The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part I, Liverpool (Self Guided)

Liverpool is called the Beatles Capital because it is the birthplace of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Star. There are many Beatles-themed bars and restaurants, hotels and associated places. Don't miss the chance to visit some of the most interesting attractions:
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The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part I Map

Guide Name: The Beatles Trail Tour in Liverpool, Part I
Guide Location: England » Liverpool (See other walking tours in Liverpool)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: irenes
The Beatles Story

1) The Beatles Story (must see)

Situated in Albert Dock, the Beatles Story is a museum where you can get in touch with the very beginning of the band's history, starting in the late 1950s. A large amount of exhibition space is dedicated exclusively to the band and its four young lads. Your themed adventure will start with audio guides narrated by Paul McCartney, where he tells you how he first met John Lennon, and by Julia Lennon, who discloses the “Living History” of the band. You'll follow the Beatles in their hometown, to Germany and the Star Club, back to Liverpool in the famous Cavern Club and the next stops: London, USA and USSR. In addition, you can visit the "Going Solo" halls, the interactive Discovery Zone, FAB4STORE-1 with a multitude of souvenirs and merchandise for you and your family, the specially-designed Starbucks Coffeehouse and even see some of the band's original instruments.

Why You Should Visit:
However expensive, the place is tastefully laid out and very well organized, and the admission fee does include a multi-lingual headset which adds quality to the visit.

It can be difficult to get tickets on the day, so if you are planning to go then it would really be worthwhile booking online (that way, you also avoid queueing). Cheaper tickets available if you search the web for discounts/vouchers.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-6pm (subject to change – check online before you visit)
Hard Days Night Beatles Boutique Hotel

2) Hard Days Night Beatles Boutique Hotel

Be sure to stop at the greatest Beatles-themed hotel, called Hard Days Night. It is a Grade II listed building with a classic decor which dates to 1884. It is an elegant edifice decorated with artists' statues. There are even 2 special rooms for Beatles' fans: Lennon Suite and McCartney Suite. Also remarkable is the stairway adorned with exclusive Beatles photographs and other memorabilia, like a Yellow Submarine jukebox in the hotel's lobby. The music never stops and it contributes to the special atmosphere. Do not miss Hari's Bar - you will discover many of Ringo's photos and other interesting objects.
Mathew Street

3) Mathew Street

Mathew Street is an unassuming side road in Liverpool city centre that houses a world famous musical attraction – the Cavern Club, the city’s most famous music venue and a place forever associated with the Beatles. The Liverpudlian four piece, considered by many to be the world’s greatest ever band, played at the venue several times in their early years. As a result, the street is visited by thousands of tourists each year, and is the centre of the Cavern Quarter, a bohemian area of arcades filled with must see attractions for Beatles fans.

In addition to the Cavern Club, which is still a hugely popular night-time venue, the street hosts a music festival each August. The largest free festival in Europe, the Mathew Street Festival plays host to dozens of tribute bands – with a Beatles act usually headlining. The street is also notable for the Grapes pub, often frequented by the Fab Four, and an unusual statue by Arthur Dooley, depicting the four band members in a religious pose. The statue, built into the wall on Mathew Street, bears the inscription ‘Four Lads who Shook the World’. The street was also believed to be visited by renowned philosopher Carl Jung; a plaster statue of the great Swiss thinker also stands on the street.
Statue of Eleanor Rigby

4) Statue of Eleanor Rigby

The Statue of Eleanor Rigby can be found on the pavement of Stanley Street, a couple of blocks from the Cavern Club on Mathew Street. A sculpture of an apparently middle aged woman, wearing a head scarf and holding a hand bag, it is placed on a bench with a space for visitors to sit next to it.

Dedicated to “all the lonely people” of Liverpool, it was crafted, remarkably enough, by English entertainer Tommy Steele, who had a lesser known talent for sculpture. London-based performer Steele donated the statue to Liverpool out of fondness for performing in the city. He claims to have placed a number of items inside the sculpture, including a four leafed clover, a football sock and a page of the Bible.

