Hundreds of respected artists started their careers in England—there’s The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin from London, Pink Floyd from Cambridge, The Cure from Crawley, Sting from Newcastle, The Smiths from Manchester, Black Sabbath from Birmingham, Radiohead from Oxford, and Blur from Colchester—the list could go on forever. England made so many artists make marks in the music industry, but there is one place that has become synonymous with a group that could well be considered as one of the most successful bands to ever walk the earth.
Mentioning Liverpool to any music lover will, no doubt, only have one response: The Beatles. The band was formed in this part of England in the 1960s. It was in 1964 that the Fab Four were fully formed: John Lennon on rhythm guitar and vocals, Paul McCartney in bass and vocals, George Harrison on lead guitar and vocals, and Ringo Starr on drums and vocals. And the rest, as they say, is history.
The Beatles has been a part of Liverpool’s tourism since the band hit fame, and it only grows bigger each year. Below are some of the famous Beatles museums, tours, and tributes that you could visit that would take you back to the band’s beginnings, the heyday, the good and bad events, and everything in between. This is your ticket to ride towards the never-fading Beatlemania.
The Beatles Story – Albert Dock
This Beatles tour attraction is especially dedicated to the Fab Four. Opening in 1990, this place is one of the most popular Beatles free attractions in North West of England. This place will take you back to the days when John, Paul, George, and Ringo were just beginning to rise into fame. Among the many Beatles memorabilia you’ll see here are George Harrison’s first guitar, a 3D animation of a Beatles musical journey, a Beatles themed Starbucks Coffeehouse, Going Solo areas, and many unseen photographs of the four. You will also get to see the European Peace Monument dedicated to John Lennon, which was unveiled by Julian and Cynthia Lennon themselves.
The Cavern Club
This Cavern Liverpool club is where it all started. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and then-drummer Pete Best were playing one night at the Cavern Club in Matthew Street when Brian Epstein, who would later manage them, saw them perform. After some closing, renovations, and mending, the club is back on its feet. Aside from great music, you will also be a part of history when you visit this place. The place may have changed a bit, but the spirit is still definitely there.
The Magical Mystery Tour
What used to be a 1967 album is now also a name of a tour that will take you to a fun journey to everything related to the band. This is a tour that will take you to the childhood homes of John, Paul, George, and Ringo; and important landmarks that have inspired them to create some of their songs Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever (which are both in the Magical Mystery Tour album). This is a great way to really see where they came from, and the places that is surely very important to them.
Yellow Submarine sculpture
Based on the yellow submarine in The Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine (a song from their album Revolver), this is an 18-ton structure that you simply must not miss. It is now at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Hard Days Night Hotel
If you want to have a full-on Beatles experience until you lay down in bed at night, the Hard Days Night Hotel is the place you want to go. In this Beatles Hotel, you’ll have Fab Four overload, and there will be Beatles stuff virtually everywhere.
Eleanor Rigby statue, Stanley Street
Who was that person who “picks up the rice in the church where a wedding has been,” who “lives in a dream?” This is Eleanor Rigby, a Lennon-McCartney song that has inspired artist/musician Tommy Steele to make a statue. Dedicated to “all the lonely people,” this statue is also a must-see. Stanley street also has its own Beatles story: This is where Mimi Smith (Lennon’s aunt) who bought him his first guitar.
Mendips and 20 Forthlin Road
If you want to see the childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney, tours are offered to take you there. You will be able to see the house of John Lennon’s aunt (where he write music in his early years), and the McCartney home, where the first band practices were held.