Walking around Liverpool. Following The Beatles
Journeys | 20.09.2019
September 26 marks the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, the last album of the great The Beatles. On this occasion, we prepared a guide to the hometown of the group – Liverpool, the city where The Beatles are still the main brand and the pride of the residents.
Beatles statues
A sculptural composition depicting the members of The Beatles in their classical images appeared in the center of Liverpool in 2015 and immediately became one of the main city attractions. This art was created by British artist Andy Edwards and was unveiled for the 50th anniversary of the band's last concert in Liverpool. Tourists from all over the world want to take pictures with the popular musicians, though bronze, so be prepared to stay in a queue.
The Cavern Club
In the 1960s, The Cavern (Cave) was the center of the Liverpool music scene. Initially, the Cave opened as a jazz club, in order to show everyone that you can listen to this music even in Liverpool. But fashion took its toll, and jazz was replaced by skiffle, and then disappeared from the scene at all.
Young bands often performed here – in 1957, the Quarrymen (the little-known then John Lennon was its leader) played here for the first time, and in May 1960 Rory Storm and the Hurricanes (with Ringo Starr as a member). The Beatles themselves played about 300 concerts in The Cavern. In 1974, the original clubhouse was demolished, and 10 years later it was reopened.
The Beatles Story
This The Beatles Museum is the world's largest and most important in Liverpool. It is located on the Royal Albert Dock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here are the rarest exhibits associated with the group, many of which are presented exclusively.
The halls in the Museum are arranged in chronological order and tell the band's story from the moment of its creation. In addition to the permanent exhibition, temporary exhibitions are constantly organized on the site. The museum also houses the FAB4 Cafe theme cafe and the FAB4 Store souvenir shop.
Strawberry Fields
Strawberry Fields Forever (1966) is one of The Beatles' later songs, called by the critics and The Beatles lovers one of the best songs in the band's work. Strawberry Fields is the name of the Salvation Army orphanage. John Lennon lived near it with his aunt and uncle, and often played in those places with friends. Today, there is a church on the site of the orphanage, and the famous red hedge in 2011 was replaced by a copy.
Penny Lane
The Penny Lane song was released as a single in 1967, after which an ordinary Liverpool street became world famous. McCartney and Lennon used to walk around these places in their youth. There is also a stop of the same name, where Paul changed the route when he went to the center of Liverpool. He sang in the choir at St. Barnabas Church.
Today Penny Lane is one of the most visited places in the city with bars, cafes and shops. For a long time, street signs were pulled away for souvenirs, so the authorities began to install special signs with theft protection.
St. Peter's Church
The Beatles story begins in the courtyard of St. Peter's Church in Woolton, a Liverpool suburb. It was here that on July 6, 1957, at a church festival, John Lennon met Paul McCartney. McCartney at that time played in a youth group at the church and sometimes sang in a wedding choir. Paul managed to impress John with his guitar technique and two weeks later McCartney was invited to the band.
Magical Beatles Museum
This museum grew out of a private collection of Rogue Best, a 50-year-old The Beatles fan and the brother of the drummer of The Beatles from 1960 to 1962 – Peter Best. Three floors presenting the band's history are open to all visitors: the first one – the beginning of The Beatles history, the second – devoted to "Beatlemania" and the third tells about psychedelic rock period.

The exhibits are impressive – here are George Harrison's guitar, medals from the costume of John Lennon, in which he is depicted on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, clothes, letters, photos of band members and other things. The museum has an attributes shop where you can buy souvenirs.
Blue Angel Night Club
In the 60s, the owner of the club was Alan Williams, the first manager of The Beatles. This place is connected with important moments in the history of the group. For example, in 1960 there was an audition, after which impresario Larry Parnes took the four on their first outing tour of Scotland. In addition to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other famous artists performed in Blue Angel. The club remains popular even these days, especially among Liverpool students.
Paul McCartney childhood home
In this small house, Paul McCartney lived with his parents long before he became world famous. The house retains the original interior with all the attributes of a poor British life of the 1950s, in which the musician grew up and The Beatles rehearsed at the beginning of their career. McCartney's family moved here when the musician was four years old. In one of his interviews, Paul told that this house is the first that he remembered well from his childhood.
While visiting the house, guests can play the piano and see a copy of McCartney's first guitar. To get inside, you need to buy a group tour ticket.
John Lennon childhood home
John Lennon was brought up by his aunt and uncle, and lived in a more prestigious area of Liverpool than McCartney. Outside the house, you can see a copy of the green sports bike donated to John by Uncle George in honor of passing the final exams. Yoko Ono bought the house in 2015 from its former owner and opened a Museum dedicated to Lennon's youth, and then she donated it to the National Trust of Great Britain. The house interior was restored with attention to the smallest details: arrangement of things and even posters on the walls. As with McCartney's house, you can only get inside by signing up for an excursion.
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