As a Liverpool native, can we get your thoughts on what places are worth going to, and which are best avoided? It'd be useful to have an insider's guide on where to go if a visitor has a day or two to spend in the city.
For example, is the Beatles museum in Albert Dock worthwhile? Are there any great pubs with history that a tourist should pop into? And are there places off the Beatle track that tend to be overlooked? I've been reading lately about the Casbah (the official site seems to be down but here's the MySpace page) was decorated by John, Cynthia, Stuart Sutcliffe and others, and the interior's said to still be intact, but it's rarely mentioned in the same breath as Mathew Street, Strawberry Fields, Forthlin Road etc.
Paulie - welcome to the forum
Crikey! I bet he didn't do it for free though
You got that right! But he didn't charge much, as I recall... plus, he picked us up and took us to lunch.
As a Liverpool native, can we get your thoughts on what places are worth going to, and which are best avoided?
Yeah, I'd be interested to know about places like Calderstones Park and the tunnels and secret things that only Liddypool natives are supposed to know about. You can let us in on the secret... as true blue Beatles fans, we are all honorary Scousers!
14 October 2009
From my experience Liverpool is changing. Some for better, some for worse.
The better bit is that the museum is improving. I last went a long time ago but from what I've read of late there is much more there to see now and I'm looking forward to going back there some time. The National Trust purchases are of course the icing on the cake.
Regarding the 'worse' things that have happened is down to changing life I suppose. The hospital John was born at is no longer there; Ringo's birthplace is due for demolition (has that happened now?), Massey's music store has gone........
Of course Liverpool council's biggest blunder was demolishing the Cavern, but that was back in the early 70s.
26 January 2010
I thought you might be interested in this. It was in the Liverpool Echo tonight. Sorry if the link is too long, im not up on this type of thing!
13 November 2009
Wow, that's amazing. I wonder what he thought of it all? I presume the redecoration is as close as possible to being authentic, but I'm sure there were little things they couldn't get right. I'd love to know Paul's reaction.
I wonder too if he paid a visit to 251 Menlove Avenue while he was there.
8 November 2012
Telegraph article on a Japanese fan who wants to create a replica of John's childhood home on a plot of land that belonged to Yoko's grandfather.
10 December 2014
Im from Liverpool and its really nice to read all the positive comments on this site about the city and how much people enjoyed being there. I have been working in Brisbane Australia for six months and as lovely as it is, i can't wait to get home next month.
I always felt really lucky being able to visit the Beatles sites whenever i wanted and spending most saturday nights in Mathew St! I have walked down that street hundreds of times but i still get that buzz of being somewhere really special every time i do. You can never walk down there without having to stop to let tourists take a photo next to the John Lennon statue outside the Cavern. I always offer to take the photo so everyone can get in on it.
Its a far from perfect place but for anyone who's a big Beatles fan i'd totally recommend trying to get there. If you soak up the atmosphere, You will really feel what its was like for the boys to have grown up there
I don't work for the Liverpool tourist board by the way!! I'm just proud of the city
I was in Liverpool a few years ago - my wife and I stayed at the Adelphi - and apart from taking in a Ken Dodd show(we thought it would never end), we spent the following day in the city centre and at the Albert Dock, and even though it's not the original Cavern, I could have spent all day there just soaking up the atmosphere.
We're from Glasgow and are hoping to return again soon and visit the Beatles Story down at the dock. Unfortunately, the queue was too long for us to hang about last time - and it was mainly made up of young foreign tourists which is really encouraging.
We'll be making a point of visiting the Cavern again on our next visit. I'm quite fond of Liverpool and it seems to be embracing its Beatle heritage, which it absolutely should do. London also has a claim on the Beatles but it can't match the appeal of the Fab Four's native city.
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