Liverpool looms large in The Beatles’ legend, and fans will soon flock to the Fab Four’s hometown to mark what would have been John Lennon’s 70th birthday. Beatles buffs need not run “Here, There and Everywhere” in search of sites associated with the iconic group– VisitBritain has highlighted places in Liverpool where fans can explore Fab Four lore.
It might not be open “Eight Days a Week,” but each Monday through Sunday fans can wander in the world of their musical idols at The Beatles Story museum, where an audio guide narrated by John Lennon’s sister takes visitors past such musical memorabilia as the first guitar ever strummed by George Harrison and the round spectacles through which John Lennon viewed his vision of the world.
Rock ‘n’ roll romantics can roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour— a 1 hour, 45 minute bus trip back in time to some of the sites that became muses for the Beatles music including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields, as well as other hometown haunts, such as their childhood homes and schools.
The Cavern Club is now just a musical memory, but the rhythm of the band’s early sounds have been revived at the new Cavern Club on Mathew Street, which occupies almost three-quarters of the venue’s original space. The same stage where the lads from Liverpool played has survived, and today fans can tap their feet to the beat of Beatles tribute bands, who perform as patrons enjoy a pint.
Meandering along Mathew Street will take tourists past a John Lennon statue, while around the corner The Hard Days Night Hotel houses an array of photographs and themed rooms.
Die-hard fans of the Fab Four might even like to go on The National Trust special joint tour to discover what “A Day in the Life” of two boys who were destined to write the soundtrack to the lives of a generation was like at the childhood homes of John Lennon (Mendips) and Paul McCartney (20 Forthlin Road). It is a once in a lifetime experience to see the place where The Beatles met and composed so many of their songs.
This October, Fan Trips Travel has partnered with Abbey Road on the River to create an exciting 5-night package to offer Beatles fans a front row seat to the John Lennon Tribute Season in Liverpool. The Beatles Tribute Fan Trip includes a Cavern Club concert, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra John Lennon Songbook concert, tours of John and Paul’s childhood homes, a Beatles Liverpool tour, and entrance to Beatles Story and the White Feather exhibit. The final night includes a fabulous exclusive party at Beatles Story with two members of The Quarrymen. Price per person based on double occupancy at a 4-star hotel in central Liverpool is $1399, inclusive of on tour travel and many meals. www.fantrips.travel/btft/
For fans who are unable to travel to the land of The Beatles’ birth, Liverpool will still be as close as the nearest movie theater when Nowhere Boy— a silver screen chronicle of the early days of The Beatles starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Annie-Marie Duff and Aaron Johnson– arrives on October 8, 2010.
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