25 Beatles Sites And Activities In Liverpool
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For avid fans of The Beatles or any visitor interested in Liverpool's artistic heritage, a trip around the various sites connected to the Fab 4 (or inspired by) is a must. To help inspire prospective pilgrims, we've assembled a definitive list of Beatles sites in Liverpool, as well as a few exciting activities. Explore the band's legacy at The Beatles Story, enjoy a drink at the Casbah Club, and much more.
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1) The Beatles Story:
If you're making a pilgrimage to home of the Fab 4, you can't go wrong with making The Beatles Story your first port of call. Located on Liverpool's Albert Dock, you'll experience various exhibits that provide an overview of the 'Beatlemania' phenomenon, as well as the lives and times of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Highlight attractions include the 'Hidden Gallery'. This space features 38 intimate black and white pictures captured by photographer Paul Beriff as he accompanied The Beatles on their 1963-64 tour with Helen Shapiro. These beautifully shot images offer revealing insights into the mindsets and individual personalities of the lads. They also mark the high point of Beatlemania, making them historically significant for fans.
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Young and old alike can get creative in the Discovery Zone. This section of the Beatles Story hosts interactive art and music workshops for kids, as well as fun activities such as dress-up and dance sessions.
Surprisingly enough it's not all yellow submarines and strawberry fields at the Beatles Story. This award-winning museum is also home to the 'British Invasion' exhibition, which explores the effect that 60s and 70s beat groups had on American musical culture. Here you'll see BB King's original "Lucille" Gibson, dresses worn by The Supremes, and even Keith Moon's drumkit.
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2) Beatles Group Statue:
Located at Pier Head on the Liverpool waterfront, this life-size bronze statue features all four band members. Depicted walking by the Mersey, it was given as a gift from The Cavern Club to the city of Liverpool. The statue was created by sculptor Andrew Edwards and was unveiled by John Lennon's sister, Julia Baird, on 4 December 2015.
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3) The Magical Mystery Tour:
The Magical Mystery Tour is a great option especially if your time in Liverpool is limited. Catch a ride at Albert Dock that will take you to all the iconic Beatles sites in Liverpool. While on board, the bright yellow bus will travel through the streets of Liverpool for two hours. During this time you'll visit attractions such as John Lennon’s childhood home, the initial meeting place of John and Paul at St. Peter’s Church Hall, and the celebrated Strawberry Field. You will also stop outside the Liverpool Institute and Art College where the boys were educated.
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Throughout the tour, a friendly local tour guide will be on-hand to regale you with interesting facts that you can boast about to friends back home. You'll even be treated to some of The Beatles' greatest hits along the way.
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4) The Beatles Fab Four Taxi Tour:
Looking for an alternative to the Magical Mystery Tour? The Fab Four private taxi tour lets visitors get up close and personal with Liverpool's top Beatles sites. A local guide will whisk you and your friends away in a black cab to see all of the important locations throughout the city centre and suburbs. Guides will happily oblige special requests as well as offer extra time at the various locations if the group so demands.
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5) Hard Day’s Night Hotel:
Just a short walk away from the Beatles Story is the Hard Day’s Night Hotel. Located in the heart of Liverpool, this themed hotel is a brilliant place for any Beatles enthusiast to lay their head down after a hard day's sightseeing.
The hotel is housed in a landmark building with each room designed around an original Beatles artwork. In all, it has 110 rooms, two of them being luxury suites named after Lennon and McCartney. The former is the pièce de résistance for all die-hard Lennon fans, as it hosts a white baby grand piano. Looking outside the hotel windows you will see statues erected in dedication to the Fab 4.
Even if you don't plan on spending the night, feel free to pop in for a drink. The hotel's cocktail menu is known for its diverse Beatles-themed drinks.
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6) Yellow Submarine Hotel:
Located at Albert Dock, this hotel is decked out in Beatles-themed items everywhere you look. Its decor includes 1960s psychedelic wallpaper, gold discs of the Beatles, and a massive 52-inch television, perfect for watching archival footage.
