Discover the Beatles and beyond in Liverpool
Love your music? Liverpool has long been the epicentre of pop – world-famous as the birthplace of the Beatles, it’s still rocking to a diverse music scene, decades later. From the Fab Four to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Eurovision in 2023, there’s something for everyone in this lively city.
Why you’ll Love Me Do in Liverpool, City of Music
Liverpool is a UNESCO City of Music and no wonder. Whether you go on a Beatles Magical Mystery Tour and see the city which changed pop music forever, or check out some of the next big things in its many mighty music venues, you are guaranteed a rocking time in Liverpool. You can relive the Beatles’ story in the Liverpool Beatles Museum and take a musical tour of the whole British music scene at the British Music Experience. Dance to the Merseybeat at the famous The Cavern Club, or take a party ferry across the Mersey – whatever your musical taste, you’ll discover something delicious in this party city.
Follow in the footsteps of The Beatles
The Cavern Club
No Beatles tour of Liverpool is complete without a visit to the most famous club in the city – The Cavern Club. It was here in the 1960s that the Beatles met manager Brian Epstein and 60 years later, the club is still resounding to the beat of live performances.
Finally, snap a selfie with the Beatles statue on Liverpool Waterfront, by Pier Head. It was sculpted by Andy Edwards and unveiled in 2015 to commemorate 50 years since the band played their last gig in the city.
Immortalised by John Lennon in his song Strawberry Fields Forever, this former Salvation Army children’s home is a place of pilgrimage for Beatles fans. Strawberry Field recently opened its iconic red gates to the public, with a Beatles exhibition, visitors’ centre and café.
Get your Beatles fix
The Beatles Childhood Homes
From their humble beginnings, song-writing duo John Lennon and Paul McCartney went on to change the musical landscape of the world and you can tour their childhood homes, to see where they penned their first hits. The National Trust has preserved the two post-war homes in Liverpool - Mendips, John Lennon’s home and 20 Forthlin Road – Paul McCartney’s house.
The Beatles Story
For a complete guide to the Beatles, visit The Beatles Story museum at the Royal Albert Dock. It’s packed with memorabilia, such as John Lennon’s glasses, Ringo’s drums and George’s first guitar, as well as recreations of key locations like The Casbah and Cavern Club and Abbey Road Studios.
Magical Mystery Tour
One of the simplest ways to take in all the sights is on a Beatles bus tour. The Magical Mystery Tour is a two-hour city tour of key locations, including Ringo’s childhood home and St Peter’s Church, where John and Paul met. It’s run by The Cavern Club and includes entry to the venue.
International Beatle Week
If you visit Liverpool in August, you’ll find the city buzzing with all-things Beatles, as it celebrates its annual International Beatle Week festival. Fans come from all over the world to listen to 70 tribute acts from across the globe.
Hard Days Night Hotel
It dubs itself a “Fab Four-star hotel” and if you want a complete Beatles experience, then check in to Hard Days Night Hotel, the world’s only Beatles-themed hotel. This 110-room heritage hotel has a McCartney and Lennon Suite, the latter complete with white baby grand piano.
Liverpool Beatles Museum
Another groovy museum in the Cavern Quarter is the Liverpool Beatles Museum, which boasts 1000 Beatles artefacts over three floors, including the band’s first drum kit, John’s Sgt Pepper medals, and the white cello from Blue Jay Way.