Liverpool is a city with a population of almost a half million on the western coast of England. It’s a popular stopping point among travelers heading to Dublin from London. A tourist destination in its own right, Liverpool was the fifth most popular international destination in the United Kingdom in 2012, attracting 550,000 visitors. This port city has a rich maritime history and structures of architectural interest; it’s also home to two football teams. But if you only have time to spend a single day there, it’s worth devoting most of the day to exploring the influence of the Fab Four.
World Capital of Pop
Closely associated with the Beatles and other Merseybeat musicians, Liverpool was labeled the World Capital of Pop by Guinness Book of World Records. Liverpool has produced more number one hit singles than any other city. Start the morning with a visit to the Beatles Story Exhibition (price varies by date; approximate cost $22.) Located at Albert Dock and Pier Head (with shuttle bus transport between the two sites), the exhibition showcases Beatles memorabilia and explores the band’s influence. There’s also a tribute to the King, Elvis Presley. If you start the tour at Pier Head and end up at Albert Dock, you can take a break from the Beatles and pop into the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Untold Titanic Story
A free exhibit memorializing the centennial of the Titanic’s sinking,”Titanic and Liverpool: the Untold Story” is scheduled to run at Merseyside Maritime Museum through the end of 2017. The exhibit includes artifacts from Dr. Bob Ballard’s exploration of the sunken ship, passenger memorabilia, investigatory documents, and survivor testimony. After exploring the exhibit, choose one of the many eateries at the dock for lunch.
Wow Balls! And Wrollers
Queens Dock is just steps away from Albert Dock, and it’s hard to resist having a go at Wow Balls! and/or Wrollers. Similar in function, Wow Balls! And Wrollers are see-through balls and rollers, respectively, designed for walking on water. It’s a ten-minute adventure, for £5.
Magical Mystery Tour
For the afternoon, it’s back to the Beatles with a two-hour journey on the Magical Mystery Tour Bus. The bus departs from Albert Dock. For £15.95, you’ll travel to various Beatles stomping grounds and song-writing influences, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.
Finally: the Music
“Lennon the Musical” plays at the Royal Court Theatre, 1 Roe St, from June 13 to July 19. The Royal Court Theatre is a legend in itself, with 200 years of cultural entertainment behind it. The current structure was built in 1938 to replace a predecessor destroyed by fire. Soak up Liverpool history while enjoying dinner and a show devoted to the legendary John Lennon. Choose stall seats if you want dinner with the show; ticket prices vary.