Liverpool is rich with instantly recogniseable landmarks no matter where in the country, or even the world, you come from.
From the iconic waterfront with its Liver Birds, to its football stadiums, museums and two unique cathedrals.
But it's only having grown up in the city, or lived here for a certain period of time, that you become privy to some of its lesser known treasures and cultural landmarks.
Some have become iconic because of their history, others more so to do with how weird they are.
And some are just famous locally because people have dirty minds.
We thought it's time to honour of these less-known, but just as symbolic, gems you probably wouldn't see in the official tourist guide.
Here's our list of Liverpool's unlikeliest local landmarks:
Billy Fury statue at the Albert Dock
The statue of the Liverpool pop icon Billy Fury was unveiled in 2003 and has its place at one of Liverpool's busiest tourist attractions.
The impressive seven foot statue of Billy Fury stands at the Albert Dock outside the Piemaster's house.
Maybe it's the way Billy's been captured busting a move, some strangers to the city still mistakenly think it's a statue of Elvis.
Billy Fury was born Ronald Wycherley in Haliburton Street in The Dingle, Liverpool on April 17, 1940.
He found fame in the late 1950s and early 1960s and is fondly remembered as one of the most famous stars in the history of British rock and roll.
The Queen Victoria statue by the courts
The Queen Victoria Monument at Derby Square was unveiled in 1906 and the city’s second tribute to Queen Victoria.
The grade II listed Victoria Monument is made of Portland stone and stands beneath a dome surrounded by pillars outside Liverpool Crown Court, on the site of the old Liverpool Castle.
So far so good, you might think as tourist. That is until a local whispers in your ear to look at the statue from the James Street side.
You may then witness something you didn't expect from the monarch who came to symbolise Victorian piety.
It's just the way she wields her sceptre, honestly.
Raunchy sign at Broadgreen train station
A raunchy advertising board has had Scousers laughing for years.
Climax Scaffolding, which is joined to the back of Broadgreen train station, created the tongue-in-cheek sign on the back of the "getting off at Edge Hill" term.
Though it has been there since 2002, it has never had the attention it deserves – despite thousands of people passing it daily.
The sign, which is on the platform travelling away from Liverpool, says: “Why jump off at Edge Hill when there’s a climax at Broadgreen?”
And if you’re from Liverpool you will understand the racy innuendo to the sign, but if not we’re here to explain it for you.
With Edge Hill being the last station before Liverpool Lime Street, the Scouse saying of getting off at Edge Hill is a euphemism for not going the whole way…
However coming from Lime Street towards Broadgreen could lead you to Climax.
The old gates of the Sailor’s home on Paradise Street
Where John Lewis in Liverpool One now stands a Sailors' Home stood in Canning Place for nearly 120 years.
From 1852 to 1969, the building provided board and lodgings, as well as a range of other services, to thousands of merchant seamen before it was demolished in 1974.
The home offered educational and recreational opportunities, in contrast to the temptations on offer in the docklands area.
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Now, the only visible reminder of this magnificent building now are the gates outside the John Lewis building, which occupies the site where the sailors' home once stood.
Years after being hauled off to a foundry in Smethwick, West Midlands, the gates were returned to Liverpool on 8 August 2011 and were re-erected under the name "The Sailors Home Gateway" in the pedestrian section of Paradise Street in Liverpool One, close to the original site of the Sailors' Home.
The Pies bridge on the M57
If you've ever been driving along the M57 there is a chance you've looked up and spotted 'The Pies The Pies' written on a motorway bridge.
The white text may have left you confused, and possibly hungry, as you wonder what it means.
However, the writing has nothing to do with food, but it is to do with a Liverpool band.
In case you didn't already know, The Pies are a Liverpool band who somehow managed to become a phenomenon without anyone knowing what they actually do.
Formed in the late 80s and regulars on the Liverpool music scene, the original Pies split around 1993 after an ill-fated US tour.
The original graffiti was painted on a bridge above the M57 after the band said they "became stuck" on the bridge and "didn't know what else to do".
