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Liverpool, Beatles & more

What are your recommendations to see in Liverpool? We'll be there for two nights in May. We're staying at the Hard Days Night Hotel. We're mainly interested in seeing Beatles sights, going to the Cavern Club, taking a ferry across the Mersey. What other attractions would you say are Must See? Thanks for your help.

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Both Cathedrals, the Albert dock, museum of Liverpool which is all about the history of Liverpool up until modern day which is next to the Albert dock and Mersey ferry, as well as the cavern club where they always have live acts on try the grapes just opposite for a great atmosphere and apparently the Beatles used to drink there before shows. I am sure you are aware but all these sites except the cathedrals are within walking distance of the hard days night hotel. Hope you have a good trip and if you need any more info just ask i will be happy to help as Liverpool is my home city

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You're staying at a great hotel--wonderful location, yummy breakfast, and lots of Beatles decor. I would book a tour to the boyhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney as soon as possible. They are run by the National Trust and can only be seen on a guided tour by this organization (every commercial tour is just a drive-by). It's an excellent, intimate look at their lives growing up in Liverpool, but it get booked up early, as tours are limited to abut 15 people.

I would spend time at the Maritime and International Slavery Museum at the Albert Dock. Much of Liverpool's wealth came from the slave trade, and the museum does an excellent job documenting this. There are also fascinating exhibits on the Titanic and the Lusitania.

You'll love Liverpool and its charming, friendly people.

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If you can't get a National Trust insider's tour -- or even if you can -- the Magical Mystery Tour bus is terrific. About 2 hrs on a bus with friendly, knowledgeable tour guide and driver, and dozens of happy Beatles fans from all over the world. You stop at Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, see boyhood homes of all 4 Beatles and manager Brian Epstein, and more. Afterwards, your ticket stub gets you into the Cavern Club free.

Also of course the Beatles Experience museum at the Albert Dock. Lines for entry can be long or short, depending on whether a tour group has just arrived. If you need to wait for the line to dwindle, the helpful TI is just around the corner away from the water next to the Magical Mystery Tour departure point.

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Hi Diana! We are traveling to Liverpool from London in March for the exact same reason. I booked a tour with the Fab4 Taxi, it seemed more intimate then the big tour bus of the Magical Mystery Tour. I have also made a reservation at Blakes in the Hard Day's Night Hotel for dinner. I've been watching the National Trust website for the home tours but still find that no tours are available. Have you had any luck? I found 2 for 1 deals for the Liverpool Cathedral and the Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre that look interesting.

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I did both the National Trust tour and the Magical Mystery Bus tour and enjoyed each one. They offer different perspectives. The museums near the docks (the Liverpool and the Maritime and International Slavery) are outstanding. The Cavern Club is fun and the Magical Mystery Bus tour includes a free entry to the Cavern Club. Just walking around the docks area is fun; lots of good restaurants, and sometimes there are events going on there. There was an extreme sports event when I was there.

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Kristina, tours for 2017 go on sale on the National Trust website starting Feb 1st. They are upgrading their system and it says that's the day they will be available. Good luck to us getting tickets!

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I'd have to add the Georgian quarter...just for a change of pace.