It may be over 50 years since they formed, but to this date still no music act has managed to surpass The Beatles in terms of record sales or eminence. Fans of the ‘world’s first popstar group’ exist all over the world, and there is only one city to visit for the ultimate Beatles experience: Liverpool, the city where it all began. Located in the North-West of England, Liverpool is a city incredibly proud of its musical history, and particularly its most famous exports.
If you are only visiting the city for the day, then there are a couple of must-see places for Beatles fans.
The Cavern Club is famous for being one of the band’s first regular gigging spots, where they played 292 times between 1961 and 1963. Their last appearance at the club was just six months before their monumental first visit to America, so it can be said to have played host to them while they were right on the cusp of their global fame. The Cavern, situated on the legendary Matthew Street, is still open today and is an excellent place to stop off for a drink in the city. As you descend the stone steps down into the club, you will be greeted with an ambience just as it was in the ‘60s. Beatles memorabilia and merchandise lines the walls and live bands play a mixture of Beatles covers as well as other music every afternoon.
Once you have soaked up the atmosphere in the Cavern, your next stop should be The Beatles Story. Located at the famous Albert Docks, the museum provides you with everything you could possibly want to know about the Beatles, and more besides. Browse the extensive memorabilia in the exhibition, interact with displays in the Discovery Zone and enjoy a coffee in the Beatles-themed Starbucks. Located ten minutes away from the site is the museum’s second building, where you will find a 4D experience as well as a new exhibition dedicated to the band’s relationship with Elvis Presley.
For die-hard fans who have a little more time to explore the city, there are a number of other sites to visit that are more off the beaten track. Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road are popular with tourists, being the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney respectively. Lennon lived in Mendips from 1945-1963 and it now exists as a place of dedication to the singer. It holds many personal artifacts from his younger years and is the perfect place to learn more about the man behind the music. 20 Forthlin Road has been restored to look as it did in the ‘50s when McCartney lived there. In the living room you will even find a photograph of Paul and John sitting in the exact same room, helping you to realise just how much musical history was made in the very spot you stand in. To gain access to both houses, an official tour needs to be booked with the National Trust. George Harrison’s childhood home in Arnold Grove and Ringo Starr’s house in Madrin Street are both also well worth a visit for hardcore fans.
Not far from Lennon’s home, you can also visit the Strawberry Field, a favourite place of John’s and the inspiration behind the legendary song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. For a real dose of nostalgia, the final stop of your trip should be the Casbah Coffee Club. This is the place where the Beatles first performed live, and is owned by the band’s original drummer, Pete Best. Guides of the club are given by Pete’s brothers who regale visitors with stories of the bands early years.
Now that you know where to go for the ultimate Beatles-themed trip, it is just a matter of choosing where to stay. If you are looking to stay in Liverpool for a couple of days, then there are countless city centre hotels and apartments to fit all budgets. However, Liverpool is closely located to the other key Northern city of Manchester which you may also want to pay a visit to. To explore more of the North West, consider booking accommodation in Warrington or somewhere similar in the surrounding area. There are excellent, regular transport links to both Liverpool and Manchester and so choosing a base such as this could really allow you to explore this part of the country.
About The Author: Claire is a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham and now blogs for a number of travel and leisure companies, including Gullivers Theme Park and Hotel. In her spare time, she enjoys planning her next holiday!
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