Friday, 12 August 2011

Visit Mendips and Forthlin Road

If you want to walk in the footsteps of the Beatles, no visit to Liverpool is complete without a visit to the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  Today both properties are owned by the National Trust, which operates guided tours inside the houses (and is the only tour that allows access inside the properties).

Both houses have been restored to how they looked in about 1957 – commemorating the year that John and Paul first met.  There are some original features, but although many of the fixtures and furnishings are not original to the houses, they are all authentic for the time and you really do feel as if you’re stepping back in history. 

The houses are cared for by husband-and-wife team, Colin and Sylvia Hall.  Their knowledge of the Beatles and the history of both houses is excellent, and their passion for their work is inspiring.  They clearly care, not only about the Beatles’ legacy, but also about the visitors who travel from all over the world to visit.  And, indeed, it’s magical to be able to spend time inside both houses and stand on 'hallowed ground'. 

The tour takes about 2 1/2 hours, and costs £20 for adults and £3.40 for children.  Transport to and from the properties from either Liverpool city centre or Speke Hall is included in the price.  There is a discounted charge for National Trust members.

For more information, or to book online, visit the National Trust website 

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