The statue is of course a tribute to the Beatles’ hit song ‘Eleanor Rigby’. Released in 1966, it was a No.1 hit in the UK. The title character is portrayed as a melancholy soul, reflected in her solitary, bedraggled appearance in Steele’s sculpture. Eleanor Rigby is a fictional character, though the name has been found on a gravestone in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton. The ‘real’ Eleanor Rigby died in 1939, and her tomb has become an attraction for many Beatles fans visiting the city.
The Bluecoat

5) The Bluecoat (must see)

Built in 1716-17 as a charity school, Bluecoat Chambers in School Lane is the oldest surviving building in central Liverpool. Following the Liverpool Blue Coat School's move to another site in 1906, the building was rented from 1907 onwards by the Sandon Studios Society. Based on the presence of this art society and the subsequent formation of the Bluecoat Society of Arts in 1927, the successor organisation laid claim to being the oldest arts centre in Great Britain, now called The Bluecoat.

The centre offers a full program of events and exhibitions including art, film, and performances, and explains why Liverpool was European Capital of Culture in 2008. One of those places where local artists (writers, musicians, etc.) have an opportunity to show their art and where tourists can enjoy the cultural richness of a city that is full of artistic reminiscences both old and current. To enhance the experience, Kernaghan Bookshop which is located in the courtyard is a bookworm's dream. The espresso bar serves coffees and cakes while the upstairs bistro provides more hearty fare (their delicious scouse is a must try for anyone visiting Liverpool). Come for the coffee, stay for the events!

Why You Should Visit:
Very relaxing place to have a drink or a snack; fully recommended in nice weather so you can sit outside and just relax!
Great venue if you're looking for somewhere that little bit more special than other places you may be considering.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 11am-6pm
Please note the Gallery opens at 11am daily
Sight description based on wikipedia

6) Jacaranda

A famed music bar founded by the first manager of the Beatles, Allan Williams, the Jacaranda is another must-see spot on the tour. Jacaranda, or simply Jac, is the place where the famous band used to rehearse, play and hang out. It is a small themed bar, with great drinks and endless Beatles tunes. The walls are filled with photos of the band, Cilla Black and Brian Epstein, the Quarrymen and other related people. There are lots of prints and memorabilia inside. Pay attention to the drum kit hanging on the wall and the stage on which the Beatles played.
Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and The Liverpool College of Art

7) Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and The Liverpool College of Art

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) is a renowned local institute as well the place where Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Mike McCartney and Ivan Vaughan (the person who introduced Paul McCartney to John Lennon) studied. 1985 was the year of LIPA's closure, but in 1996, under McCartney's sponsorship, it was reopened. Adjacent to the Institute for Performing Arts is the Liverpool College of Art, whose notable alumni include John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe and Cynthia Lennon.
Gambier Terrace

8) Gambier Terrace

Gambier Terrace is a row of Georgian era townhouses which overlook Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. The buildings are widely credited as the work of Liverpudlian architect John Foster, and were built between 1832 and 1837. Numbers 1 to 10 are the only houses built to his original specifications, and are Grade II* listed as a result. Gambier Terrace lies in the heart of what is formally known as the Rodney Street conversation area. Known to locals as the Canning area, it includes Rodney Street, Hope Street and the area around the Anglican Cathedral.

Gambier Terrace is owned by Liverpool City Council, but is still residential and not open to the public. The terrace can be best enjoyed on a walking tour of this area’s other historic sites, including the John Foster designed Oratory, Liverpool Cathedral, St. James’ Mount and Gardens, and 59 Rodney Street. The gardens that face the terrace are a public park, and are an excellent spot to enjoy a view of the buildings. Gambier Terrace has featured on the silver screen; Gumshoe, a 1971 detective comedy starring Albert Finney, was set on the street.
Maternity Hospital

9) Maternity Hospital

John Lennon was born on 9 October 1940, at 6:30 p.m. in Liverpool's Maternity Hospital at Oxford Street. A German air raid took place that day. His mother gave him a combined name: John Winston Ono Lennon, named after his grandfather, John "Jack" Lennon and Winston Churchill. A plaque adorns the wall of the Maternity Hospital to memorialize his birth.
38 Kensington Road

10) 38 Kensington Road

If you want to see the birthplace of the Beatles' initial band the Quarrymen, then the studio at 38 Kensington Road is the place to go. The Quarrymen, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lowe and Colin Hanton made their first recording here, directly onto a record. It included only two songs: "That'll Be The Day" and McCartney's first song, "In Spite Of All The Danger." This disc was the only one recorded in their hometown. On the 26th of August, 2005, near the entrance of the studio, a blue plaque was established which commemorates this historic recording.

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