Inspiring the 1967 Beatles’ song Strawberry Fields Forever, Strawberry Field in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton functioned as a Salvation Army children’s home from 1936 to 2005. As a boy, Lennon would sneak in to play, and enjoyed watching the band at the annual garden party. These experiences would go on to inform his later songwriting.
Many tours offer a visit to this now closed property as part of a Beatles-focused itinerary, along with other nearby landmarks such as Mendips and St Peter’s Church. Taxi and bike tours both offer intimate access to the location, where you can pose for pictures next to the iconic red gate, read dedications etched into the iron and surrounding brickwork, and tread the ground once frequented by Lennon himself, all those years ago.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Salvation Army is working to reopen the building to the public, but at the moment visitors can only stand at the locked replica gate.
- Save time and hassle on a tour that includes a number of suburban Beatles attractions.
- A visit to Strawberry Field is a must for Beatles enthusiasts.
How to Get There
The No. 25 bus from central Liverpool takes 25 minutes to Beaconsfield Road. There is limited free parking available nearby. Some tours avoid parking restrictions with transfer by bike or taxi.
When to Get There
The site is accessible year-round, although as it’s outdoors, it’s best to avoid rainy days.
A Piece of Strawberry Field, Forever
To raise funds for the redevelopment of the site, individual bricks from the original building were sold to fans across the world. John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird, served as honorary president of the project.