Parr Street Recording Studio

"It's difficult to come to Liverpool without discussing music. Visit our very own recording studio in the City Centre"

It’s difficult to come to Liverpool without discussing music and to back that up, we have our very own recording studio in the city centre.

Whatever your music tastes, you’re bound to have heard of at least one band or artist who has recorded here. During the tour you will be walking in the steps of the famous and if your interests are more on the technical side of the music industry there is also plenty here for you to see with a whole range of big-name equipment.

Parr Street Studios is a Grammy-award winning recording studio complex.

Jeremy J. Lewis founded the Amazon Recording Studios in Liverpool. The recording studios are seen as one of the most iconic recording studios in the United Kingdom, with a large number of notable musicians from Black Sabbath to The Smiths recording albums at the studio. Lewis' involvement in the studio led to him working as a producer during the 1980s.

Under Lewis' guidance, Amazon studios went on to create the Parr Street Studios, which were designed and founded by Lewis. His work as a producer/re-mixer has included work for artists as diverse as China Crisis and Black Sabbath's fourteenth studio album, Headless Cross.

During the 1980s and early 1990s as founder of Amazon Studios, Lewis oversaw a number of notable albums and singles that were recorded at the recording studios. This included albums such as This Is the Sea by The Waterboys, which included the single "The Whole of the Moon", which won an Ivor Novello award. Also recorded at the studios was Ocean Rain by Echo and The Bunnymen and Meat Is Murder by The Smiths. During this period at Amazon, Lewis had 20 Double Platinum, Platinum, Gold and Silver albums for records to show for his work, and 3 Ampex Gold Reel Awards. Lewis worked closely with a number of record producers who were for a number of years based at Amazon Studios. These record producers included Gil Norton, Ken Nelson and Ian Broudie.

In order to keep the studio going in the 1990s, he moved the studio to a more desirable location in Liverpool city centre. In 1992, Lewis' major investor took over controlling interest in the company, which was deemed a coup by Keith Andrews. Following Lewis' involvement and construction of Parr Street Studios, it went on to win two separate Grammy Awards under a name change to Parr Street Studios.

Since Parr Street Studios opened its doors in 1991, they have been fortunate enough to work with a long list of artists. Artists who have made records here include: Cast, Coldplay, Doves, Blossoms, Barry Manilow, Napalm Death, Russell Watson, Take That, Elbow, The Verve, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pulp, Space, and Paolo Nutini to name but a few.

The studio is hidden on a back street in Liverpool City Centre, and the building incorporates a 4* Hotel, two bars, a music school and several production company offices. The recording studios are situated around a central kitchen - and this communal hub is the heart of the studio - with bands sharing experiences and guitar strings here.

Unique Experience

It isn't every day that you get to tour a recording studio where world famous bands have produced their best tracks.

Vintage Equipment

If you are interested in the technical side of music production you can't go wrong here.

Famous Names

The list of bands who have recorded here reads like a top 10 music chart - there's definately a band you will know.


Provides an insight in to the world of recording music. Hear the stories of the different artists who have recorded here.

Further Information (For day of tour)

The tour takes place indoors but be aware of the weather when travelling to the studio. The tour is accessible to wheelchair users with a few minor restrictions.

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    Meeting Point

    The meeting point for the tour is outside the studios in Parr Street Liverpool.

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    Guided Tour

    Tour begins of Parr Street Recording Studio and lasts for approximately two hours.


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