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Visiting Liverpool: Beatles places
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Magill said
Travelling to London and Liverpool on Monday. What should I do? 

Abbey Road in London, and so many places to visit in Liverpool – including their former homes and Mathew Street (Cavern Quarter).

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Depends on how long you’ve got in each.

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I’m in Liverpool for pretty much five days so if anyone can suggest places to go and see, I will. I’m not one for paying to get in places as don’t see the financial worth to much of so for example I won’t be going in to Paul’s childhood home, tho will walk past it, or The Beatles Story museum but if there is anywhere particularly noteworthy I may do. I may even do a tour.

I can happily stand in a shop looking at random Beatles guff, no idea how I am going to cope in Liverpool. 

Haven’t been for 23 years and am already buzzing.

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I’m in Liverpool for pretty much five days so if anyone can suggest places to go and see, I will. I’m not one for paying to get in places as don’t see the financial worth to much of so for example I won’t be going in to Paul’s childhood home, tho will walk past it, or The Beatles Story museum but if there is anywhere particularly noteworthy I may do. I may even do a tour.

I can happily stand in a shop looking at random Beatles guff, no idea how I am going to cope in Liverpool. 

Haven’t been for 23 years and am already buzzing.

  

Hopefully I’ll get there in 2023! I really need to see this City and all it has to offer Beatlewise

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An interesting article from Time Out magazine…

Is Liverpool getting fed up with Beatles tourism?

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Ron Nasty said
An interesting article from Time Out magazine…

Is Liverpool getting fed up with Beatles tourism?  

They better not be! I need to get to the cavern one day so I can get married, die and be buried in it!

….Oh, like you guys wouldn’t! blue-meanie

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MattWatchingWheels said

Ron Nasty said

An interesting article from Time Out magazine…

Is Liverpool getting fed up with Beatles tourism?  

They better not be! I need to get to the cavern one day so I can get married, die and be buried in it!

….Oh, like you guys wouldn’t! blue-meanie

  

They just revealed the Brian Epstein Statue in Liverpool this past weekend. I really cant imagine them stopping endorcing Beatles Tourism. Would be the same as stopping people from going to the football games. It’s part of their culture. It will only get bigger when ever Paul and Ringo…you know. 

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I don’t see it stopping either. The Beatles exist and will always be popular or at least known to some extent. Liverpool is forever linked to the lads. There’s nothing stopping that.

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I don’t see it stopping either. The Beatles exist and will always be popular or at least known to some extent. Liverpool is forever linked to the lads. There’s nothing stopping that.

  

I think so too. It’s part of Liverpools History and the lads will always be part of their history and legacy. Its like with the german city Leipzig where I was born and raised until 18 which will always be accoiated with Johann Sebastian Bach (german classic muscian) and to an extend Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (famous german poet). Its like Memphis is Elvis Town since he became famous and a legend. The Beatles have definate place in pop culture and culture history. And so Liverpool will be Beatles City (as well as London to an extend). 

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I’m sketching out a 24 hour Liverpool itinerary and trying to decide what time of day to visit Pier Head. It appears that the Beatles statues change colors depending on the time of day. Since they are bronze, I’m thinking sunset provides the most accurate photographic representation. Another thing to consider is what time of day do the least amount of tourists (like me) visit. Thoughts fellow FAB travelers?

 

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I’m sketching out a 24 hour Liverpool itinerary and trying to decide what time of day to visit Pier Head. It appears that the Beatles statues change colors depending on the time of day. Since they are bronze, I’m thinking sunset provides the most accurate photographic representation. Another thing to consider is what time of day do the least amount of tourists (like me) visit. Thoughts fellow FAB travelers? 

Sunset seems good to me on both points; I expect the number of tourists will be significantly reduced by that time. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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Myself, I think it depends on two things — the weather on the day, if it turns out to be a dank and dreer day, the sunset is unlikely to have much effect, and whether you want to do anything else at the Pier Head, as you have the Liverpool Museum down that way (which has Beatles and other music exhibits, including the stage from St. Peter’s church hall, where The Quarrymen played the night John met Paul, as well as the 2nd site run by The Beatles Story, which explores the wider British Invasion and beyond).

Weather, which can be quite dreak, and if you want to do more at the Pier Head than just see The Beatles statue, should be the guide, and you can’t judge the weather till the day, as AG and I found on our trips — there were days a walk to the Pier Head to see the statue was a nice walk, and other days would be maybe tomorrow.

Apologies if this isn’t too helpful for advance planning.

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You aren’t going to sleep during those 24 hours, right?  There’s so much to see and do in Liverpool.

As RN asks, what else are you planning to do while you’re there?