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7) The Cavern Club:
Opened as a jazz club in 1957, the Cavern Club is one of the most famous clubs in the UK. It's where Brian Epstein discovered The Beatles on November 9, 1961. The club achieved notoriety after the Beatles performed there 292 times in the early 1960s. Walking into the club, you're immediately hit with a sense of nostalgia. Even non-regulars sense the atmosphere!
As a working venue the Cavern Club hosts live entertainment 8 (7) days a week and plays 60s jams that you can sing along to while sipping a glass of your favourite tipple. So pull up a chair beneath one of the open brick arches and get the toes tapping.
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8) John Lennon Statue:
Located on Mathew Street just outside the Cavern Club is a statue of a youthful John Lennon. He leans with his back against a brick wall. The popular Cavern Wall of Fame was revealed during the Cavern Club's 40th anniversary. Each brick displays the name of a music group that has performed at the venue, of which there are currently 1801. The statue of John Lennon was unveiled on the same day. It portrays him as a cool-looking young man roughly around the time of 1960-62.
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9) The Grapes Pub:
Also on Mathew Street, this pub is where the Beatles would go to drink between gigs since (at the time) alcohol was not served at the Cavern Club. Today, the table they frequently sat at is lined with photos and band memorabilia.
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10) Ye Cracke Pub:
During his time at the nearby Liverpool College of Art, John Lennon often popped into this Rice Street pub for a quick drink. He was frequently joined by his then wife, Cynthia, and is believed to have visited after receiving the news that his mother had died.
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11) The Philharmonic Dining Rooms:
Another one of John Lennon's favourite pubs, this location on Hope Street has the distinction of featuring the UK's only Grade II listed men's toilets. Lennon once referenced this pub when reporters asked him about the price of fame. He remarked that for him, the price of fame was "not being able to buy a pint at The Phil".
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12) Sergeant Pepper Bistro:
Nicknamed 'The shelter in the middle of a roundabout' after the band's lyrics, you'll find the Sergeant Pepper Bistro at Smithdown Place. It closed in the early 2000s, but it's currently being renovated as a two-storey restaurant, and plans are afoot to reopen it by the end of 2016.
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13) Strawberry Field:
Located in Beaconsfield Road, Strawberry Field was originally a children's home run by the Salvation Army. The home used to host garden parties every summer which were attended by John Lennon. As children, John and his friends often played in the home's garden, too. Though the home closed in 2005, its famous gates are still there for visitors to see. Until 2011, the original gates were on display, but they were replaced with replicas in 2011.
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14) Mendips (251 Menlove Avenue):
This is the childhood home of John Lennon. The 1930s semi is where he came to live at the age of five after being returned to the care of this mother. He lived at Mendips until he was 22 years old. Now administered by the National Trust, visitors can embark on a short tour of the property. For many this represents a once in a lifetime chance to see the humble beginnings of John, and to explore the site where he composed his earliest songs.
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15) 20 Forthlin Road:
Also owned by the National Trust, this was Paul McCartney's childhood home. Located in Liverpool's southern suburb of Allerton, it's the location where many of the band's earliest songs were written and rehearsed. In fact, the hit, 'When I'm Sixty-Four', was composed while McCartney sat at his father's upright piano in the front living room. Today, the National Trust has restored the home so that it looks exactly as it did when McCartney lived there. Regular tours of the home are provided by the National Trust.
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16) Eleanor Rigby Grave:
'Eleanor Rigby' was one of the group's most popular singles in 1966. The title derives from the first name of actress Eleanor Bron and the surname of a local company (Rigby & Evans, an alcohol store). Long after the song was composed, in the 1980s, a grave was found bearing the same name. Interestingly, the grave is located in the graveyard of St. Peter's Church in Woolton. Lennon and McCartney first met each other in this same graveyard.
