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The popularity of The Beatles and other groups from the Merseybeat era contributes to Liverpool's status as a tourist destination.Liverpool is also the home of two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, matches between the two being known as the Merseyside derby.Liverpool's status as a port city has attracted a diverse population, which, historically, was drawn from a wide range of peoples, cultures, and religions, particularly from Ireland and Wales.The city is also home to the oldest Black African community in the country and the oldest Chinese community in Europe.Since Roman times, the nearby city of Chester on the River Dee had been the region's principal port on the Irish Sea.
The first commercial wet dock was built in Liverpool in 1715.By the middle of the 16th century, the population was still around 500.The original street plan of Liverpool is said to have been designed by King John near the same time it was granted a royal charter, making it a borough.In 1830, Liverpool and Manchester became the first cities to have an intercity rail link, through the Liverpool and Manchester Railway.
The population continued to rise rapidly, especially during the 1840s when Irish migrants began arriving by the hundreds of thousands as a result of the Great Famine.
Its growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution.