Liverpool

The perfect Beatles themed weekend in Liverpool

The home of the Fab Four, Liverpool is the perfect place to visit if you are a fan of the Beatles...

It’s where John, Paul, George and Ringo grew up, and together became the most famous band of all time.  If you are looking for Beatles themed activities in Liverpool, then ‘We Can Work it Out’ with plenty of fun and fascinating tours to whisk you back to the swinging 50s, 60s and 70s.  We’ve set out an itinerary for your Beatles Weekend in Liverpool, including the best Beatles museums, tours and fabulous hotels for any budget, which all ‘Come Together’ to rock your Beatles weekend in Liverpool!

A Beatles themed hotel with exclusive memorabilia in the Cavern Quarter

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Top of any Beatles fan’s list for hotels in Liverpool has to be the Hard Days Night Hotel, which is in Mathews Street close to the famous Cavern Club.  All of the rooms here feature exclusively commissioned Beatles artwork, luxury toiletries and elegant décor. For a special occasion, why not go for the Lennon or McCartney Suites?  These spacious suites have exclusive Beatles artwork and memorabilia like Sir Paul’s certificate of Freedom of the City of Liverpool in the McCartney Suite, and a white baby Grand Piano in the Lennon Suite.  Cuddle up in the cosy king-sized bed with your complimentary bottle of champagne or have a glass on the balcony and admire the views of the city.

Each of the hotel’s restaurants and bars keeps with the Beatles theme, from the elegant Blakes restaurant to Bar Four.  Blakes is named after British pop artist Sir Peter Blake who designed the album sleeve for Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the walls are covered with original Beatles artwork.  Bar Four has luxury décor and a Beatles themed drinks list including a ‘Long and Winding Ice Tea’, ‘Ringo’s Star’ and the divine ‘Yellow Submarine’ with mango purée, orange juice, Bacardi and peach sugar syrup.  At the weekends, check out the Live Lounge with performances from resident bands from the Cavern Club knocking out classic covers and modern hits.

Hotel Hard Days Night

Liverpool, 1 km to ACC Liverpool
8.4 Very good (6422 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.4 / 10
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A hotel with two themed Beatles rooms in the centre of Liverpool

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The Arthouse Hotel has three floors of movie-themed hotel rooms, including two Beatles themed rooms, the John Lennon room and the Yellow Submarine room, so is another fab choice for Beatles fans.

Inspired by Menlove Ave., John Lennon’s second posthumous album and the cover art by Andy Warhol, the spacious John Lennon room sleeps up to six guests, featuring multiple deluxe beds and a whirlpool bath to enjoy at your leisure. The Yellow Submarine room has a deluxe double bed and two single beds, so is perfect for families or friends to enjoy.  Lie back in bed to fully appreciate the colourful mural on the ceiling, or take a dip in the double jacuzzi. If you want a bite to eat, head to the Mulholland Singing Diner to be entertained by singing waiters while you chomp down on classic American Diner dishes.

Signature Living At Arthouse

Liverpool, 1 km to ACC Liverpool
7.9 Good (40 reviews)
Excellent Service 9 / 10
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A luxury hotel in Liverpool close to all the Beatles attractions

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The Hilton Liverpool is a great spot, at the Liverpool One Shopping and Leisure complex.  Easy walking distance to all the central Beatles locations and right next to the bus station if you want to take public transport to Mendips and Strawberry Fields, the Hilton is right where you want to be.  The hotel rooms have floor to ceiling windows and are bright and stylish, ask for a room at the front of the hotel with a view of the Docks and River Mersey. For dining, choose between The Exchange (which also offers afternoon tea) or the Pima Bar with an outdoor terrace in the summer.  There is also an on-site fitness centre if you want to hit the gym.

Hotel Hilton Liverpool City Centre

Top rated
Liverpool, 0.6 km to ACC Liverpool
8.5 Excellent (4009 reviews)
Excellent Location 9.5 / 10
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Day One: what to do and see during your Beatles pilgrimage...

Having tried and tested the hot spots in Liverpool, here is the round up of all the must-sees!

Beatles Walking Tour

This Beatles themed walking tour is a wonderful way to start your Beatles weekend and say ‘Hello Hello’ to Liverpool. Tours start daily at 10.30 a.m. and last about 90 minutes, beginning with a selfie opportunity at the Beatles statue close to the Liverpool cruise terminal. You will get a good introduction to Liverpool as a city, interwoven with stories and fascinating facts about the Beatles along the way.

The tour covers the UNESCO listed Liverpool waterfront, Albert Docks, the retail and leisure development Liverpool One, and finishes with a stroll through Mathew Street to the iconic Cavern Club. The guides are walking Beatles encyclopaedias and will share all the information about how the Fab Four met, formed the band and made rock and roll music history.

