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Liverpool from London

By Viator, May 2014

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The Beatles put Liverpool on the cultural map in the 1960s. Shipping and trade put Liverpool on the world map much earlier than that, from the 18th century. Once upon a time, 40% of the world’s trade passed through Liverpool’s docks, when the sun never set on the British Empire, when the trade with the West Indies and Europe and Ireland was at its height.

The grandeur of Liverpool’s maritime past is clearly visible along its waterfront in the historic piers, and the Three Graces, three lovely historic buildings which once housed the major maritime companies: The Liver Building, The Port of Liverpool Building and the Cunard Building. These date from the late 19th and early 20th century when Liverpool was one of the most important ports in the world.

Times changed and Liverpool is now more reliant on people arriving by plane and train than ship. It’s still possible to catch a boat, a ferry to Ireland or one across the Mersey River while the song of that name by Gerry and the Pacemakers plays.

The Mersey Beat or Liverpool Sound brought world attention back to the city, primarily through The Beatles and today one of the most visited places in the city is the Casbah Coffee Club where The Beatles spent their first days as a band; the tour is led by Roag Best, brother of Pete.

Other places of pilgrimage are The Cavern Club, John Lennon’s home, Paul McCartney’s home and so on. Liverpool has other attractions, too: the Maritime Museum, the Tate Liverpool Art Gallery, Walker Art Gallery and Antony Gormley’s wonderful sculpture of figures standing in the ocean, ‘Another Place’.

There are regular trains from London Euston Station to Liverpool Lime Street Station, taking between 2 and 2.5 hours for the direct service.

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The Beatles Story Experience

4.5 star rating: Recommended 142 Reviews

Visit the award-winning Beatles Story Experience in the band's hometown of Liverpool, England. Spread between two sites, the unique Beatles-themed museum ...  Read more

Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $20.58

Mersey River Explorer Cruise from Liverpool

4.5 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Hop aboard the world-famous Mersey River Explorer Cruise and see Liverpool's history-rich sights by water! Choose from a standard hop-on hop-off River Mersey ...  Read more

Location: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Duration: Varies

From USD $13.51

Beatles and Liverpool Rail Day Trip from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 110 Reviews

Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields - visit these famous Liverpool sights your own way on an independent day trip from London. Everything's arranged for you: return ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $204.97

Overnight Beatles Independent Rail Trip to Liverpool from London: Hard Days Night Hotel and Magical Mystery Tour

Visit Liverpool, home of the legendary Beatles rock band, and enjoy overnight accommodation with breakfast in the 4-star Hard Days Night Hotel! Perfect for ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $332.08

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