Livepool and the Beatles: an indissoluble couple.
References to the “Fab Four” are practically scattered throughout the city. From parks, to streets, passing through interesting museums. There is really a lot to see. And, in order not to miss anything, there are even taxi and bus tours linked to the legendary English group.
Whether you are a big fan, or just curious, you will really be spoiled for choice.
Here are some of the places not to be missed for those wishing to take a Beatles tour of the main places, starting from Mathew Street, one of the symbolic places of the band.
BEATLES TOUR IN LIVERPOOL
LIVERPOOL BEATLES MUSEUM
An exhibition that traces the beginnings of the iconic band up to the 70s and their dissolution. Lots of memorabilia and photos that trace the extraordinary career of the Fab Four. Your fantastic Beatles tour can only start from here.
The exhibition is set up on the 4 floors of the building, divided by period. Lots of photos and information. You can also admire one of the very first videos of the Band.
The museum is located at 23 Mathew St. just minutes from Merseyrail’s Moorfield station. By bus, get off at the Whitechapel stop.
Open every day, Monday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Admission allowed by 4pm.
Adults aged 17 to 59 pay the full fare of £15. Children up to 16 pay £7.50. Those over 59, on the other hand, pay £10. A family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children is also available for a total cost of £35.
In the footsteps of the Beatles, you cannot miss a visit to the Cavern Club, right next to the Museum (10 Mathew St). The place became famous in the early 1960s thanks to the numerous performances of the Beatles. There were 292, the last of which was in August 1963. Before closing in the 70s, bands of the caliber of Rolling Stones and The Who would have performed. The Club was rebuilt in the 1980s with the same style (and materials) as the original. Not infrequently, here, you can attend performances by the Beatles Tribute Band.
If you are in August, do not miss the International Beatleweek, the most important festival in the world dedicated to the Beatles. More info from here.
Outside, there is the bronze statue of John Lennon leaning against the wall. Unmissable photo to be able to all fans.
Staying in the area, between Stanley Street and Mathew Street you can admire the bronze statue of Eleanor Rigby, which represents the fantasy woman of the famous Beatles song.
Along Mathew Street, a gadget and souvenir shop could certainly not be missing: The Beatles Shop. Among the many items there are also unique and vintage pieces. Not to be missed on your Beatles tour.
Walk for about ten minutes, towards the Port (Liverpool Waterfront) to arrive at the Beatles Pier Head, the popular bronze statue of the four Beatles, created by sculptor Andy Edwards and unveiled in 2015.
PENNY LANE AND STRAWBERRY FIELD
Penny Lane is a street … like so many others, except that it inspired the iconic band that dedicated a song to it. It is one of the childhood places of John Lennon and Paul McCartney who, right here, often took the bus. Walking through the street, you will find some of the references included in the text of the song, such as the rotunda, the famous Penny Lane Surgery. Even if the owner is not the same, you will find the barber who created the haircut that has become famous.
Along the way, a worthy conclusion is the Development Trust and the peaceful Millenium Green park, featuring a John Lennon statue, murals, and gift shop.
Penny Lane is a suburb, south of Liverpool, approximately 4 miles from Mathew Street. You arrive by bus. If you don’t want to make too many changes, you can get off at Merebank Court, continuing for about 10 minutes on foot.
Strawberry Fields Forever is a famous song by the English group. Strawberry Field is a former orphanage in whose gardens Lennon, as a boy, loved to take refuge to play with friends. After a phase of decline, the place has been refurbished, and in 2019 it opened its famous red gates to all visitors.
The place, however, does not only aim to entertain visitors. The center is in fact also a meeting place for children with learning difficulties and, for this reason, part of the proceeds from the tickets go to support them.
It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm. Tickets cost £10.95 for ages 17 and up. Free for children under the age of 16.
BEATLES TOUR: CHILDHOOD HOUSES
A self-respecting pilgrimage cannot keep out the houses where Lennon and McCartney spent their childhood.
At no. 251 Menlove Avenue is the house where Lennon lived while at 20 Forthlin Road, that of McCartney. The latter, in the suburb of Allerton, would have played a key role for the band because it was here that the Beatles composed and rehearsed some of the first songs.
The two houses can be visited inside through organized tours run by the National Trust.
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Liverpool airport is named after John Lennon. The large Yellow Submarine, symbol of the Fab Four, has been placed outside the structure since 2005. An extraordinary reproduction of the present in the animated film Yellow Submarine, inspired by the homonymous song from the Beatles album, Revolver
The submarine is 15.62 meters long, and about 4.5 meters high. Made of steel, it weighs 18 tons. It features a control cabin with authentic submarine equipment, and twin spiral staircases leading to the deck.