After your walking tour finishes at the Cavern Club resist the temptation to go in- come back later on instead to catch some live music. Grab a bite to eat before heading off on another Beatles tour, this time by taxi or magical mystery tour bus to see the Beatles sights outside of the city centre. And if you have time before your tour starts, head to the Magical Beatles Museum on Mathew Street, or ‘Get Back’ to it tomorrow.

The Fab 4 Taxi Tour

These taxi tours are the most popular Beatles tours in Liverpool and will drive you to famous Beatles sights with your friendly scouse taxi driver sharing stories and Beatles facts along the way. You can choose the length of your tour, from a 2-hour express ‘Epstein’ Tour to a whopping seven hours including time visit to the Casbah Coffee Club. All of the tours include a visit to each of the Beatles’ childhood homes, the Penny Lane Experience, Strawberry Field, St Peters Church where John and Paul met for the first time, St Barnabas and the grave of Eleanor Rigby. For an added touch, the taxis even have their own names, from Lady Madonna to Eleanor Rigby.

The Magical Mystery Tour

The colourful Magical Mystery Tour bus will take you around Liverpool city centre and suburbs on the lookout for key Beatles locations. You will get to see the childhood homes of John, Paul and Ringo, and the birthplace of George Harrison, as well as Strawberry Field, Penny Lane, and St Peters Church Hall. The tour begins at the Albert Dock and ends at the Cavern Club, where entry is included free of charge with your tour ticket.

The Cavern Club

Probably the most famous club in the world, no Beatles weekend in Liverpool is complete without a visit to the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played regularly in the 60s, and where Paul and John made their first advertised debut with the Quarrymen in 1957. The Club is open seven days a week from 10 a.m., with live music every day from 11.15 a.m. until late evening. During the week there is free entry and a small entry fee at the weekends. At busy times, be prepared to queue. If you take the Magical Mystery Tour, entry to the Cavern Club is included in your tour ticket price.

Have dinner at the Beatles themed Blakes Restaurant in the Hard Days Night Hotel, and head out to the clubs on Mathew Street as you ‘Twist and Shout’ the night away.

Day two: even more Beatle sights to see

For day two, make sure you hit all the final spots, including the place where it all started…

The Beatles Story

The ultimate Beatles museum, the Beatles story is the world’s largest permanent exhibition dedicated solely to the Beatles. You should plan to spend at least 2-3 hours here to fully explore the museum. You’ll get a headset with an audio guided tour which will lead you around the museum which is stuffed full of memorabilia, including the band’s original instruments, John Lennon’s New York piano, Ringo Starr’s drum kit, rare album sleeves, photography and original lyrics. You’ll also find replicas of the stage at the Cavern Club and the Casbah Coffee Club if you don’t get chance to visit the real thing.

You can also buy a combined ‘Day Tripper’ ticket to include a trip on the Mersey Ferries’ River Explorer Cruise. Have lunch at the Fab4 Café and check out the Fab4 Store for some souvenirs on the way out.

The Magical Beatles Museum

Also owned and run by the Best family, this museum which opened in 2018 houses what is probably the largest singularly owned collection of Beatles memorabilia in the world. Pete Best was the Beatles first drummer before Ringo, and Pete and Roag Best’s father Niall Aspinall was the former CEO of Apple Records, so there are plenty of fascinating items to keep you entertained. It is an immersive audio-visual experience, and exhibits here include Pete Best’s drum kit, John Lennon’s Sergeant Pepper medals, Paul McCartney’s bass guitar speaker and the boardroom table from Apple Records. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, last entry at 6 p.m.

The Casbah Coffee Club

It is a fitting end to your Beatles Weekend to visit where it all began, the Casbah Coffee Club.

The Casbah Coffee club was owned by Mona Best, mother of Pete Best (the original drummer in the Beatles) and in 1959 she opened the club in the coal cellar of their house in the suburbs of Liverpool. It was a was a regular gig venue for the Quarrymen, and later the Beatles, and is where Pete met the rest of the band. John, Paul, George and fellow Quarryman Ken Brown, helped to finish painting the walls of the club ready for opening night when the Quarrymen would play, and you can still see the boys’ artistic works today. Tours are often guided by Roag Best, Pete’s brother, and he’ll show you around the legendary club where you can stand on the stage where the band played and touch musical history for yourself. Call or book online to confirm your visit.

When to visit Liverpool

There really is no bad time to visit Liverpool, although you’ll have more chance to say ‘Here Comes the Sun’ during the summer months… I’d also recommend watching out for special Beatles events in Liverpool. For example, the International Beatle Week festival in August, when live music stages pop up all around the city. Understandably this event is extremely popular, so if you want to visit, book as far in advance as you can to avoid disappointment.

Claire Sturzaker

Claire Sturzaker was born in Merseyside and grew up listening to her parents’ Beatles records on repeat. As well as a music-lover, Claire is a passionate traveller and shares her stories on Tales of a Backpacker, an adventure travel blog about backpacking solo in South America, Europe and beyond.
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