Liverpool is the home of the Beatles and there are many attractions related to the infamous band. These include the childhood homes of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney and fans can see where they grew up and the rooms where some of their early songs were written. If you plan on taking a day trip to follow the lives of one of the best bands ever, than take a train from London Euston straight to Liverpool Lime Street and begin your journey.
Once you arrive in Liverpool head to Mathew Street. Mathew Street is where you will find a huge sign hanging to welcome fans to the birthplace of the Beatles. International Beatles Week begins in August and lasts for a full 10 days. Also located on Mathew Street is a statue of John Lennon watching over the street. From here make sure to stop at the Cavern Club where the Beatles began playing rock-n-roll. The original Canvern Club was demolished, but after the unfortunate death of John Lennon, the original site was filled in and reconstructed. Also located in on Mathew Street is the Grapes Pub, where the Beatles used to hang out and drink after shows at the Cavern Club. Inside the pub are shrines to the Fab Four and iconic photos.
Beatles fans can also see Penny Lane and Strawberry fields, real places that the Beatles frequented in their youths. Penny Lane is located southeast of the docks and Mathew Street. Made famous by the song of the same name, you can still see the landmarks Paul refers to such as: “behind the shelter in the middle of the roundabout” and “barber shaves another customer.” Strawberry fields are located on Beacons field Road and are old Salvation Army children’s home that opened in the 1930s. John Lennon grew up around the corner form here and loved jumping over the wall to play here. It was a magical place for him and he made it famous with his 1967 song. The original gates were taken down and replaced in 2005, but many people still leave messages on the pillars in homage to John.
There is also a Beatles museum close to the docks where you can explore the band’s history and several Beatles history walking tours that will take you around Liverpool. The exhibits take visitors through the life of the Beatles, starting from their beginnings to present day. Before you go in though, make sure to see the big Yellow Submarine at the docks which has now been turned into a hotel.
One your travels back to London, check out Queens Gardens area guide for London Traveler for more tourist guides.