Friday, 20 December 2013

Liverpool: Home to The Beatles

Book a Travelodge in Liverpool and head to the home of the UK's original ‘Boy Band’. When you think of Liverpool you automatically think of The Beatles, and this world famous band definitely brought an element of musical tourism to this vibrant city. There are so many attractions related to The Beatles in the city that, whether you're a seasoned fan or you're on your first visit to Liverpool, you'll love getting to know this famous band and the city they call home.

The Beatles Story

From humble beginnings to the tremendous level of fame The Beatles achieved throughout the world, here you will learn their story. Replicas of the Casbah Coffee Club, Matthew Street and The Cavern recreate 1960's Liverpool and transport you back to where The Beatles started out. Find out how the Fab Four met, take an underwater trip on the Yellow Submarine and see behind the scenes at the Abbey Road Studios. There are “Living History” audio guides, narrated by John Lennon's sister Julia, which really tell it like it was as they guide you around this fabulous place.

This attraction is now based across two sites, at Albert Dock and Pier Head, the second of which is also home to ‘Elvis and Us’, an exhibition showing the influences of Rock n Roll and Elvis on The Beatles. Also at The Beatles Story Pier Head you'll find the Fab4D experience, where you're taken on a 4 dimensional journey through The Beatles music. There's a Fab4Store, a ‘Hidden Gallery’ of photographs and even a Beatles themed Starbucks coffee house.

Magical Mystery Tour

We all know the song, now experience the bus tour of Liverpool. This two hour long tour takes you on a tour of the sites and sounds of the city associated with the band. This colourful bus will take you to their childhood homes, show you where they were born and to places that inspired their songs like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. You'll have the unmistakeable sound of The Beatles playing in the background throughout the tour and it ends at the legendary Cavern Club. Here you'll be able to watch live bands performing where The Beatles once did.

The Cavern Club

One of the city's top live music venues even today, The Cavern Club famously played host to The Beatles back in the 60's. The iconic stage beneath the arches is still there and today its used by soloists and cover bands every afternoon and evening. Now offering another stage in the form of The Cavern Lounge, this renowned music venue is a great place to visit whether you're a fan of The Beatles or just enjoy great live music from established and up and coming artists.

Childhood Home Tour

Perhaps you'd like to see the homes where John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney lived as children. Join the National Trust on their special minibus tours to both ‘Mendips’, where John Lennon spent his childhood, and 20 Forthlin Road, where the McCartney family moved in 1955. You will get a real insight into what it was like for these now hugely famous men growing up and where they rehearsed in the early days.

There are of course plenty more opportunities in Liverpool to learn about The Beatles, from the Albert Dock Tour to a visit to Matthew Street to see the statue of John Lennon or a visit to the Cavern Pub. Whichever way you choose to discover more about these four incredibly talented men, you're sure to have a Beatles-themed ball in Liverpool.

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