London — By Rita on February 23, 2011 at 10:51 am
Filed under: Baby Boomers, Beatles fans, music lovers, top-feature

The Beatles & More in Liverpool

The Beatles Story - Fab4D

An estimated 826,000 day visitors and 110,000 overnight visitors visit Liverpool each year to follow in the footsteps of The Beatles. Indeed, think of Liverpool and the Beatles immediately come to mind and it’s true, the Fab Four did put the city on the map so there’s plenty of Beatles-mania to enjoy.  However, upon closer look there are all sorts of other things Liverpool has going for it. Considered one of Europe’s cultural capitals, the city offers a rich cultural heritage with a blend of music, sports and the arts.  Liverpool was  awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2004 so even if you do stop in for a Beatles fix, take the time to discover some of the additional rich offerings too.

For Beatles Fans:

For the die-hard Beatles fan your first consideration might be to stay at the new Hard Days Night Hotel (map) Beatles influenced hotel just minutes from the world-famous Cavern Club.  Experiences like the Cavern Club also give way to other Beatles options like touring The Beatles Story Experience or hopping on a Magical Mystery Tour.  Mendips and Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney is another option for Beatles history buffs.

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Magical Mystery Tour – On this two-hour tour you’ll enjoy a real Beatles experience introduced to the lives of the Fab Four, their homes, schools, birthplaces, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and other landmarks which inspired their music. The tour finishes at the world-famous Cavern Club (map), where up-and-coming bands still play.

Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road, the childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney – Just a short trip from Liverpool City Centre, this tour allows you to discover the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney, which are now National Trust properties. In these two houses you can see where their story began during the early days of these two men’s lives.

The Beatles in spectacular ‘4D’ – A relatively new installation this state-of-the-art four dimensional experience is located at Liverpool’s Pier Head (map), housed at the new Mersey Ferries terminal building on Liverpool’s now globally renowned waterfront. ‘Fab4D’ takes people on a multi-sensory 4D journey through the music of the Beatles and there’s also 3D computer generated animation combined with the fourth dimension to stimulate the senses.

The Beatles Story (map) – The Beatles Story is an attraction offering visitors an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles.  Located on Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock, the attraction opened in 1990 and also includes a “Living History” audio guide, which is narrated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia.

What Else to Do:

Liverpool holds the Guinness Book of Records as Capital of Pop – more Liverpool artists have had a Number One hit than artists from any other town or city in the world, maybe it was the culture in the city that inspired all these number ones.

This summer, the Museum of Liverpool (map) will be opening to much fanfare looking at Liverpool’s contribution to the world and highlighting social, historical and contemporary issues, but if you miss that there are already a number of museums in the city worth a look.  Many are near one another in the Albert Dock (map) area like the Merseyside Maritime Museum (map) or the International Slavery Museum.  The World Museum Liverpool (map) is located in the city center and is full of historic treasures from around the world, from dinosaurs to objects from ancient Greece to moon rocks and, there’s also a state-of-the-art planetarium.

Liverpool ONELiverpool’s Regeneration Project called Liverpool ONE (map) has also been a great success and it’s perfect for visitors who want everything in one place.  It’s a retail and leisure complex of 42 acres with over 160 shops, cafes, hotels and a cinema.  There is also a five-acre park called Chavasse Park that’s home to the John Lennon Peace & Harmony Monument.

Shiverpool Tours offers a tour of Liverpool with a bit of a twist, it’s an informative tour of the city, but it focuses on the supernatural, historical and haunted aspects taking a look at the city’s famous landmarks while also uncovering some interesting hidden mysteries.

Finally, you don’t want to miss the Yellow Duckmarine amphibious tour. It’s an hour-long trip including a drive along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront and of course, there is the ultimate ‘splashdown’ in the Salthouse Dock.

Getting There:

Most visitors to Liverpool will likely have stopped over in London first for a few days or more before a trip to visit the home of the Fab Four.  And, just in case you’re wondering there are no direct flights to Liverpool from the United States, so you will have to stop-over in London anyway.  You will likely arrive in London at Heathrow, but flights to Liverpool will leave from Gatwick (a one-hour ride from airport to airport if you aren’t spending any time in London). While Liverpool could easily just be a day trip from London too, there is so much to do you shouldn’t sell yourself short.  In fact, you will at least want to spend the weekend.

If you do fly from London to Liverpool it’s a quick flight, with the low-cost European carriers like Ryanair or Easy Jet flying back and forth daily from Gatwick to Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Liverpool’s airport is just seven miles from the City Centre where much of Liverpool’s action takes place, but the better suggestion from London, take a ride on Virgin’s high-speed train .  It’s a 192-mile journey that takes just two hours and, even better, the Liverpool Lime Street Train Station is located in the City Centre so you’re already where you need to be.

For more information visit Liverpool’s City website.

Photo Credit: VisitLiverpool

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