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Beatles, Cavern Club and Cavern Quarter
I like the Beatles, but I do not consider myself to be one of their greatest fans. Therefore, I think that the commercial exploitation of the fab four has gone a little too far in Liverpool. There are several attractions, tours and places related to the Beatles – other travellers surely have better tips on them than I would have. This is rather my personal opinion - the perspective of a non-fanboy.
The Cavern Quarter is a place I would recommend to visit, even if you do not like the Beatles that much. This area is lined with pubs and clubs and almost every single one tries to profit from the fame of the Beatles. The one most associated with the Beatles is the Cavern Club, but is not the original 1960s building anymore. This is the place to look for Beatles-related memorabilia, to drink a pint on their fame and to meet other Beatles fans at a Beatles party. Note the wall of fame with all the names of artists who played there. The Cavern Pub has also a lot of Beatles stuff, but is not the place you are most probably looking for. Close to the Cavern Club, you will see sculptures and other stuff related to the Beatles – together with some Beatles shops.
The Beatles Story - not good value
The Beatles Story in Albert Dock is not a Beatles museum so if you are looking for somewhere packed with genuine artifacts of the Fab Four then this isn't the place for you. It does give info on the history of the Beatles and there are some visual aids that have been put together to help the story along but that's about it.
If you are a Beatles enthusiast then there is plenty in Liverpool for you to feast on but the Beatles Story doesn't give good value for money.
The Cavern Club
Place of homage to hordes of Beatles fanatics, the Cavern Club is perhaps the most well-known club in the world.
It's a shame that most people only stop by for a photo opportunity outside the famous facade. The club is still a hotbed for Liverpool music talent and Beatles fans should try and coincide their visit with the Beatles tribute night which takes place on Saturdays.
The area known as the Cavern Quarter is worth exploring. There are numerous pubs and bars lining the narrow streets.
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Magical Mystery Tour - a busy that tours around the beatles sites of liverpool - john lennon's old house where he stayed with his aunt mimi, paul mccartney's old home on forthlin road, penny lane (including the roundabout), strawberry fields, ringo's childhood home, george harrison's childhood home, where they all went to school, LIPA, Woolton...a Beatles fan true heaven!
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Beatles Tribute at the Cavern Club
As my girlfriend is a huge Beatles fan we did all things related to the great band, this included popping into the Cavern Club for a drink, or two!!!! This is where the Beatles played many years ago, although it has been rebuilt the artistic wall behind the stage is the original wall.
It seemed to take forever getting into the bar as it must have been about 4 floors down but once in there it was buzzing, It had a very tight but wonderful feel to it and the best thing of all was the Beatles tribute band playing called the Blue Meanies. They were wonderful and it felt as though you were watching the Beatles all those years ago, We stayed there till the early hours and i recommend a trip to the Cavern Club
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THE BEATLES STORY
IF YOU ARE APPRECIATIVE AND CURIOUS OF THE BEATLES.. ..THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU TO GO...VERY INFORMATIVE ABOUT THE LIVES...ESPECIALLY THE FAB FOUR...JOHN,PAUL,RINGO AND GEORGE. .THOUGH THE ORIGINAL QUARRYMEN,STU SUTCLIF ,PETE BEST ARE ALSO MENTIONED... ..ONE FIRST ENTERS INTO THE BEATLES STORE TO PURCHASE TICKETS...THEN YOU WALK THROUGH A NARROW ENTRANCE TO THE FIRST ROOM..AND ON THE TWO WALLS OF THE WALKWAY IS AN INDEPTH DESCRIPTION OF THE BEATLES.. NEXT I REMEMBER ENTERING WHAT THE STAR BAR WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE IN HAMBURG..WITH THE SOUNDS OF THEIR PERFORMANCES AND THE ATMOSHERE OF THAT CLUB.....
THERE IS ABBEY ROAD RECORDING EQUIPMENT AND EARLIER INSTRUMENTS THAT THEY USED INCLUDING THE OLD BEATLES SUITS.....THERE IS ALSO A REPLICA OF THE CAVERN WHERE THEY PLAYED DURING LUNCHTIMES AND IN THE EVENINGS ...IN THERE ALSO WAS..A ROOM WITH A LIFE SIZE SGT PEPPERS ALBUM COVER , THEN THE NEXT ROOM I ENTERED I WAS INSDE A YELLOW SUBMARINE. ..I SOON MADE MY WAY TO A ROOM DEDICATED TO JOHN LENNON AND THEN A ROOM DEDICATED TO PAUL McCARTNEY......DELIGHTFUL.. .TO ANY BEATLES FAN...AND THEN I HAD FINISHED THE TOUR AND RETURNED TO THE STORE WHERE I HAD BEGUN AND THERE ONE COULD BUY PLENTY OF T-SHIRTS AND WHAT EVER ELSE THEY HAD FOR SALE!!!! UNFORTUNATELY,CAMERAS WERE NOT ALLOWED IN THE MUSEUM.. I WOULD HAVE TAKEN A LOT OF PICTURES...A LOT !!!!
Get the right Cavern
Facing each other on Matthew street is the Cavern Club and the Cavern Pub.
They probaby interconnect somewhere, and they are owned by the same company - but many visitors (and sometime locals) seem to have become confused about where the Beatles actually played.
It is the Cavern Club that you want -and down several flights of stairs in a grungy cellar bar you can still see the crummy little stage where music was changed forever.
