By now you have probably noticed what big music (and Beatles) fans the Lucky Bugs are, so it only makes sense that when visiting Liverpool we would want to see the landmarks and hear the stories of how it all began for the Fab Four – The Beatles, and boy did we…
Our driver picked us up and with the familiar sounds of some of our favourite songs in the background, we were off on a 3 hour tour, visiting all of the Beatles sites of Liverpool. Nothing but great things to say about this company and knowledgeable driver – Fab Four Taxi Tour.
the hospital where John Lennon was born
The Liverpool College of Art located right next door to The Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. John Lennon was attending the Liverpool College of Art when he met Paul McCartney and George Harrison who were attending The Liverpool Institute.
John Lennon‘s childhood home – and before you think that we are stalkers, lol , both John and Paul’s homes have been preserved and are owned by The National Trust and are open for tours. This is the home where John lived with his aunt and uncle, who raised him from the age of 5.
Childhood home of Sir Paul McCartney, the McCartney family moved here in 1955. This is the home also known as “the birthplace of The Beatles” because this is the home where John and Paul first started writing songs together.
Ringo Starr‘s birthplace, he only lived here for a very short time so although it has been saved from demolition, it doesn’t qualify for tours by The National Trust.
O.k. so maybe we are stalkers??? This was George Harrison‘s home from 1962-1965 (the height of Beatlemania) so I’m sure this home has seen it’s fair share of “visitors” -we weren’t the only ones, 😉
Yes, there really is a Penny Lane, and just like the lyrics to the song there is a barber shop, a bank and a firehall all located there. It was so cool to drive around and see the inspirations for these songs.
Strawberry Fields was just around the corner from John’s childhood home. It was a children’s home/orphanage for many years (closed in 2005), and his wonderful memories of hanging out with friends and attending garden parties there provided inspiration for this song.
Neat story: When asked “who is Eleanor Rigby?” Paul McCartney had always answered that it was just a name that had come to him when writing the song. In 1984 it was brought to Paul’s attention that there was a headstone in St.Peter’s Graveyard (Liverpool) that contains the name Eleanor Rigby. After reflecting, he believes that possibly over time, the name Eleanor Rigby was subconsciously in his mind from many years earlier (before The Beatles), when John and himself would often cut through the same St.Peter’s church cemetery.
Memorial at St.Peters, where John and Paul first – July 6, 1957