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LIVERPOOL - EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE

Beatles EncyclopediaBeatlemania is the heartbeat of Liverpool's tourist industry, attracting visitors worldwide, right around the year. The excitement comes to fever pitch every summer in late August, with Beatles Week featuring Beatle-style bands and a Mathew Street Festival. Liverpool is so deep in the 60s-nostalgia industry that even the airport has been renamed as Liverpool John Lennon.

In 2008, Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture with more than two million visitors to the various festivals and events throughout the year. 

Saturday 9th Octoner 2010 would have been John Lennon's 70th Birthday and this is being celebrated by various tribute bands at a special concert in the World Famous Cavern Club

Meanwhile, year-round, Beatlemania flourishes with Magical Mystery Tours making two-hour circuits of Beatle haunts in buses identical to the one used in the Beatles' 1967 film. 

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Liverpool Events:

A downloadable programme of all events is available on the visitliverpool website

 

April The Grand National at Aintree - climax of a 3-day meeting. Advisable to purchase badges in
advance - Tel: 0151-522-2929. 

 

Aug - Beatle Week including Mathew Street Festival, with 200 bands performing in every bar, club and restaurant in the city centre. Beatle events stretch into a week.

Nov 5 - Firework extravaganza at Pier Head.

Anfield Stadium Tour and Liverpool museum
Opening times:
Daily: 10:00-5:00
Prices:
£9.00 (museum only: £5.00)
Bookings:
Tel: 0151 260-6677

Goodison Park Stadium Tours. Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 11am and 1pm and Sunday at 11am.

Adults - £8.50
Children Under 16 - £5.00
Family Ticket - £20.00 (2 Adults and 2 Under 16s)

To book call 0871 663 1878 or email stadiumtour@evertonfc.com

 

08 Place (City Centre Tourist Information)
Whitechapel
Liverpool
L1 6DZ Tel: 0151 233 2008. Web: www.visit
liverpool.com

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The standard circuit includes stops at Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and Paul McCartney's former home, now owned by the National Trust. Several of the Beatle guides were dedicated fans in the 60s. The tour ends at the resurrected Cavern Club in Mathew Street - the epicentre of the Cavern Quarter. 

Across the street is the Cavern Pub, with displays of musical instruments and memorabilia. The outside brickwork lists all the 1,801 performers who played the Cavern between 1957 and 1973. The Beatles Shop at 31 Mathew Street is well stocked with CDs and all the essential souvenirs like reproduction posters, key-rings and T-shirts. 

A model Yellow Submarine marks the entrance to the Cavern Walks shopping development which centres on statues of the Fab Four. At Lennon's Bar down the road, you can fight off hunger with a Lennonburger. Around the corner is a statue of Eleanor Rigby presented by Tommy Steele to the City of Liverpool for Half a Sixpence. 

Take a musical walking tour around the city in the company of Pete Wylie from the The Mighty Wah!  He covers the music scene from the early 60's right up to date. And best of all it's free. Download the tracks to your computer then transfer them to your ipod or MP3 player. There's even a downloadable map to go along with it.

Another year-round attraction is The Beatles Story - a highly commercialised exhibition located on the Mersey water front at Albert Dock. Scenes are reproduced from the group's early days in Hamburg and Liverpool through to their triumphant world tours and well-known films.

But there's much more to Merseyside than Beatle memories. Pop culture and classics live side by side. Football, horse racing, rich museums, art galleries and all styles of music and vibrant nightlife are added reasons for a short break in Liverpool. 

If you last visited the city 10 or 20 years ago, a lot has changed. 

You can easily spend a day at the Albert Dock, where five-storey Victorian warehouses were solidly built of iron, bricks and Scottish granite. 

Closed down and derelict in 1970, the complex has been totally restored to become Britain's most popular heritage attraction - three times winner of the 'Best Large Attraction in the North West' award. There are boutiques and bars, restaurants, cafes and world-class museums. 

Display in the Slave MuseumMerseyside Maritime Museum is Britain's second largest after Greenwich. Its five floors include galleries on the Slave Trade, which was the basis of Liverpool's wealth until abolition in 1807. 

You can see the gruesome contrast between transport conditions for Emigrants to the New World and those who travelled first class in the floating palaces of the Titanic and the Lusitania. Another gallery displays Liverpool's wartime role as a front-line port in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Albert Dock museum development For anyone tempted to do some smuggling, a visit to the Customs and Excise National Museum can give some useful tips on the methods used by Customs officers to spot smugglers. 

For the social and political spice history of the city look the Museum of Liverpool Life looked at the local development of trade unionism, political parties and votes for women. It closed in 2009 to make way for the New Museum of Liverpool which will ahve more space to tell the story of the city and how it is placed in a UK wide context. That should be ready to open its doors in 2011.

For art lovers, the Tate Gallery Liverpool located at Albert Dock displays Britain's largest collection of modern and contemporary art outside London. Since a 7 million development a few years ago, superb new galleries now feature more of the Tate's national collection of modern art. 

The Walker Gallery has likewise benefited from a major upgrade completed in 2002. The Gallery houses a great collection of Pre-Raphaelite art. It's also worth visiting Port Sunlight for its model industrial village and Lady Lever Art Gallery, packed with 18th- and 19th-century art and furniture, all financed by Sunlight Soap. Between them, the two galleries include important works by Rossetti, Millais, Holman Hunt and Burne Jones. 

Of course, Liverpool is far better known worldwide for football. On non-match days you can tour the Liverpool ground at Anfield, or Everton at Goodison Park. Stadium visits include the dressing rooms, and then walking through the tunnel onto the pitch.

Another sporting option is to visit the Grand National Experience at Aintree. The tour includes the chance of being weighed in the jockeys' weighing room. You can walk the course, inspect Becher's Brook and The Chair, and pay your respects to the life-size statue and the grave of Red Rum.

The highlight is a white-knuckle virtual ride in the classic race. The film was shot during a Grand National itself, when lightweight cameras were perched on the helmets of three jockeys.

Liverpool is also highly rated for its architecture. Albert Dock is the UK's largest group of Grade I listed buildings; St. George's Hall ranks amongst the world's finest neo-classical buildings; the two 20th-century cathedrals are stunningly different in design; and the National Trust's Speke Hall near the airport is one of Britain's grandest half-timbered houses.

Among the other attractions, there are 15 golf courses in the Liverpool-Southport area -- six of Championship status. On the theatrical scene, choice ranges from family Liverpool's central waterfront entertainment at Southport Theatre to large-scale productions and musicals at Britain's largest two-tier theatre, the Liverpool Empire. Innovative drama is featured at the Everyman

Finally, don't forget a Heritage Cruise aboard Mersey Ferries, for a fabulous waterfront view and transport across to the attractions of Birkenhead and the Wirral Peninsula.

Consider these other destinations in the North West

CHESTER - going for Romans, shopping & bats

LANCASHIRE COAST - Turning the tide

MANCHESTER - is more than United

SHIP CANAL - Cruising on the Manchester Ship Canal


"Books to read - click on cover pictures" or click on the links below

"The Beatles Encyclopedia" by Bill Harry  - For Beatle fans, here's the most complete 1200-page record of the band's history.

The Official Liverpool FC Illustrated History  by Jeff Anderson and Stephen Done - a fascinating account of the Club's rise from its early struggles over 110 years ago to become a legendary cup-winning team of international status.

Liverpool in the Age of the Tram - Nostalgia of Britain Series - Worth buying to get another view of the old-time seaport.

Liverpool (Pevsner Architectural Guides: City Guides) - a detailed and practical guide for anyone with a serious interest in architecture. 


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