London and Liverpool Beatles Tour

A suggested programme

Day 1

Travel to London.

Tip: Start the tour with a Sunday arrival for our best deals!

Day 2 Afternoon tour 'Lets Rock and Roll'.

London Calling! You'll take a nostalgic trip down music's time tunnel; discover what made the 60s 'swing' along Chelsea's Kings Road, explore the hippy 'counter-culture' in historic Notting Hill, and follow the Beatles across rock's famous Abbey Road pedestrian crossing. You'll see where the Rolling Stones began, where the infamous Sex Pistols exploded onto the scene and where Pink Floyd introduced the world to psychedelic music. You'll see homes of legendary stars including Jimi Hendrix, Bowie, Marc Bolan, Bob Marley, McCartney & Lennon, Clapton, Jagger and Jimmy Page. You'll see the studios where the groups made their memorable hits. Song lyrics and LP cover pictures will take on a new meaning! You will be accompanied by a professional rock music guide who will share all the inside gossip and stories. There will be an opportunity for souvenir shopping at the Beatle Store. The tour ends at London's Hard Rock Café in time for an early dinner (optional) and visit to the memorabilia vault.

Day 3 Travel to Liverpool and the Magical Mystery Tour.

Morning train from London Euston to Liverpool (2.08 hours). Step aboard the colourful Magical Mystery Tour bus for a fun and fascinating 2 hour tour of the Beatles Liverpool. You'll see all the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm. The tour takes you to see their childhood homes, schools and colleges and you'll get up close to the places that inspired some of their most memorable songs - Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. You'll be kept entertained along the way by one of our fully qualified Beatles Guides and some Fab Four tunes.

Day 4 Optional full day to Chester or Manchester.

Chester - 2,000 years of history and heritage. Encircled by a glorious 2-mile ring of Roman and medieval walls, Chester is a rare and truly magical blend of the ancient and traditional with modern cosmopolitan chic. Manchester Music Tour - join a great tour of this musical city that gave us the Bee Gees, Simply Red, Freddie and The Dreamers, The Hollies, Morrissey and The Smiths, and the 'Madchester' movement that swept the world in the 1980s. Subject to availability, the tour is led by the drummer of 1990s Top Ten hits band 'Inspiral Carpets'.

Day 5 Morning visit to Beatles Story Exhibition and an evening at the Cavern Club.

Located on Liverpool's waterfront in the historic Albert Dock, the award-winning Beatles Story experience is an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. Join us on a magical mystery tour to see how four young lads from Liverpool were propelled to the dizzy heights of worldwide fame and fortune to become the greatest band of all time. Afternoon free to explore Liverpool and the city's fabulous new retail and leisure offer.

An evening at the Cavern Club.

The Beatles played the Cavern Club nearly 300 times, helping it become one of the most famous live music venues in the world. The club is buried deep beneath Mathew Street, in what were originally warehouse cellars, and had been used as air raid shelters during the Second World War. On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights you can enjoy the sounds of the resident Beatles tribute band.Paragraph

Day 6 Return to London.

Morning first class train from Liverpool to London Euston (2.08 hours).

Optional Farewell night, a visit to Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

London's oldest and 'coolest' jazz club, and undoubtedly most famous, Ronnie Scott's Soho club has hosted most of the legendary and popular names in traditional and modern jazz, and a fair few from the rock world. Fun facts: Ronnie Scott himself provided the sax solo on The Beatles' Lady Madonna but was unhappy with the final version, the Who premiered 'Tommy' in the club, and Hendrix played his last ever gig here on the weekend of his death. Paragraph

 

Other evening option.

Dinner followed by a show at London's famed Troubadour Club. This cellar club witnessed Bob Dylan's London debut and more recently the first professional performance by contemporary sensation, Adele.

Day 7

End of main programme. Extend your stay??

Beatle Trivia

Strawberry Field

Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children's home in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, England.

The earliest reference to 'Strawberry Field' dates from 1870. In 1912 it was transferred to a wealthy merchant whose widow sold the estate to the Salvation Army in 1934. It opened on 7 July 1936.
The original house was later demolished and replaced with a smaller purpose-built home for children which opened in the early 1970s. This home provided three family units, each accommodating 12 children. It closed in early January 2005 and is now a church and prayer centre. The famous gates marking its entrance were removed and replaced with replicas in May 2011

The name of the home became world famous in 1967 with the release of The Beatles single "Strawberry Fields Forever" written by John Lennon. Lennon grew up near the home - one of his childhood treats was the garden party that took place each summer on the grounds of Strawberry Field.

Lennon's Aunt Mimi recalled: 'As soon as we could hear the Salvation Army Band starting, John would jump up and down shouting "Mimi, come on. We're going to be late. He and his childhood friends Pete Shotton and Ivan Vaughan often played in the wooded area behind the building, which Lennon nicknamed in the plural "Strawberry Fields.

Penny Lane

"Penny Lane" is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney. It was credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, "Penny Lane" was released in February 1967 as one side of a double A-sided single, along with "Strawberry Fields Forever". Both songs were later included on the Magical Mystery Tour LP (1967).

The single was the result of the record company wanting a new release after several months of no new Beatles releases. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked "Penny Lane" at #449 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song's title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon's house, in the band's hometown, Liverpool. McCartney and Lennon would meet at Penny Lane junction in the Mossley Hill area to catch a bus into the centre of the city.

The area that surrounds its junction with Smithdown Road is also commonly called Penny Lane. At the time, in the 1960s, this was a significant bus terminus for several routes, and buses with "Penny Lane" displayed were common throughout Liverpool.