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17) Eleanor Rigby Statue:
Located on Stanley Street, this bronze statue was commissioned in 1981 in honour of the Beatles. It was created by sculptor Tommy Steele, who chose the theme of Eleanor Rigby. She is depicted sitting on a stone bench alone; a plaque next to her is inscribed with a dedication to 'All the Lonely People'.
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18) Penny Lane:
The real-world inspiration behind Paul McCartney's famous single is among Liverpool’s most famous Beatles pilgrimage sites. Located south of the city centre, the area hosts a barbers shop and a roundabout on the corner, but no bank as the place is reserved as a hub for independent businesses. Why not take a photo by the Penny Lane sign and stroll the length of the street just as John and Paul would have done while devising their next big song.
19) The No. 86 Bus Route:
Paul McCartney was a regular on this bus route, which led from his home to the Liverpool Institute. It was on one of his regular commutes that he met George Harrison, and, thinking he would be a good addition to the band, arranged an audition on the upper deck of the bus. Lennon enjoyed Harrison's performance so much that he eventually became the newest Beatle.
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20) The Casbah Coffee Club:
Way before the Cavern Club (and even the Beatles as we know them today) there was the Casbah Club. Located in the leafy suburb of West Derby, the Casbah was, at the time, a popular spot where teenagers could meet and listen to trendy music of the day.
As 'The Quarrymen', The Beatles performed at the Casbah 7 times. After officially adopting the band name we know today they played a further 37 shows before the final curtain call on 24th June 1962. Nowadays, the club's most conspicuous feature is the interior decorations painted by the lads themselves. Keep an eye out for John Lennon’s contributions, as his original graffiti is still visible on the walls. You will also see an incredible sliver silhouette figure of Lennon painted by Cynthia Lennon, his ex-wife.
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21) The Blue Angel Club:
The Blue Angel nightclub, located on Seele Street, played host to many more important Beatles moments. It's where the band auditioned for pop manager Larry Parnes. After that audition, they were offered a tour of Scotland, which was to be their first time touring outside of Liverpool. It's also where Pete Best auditioned to join the group in August of 1960. The club is also notable as the place where both Judy Garland and Bob Dylan were refused entry.
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22) The 'Four Lads Who Shook The World' Statue:
This statue was the first one ever commissioned in honour of The Beatles. Located on Mathew Street at the top of Mathew's Live Bar, it was created by sculptor Arthur Dooley in 1974. The statue depicts the Virgin Mary holding four infants (the band members). After John Lennon's death, another statue was added off to the side of the main statue. It illustrated Lennon as a winged infant, floating in space with a guitar.
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23) Peace Monument, Liverpool:
This global peace monument is devoted to the memory of John Lennon. It was created by US artist Lauren Voiers and given to the people of Europe as a gift to mark what would have been John Lennon’s birthday. The monument is 18 foot tall and situated at the Kings Dock next to the Jury’s Inn.
Unveiled by Lennon’s eldest son Julian, the metal and glass sculpture endeavours to promote his father's message of peace. By visiting the monument, you will be able to reflect on John's life and celebrate his message. While there, take note of the monument's strong musical motifs and the various peace symbols such as doves, a CND sign, and a white feather.
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24) The 'All You Need Is Love' Bedspread:
Now on display at the Museum of Liverpool, this bedspread was used by John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono during a public 'bed in' held in support of world peace in 1969. The couple first held a 'bed in' for peace at their hotel in Amsterdam. They invited the press to take photos, which were seen by British artist Christine Kemp. Inspired by the photos, she made the bedspread that is now on display and gave it to Lennon. It was used during Lennon and Ono's second 'bed in' at a Montreal hotel later that year.
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25) John Lennon Airport:
On your way out of town, be sure to glance at the Yellow Submarine at the airport. It was originally built as part of the Beatles-themed garden at the 1984 International Garden Festival. The submarine has a replica control cabin and weighs 18 tonnes. It was moved to the airport for display in 1995.
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