of a person who who lost their life on that day. The wall was official unveiled by MP Andy Burnham and families from the Hillsborough Family Support Group, including its chair Margaret Aspinall, and Christopher Shankly-Carline, director of the Shankly Hotel and Bill Shankly’s grandson.
Each room* in the hotel features a story from someone who met Shankly throughout his life, these range from stories from close family members to people who play with him or for him to neighbours or just people who were influenced by Bill Shankly at some point in his life. Many of these stories have been told for the first time on camera and have been captured and archived from future generations to enjoy. A video of these stories can be viewed by access the QR code displayed on each hotel room door. *Excludes inter-connecting rooms.
The real show-piece of the hotel is the vast array of memorabilia kindly donated by the Shankly family and purely worth the visit alone, this really is a treasure trove of items. Many of the artefacts on display have never been seen before while others will be recognisable from iconic images from sporting events over the last 50 years. You will need more than one visit to take them all in.
A collection of letters sent to Bill Shankly throughout his career offering an insight into what the people of Liverpool and wider sporting community really thought of the man.
A collection of handwritten notes by the man himself covering everything from scouting to playing tactics and match reports.
A huge 30ft video wall welcomes visitors in the reception area of the Shankly Hotel. Featuring moving images, quotes and iconic photos from the life and career of Bill Shankly.