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Take a day trip by train to the historic port city of Liverpool, a vibrant place of culture and heritage and a must-see destination for music lovers and football fans from all over the world.
Depart from Euston Station at 8am, and head to the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront on your arrival at Lime Street Station. Make sure to check out the Royal Liver Building, the tallest building in Europe at the time of its construction in 1911, before arriving at Albert Dock.
Brimming with museums, galleries, and a wide variety of bars and restaurants, the Dock was transformed in the 1980s but still retains the largest collection of Grade l listed buildings in the country.
The award-winning Beatles Story is the largest visitor attraction dedicated to the lives and times of the ‘Fab Four’. Hear the story of how the four young ‘Scousers’ rocketed to fame and fortune from their humble roots growing up on Merseyside. The free ‘Living History’ audio guide is narrated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia, and is available in 10 different languages.
At 2pm, step aboard the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ for a fascinating journey through the streets of the city that inspired some of the band’s most memorable songs, including ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Field’.
The 2-hour tour finishes at the legendary Cavern Club, where the resident musicians will no doubt be playing some familiar tunes. Your train back to London doesn’t leave until 6:47pm, so there’s still plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere before returning to your original departure point.
Your day starts with a relaxing train journey to the historic city of Liverpool, European Capital of Culture in 2008. Arriving at Liverpool Lime Street, you'll have time to explore this Victorian city, perhaps taking a stroll along the stunningly refurbished Albert Dock Complex housing the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool art gallery.
Your tour includes entry to the Beatles Story, where you can re-live the Fab Four's meteoric rise to fame. Your visit takes you from the cobbles of Matthew Street and the Cavern, through the hysteria of Beatlemania to the final live performance on the Apple rooftop and beyond!
The Cavern Quarter is a vibrant city center area and the focus of Beatle history. There's the famous Cavern Club, where the lads played 292 times, and the pubs where they drank during the early 1960s.
Options for lunch in Liverpool are many and varied, with top-quality bars, restaurants and cafes in the city center.
In the afternoon your Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away! This two-hour tour takes you round all the landmarks in the lives of the Fab Four, including their homes, schools and birthplaces, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and many other significant spots.
Your overnight experience in Liverpool includes accommodation in the 4-star Hard Days Night Hotel, a Beatles-themed hotel, perfectly located in Liverpool’s so-called 'Beatles quarter' where many landmarks linked to the rock band are found.
Rest overnight in a luxurious single or twin room, and enjoy breakfast in Blake’s, the hotel restaurant that’s named after the designer of the iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. The Hard Days Night Hotel also boasts a chic cocktail bar that’s perfect for a spot of relaxation after a day sightseeing around Liverpool.
With the exception of your independent train trip, Magical Mystery tour and admission to the Beatles Story museum and Cavern Club, all other activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.
Day 1: Liverpool
Liverpool is the city that inspired some of the Beatles' most famous songs and set them on the road to stardom.
Meet your representative at Euston Station and enjoy a relaxing train journey to Liverpool, on arrival you are on your own to enjoy this historic city. Enjoy an included visit to the Beatles Story where you can enjoy the most sensational story the pop world has ever known. In the afternoon enjoy a 'Magical Mystery Tour' see where the Beatles grew up and the landmarks of their lives, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and much more. The tour ends at the famous Cavern Club.
Finally make you way back to Lime Street Station for the train back to London, arriving at approximately 9.15pm. (Please note the Liverpool tour is unescorted).
Take a 50 minute river cruise with the world famous Ferry 'cross The Mersey – a must do for every visitor going to Liverpool! Discover the well-loved legacy of Liverpool and the river Mersey, with its musical and maritime past. Just sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary, wonder at the wildlife and absorb the history. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Please note: 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey' (optional).
Day 2: London
London is the city that The Beatles based themselves in from 1963 – the place to go for any aspiring group that wished to become a nationwide success. The Beatles developed their craft at the iconic Abbey Road recording studio as well as making TV, radio and live performances and socialising at the many swinging hotspots where exclusive clubs and 'happenings' were the places to be seen.
The city provides the backdrop for all the LP covers from the first to the last; the locations for 'Hard Day's Night', 'Help' and 'Magical Mystery Tour'; even the 'Penny Lane' promotional film was largely shot in London locations.
Depending on your age, this is either a chance to wallow in glorious nostalgia, or grab an 'education' in Rock history, its legends and myths, and of course walk over that famed Abbey Road crossroads. Your specialist, insider guide will take you on a magical, musical journey putting the Beatles into their London context showing how they grew from just another four lads in a band from Merseyside to global domination.
From The Cavern to Abbey Road – it's all here, and waiting to take you away…
Enjoy a 3-hour mini coach tour of Beatles locations in central London including Abbey Road and Trident Studios. This guided, small-group tour (of no more than 15) will show you their hangouts, gig locations and much more. In total, you will see over 30 Beatles related sites on this magical mystery tour around London.
Meet your guide at Sloane Square Tube Station at 2pm and start your journey into the Beatles world. You will experience the most comprehensive tour of Beatles sites in London on this bus adventure into the world of John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Trace the rise of the world’s first supergroup and learn all about Beatles history. You’ll have the chance to get off the bus on several occasions, take pictures and see the sites up close.
See over 30 Beatles related sites including the home of John, Paul and Ringo, the studios where they recorded many of their famous tracks, some of the famous locations where they played live gigs including the famous rooftop concert. You will also visit sites featured in album covers, photo-shoots, and even film locations from Help! and A Hard Days Night.
During the tour you will hear Beatles tracks as you travel through the London of the Fab Four and to a time when the boys from Liverpool ruled the world of music. Your Beatles tour ends at 5pm back at Sloane Square Tube Station.
This entertaining and fun tour through central London is dedicated exclusively to Beatles-related sites – a must for Beatles fans! Enjoy a London summer evening reliving the years of Beatlemania, and see the locations that influenced the Beatles’ career as John, Paul, Ringo and George became one of the greatest bands in history.
During the tour, you will see many of their early gig and show locations, as well as the only apartment where the Beatles lived together. Visit photo locations used for album covers, including the famous Abbey Road crossing, where you can walk in the Fab Four’s footsteps. See sites where some of the band members lived, including John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s apartment, Paul McCartney’s house and Soho office, and Ringo Starr’s flat. And visit film locations for A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour.
With more than 35 sites associated with this legendary Liverpool group, this is the most comprehensive central London tour of historic Beatles attractions, including the site of their final live performance – the roof-top concert.
This evening tour features live commentary from your specialist Beatles guide, who will recreate the magical Beatles years with music and film footage.
Hop into your taxi at 9am at your centrally located London hotel, then spin through the city streets as your guide brings 1960s London to life.
During your 3-hour driving tour, visit key sites of interest including Abbey Road Studios and its famous pedestrian crossing, the Apple headquarters, and the house where Paul wrote ‘I Wanna Hold your Hand’.
View properties that the Beatles owned and worked in, see where John and Yoko met, and where 'Hey Jude' and part of the White Album were recorded. Along the way, listen to music of the era and perhaps sing along to your favourite Beatles records.
Flick through photographs of the Fab Four from their London heyday, then finish your tour in Covent Garden or back at your London hotel.
On August 27, 1896, Britain declared war on its protectorate Zanzibar, where a pretender to the Sultanate had just siezed power.
At 9:02am, British ships in the habor began shelling the would-be Sultan's palace.
By 9:40, the shelling had stopped, the palace was on fire, and the pretender's flag had been cut down.
At 38 minutes, the Anglo-Zanzibar War remains the shortest war on record.
Some 500 Zanzibaris were killed.
One British Petty Officer was wounded.