It’s true to say that Liverpool makes the most of its “Four Lads That Shook The World”. Wherever you go in the city you are never far from the ever present images of John, Paul, George and Ringo. That said, beside the many “Magical Mystery Tours” and themed bars and hotels there are some great venues and some really worthwhile visits.
Our first stop was The Beatles Story, an award winning exhibition on Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock. Extremely well presented, The Beatles Story takes you from Liverpool to Hamburg recreating the venues and atmosphere of the early club performances at the Casbah, to the slightly seedy nightlife in Germany before returning you to the famous Cavern Club where the stage is set ready for a performance and you feel as if, had you walked round the corner a few minutes earlier, you may just have caught the band themselves, pre superstardom.
The story continues, walking you through the heady days of Beatlemania, a trip on a Yellow Submarine, a walk across Abbey Road and visit to the rooftop of Apple Corps ( 3 Savile Row, London) the only slight disappointment was the fact that the iconic uniforms from the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band album cover are replicas rather than the originals, but there is so much else to see this is a minor flaw.
Your visit ends with four individual spaces covering the band members life after The Beatles which in case of both George Harrison and John Lennon is quite moving. The last section is a recreation of John and Yoko’s home Tittenhurst Park as seen in the video footage for the release of Imagine, a pair of Lennon’s signature wire frame glasses are left on top of the white piano next to a portrait of the man himself, a poignant tribute.
The display is joined by an obligatory gift shop and a rather nice café but our recommendation would be to continue your visit exploring the rest of the Albert Dock and to then take the short walk to the Pier Head in front of the famous Liver Building. As well as being an iconic landmark this is also home to the wonderful statue of the Fab Four by Andrew Edwards. The Bronze includes some lovely details, take a look in Johns hand and you will find acorns that were cast from ones picked up outside the Dakota Building in New York, Johns last home and site of his association in 1980.
No Beatles themed trip to Liverpool would be complete without a visit to Matthew Street, home of The Cavern Club. Now home to not only the rebuilt Cavern but also numerous other Beatles themed bars and clubs. While visiting the Cavern don’t forget to look up and find Arthur Dooley’s sculpture entitled "Four Lads Who Shook the World" on the opposite wall.
This is also the site of the most photographed John Lennon statue, a decidedly nonchalant John leaning against the wall in a pose very reminiscent of the photo used on his Rock n Roll album cover.
Of course there are many more Beatles spots to visit, but if you are short on time these would be our 'Must Do's' It's a great city with a proud history that covers so much more than just The Beatles and well worth a trip, Liverpool You ROCK IT !