Liverpool is the home of the Beatles, and the city is filled with iconic sites that tell the life and tales of the Fab4. Many of these places are located in the city centre, close to the port and the main touristy areas. However, the Beatles childhood homes are located in the suburbs, which are not quite so easy to visit. All the Beatles sites can be explored independently, or on a dedicated Beatles Tour.
What are the sites?
Beatles Sites Along the Waterfront
1. The Beatles Statue
The Beatles Statue, which shows the Fab4 walking together, stands at Pier Head and is the perfect place to start discovering the Beatles related sites in Liverpool. This is the most popular selfie spot in the city, so make sure to snap a few photos together with the Fab4!
2. John Lennon & Yoko Ono Exhibition
This free exhibition at the Museum of Liverpool tells the story of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their own words. It’s located next to the Beatles Statue and runs from 18th May to 3rd November. The exhibition features personal objects along with art, music and film that reveals the lifes of these two creative artists.
3. The Beatles Story
The Beatles Story is located on the Royal Albert Dock, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just a few minutes walk from the Beatles Statue. It contains the largest collection of Beatles related items in the world, and is a must-see for any Beatles fan. You’ll find recreations from some of the most important moments in the bands history, along with instruments and clothes worn by the Fab4 during their career.
Beatles Sites in the City Centre
The main Beatles related sites in the city centre focus around several streets located next to eachother.
4. Mathew Street
Take a walk along Mathew Street where you’ll find loads of Beatles related sites. There are several Beatles themed shops on the street as well as a dedicated Beatles Store and several pubs where the Fab4 would go to have a drink after their concerts. You’ll also find a statue of John Lennon and the iconic sculpture by Arthur Dooley called “Four Lads Who Shook the World”.
5. The Magical Beatles Museum
This newly opened Beatles museum on Mathew Street contains one of the largest Beatles collections in the world. This includes Paul McCartney’s bass guitar speaker, John Lennon’s Sergeant Pepper medals, George Harrison’s Futurama Grazio guitar and more.
6. The Cavern Club
The Cavern Club is an iconic nightclub that became a symbol of Liverpool’s rock and roll scene in the swining60’s. The Beatles made this place their home, with 292 appearances at the club throughout their career. Today, the Cavern Club is open to visitors with live music playing every day from 11:15am.
7. Eleanor Rigby statue
Just a few minute walk from Mathew Street lies the Eleanor Rigby statue on Stanley street.
8. Jacaranda Club, Slater Street
It’s also a few minutes walk to the Jacaranda Club on Slater Street, which is the first club the Beatles ever played in. The Jac was founded by Allan Williams who was known for being the Fab Four’s first manager. You’ll find a really unique coffee shop that combines vinyl, coffee and cake! There are Vinyl record players sunk into the tables, so you can listen to a huge range of music whilst you enjoy cocktails or hot drinks. Live bands play every Friday and Saturday from 8pm.
Beatles Sites in the Suburbs
The suburbs of Liverpool is where you’ll find the Beatles childhood homes, as well as iconic locations like Penny Lane
This is the street that inspired one of the greatest songs of all time, and is where John Lennon and Paul McCartney used to meet to take the bus into town. It’s a really lively places, with lots of independent shops including the Penny Lane fish and chips shop.
When John Lennon wrote the song “Strawberry Fields Forever”, the Strawberry Field Salvation Army home became instantly famous. You can see the original red gates. A new visitor exhibition will allow you to explore the story of the house and how it connects to story of John Lennon’s childhood. You’ll also be able to enjoy the gardens were a young John Lennon would play with his friends.
You can also see the outside of The Beatles childhood homes, which are located in the suburbs of Liverpool. Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road are the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Casbah Coffee Club
Casbah Coffee Club is considered the holy grail of the Beatles, and is where the band truly started out. Their first live performances took place in this basement club located in the suburbs of Liverpool.
What’s the best way to see them?
For budget-conscious travelers, it’s possible to get to all of the Beatles sites in the city centre by foot. There are also public buses that will take you to the more remote locations, such as the childhood homes and Penny Lane. Since the Beatles are such an important part of Liverpool, there are dedicated tours that take place every day, which take you to most or all of the sites listed above. Many of the trips are walking tours, although there are a few bus tours which will take you to the Liverpool suburbs.
Other Beatles Experiences
There are other ways to get into the Beatles spirit, from amazing hotels to Beatles-themed concerts.
The Hard Days Night Hotel is inspired by the Beatles. Located in the heart of Liverpool city centre, each of the 110 rooms is commissioned with special Beatles artwork. There are also unique suits that are dedicated to John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney.
Concerts at the Cavern Club
The Cavern Club puts on concerts every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with an in-house band that replicates the sounds and look of the Fab4. Relive the golden era of the Beatles at the nightclub that made them world famous!