24 hours in Liverpool
If our daughter wasn’t living in Liverpool on a six-month working holiday the city wouldn’t have been a must-stop-spot on our English itinerary.
But as it’s still the home of Beatlemania I defy anyone not to enjoy a trip down memory lane, which is in fact not called Penny, rather Mathew St.
That’s where you’ll find Lennon’s Bar, Sgt. Pepper’s bistro and a host of other establishments tourist trading off the famous fab four.
There is however a closer to authentic hot spot for Beatles lovers and you really are transported back to Yesterday.
The Cavern Club is the hub where the Beatles played more than 290 gigs.
The original is long gone but like its rebuilt namesake it is cavernous and you descend underground to find a honeycomb web of shallow brick cave-like arches with the ceilings covered in signatures of patrons old and new.
It is a working pub and live entertainment venue mostly dedicated to the lads who put Liverpool on the map along with the city’s famed football club.
At almost anytime you visit there is a tribute musician or band playing Beatles songs so grab a drink, a table and a shot of nostalgia.
Of course, there is more choice of memorabilia than there are of drinks, but as the Cavern Club also played host to a swag of super artists over the years from The Who to Adele to The Rolling Stones to even more recently the Arctic Monkeys, it a chance to share a space with musical royalty.
And if a hard day’s night after even more Paul, George, John and Ringo is what you’re after you could cram in
- Strawberry Field
- Paul McCartney’s childhood home
- Penny Lane
- 251 Menlove Avenue- John Lennon’s former home and
- The Beatles story exhibition at the Albert Dock
If you want to mix your Beatles with other Liverpool notes then there are other explore-worthy areas:
- Liverpool, in the northwest of England where the River Mersey meets the Irish Sea has a history of shipping so for maritime enthusiasts The Albert Docks and Museum is a must.
- Concert Square is a great place in summer for open air drinks and it’s a hive of young students when university is in session.
- Bold Street hosts a great strip of street food.
- Liverpool One is the stop for shopping with all the well-known brands and a few little-known boutiques to keep it interesting.
Bottom line, Liverpool is worth a trip even if you don’t have a daughter to drop in on.