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    Top Liverpool attractions – The Beatles

    Feb042011

    Liverpool was the birthplace of The Beatles, one of the greatest and most popular bands of all time. Today, Liverpool and The Beatles are still inexorably linked in the minds of visitors to this city in the north of England. Large numbers of Beatlemaniacs visit Liverpool every year and, here, I take a look at some of the top Beatles tours and Beatles-related sites in Liverpool.

    My music collection includes pretty much all of The Beatles’ albums, so I was really excited to visit Liverpool last year and check out Liverpool’s Beatles museum experience, The Beatles Story. This popular Liverpool attraction is located at two different sites along the Waterfront. During a visit to The Beatles Story’s Albert Dock site you’ll learn all about the history of The Beatles and see lots of Beatles memorabilia including John Lennon’s orange-tinted glasses and white piano, George Harrison’s first guitar and more. Over at the Pier Head location, you can check out Fab4D, which used lots of Beatles songs in a 4D ride, along with a Beatles store boasting an impressive array of Beatles merch.

    Head down to the Liverpool ONE bus station and hop on the 86, 86A or 86B bus and it’ll take you all the way out to Penny Lane. Made famous by the Beatles song of the same name, Penny Lane might just be Liverpool’s most famous street and it’s just 10 minutes or so from the city centre. As the song goes, this is where you’ll see the ‘barber showing photographs’. An especially cool trip for Beatles fans, it’s also an interesting look at a different part of Liverpool for all visitors to the city.

    One of the Liverpool neighbourhoods most heavily linked to The Beatles is the Cavern Quarter right in the city centre. This area of Liverpool is centred on Mathew Street, home to the world-famous Cavern Club where The Beatles started out and where they played nearly 300 shows. An important spot in music history, a recreated Cavern Club still hosts lots of different bands throughout the week. Apart from this and other popular Liverpool bars, the Cavern Quarter is also a great area for shopping.

    I have to say, when I visited Liverpool, my favourite Beatles-related attraction was definitely the Fab Four Taxi Tour. I absolutely loved this Beatles tour and would recommend it to anyone heading to Liverpool. The tours last around three hours (mine was almost four!) and along the way you see everything from the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon to what’s left of Strawberry Fields. My driver had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the band and he let me pick my favourite Beatles songs to play as we drove around. At £50 for the tour, it might seem expensive but these cabs can take up to 5 people. So, my advice? Grab four of your friends (or make four new friends at your Liverpool hostel), split the cost, sit back and enjoy.

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