If you want to discover the rich history of the Beatles, and walk in their footsteps, you will be buying a plane ticket to England. You will head to Liverpool where they grew up, seeing their childhood homes and the places they played, and London, where they recorded the most famous albums in rock and roll history and performed for the Queen.
This article lists the most fascinating and historic Fab Four landmarks in both cities, must-sees for any serious Beatles fan. Whether you are going with a large organized group of fans, or headed there solo, this article will help you get your bearings and come in handy once you are there. (click "view the list" on photo)
TOUR GROUPS VS. PRIVATE TOURS
Liverpool’s busiest week, “International Beatles Week” (August 21-27) is now beginning, and thousands of fans are descending on the city to retrace the steps of the Fab Four in joyous reverie. Many festivities are planned, including live music by many of the world’s top Beatles imitators, tours to historic Beatles spots, and plenty of merchandise and memorabilia to buy.
If partying in the streets of Liverpool shoulder-to-shoulder with fans wearing Beatles shirts and John Lennon specs sounds like fun, tickets to the events can be purchased directly through Liverpool’s Cavern City Tours. If you’re coming from the U.S. though, you might be hooking up with the popular Magical History Tour, with a full package including plane tickets, hotel reservations, and all the attractions that Beatleweek offers. This is like being on a giant field trip; your tour guides explain the historic spots, and take you on fantastic bus tours.
If crowds and double-decker English buses are not your thing, you can ask for a private tour any time of the year through the Cavern Club; or call the Fab Four Taxi Tour. They are incredibly relaxing and informative and fun. There are no crowds to block your photos, and you can chat privately with your tour guide, and craft your tour to your own needs.
LIST OF TOP 20 SITES
Click on "view the list”above on the first photo to see pictures and historic details of the top landmarks we have chosen.
We start with the top London landmarks in central London: Abbey Road Studios and famous Abbey Road crosswalk; the former Apple Offices where the Beatles did their rooftop concert; the former Indica Gallery where John Lennon met Yoko Ono, and MPL, Paul McCartney's office.
There are many other spots in London that are important, such as the Apple Boutique, "Hard Day's Night" film locations, and Beatles homes. (Read "The Beatles London" for a complete listing with directions and maps.)
But let's move on to the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool, as there is so much ground to cover there. Organized by location, we start at the docks and move east, beginning with the Beatles Story Museum. After the docks, we head to Mathew Street where all the festivities are in full swing at the Cavern, The Grapes, and more.
South of here is Ringo Starr's "Sentimental Journey" in the Dingle. LIPA is next, the hospital John Lennon was born in, and the pub he drank in. Next stop is Penny Lane, followed by John and Paul's childhood homes which are part of a National Trust Tour, then Strawberry Field, and St. Peter's Church. Heading further south towards the Mersey again, we end at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Twenty photos is not nearly enough to cover the vast history that lies in store for you in both London and Liverpool. But this gives you a taste of the incredible experience. If you are there now, we hope your visit is as magical as ours have been. If you are thinking of a trip in the future, there are many books that cover the Beatles in Liverpool:
"Liddypool: Birthplace of the Beatles" by David Bedford
"Lennon's Liverpool" by Bill Harry
"The Beatles in Liverpool: The Stories, the Scene, and the Path to Stardom - by Spencer Leigh
"The Beatles' Liverpool" by Ron Jones
"When They Were Boys" by Larry Kane (new release) (book review)
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