It’s one thing coming to the city to enjoy the home of The Fab Four, but what are The Beatles landmarks in Liverpool you should check out first? The city is so rich with history about John, Paul, George and Ringo that you need a little guidance to get the most from your time spent here.
To help get you started, here are 10 of the top Beatles sites in Liverpool you have to visit.
To get the heart of the Fab Four from Liverpool you need to go back to where many ‘believe’ it all started. The Cavern Club, on Matthew Street, is where The Beatles gave their first ever performance on 9th February 1961. Only a year later they were signed up by legendary manager Brian Epstein. There’s plenty of memorabilia on show and live gigs to enjoy, so be sure to pop along to soak it all in.
The Beatles Story
Situated on Albert Dock is The Beatles Story, a museum dedicated to the Fab Four that was opened back in 1990. It takes you through their entire career and features rare memorabilia, along with recreations of places like The Cavern and Abbey Road studios.
Paul McCartney’s Childhood Home
Located at 20 Forthlin Road, and referred to by the National Trust as ‘the birthplace of The Beatles’, this has to play an essential role in any Liverpool sightseeing tour. The boys would rehearse their earliest hits inside this house, with Paul’s family living there between 1955 and 1965. It is now a Grade II listed building but can be visited by booking in advance.
St Peter’s Church
You can find St Peter’s Church in Woolton and the graveyard is home to the grave of the now eternally famous Eleanor Rigby. It is also the place where John met Paul when he was playing at a church fete with his band The Quarrymen. Within a few weeks Paul was invited to join and the rest is history.
The legendary 1967 hit ‘Strawberry Fields’ took its name from a local Salvation Army orphanage. It remained open until the mid-70s before being demolished, but the gates of the former building that inspired John to pen the lyrics are still standing.
The Beatles drew on a lot of local culture to inspire their music and lyrics and that was also the case with Penny Lane. John and Paul used to meet on Penny Lane where they would get the bus into town. It can be easily found just off the A562 road.
The Beatles Statue
Another of The Beatles landmarks in Liverpool that has to be seen is a statue commemorating the birth of the group. It is located over on the Pier Head, with the design based on a photoshoot of the band from 1963 where they can be seen walking along the river Mersey.
Blue Angel Club
The Beatles’ first manager, Allan Williams, owned the Blue Angel Club and it is where they also played a host of gigs. The ‘fifth Beatle’, Pete Best auditioned to join the group on 12th August 1960 and is also the place where they auditioned for pop manager Larry Parnes and secured their first tour – around Scotland – outside of Liverpool.
Casbah Coffee Club
Paul says this is really the place where they earned their chops playing live, rather than The Cavern. The band saw it as their ‘personal club’ and it was opened by Pete Best’s mum Mona. They even helped to paint the place before performing their first gig there.
Liverpool Town Hall
The northern premiere for The Beatles first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night, was held here on 10th July 1964. Over 200,000 fans went wild as they arrived at Speke airport, with a further 20,000 gathered round the town hall.