Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Holiday Blog - My Trip to Liverpool!

Anyone who follows me on Twitter might've seen my photos I've shared in the past few days from my extended weekend away in Liverpool. Well, like my holiday in Japan last year, I thought I'd share my experience with my readers, too! 

I went away with my family from the 8th-11th June, to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday. All of us are big fans of The Beatles, so Liverpool, the birthplace of the 'fab four', was a great choice of holiday destination. 

Day 1 - Travelling, and The Beatles Tribute Band!

Much of day 1 was taken up by travelling from home to Liverpool, but once we arrived, we first headed out for a bite to eat (Byron burgers...recommended), did a little bit of exploring the city, then headed to the Cavern Club.

Casey and I with the huge Beatles statues

For those who are unfamiliar with the Cavern Club, this is a world-famous concert venue where a whole host of famous bands have played ever since it opened. This tiny venue was also home to a whopping 290+ gigs from Liverpools own, The Beatles. We took a trip here to watch a Beatles tribute act perform...and they were spot on!

Here's some photos:

John Lennon statue.
The bricks are etched with the names of the bands that have played here throughout the years!
The Beatles tribute band.

I posted a thread of video performances on my Twitter. Check them out here.

If you ever get a chance to visit Liverpool yourself, definitely drop in on the Cavern Club. There's live music playing every day and night!

Day 2 - World Museum, and The Beatles Story 

The day of my husband's 30th birthday was spent visiting the World Museum, and checking out The Beatles Story, a popular museum that tells the story of the band, from their early beginnings up until their split. 

The World Museum housed a collection of taxidermy, dinosaur statues, a bug house, tiny aquarium, and additonal exhibitions. Free to enter, this is worth checking out if you're ever visiting.

From L-R, my brother's fiancee, my brother, dad, mum, my husband...and yours truly down front.
It's pretty obvious, but The Beatles Story isn't worth going to unless you like The Beatles. If you're a fan though, definitely visit! This museum hosted memorablia, an informative audio tour, plenty of music, costumes, props, and colour. The shops a little expensive, but they have a wide range of merchandise available to browse through when you reach the exit. 

We also visited a derelict factory brewery site, which had been turned into multiple pubs (such as the Peaky Blinders bar), and an indoors marketplace. On first glance, it looks a bit of a mess, but this place has a lot of charm, and the pubs offer a whole selection of local craft beers and gins for those looking to sink a pint or two. There's also some really creative graffiti around the local area, too!

Day 3 - Magical Mystery Tour, Museum of Liverpool, British Music Experience

I've mentioned them a lot, but Liverpool is swamped with The Beatles. The Magical Mystery Tour is a 2-hour tour on a colourful bus that takes visitors to famous Beatles landmarks. This includes the Cavern Club, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, and the Beatles childhood homes, with plenty of stops to get out and take some photos. The host was entertaining, and provided plenty of ancedotal information about the different locations we passed by during the journey. Definitely worth a trip if you're into the band!

Paul McCartney had visited, and signed the Penny Lane sign 22 hours before we got to it!
That's me pointing to his signature. :P
After the tour was over, we visited another museum, which didn't really interest me much for the most part, apart from the free John Lennon and Yoko Ono exhibition which was currently being held on the second floor. This exhibition included plenty of memorabilia, including Lennon's famous wire-rimmed glasses, their wedding outfits, handwritten lyrics, photos, Lennon's original artwork, and more. Again...worth a visit if you're into The Beatles, and it helps that it's free, too!

We also checked out the British Music Experience, which hosted a wide range of musical memorabilia and costumes from the likes of Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Oasis, Spice Girls, and more. While it was interesting to see these collections, it was a little pricy to get in for such a brief exhibition. 

Here's some photos:

Day 4 - Home!

Day 4 saw a long drive home through a lot of traffic, where we stopped off for some food along the way. All in all, Liverpool is a great place, with a lovely atmosphere. Music is at the heart here, and if you have a love of music, then come along! Live music is played all over the place, and The Beatles are well and truly remembered here, too.


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