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These Are The Places Every Beatles Fan Must See In Liverpool Before They Die

In the Beatles' hometown you can visit John and Paul's childhood bedrooms and Strawberry Field in the same afternoon.

If you're even remotely a Beatles' fan, someone surely sent you a link to Paul McCartney's very charming and emotional appearance on Carpool Karaoke, which saw the music legend returning to his (and the rest of the Beatles') hometown of Liverpool.

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If the appearance β€” or, heck, just your love of the Beatles β€” has got you clamoring to visit Liverpool yourself, here are some of the Beatles landmarks you won't want to miss:

1. Paul McCartney's childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road:

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The McCartney family moved in when Paul was 13 β€” about a year before his mother died of breast cancer and he took refuge in music.

Paul and John Lennon ended up writing a lot of the Beatle's hits, like "She Loves You," in the home's front room.

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The home is open to the public, and upon stepping inside you will feel transported back to the '50s and '60s as the interior has been made to look like it did when Paul lived there.

In the Carpool Karaoke clip, Paul returned to the home for first time since moving out in the '60s (and played the same piano he wrote songs on back in the day).

2. John Lennon's childhood home at 251 Menlove Avenue:

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John Lennon had a complicated early childhood, and β€” after his father took off β€” a 5-year-old John went to live at his Aunt Mimi's house. He continued to live there even after the Beatles first hit it big with "Love Me Do" and "Please Please Me."

The home β€” also known as Mendips β€” is also open to the public.

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Like Paul's home, Mendips has been made to look as much as possible like the home John lived in the '50s and '60s.

3. George's childhood home at 25 Upton Green:

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George moved into this home at the age of 6. George β€” along with John and Paul β€” would often rehearse here in the early days of the group.

Unlike John and Paul's homes, George's is NOT open to the public. However, you can go and recreate this photo of a young, guitar-toting George.

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4. Ringo Starr's childhood home at 10 Admiral Grove:

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Ringo was the most working class of The Beatles, and grew up in this modest home in the the rough and tumble area of Liverpool known as The Dingle.

Like George's home, Ringo's isn't open to the public, so you'll probably have to do with seeing it from the outside (although the previous owner used to invite visitors inside β€” when I visited years ago I got to take a look around!)

5. By the way, while you're there you can visit The Empress Pub, which is just around the corner from Ringo's house. Ringo put it on the cover of his first solo album.

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On the left is the cover of Ringo's Sentimental Journey; on the right is The Empress today (complete with Ringo's photo in an upstairs window).

6. St Peter's Church in Woolton:

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The 19th century church is beautiful in its own right, sure, but there are two big reasons for Beatles' fans to visit it.

On July 6, 1957, John and his group, The Quarrymen, performed at a village celebration behind the church. Paul was in the crowd, and met John afterward. After Paul impressed him with his guitar playing and memory for lyrics, John decided to ask him to join the band.

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The image above is from Nowhere Boy, a film that dramatized this historic day.

The other reason to visit the church is to go to the St. Peter's graveyard where you can find the gravestone for none other than one Eleanor Rigby.

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Bizarrely, Paul says he wasn't aware of the gravestone at the time of writing "Eleanor Rigby," and simply invented the name out of thin air.

7. The Cavern Club on Mathew Street:

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Famously, the early Beatles played hundreds of concerts there, and though it was sweaty and cramped inside, the line to get in always snaked down the block.

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Here is a clip of the boys playing "Some Other Guy" at the Cavern Club in 1962.

Unfortunately, the original Cavern Club closed in 1973 and was filled in (gah!). The current Cavern Club was recreated across the way from the original, and you can still hear live music there β€” like this recent concert from Paul himself!

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8. The Grapes on Roscoe Street:

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This old school pub near the Cavern Club has been a Liverpool favorite for generations, and was a regular hangout of The Beatles.

Inside you'll find this photo of John, Paul, George, and pre-Ringo drummer Pete Best drinking in a booth. Next to it, a sign says "This photograph was taken here" and points to the very booth the photo was taken in.

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Lots of people β€” like these guys β€” have recreated the photo.

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9. Sefton Park:

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Sefton Park is a beautiful public park in South Liverpool that John, Paul, George, and Ringo visited as boys. George, in fact, was so enamored of The Palm House (a glass conservatory at the park), that he paid to help restore it.

Also of note, the park is where John's parents, Julia and Fred, met. As the story goes, Julia told Fred she didn't like his hat when he first approached her, so he immediately took it off and tossed it into the lake.

10. Strawberry Field on Beaconsfield Road:

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People are usually surprised after listening to the psychedelic "Strawberry Fields Forever" to learn that it was inspired by something simple and nostalgic: a Salvation Army orphanage near John's home that he visited as a boy. (The demo suggests the song was originally conceived as more understated and personal).

People travel from all around to get a selfie in front of the gates. While you currently can't tour the grounds, there are plans to open a visitor center in 2020.

11. Penny Lane:


Penny Lane β€” immortalized in the song of the same name β€” is indeed a real street in Liverpool. In fact, during Carpool Karaoke, Paul stopped to autograph this street sign, and it's still there!

You probably won't see a banker standing in the rain without his mac, but you can spy "the shelter in the middle of the roundabout."

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Unfortunately, it's no longer a shelter, but a closed restaurant, "Sgt. Pepper Bistro." This might not be the most exciting stop on your trip, but you can't beat saying you drove down Penny Lane!

12. The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA):

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Paul co-founded this acclaimed performing arts school in the building of the school he and George attended, the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys. Paul often visits the school and even gives an occasional lecture.

Also of note: John's old school, the Liverpool College of Art, was located next to Paul and George's school, and its building is now part of LIPA.

13. The Philharmonic Dining Rooms:

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Located not far from The Liverpool College of Art, John and fellow art student/original Beatles' bassist Stu Sutcliffe would head over to the pub for a pint between classes. Later, Lennon reportedly lamented that a drawback of being famous was no longer being able to get a quiet pint at The Phil.

And β€” yes, I'm going to mention Carpool Karaoke again β€” this is the pub where Paul played the surprise gig at the end of the segment.

14. Casbah Coffee Club:

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This club β€” originally owned by Mona Best, mother of early Beatles' drummer Pete Best β€” was home to the Beatles' first live performances. And yes, the whole group somehow played on that tiny stage seen above.

A visit to the Casbah today lets you soak up the legendary atmosphere and see artifacts, like the microphone Paul used.

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15. The Jacaranda Club:

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This coffee bar was another hangout of The Beatles, and they performed there a number of times in 1959/1960.

If you go, be sure to check out this mural on the wall β€” it was painted by none other than John and Stu!

Today, the Jacaranda is a cool place to visit. It has a bar, record store, and performance venue.

16. Hard Day's Night Hotel:

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Dubbed a "Fab Four" star hotel, it is the only Beatles-inspired hotel in the world β€” and is located across the street from The Cavern Club. Also cool: each room has Beatles images or art.

Oh, and if you've got the money, you can even book the Lennon Suite, which comes with a replica of John's famous white piano.

17. The Beatles Story Exhibition at the Pier Head:

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Lastly, this exhibition located on Liverpool's waterfront is a must-see. Billed as "the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles," it truly takes you back in time to see what The Beatles' lives were really like, with recreations of The Cavern Club and their recording sessions.

You will even see things like this reconstruction of the famous Frank Hessy’s music shop, where John bought his first guitar...

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And a replica of that guitar β€” plus the other instruments (including a washboard!) that John's first group, The Quarrymen, used.

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When are we leaving, Beatles fans?