Paul McCartney. John Lennon. Ringo Starr. George Harrison. From your teenage years onward, you’ve idolized these legends, as they have penned many songs that have touched your heart and moved your spirit over the years. The senseless tragedy that struck down John Lennon in cold blood felt like a stab to the heart, your love for the group and their members was and still is that strong.
Now that you have ample time to travel after exiting your career recently, you feel that it is now time to head over to the country that birthed these legends of rock and roll. You’ve booked your tickets for jolly ol’ England, and you suddenly realize that you don’t know where to start on your tour of Beatles hotspots.
Not to worry! Senior Travel Guide has assembled a list of essential landmarks that any serious Beatles fan should not miss when they are visiting the United Kingdom. Let’s get started, shall we?
1) Abbey Road Crosswalk, London, England – This iconic sight was the backdrop for the record cover of the Beatle’s 11th studio album of the same name. Watch out for traffic when you get your photo ops done here, but be sure to have fun with it!
2) The Beatles Story Museum, Liverpool, England – The next stop on your magical mystery tour of Beatles lore is to where the Beatles themselves were formed, in Liverpool, England. Here, a museum called The Beatles Story shows off an impressive collection of Beatles paraphernalia, boasting early instruments that they used, clothing, among other things. A new attraction of late is a 4D film on offer that will give you an unparalleled physical experience of what it was like to experience the Beatles in their heyday.
3) Cavern Club, Liverpool, England – This was the bar that hosted the Beatles for the very first time. It’s mind-boggling to think that people back in the late 1950’s, obviously watching a very talented band, were enjoying a band for a 1 pound or less cover charge that would soon go on to take over the music industry in the ensuing decade. These days, take in the bands that aim to mimic the Fab Four’s success.
4) Paul McCartney’s Boyhood Home, 20 Forthlin Road, Liverpool, England – Want to sit on the couch that Paul McCartney sat on as a teenager, working out the riffs to future songs that would soon catapult him and his band mates to superstardom? Well, you can. At 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool, the home of his childhood has been restored to how it was back in the 1950’s. Imagine John Lennon and Paul crafting the songs that would woo a generation, in the very space you occupy now, 50 years later. How exciting!
There are many sights that bear testimony to the Beatles greatness throughout the world. However, it is at home in England where it all started, where a Beatles fanatic can get a sense of the culture that inspired one of the most successful rock bands in the world to greatness. Indeed, it is a mecca for any fan of the Fab Four, and a pilgrimage that a serious fan should make at least once in their lifetime.