Updated: Jun 15, 2021
Liverpool City, located in the northwest of England, in the county of Lancashire, is quite famous for many reasons. It is the home of the most famous band in history, The Beatles, and hosts great football teams. However, this city has a lot more to offer, from historic buildings to pop culture museums, there’s plenty of activities and places to visit in this historic town. In today’s article, I’ll give you a small guide to the most important locations and where to go if you find yourself going to The Beatles hometown.
1. Penny Lane
“Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes…” you surely have heard these lyrics before. They belong to one of The Beatles’ most popular songs, and believe it or not, Penny Lane was made famous because of this song released in 1967. Since then, it’s been a regular touristic spot for Beatles fans. The renowned street is located in the south of the city, and it’s still quite a lively area, with several shops and even a barbershop in the corner referencing the song. To get to the street, you can take what’s called the “Magical Mystery Tour” or several other Beatles tours that will give you the real Beatles experience. You can even visit every one of the band member’s old houses. For a complete experience, I recommend getting some fish and chips at a local restaurant. I promise you won’t regret it.
2. The Royal Albert's Dock
One of the UK's finest attractions, this is a place where you will be able to do several activities. You’ll be able to play, eat, drink, and shop in an area where Old and New Liverpool meet. If you want a peaceful walk, this is the perfect place to do so. Also, you’ll find yourself surrounded by several attractions worth visiting that are located very close to the dock. It also happens to be a very convenient location to have a nice meal and cocktails with your friends and family.
3. The Beatles Story Museum
Right in front of the Royal Albert Dock, you’ll find The Beatles Story Museum. Whether you’re a fan or just want to learn more about the legendary band, this is a lovely spot that pays homage to the biggest rock band in history. You’ll find plenty of unique facts, listen to the songs, and see accessories and pieces of clothing worn by the members. This award-winning museum is the only one of its kind worldwide wholly devoted to telling the Beatles’ story, from the beginning to their solo careers. Here you’ll learn how they first conquered Liverpool pubs to go on and make a splash on an international level. Inside you’ll also experience recreations of the key places that saw the Beatles become the legends they are today, such as “The Cavern Club” (which still exists)” and “Abbey Road.” When you go there, you’ll be able to get a multimedia guide available in many languages. Needless to say, this is a must for every music fan out there.
4. Liverpool's Waterfront
Aesthetically breathtaking, Liverpool’s Waterfront is the perfect place to take a walk as it’s awarded as one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites. This is a place you can’t miss if you want to take in the city’s culture. When you walk there, make sure you take a good look around and see the incredible architecture surrounding the city, you’ll find yourself surrounded by award-winning museums, galleries, plenty of pubs and restaurants, and unique hotels. The Waterfront runs next to the Mersey River and is very close to the Royal Albert Dock and Liverpool ONE, which is the best place for shopping in the city. In this area, you’ll also find events happening all year round, from festivals to Christmas markets, so make sure to add this place to your bucket list.
5. Liverpool ONE
If you are the type of person that enjoys shopping, Liverpool ONE is the place for you. This is an outdoor shopping space with over 170 stores that you can choose from. This is the ultimate shopping experience as you’ll be able to select from stores like Primark to high-end fashion designer stores like Armani. In this area, you’ll also find plenty of restaurants, bars, recreational places, a cinema, among other things. This place is not far away from Liverpool Waterfront and Royal Dock, so you can literally pop in right after going to The Beatles museum.
6. Matthew Street
Mathew Street has to be one of the most famous streets in Great Britain, popular among tourists and locals due to its vibrant environment of bars and colorful history. Today this street is renowned for its several pubs that you can go to on a night out or just to see some of the architecture. This street is famously known for the famous Cavern Club, so you’ll see a lot of Beatles fans in the area, and you can even experience what it was like when the “Fab Four” were playing in this exact same club. There are other Beatles-themed bars like the “Sgt Peppers” club and the “Rubber Soul,” among others. There’s even a mural dedicated to The Beatles called “The four lads who shook the world,” as well as many other hidden gems devoted to them and Rock and Roll in general. Matthew Street is also a walk away from Liverpool One, so you won’t need to walk a lot to visit these iconic places.
Regardless if you are a Beatles fan or not, this city has a variety of experiences to enjoy. You’ll be impressed by the beautiful architecture surrounding the city and the many activities available for everyone to do. From a crazy night out to a calm walk in the morning, regardless, Liverpool has you covered. For more information, visit their official website here: https://www.visitliverpool.com/
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