Liverpool is famous for many things – the Mersey ferry, the unique ‘scouse’ dialect and for being awarded the prestigious title of ‘European Capital of Culture’ in 2008. More famous than all these factors combined though, is the fact that Liverpool is the birthplace of one of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands in rock and roll history – The Beatles.
For all die hard Beatles fans a pilgrimage to Merseyside is a must – and with Liverpool hotels available at great prices if you book early, plus the great selection of transport links to the city, there is no better weekend away for a Beatles die-hard than a couple of days in the ‘pool.’
For the true Beatles experience, check out these great places of interest.
The Casbah Coffee Club – 8 Hayman’s Green Liverpool L12 7JG
The Casbah Coffee Club is where it all began for the Beatles and you can now visit the unique basement club where they played some of there very first gigs. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, at the time part of ‘The Quarrymen’, helped the proprietor paint the club in its early days. The clubs’ underground room, an ex-coal cellar, is now Grade II listed as recommended by English Heritage.
The Beatles’ Childhood Homes – Woolton and Allerton, Liverpool
In an excursion run by the National Trust, you can experience the childhood homes of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney in a tour of Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road. Investigate the area and landmarks that inspired many of The Beatles most famous hits and the houses where the Beatles met, rehearsed and composed some of the most iconic rock and roll songs of a generation.
The Beatles Story – Britannia Vaults, Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AD
To get a real education on just how four lads from Liverpool went on to become one of the greatest bands of all time, visit The Beatles Story. The Beatles Story is an award winning one-of-a-kind attraction which takes you through the life, music and culture of The Beatles, through a series of fun and interactive features.
The Cavern Club – 10 Mathew St Liverpool L2 6RE
If the Casbah was where the Beatles were born, it is Cavern where they really began to blossom into the band we know and love today, playing the now famous club almost 300 times in the 1960’s. First opened as a jazz club in 1957, the Cavern is still one of Liverpool’s top music venues.