I'm glad to say that the management don't appear to mind hoardes of tourists coming into the bar for free, taking a picture and then fleeing again. It would however seem curlish not to at least by a drink.
The 'pub' has tons of stuff in it from the sixties and early seventies. After all, it was not only the Beatles that played the Cavern but other such greats as :
Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Status Quo, Judas Priest, Joe Cocker, The Who, The Kinks, Gary Glitter, Rod Stewart, Queen, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, Elton John, Edwin Starr, Gene Vincent, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix.
P.S how did this place ever get a fire safety certificate ? - it's a long way down those one set of stairs.
Roll up, roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour!
Step right this way...
Join other diehard or casual Beatles fans on this bus tour of the city, in one of the authentic MMT buses of the 1960's. The guide on our tour was young but well-versed in his Beatles trivia, and you pass all the major Fab Four landmarks...Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, the churchyard where John met Paul, the boyhood homes and birthplaces, etc.
It's a two-hour tour, and they let you get off at all the major landmarks for photo ops. Buy your tickets in advance by phone, or you probably won't fit on the bus!
There are places I remember...
20 Forthlin Road and Mendips, homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Organized by the National Trust, a tour departs by minibus to both of these homes several times a week (advance booking a must). The custodians of each house, Eric and John, are Beatles fans themselves and lucky enough to actually live in the houses where Paul and John lived until 1963, and where many of their best-known songs were written.
For a true Beatles fan, stepping into these houses and looking at many of the original furnishings is mesmerizing! You can sit right where Paul and John spent hours upon hours writing most of their early hits in Paul's living room. It was fabulous!
Booking in advance is a must--the tour departs Wednesday-Sunday (four per day), and there are only about ten spots on each tour.
Where it all began...
The actual Cavern Club, where the Beatles played hundreds of gigs in the early 1960's, was foolishly torn down several years ago. This recreation was erected in the adjoining lot on Mathew Street, next to the parking lot that overlaps the original site.
The recreation is very faithful to the original, which is amazingly small inside. It now hosts daily live music (free to enter, but very smoky, unfortunately!), and has a large selection of memorabilia mechandise.
The Magical Mystery Tour drops you off here at the end for a free souvenir postcard.
The Beatles Musuem
Like you cant go to Liverpool without seeing something related to the Beatles! :) There is so much memorabilia packed here, like the white piano used in the 'Imagine' video and also gives the background to the whole Mersey beat scene of the sixties.
They have recreated Mathew St, the Cavern nightclub, Epsteins office inside. You could easily spend up to 3 hours looking around everything. In The Cavern, you can get your photo taken with you onstage in Beatles outfits "on stage" :)
The Cavern Club
The world famous Cavern Club is where The Beatles played hundreds of times between 1961 -1963 and were seen by Brian Epstein. The original club was demolished in the 1970's due to work on the cities underground railway. It has since been rebuilt to its former glory and hosts gigs again. The club and street is a popular destination for Beatles fans.
A small piece of Beatles history.
Let's be honest, you cannot seperate the city of Liverpool from the Beatles, possibly their most famous export. There is a Cavern Quarter now, named for the famous music club where they effectively started. Everything in Liverpool seems to be Beatle themed. I visited two museums in the city, and both had temporary exhibitions largely associated with the Fab Four. As a musician myself, I found them fascinating.
However, wandering through the so-called Cavern Quarter, I found a good old-fashioned pub called the White Star (named for the very famous shipping line of that name) which was where, if the publicity inside is to be believed, the Beatles actually got paid by the owner of the Cavern. Certainly a piece of pop history. However, there is a lot more to this place.
It retains it's image as an old fashioned Liverpool pub, and the emphasis is not so much on John, Paul, George and Ringo as the shipping and, in the front bar, boxing. There are many old boxing posters framed in the front bar, and it was here that I found the most interesting thing for me. Many years ago there was a world famous fight where Henry Cooper, a great British favourite and now national institution, floored Mohammed Ali (Cassius Clay) before being beaten by the great man. A poster from the fight shows on the undercard one Jimmy Tibbbs fighting. Jimmy now runs the very famous Peacock Gym in East London where many world famous boxers have trained and is very close to where I live.
If you like music, boxing, ships or just a good pint, this is a place you should visit.
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This is some wall.
The Cavern Quarter, as it is now called, is based around Mathew Street, and yes I know there is only one T in that. As I alluded to in my introductory page on Liverpool, it is a blatant attempt to encourage tourism to an area essentially associated with the Beatles. Actually, I don't have a problem with that at all. In fairness, it is done in a reasonable way.
This wall is a working part of a standing building as opposed to other monuments. Each brick shows a group famous in the 1960's who played here when the Merseybeat sound was the largest force in world pop music. There are a few other bricks of later bands from the 90's who also played in the world-famous Cavern Club just opposite. Although not the original club, it is still on the same site and there really is a lot of pop music history here. Fittingly, a statue of the late John Lennon oversees the wall. Yes, it is touristy, but it is still worth a visit for any self-respecting musician or music fan from wherever you may come.
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The Magical Mistery Tour: Beatles' tour
The tour starts from Albert Dock and it continues through to the suburban area. During the tour you can have a look of the beatles' homes. A guide tells to the tourists the Beatles' story.The most exciting thing is to goalong Penny Lane.
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