The tipping buckets fountain
Liverpool has some amazing architecture – from the Liver Building to St George’s Hall.
But the Bucket Fountain on Drury Lane could be the strangest of them all.
Welded by Cammell Laird workers 40 years ago, the fountain was made by Welsh sculptor Richard Huws.
The pivoted buckets are suspended on rods from which they are filled with water. They tilt when they become full and then empty noisily into lower buckets and eventually empty in the pool in which they stand.
Although known locally as the Bucket Fountain, its official name is the Piazza Fountain.
The magic tree in Sefton Park
From ‘Old Nick’s caves’ to the Fairy Glen and Aviary viewing point, Sefton Park has plenty of hidden features and secrets to discover.
It is said that the grotto which is best known and ‘Old Nick’s cave’ was built in 1870 by a French rockwork specialist who helped the designers of the park create the landscape.
Grottos were popular in parks and public areas in the Victorian era and would often be by water.
Fairy Glen is an example of this which is a smaller cave that can be found next to the boating area.
But perhaps the most enchanting feature is the magic tree, so called for its appearance that wouldn't look out of place in a book of beautifully illustrated fairy tales.
Pyramid tomb on Rodney Street
If you've never visited the graveyard of St Andrew's Church on Rodney Street you may not know that a 15 foot high tomb resides there.
Legend has it that the pyramid shaped tomb belongs to William Mackenzie who was buried upright in the tomb seated at a table with a winning hand of cards places between his bony fingers.
Often referred to as one of the most haunted places in the city, many people believe Mackenzie's ghost still roams around the grounds at night.
William Mackenzie was a British engineer is known for his work on railways across the country including the famous Manchester and Liverpool railway.
He was buried in the Liverpool cemetery in 1851 but the grave did not get its grand pyramid monument until 17 years later.
Dickie Lewis statue
The statue of a nude man standing at the bow of a ship, can be seen above the main entrance to the old Lewis’s department store in Ranelagh Street is affectionately known locally as 'Dickie Lewis’.
It symbolises Liverpool's resurgence following World War II during which the building was mostly destroyed by bombs in the Liverpool blitz.
Its official title is Liverpool Resurgent and the statue – made by Sir Jacob Epstein – was unveiled for Lewis's Centenary celebrations in 1956, which came as the blitzed store had completed rebuilding.
The statue has been the meeting place for many a courting couples for decades and in popular culture it is also the “statue exceedingly bare” referred to in the song In My Liverpool Home.
The phrase "standing round like one of Lewis's" could refer to one looking lazy or having been stood-up.
Bombed out church
Liverpool’s ‘Bombed Out Church’ has long been a part of the city’s collective imagination. Thousands of people pass by the Bond Place monument every day, and many are likely to know at least something about the city’s last remaining relic from the Liverpool Blitz.
St Luke’s Church was hit by an incendiary device dropped by the German Luftwaffe during their bombing campaign of May 1941. The resultant fire, described at the time by the Echo as “magnificent”, stayed ablaze for three whole days.
Once extinguished, only the burned-out shell of its structure remained – the church roof was completely destroyed. Luckily, as the attack was launched in the early hours, no lives were lost.
Whilst some called for the damaged building to be demolished, it was decided that the Bombed Out Church was to be remain standing, serving as a memorial to 4,000 people killed in Merseyside during the War.
Now the church steps have become a cultural focal point for meeting people in town or a place to sit and eat your cheesy chips before trying to nab a taxi home after a night out.
Sitting Bull statue on Otterspool Prom
This statue was created by Indian sculptor Dhruva Mistry for the Liverpool Garden Festival of 1984, and moved to its current location on Otterspool Promenade in 2006.
The monument is made out of concrete and appears to be based on the indigenous Zebu cattle of the sculptor's native India.
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Other people suggest it could also depict a “Brahman”- an American commercial crossbreed from original Indian stock.
It's these cattle that have a distinctive “camel’s hump” (a natural deposit/reserve of fat and water for survival in the wild).
Whatever it is, due to its odd choice of colour and appearance, it's more likely to be referred locally as 'the big pink hippo cow thingy by the water'.