Originally built as a thriving dock complex somewhere between 1841 to 1847 by renowned Liverpool-based civil engineer Jesse Hartley, the Albert Dock was the first structure of its kind to be built of a composition of cast iron, stone, and brick. In its distinguished service to the public, the dock functioned as a base for the British Atlantic Fleet during World War II, when it suffered significant damages as part of the devastating May Blitz of 1941. Since being restored as a major tourist hotspot, Albert Dock manages to draw over five million visitors every year. A treasured world heritage site, it offers a fascinating blend of history, culture, food, and shopping. In addition to the many shops and craft carts present here, there are numerous attractions including The Beatles Story Museum, Tate Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, and the Museum of Liverpool.