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Good point Ron. I’m imaging California weather instead of “waiting for the sun”. AG, this isn’t the replacement for our twice cancelled English trip. We’re on a ocean cruise around the UK and Liverpool is one of the port of calls. We’re booked on a 3 hour “historic Liverpool” tour in the morning. There are 2 Beatle themed tours available in the afternoon. Both go to Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane , and the Lennon Peace Garden with drive-bys of some of the childhood sites. One tour includes tickets to the Beatle’s Story. The other ends up on Mathew Street with stops at The Cavern and the Magical Beatle’s Museum. We are planning on being in England for 3 weeks in 2025 (with 3 nights in Liverpool), so really just celebrating the fab vibe this time out. Also still a little freaked out about being indoors around a lot of folks. The Liverpool Museum sounds like it would be an easy one and hopefully not too crowded. Along those lines, I’m hoping to put together a walking itinerary with perhaps a cab ride added.

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Some further thoughts sb. If you’re planning a longer trip in the future, I wouldn’t necessarily bother with a Beatles-themed bus tour in the afternoon.

Firstly, I would be surprised if your “historic Liverpool” tour in the morning ignores The Beatles, so you might just find yourself driving past some of the same places in the morning and afternoon, as well as the time traveling out to the suburbs for drive-by glimpses of places could be better spent around central Liverpool exploring the sites there.

I’d save The Beatles Story for your next trip as, while a good walkthrough of the history, it is a bit like a theme park exhibition, and doesn’t have as many genuine artifacts as you’d hope.

The Liverpool Beatles Museum (which is what the Magical Beatles Museum is now known as) on Mathew Street would be the better choice in my opinion, with around 1000 items from Roag’s collection on display across three floors, and regularly rotated so you’d likely see different things there on your next trip.

You also have a John statue on the street, the “Four Lads Who Shook The World” plaque, the Cavern wall of fame on the outside of the Cavern Pub (which is roughly where the original Cavern was), The Grapes, the new Cavern Club, and just around the corner another pub they used, The White Star. Both the Grapes and WS mark their Beatles associations.

Then there’s a short walk to the statue of Brian AG paid for a-hard-days-night-george-10 before going down to the Pier Head. The distances aren’t large. I remember AG being surprised that Liverpool, at least the city centre, is quite compact.

Down at the Pier Head you’ve got The Beatles statue, the Liverpool Museum (which, like many UK state museums, is free entry — though to see the St. Peter’s stage you have to see a short animated film which I can’t recall if there was a charge for, AG would be able to tell you as she did our iterinery a little like a military man ahdn_john_08_gif). You might also want to take a ferry ‘cross the Mersey and back on ferry’s I believe still have Peter Blake dazzle ship paint designs on them.

Then you could take a cab up to the top of the city centre to avoid the uphill walk, maybe to Ye Cracke, the art school pub which has The Dissenters plaque (John’s other group). You also have the art school up that way, the Liverpool Institute — now the Paul backed LIPA, Gambier Terrace where Stuart and John lived (though don’t ask AG where as she’d have you sitting outside the wrong one insisting she was right because she’d checked her guide book and me, of all people, had the address wrong — which I didn’t!)

Plenty of other places up that way or on the walk back down the hill, including the Jacuranda and the Philharmonic (where Paul did his James Corden performance).

Then maybe end up back on Mathew Street, maybe a meal at the Cavern Pub, and an evening at the Cavern Club.

Just how I’d do with an afternoon and evening to play with.

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Trust Nasty! I can’t believe I didn’t rely on his knowledge that moment in time. 

No charge for the video that I recall, and it isn’t in my notes. 

And, I agree with the suggestions RN gave above.

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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 Many thanks RN, we will be taking your advice! I must be getting excited because your post gave me a serotonin rush. john-lennon-salute_gifI always find your and AGs trip interesting. It takes quite a leap of faith to plan a trip with someone you’ve just met. It’s awesome that ended up so FAB!

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FRIDAY, 24 MAY 2024

Today, the late Beatles legend George Harrison was commemorated with a prestigious Historic England Blue Plaque at his birthplace and childhood home, 12 Arnold Grove, Wavertree. The plaque was unveiled by his widow, Olivia Harrison, in a heartfelt ceremony celebrating Harrison’s profound impact as a music icon, songwriter, and humanitarian, and his deep connection to Liverpool. 

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I looked pictures of other blue plaques for members of The Beatles, and realized they don’t have the word Beatles on them. Hum???

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I looked pictures of other blue plaques for members of The Beatles, and realized they don’t have the word Beatles on them. Hum???

Ron Nasty was going to work on a making a thread to pull together all of the Beatles-related blue plaques across the UK. Anyone want to take on the project now that sadly RN can’t do it for us?
  

I’d be happy to compile some info. on the Beatles-related blue plaques when I have time.

The 12 Arnold Grove placement is only the third ‘HISTORIC ENGLAND’ blue plaque outside of London.  The plaque at Mendips is ‘ENGLISH HERITAGE’; and there are other Beatles-related plaques by ‘British Plaque Trust’, etc.

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Oh, I didn’t catch on that different entities did blue plaques. Yes, a little background on the different ones and which Beatles ones issued by each group would be helpful. 

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