A world without The Beatles? Liverpool residents shudder at the thought! Thankfully in Yesterday the band’s music is well and truly brought to life through Jack and his journey, and there’s a lovely cameo from the city's famous Penny Lane too. If, like Jack, you want to follow in the footsteps of the Fab Four, there’s no better place than where it all began…
1. The Beatles Story
Probably the best place to start your Beatles journey. This interactive exhibition runs you through the history of the band from John and Paul’s first meeting through to the height of global Beatlemania, later albums and solo careers. Packed with brilliant information and storytelling, the audio guide is also available in 12 languages.
2. Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
If you're a fan of The Beatles, this bus is unmissable - not least because it's painted in psychedelic colours! Jump aboard and explore the sites that have inspired songs including Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and Woolton village, where John and Paul first met and where Eleanor Rigby’s grave is. It's a wonderful tour of their south Liverpool former home.
3. The Cavern Club
No visit is complete without a journey down the stairs to the Cavern Club, where The Beatles played 292 times and honed their talents in the early 1960s. There is still live music there every day, and despite its small size it pulls in lots of big names; including Adele, Arctic Monkeys and a little-known local singer-songwriter called Paul McCartney, who played a legendary concert there last year.
4. John and Paul’s childhood homes
If you want to delve into the early history of the Fab Four, why not discover more about John and Paul’s childhood on a National Trust tour of their two childhood homes, Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road. Each one is immaculately preserved so you can imagine what it was like for the two young songwriters living there. They are opened to visitors four times a day on tours departing from the city centre.
5. The Beatles Statue
One of the most popular selfie spots in the city, this iconic statue of the four Beatles sits at the heart of the city’s waterfront. This is where tourists were pleasantly surprised when Paul stopped for a quick pic on his Carpool Karaoke tour of the city last year.
6. Magical Beatles Museum
This museum on Mathew Street boasts some fantastic never-before-seen Beatles merchandise. It’s all from the personal collection of its owner Roag Best, brother of the band’s original drummer Pete and son of Mona, who owned the Casbah Club. There are sections on every era of the band but we particularly love the items from their time in Hamburg, which tells the tale of a young band abroad – including one instance of being arrested and kicked out of the country!
7. The Casbah Coffee Club
Before the Cavern Club, there was the Casbah. This unassuming suburban house was home to Liverpool’s first rock ‘n’ roll club, where John and Paul would hang out, play early gigs and be part of the buzzing Merseybeat scene. Visit the club, watch a live show and discover what it was like first-hand.
8. Strawberry Field opening (autumn)
The location where John Lennon played as a child and that inspired the famous Beatles song is already a site of pilgrimage for fans of the Fab Four. This year it will be reopening to the public as a visitor attraction, as well as a centre offering young people with disabilities the chance to develop new skills, training and work opportunities.
9. Double Fantasy: John & Yoko
This stunning and very moving free exhibition at Museum of Liverpool collects items from Yoko’s personal collection, and tells the story of the couple in their own words.
10. Penny Lane
Yes, it is a real place. Yes, there is a barber shop. And yes, you can get your picture taken next to the street sign.
These are some of the highlights but there are so many more Beatles links – the pubs they drank in, clubs they played, schools they went to and of course, many personal stories which locals are all too happy to share. If you’d like to come and see it for yourself, check out our friends at Visit Liverpool to discover more.