The Beatles and Liverpool go hand-in-hand. Before they band conquered the world, John, Paul, George and Ringo were just four scousers with a musical dream. So, if you are heading to Liverpool, here are 10 Fab Four landmarks you will want to see.
The Grapes Pub
The Grapes Pub on Mathew Street was a regular haunt for The Beatles after they finished a performance at the Cavern Club. The pub now offers a shrine to the Fab Four, and you can even sit on the very seat where the band posed for a photograph, which has been lovingly preserved for fans to enjoy.
The Cavern Club
The Beatles played an amazing 292 times at the Cavern Club between 1961 to 1963, which is where Beatlemania all began. Playing some of the hits we know and love today, fans fell at the band’s feet. The Beatles played their final gig at the club on 3rd August 1964, just a month after they recorded their world famous hit “She Loves You”.
One of the rock ‘n’ roll band’s iconic tracks has to be ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, which was inspired by the Salvation Army orphanage of a similar name. It was on the grounds that John Lennon and his school friends, Pete Shotton and Ivan Vaughan, would often play as children, as he grew up near the children’s home.
One of his most cherished childhood memories was a garden party that took place on the grounds of Strawberry Fields. While the home was known as Strawberry Field, Lennon fondly pluralised the name as “Strawberry Fields”. The children’s home closed in January 2005, and the gate marking its entrance was removed and replaced with a replica.
251 Menlove Avenue, also known as Mendips, is the former childhood home of John Lennon. Between 1946 until the middle of 1963, the singer-songwriter lived here with his Aunt Mimi. The home now belongs to the National Trust, and has been preserved to allow visitors to explore John Lennon’s home-life.
If you are planning a trip to Liverpool for the ultimate Beatle experience, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the number of hotels available in the city. The Shankly Hotel in Liverpool is a must if you would like to learn more about the life and legacy of a legend. In addition to stylish rooms inspired by the football manager, you can also head to The Bastion Bar & Restaurant to enjoy a delicious meal and browse genuine Bill Shankly memorabilia.
20 Forthlin Road
Not only can you explore Mendips, but you can also step inside 20 Forthlin Road – which is the former childhood home of Paul McCartney. The house is also preserved by the National Trust and allows visitors to take a walk around the home where Paul and his family live from 1955 to 1965. It was also here that Lennon and McCartney recorded the hit single ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
The Casbah Coffee Club
In order to received stage time at The Casbah Coffee Club, John, Paul and George made a deal with Pete Best’s mum, who owned the club, to paint the ceilings. Due to the time the lads put into painting the ceiling for their big break, it has been valued by Sotheby’s for £1 million. Visitors can now enjoy a guided tour of the club from Pete Best’s brothers.
The Beatles had a habit of penning songs about Liverpool streets. The 1967 hit Penny Lane was inspired by the busy shopping area, which can be found at the junction between Smithdown Road and Allerton Road. John and Paul would often meet on Penny Lane to catch the bus to the city centre, and even went as far as referencing the bus stop in the lyric: “the shelter in the middle of a roundabout”. Other notable landmarks you can spot from the song include the fire station.
St Peter’s Parish Church
The Beatles might never have been if it wasn’t for St Peter’s Parish Church, which is where Lennon & McCartney first met when performing at a garden fete on 6th July 1957. Paul started chatting to John after watching the singer perform with his band The Quarrymen, which McCartney joined in October 1957.
Eleanor Rigby’s Grave
The Beatle’s hit song ‘Eleanor Rigby’ broke music conventions when it was released in the 1966 album Revolver, both in terms of music and lyrics. The song offers a story about loneliness, and many believe it was inspired by Eleanor Rigby’s grave located in St Peter’s Church, mentioned earlier. It was later reported the real Eleanor Rigby lived a surprisingly similar life to the fictional character.
The Beatles Story
If you want to be taken on a musical journey, you have to visit The Beatles Story at the Albert Dock. This interesting exhibition offers an amazing timeline of the Fab Four’s career, and includes everything from life-size artefacts to videos.
Hotel 30 James Street is just a stone’s throw away from The Beatles Story, and is perfect for those who are intrigued by the story of RMS Titanic – as the building was the ill-fated liner’s port of registry.