The Beatles’ Liverpool
The Magical Mystery Tour terminates near the reconstructed Cavern Club, the subterranean dive bar where The Beatles gigged 292 times between 1957 and 1963. The club still hosts regular live music; Adele headlined in January 2011. Another former Beatles hangout is the lesser known Casbah Coffee Club, situated three-and-a-half miles northeast of the city centre in an old coal cellar once owned by Mona Best, mother of early Beatles drummer, Pete Best. Pre-arranged visits can be scheduled through Cavern Tours, a company that can also organise taxi tours to other sites, including John’s art school and Eleanor Rigby’s grave. The most recent addition to Liverpool’s Beatle memorabilia is a metal sculpture in King’s Dock called the John Lennon Peace Monument, dedicated on 9 October 2010, on what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday.
For serious Beatles aficionados, there are far too many sights to cram into a single Liverpool day. If you need to stay overnight, the Beatle-themed Hard Day’s Night Hotel is encased in a historic mercantile building adjacent to the Cavern Club in the city centre. Refreshingly un-kitschy, the hotel’s luxurious John Lennon suite comes complete with its own white grand piano. Imagine!