Beatles Sites, Liverpool
WHETHER IT IS AT NIGHT OR DURING THE DAY,I FOUND MYSELF SEEKING OUT THE PLACES THE BEATLES AS PEOPLE OF LIVERPOOL WOULD HAVE ROAMED..ALSO GOING ON THE FERRY ACROSS THE MERSEY WAS A TREAT AND A HALF FOR ME.. . THE FERRY HAD PLAYING THAT SONG DONE BY GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS FROM THE 60'S...VERY COOL FOR ME...ANYWAY...BACK TO THE STREETS OF LIVERPOOL. ..THOSE ARE TONS OF FOOTSTEPS TAKEN BY THE BEATLES MANY MOONS AGO...!!! VERY THRILLING TO ME. ..I WISHED I HAD GONE TO THE OLD CASBAH.. .THE JOHN LENNON AIRPORT...THE EPSTEINS HOUSE.. .BUT FOR THE MOST PART I WENT TO MOST OF THE PLACES I KNEW ABOUT!!!!!!!
Directions: NEXT TO THE ALBERT DOCKS ,NEXT TO TOWN,NEXT TO ANYWHERE IN LIVERPOOL!!!!!!!!!!
Eleanor Rigby died in the church and was buried along with her name
All the lonely people
Where do they all come from?
All the lonely people
Where do they all belong?
On the outskirts of Liverpool close to Paul McCartney's childhood home and John Lennon's old school lies St Peter's Church. Walking around the grounds of this traditional parish church one can easily imagine it as the setting for this sad song. Perhaps not such a leap of the imagination as within the overgrown graveyard lies a tombstone bearing her name.
Address: St Peter's Church Woolton
To say that much of the tourist industry in Liverpool is dependent upon the Fab Four is something of an understatement. A whole area of the city is named after the 'Cavern', there are museums and tours, and not forgetting the renamed airport.
At least it provides good material for public art, and one of the most arresting is the Yellow Submarine ready to visit Pepperland and the music-hating Blue Meanies.
The statue was originally built for the Garden Festival back in the 1980's but is now re-located to an area of open space between the river and the bus station.
Shall I sing it to you now ?
First stop on the National Trust tour is Mendips, the boyhood home of John Lennon with his Aunt Mimi and her husband. John lived here until the Beatles were famous, so its full of history, and extremely well-preserved. The curator, who is coincidentally also named John, is a lovely guy with a great background in music. He lives in the house and guides this portion of the tour. You are free to wander around the house (only a few rooms are roped off) and walk into John's bedroom, the sunny kitchen and the porch where John and Paul practiced guitar and wrote songs, and the very pleasant sitting room.
Mimi ran a pristine house, and even by today's standards, Mendips is a very pleasant upper middle-class home.
Address: Menlove Avenue
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.
Address: Departs from the National Maritime Museum
Directions: Albert Docks
This is where the house that John Lennon has spent his childhood years with his aunt Mimi exsists. The house is now owned by The National Trust or something like that and opened for public, although it had been not. And it was owned by someone private. So I couldn't distinguish which house was John Lennon's.
Another landmark that any Beatles fan already knows inside out...the place where John Lennon would come as a teenager, hop over the gate to this children's home, and wander the gardens. Another stop on the Magical Mystery Tour--an invaluable must-do for a Beatles fan in Liverpool. Since many of these sites are not in downtown Liverpool, if you come without a car, this is by far the best way to see the major Fab Four landmarks. And the guide we had, a young DJ named Eric, was funny and entertaining. He even gave a quiz on Beatles trivia--I know a lot of Beatles trivia, but there was an older guy on board who apparently has done nothing but memorize concert dates and set lists, so I didn't win. :)
OK. So if you have read my London page you will realize that this trip was part of my daughters graduation gift. And she was interested in seeing Spice Girl locations and also soccer sights. So this was not the Spice Girls. It was not Beckham. But she did humor me and pose with John Lennons statue. And wouldn't you know it. Her picture developed much better than mine did. Oh well!
Address: Matthew Street
So Danielle posed real cute like one of the cartoons in her picture. I just look like a bored middle aged fat man in mine. This was supposed to be my fantasy trip and yet all of her pictures are turning out better than mine. I have got to keep telling myself "Think young...think young."
These wagons are located just outside of the museum called The Beatles Story. It is an offically sanctioned Beatles museum and is located in the tourist area on the Prince Albert Docks.
First stop on the Magical Mystery Tour of Liverpool is none other than Penny Lane, an unassuming street in suburban Allerton, not far from John and Paul's homes. The actual places mentioned in the song are at the far end of Penny Lane on the adjoining street, but this is immaterial when you're standing next to the road sign that served as the inspiration for one of your favorite songs. Here are my parents doing just that!
...but this is one of my all-time favourite travel experiences right here. Walking into Paul McCartney's boyhood home at 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton, Liverpool. I know every Beatles song inside out, and just to be in this house knowing how many of those songs were written right there was enough to make me hyperventilate.
The house is much smaller than Mendips, John Lennon's boyhood home, owing to the McCartney familiy's more working class upbringing. Mike McCartney (Paul's brother and an excellent pop photographer) has contributed the many family photos that hang on the walls here, and many of the original fixtures remain here. I walked right into Paul's tiny little bedroom (not even a closet in there!), sat in the same spot where he and John wrote countless songs, and walked into the outdoor toilets in back. Only another Beatles fanatic could understand how extremely cool that is. :)
The custodian here is named Eric, and he is a fantastic guy--a native, soft-spoken and funny, and he looks uncannily like Macca himself, which makes me like him even more. He was nice enough to pose with us here.
Address: 20 Forthlin Road
I love this...the people of Liverpool are proud enough of their lovable lads to plunk a giant, metal, completely non-functional yellow submarine right down next to major historic sights. It's a great photo-op, and certainly brightens up the landscape on a cloudy Liverpool day!
Address: Across the road from Albert Docks
a fun thing to do in the Beatles museum shop is to press a penny and have a beatle, Albert Dock memento imprinted on it...as seen in this pic. Simply insert the penny and a 50p piece and watch it be flattened and imprinted before your eyes. Hey Laura you got one!
According to Sab's tourist map John Lennon was born in a hospital right opposite the Catholic Cathedral. Well, this is a hospital and it's right opposite the catholic cathedral, but it had no blue plaque proclaiming it as JL's birthplace. So who knows?
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.
Address: 2-4 Rainford Gardens, Liverpool, L2 6PT
Directions: In the middle of the Cavern Quarter.
Phone: +00 44 (0)151 231 6861