Even in the 1980’s, a tourist making their way around Liverpool may not have even realised they were walking around in the city that gave us John, Paul, George, and Ringo: better known as The Beatles. In 1984, however, a museum by the name of Beatle City launched on Seal Street. That museum held the largest memorabilia collection ever assembled around the Fab Four.
The main exhibit was undoubtedly the Magical Mystery Tour bus; the very original, in fact, which was restored to its psychedelic best. The museum also provided tours of each of the band member’s homes, as well as other relevant locations in Liverpool. That museum, however, fell under financial stress and was forced to close after operating for not even two years. Beatles City was successful in one way, however, in that it illustrated local visitors’ hunger for all things Beatles. This fact wasn’t at all lost on those behind the Cavern City Tours enterprise, which had been behind the majority of projects related to the band in Liverpool for over three decades.
Today, 80,000 tourists per year visit such sites as the Cavern Quarter, which houses a growing number of themed venues. The band’s legacy is believed to valued at more than £80mn to the city’s economy and reportedly supports over 2,300 jobs.
If you’re a fan of The Beatles and planning to pay a visit to Liverpool in the near future, the first thing to determine is where you should stay. Unsurprisingly, there are multiple accommodation options themed around the band, from Hard Day’s Night hotel (there’s even a white piano in the Lennon suite) to the Yellow Submarine houseboat, with its heftier price tag. The Penny Lane Hotel also has themed rooms.
The Beatles coming from the city of Liverpool is a fact that played a huge role in the band’s development. So much is that the case that it was never even likely that they could have come from any other city in the U.K. Liverpool, particularly during the time when The Beatles were formed, was all about the docks, as well as the firms for which the route to the world provided such opportunities, including the insurance companies operating in and around the Liver Buildings, as well as the numerous warehouses and distribution network responsible for trading their goods.
The Merchant Navy in the 1950’s provided adventure and employment to young men who were living and finding themselves in a post-war Liverpool with unemployment and austerity. These men became known as Cunard yanks, after the liners which they took to the U.S. and back via ferry. America must have seemed like somewhere over the rainbow when compared to a far harsher reality they were forced to live at home. They wanted to bring that feeling back to Liverpool with them. They took whatever they were able to carry and afford, such as Wrangler jeans, and even fridge freezers.