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Last updated: 26 March, 2024
Expert travel writer: David Atkinson

This popular museum tells the story of the Fab Four, the lads from Liverpool who went on to dominate the charts.

It’s presented via a trail through a series of galleries, recreating key landmarks in their story, such as the Hamburg club residency and the Abbey Road recording sessions. Of particular interest is a gallery devoted to The Beatles’ 1968 trip to Rishikesh, India, where they collaborated with sitar player Ravi Shankar to popularise the use of Indian instruments in 1960s pop music.

Overall, it’s a good, all-round introduction to the world’s most famous band and suitable for all ages.

Don’t miss

The museum is continually adding to collection of rarities. The latest display is a rare notebook, belonging to The Beatles’ Tour Manager Mal Evans, which includes Paul McCartney’s handwritten draft lyrics for Hey Jude.

While you’re there

Nearby is the Open Eye Gallery, a small but fascinating little photography gallery often overlooked by visitors shuttling between the main Beatles attractions. Pop in for challenging, thought-provoking exhibitions.

Dodge the Albert Dock crowds and head to the Grade II-listed Baltic Fleet pub. This gloriously authentic pub serves local craft ales and steaming plates of scouse, a mutton stew adopted by seafaring Scousers from a traditional a Norwegian dish.

Logistics

Price from: £18
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

The museum is located at the Royal Albert Dock, close to the Tate Liverpool art gallery and a 10-minute walk from James Street train station – simply walk along the waterfront.

While popular with tour groups, it’s easy to visit independently at your own place, with plenty of interpretation and anecdotes for casual fans and serious Beatle-maniacs alike. The ticket includes a multimedia guide.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days. Try to avoid the peak periods, such as school holidays.

Who to go with: organised tours

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The Beatles Story Experience Ticket

Liverpool

The Beatles Story Experience Ticket
Visit the award-winning The Beatles Story Experience in the band's hometown of Liverpool, England. More than just a museum, this unique Beatles-themed attraction offers an atmospheric journey into the life, culture and music of the iconic 1960's English rock band. With audio media guides in 12 different languages, see exhibitions, exclusive memorabilia and interactive discovery zones. Fun for the family and Fab Four fans alike!

Price: £19

Min age: 0

Rating 4.36 / 5 [1013 ratings]

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The Beatles & Liverpool Magical Mystery Tour, Beatles Story Museum & Cavern Club

London

The Beatles & Liverpool Magical Mystery Tour, Beatles Story Museum & Cavern Club
Find out everything about Beatles as you enjoy a full day in the city of the Fabulous 4- Liverpool. The Beatles Story exhibition at Albert Dock shows the lives and times of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from the band's early days right through to their solo careers. We have booked you in the afternoon on a specialist 2 hour coach tour of iconic Liverpool Beatles landmarks. You'll step aboard the colourful Magical Mystery Tour coach for a fun and fascinating tour of Beatles Liverpool. You will be able to see all the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm. See the Beatles childhood homes, schools and colleges and get up close to places that inspired some of their most memorable songs – Penny Lane and Strawberry Field. You’ll be kept entertained along the way by one of our professional Beatles Guides and some Fab Four tunes. The tour finishes at the legendary Cavern Club.

Price: £189

Min age: 4

Rating 4.7 / 5 [50 ratings]

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Destination guides

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Liverpool

Merseyside, United Kingdom (UK)

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Home of the world’s most successful ever-band and one of the world’s top football clubs, the reborn city is also a cultural powerhouse, with top-notch museums, rich maritime heritage and cultural events galore.