Let me take you down… Liverpool is the holy grail for Beatles fans far and wide. Many make the pilgrimage to see where John, Paul, George, and Ringo grew up and got some of their inspiration for their music. 2017 seems an especially great time to pay a visit to Liverpool.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the release of the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. In honor of this, The Beatles Story, the biggest permanent exhibition in the world dedicated to the lives and times of the Beatles, unveiled a new exhibit at the beginning of February, featuring authentic Sgt. Pepper’s suits and an alternative print of the album cover.
Additionally, the “Summer of Love”, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The summer of 1967 was especially defining for culture and creativity, and Liverpool had a big impact on this movement with The Beatles releasing the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in June and the song All You Need is Love in July. Liverpool is hosting performances and events from April to September to commemorate this momentous year.
So Beatles fans, what are you waiting for? Stop putting it off and start planning your trip to Liverpool!
Guide for a Beatles-themed trip to Liverpool
Give yourself plenty of time in The Beatles Story. You don’t want to rush through it; there’s so much to see. When I visited in February 2017, prices were £14.95 for adults. The museum is located in Albert Dock.
Magical Mystery Tour is a two-hour bus trip that starts in Albert Dock and ends at the Cavern Club, where The Beatles played almost 300 times. You’ll also see Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, the Fab Four’s childhood homes, and St. Peter’s Church, where John and Paul first met. As of February 2017, adult tickets were £17.95.
Located on Mathew Street, The Cavern Club features live music eight days a week (haha I couldn’t help myself there, but really every day of the week). It’s one of the most famous clubs in the world and is now made of three venues the Cavern Club, Cavern Live Lounge, and Cavern Pub. Grab a beer or two and enjoy some tunes. Be sure to wander around the venues; they’re home to some cool Beatles memorabilia.
The 2017 International Beatle Week Festival is August 23-29 and will feature 70 bands from 20 countries. The festival celebrates The Beatles with live music all over Liverpool and a convention. There’s a variety of packages but looks like the cheapest one is £113.
Don’t miss a great photo opportunity with The Beatles statute on Pier Head.
The National Trust runs a joint tour of John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes. It’s £23 for adults or £9.50 if you’re a member of the National Trust.
Here’s a slideshow including a few more photos from my Beatles-themed trip to Liverpool.
Want to read more about visiting Liverpool? Check out my post about Liverpool’s Maritime Mercantile City.