Liverpool Beatles Walk & British Music Experience
- Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
- Location: Liverpool, Merseyside
- Product code: PJN1PF
This half day guided walking tour in the heart of Liverpool City Centre is much more than just a Beatles Tour. The guided Beatles walk and entrance to the British Music Experience Museum are an unbeatable combination and your enthusiastic tour guide will bring the contents of the fabulous museum alive on the streets of Liverpool.
There are film locations a World Heritage Site and you will see and touch the statues of Billy Fury, John Lennon and the Beatles as you explore this vibrant city.
This tour has something for everyone and you can enjoy this Magical History Tour & BME experience in the footsteps of the Beatles eight days a week!
This is also a perfect shore excursion from the Liverpool Cruise Terminal which is less than 5 minutes’ walk to the starting point.
Start Time - 9.00am & 10:30am
09.00am guests please go straight to the BME in the Cunard Buildings and then meet your guide after your self guided audio tour at 10.30 at the Beatles statues which are immediately outside the BME on Canada Boulevard.
10.30am guests - meet your guide at 10:30am at the new Beatles Statues on Canada Boulevard opposite the Mersey Ferry Terminal. you will then enjoy your BME visit after the walking tour.
About the British Music Experience - BME
The British Music Experience is the UK’s Museum of Popular Music – a place where visitors can use an interactive audio visual guide and relive the moments that helped put British music on the map. After a five-year run at The O2, London, the BME is now proudly open on Liverpool waterfront in the iconic Cunard Building.
Boasting an unrivalled collection of stage outfits, objects and instruments (including Noel Gallagher’s Union Jack Guitar), the BME charts the beginnings, rise and influence of British pop from 1945 through the rise of Skiffle Music, the influence of Buddy Holly and of course the Beatles to the present day. In addition to an incredible collection of artefacts and memorabilia ¬– which includes some of David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust costumes and the original handwritten lyrics to ‘Blue Monday’ – the BME also covers the impact that British music had on the culture, fashion (the unbelievably tiny dresses worn by the Spice Girls!), art and politics of the time. There are many displays which become even more real when you see lots of the music statues and venues in the city itself there’s a tremendous display of outfits worn by Queen and your guide will explain how and why Freddie Mercury stayed in the Liverpool during the 60’s.
The BME includes galleries, learning zones, audio visual experiences including an awesome full size Hologram of Boy George on stage, you can play Gibson and other guitars and record music in an interactive instrument studio. There is also a dance area and a live music venue.
There will be enough time to visit the souvenir shop filled with the best of music merchandise and there is a fabulous café overlooking the famous River Mersey. Your ticket will also allow you to return to the museum later in the day if you wanted to spend more time there.
From the BME out in to the City - 10:30am
Now is time to take everything you’ve seen and touched inside the fabulous British Museum Experience outside into this rejuvenated city.
Your guide will help you take "selfies" at the brand new lifelike statues of the Beatles in front of the iconic waterfront buildings. They point out the “Ferry cross the Mersey” its Dazzle Ship design was by Sir Peter Blake who designed the cover for the Sergeant Pepper Album. (There will be a chance for you to purchase a Mersey Ferry ticket and even a ticket for the fabulous Radio City Tower tour at checkout).
Next your tour guide will take you to the Museum of Liverpool.
Next its Halfway to Paradise in the Albert Docks to see the Billy Fury statue, here you will learn about the impresario Larry Parnes who signed people like Joe Brown, Billy Fury and Vince Eager and how the Beatles ended up supporting another one of his acts with a lot less intimidating name Johnny Gentle! Later in the day you will enjoy the fabulous display relating to Larry Parnes’s stable in the BME.
Next you’ll be guided through the vibrant town centre passing the Queen Victoria Monument to Castle Street and the Town Hall with its balcony where the Beatles made their homecoming after their world tour in 1964. You’ll see a plaque outside the former venue of the Iron Door Club the venue for the Beatles and “the Silver Beetles”, the Searchers and Freddie Starr.
You’ll see the brand new £1 billion shopping area called Liverpool One and the former site of Brian Epstein’s record store NEMS (North End Music Stores) and enjoy the Eleanor Rigby which was sculpted by another one of Larry Parnes’ stable; Tommy Steele who sold it to Liverpool for the princely sum of Half a Sixpence!
Next it's Mathew Street the home of the famous Eric’s club which was another membership only venue and over the years has played host to many local and international bands such as Elvis Costello, the Clash, Ultravox and OMD.
Next it’s the Cilla Black Statue outside the Cavern Club where the Beatles played 292 times from 1961 to 1963 and where should you choose to visit you can still hear live Beatles songs played most afternoons.
All guests will be given a free map of Liverpool City Centre.
- 10.30am - New Beatles Statues, Canada Boulevard, Liverpool Waterfront, L3 1DP
- 10.45am -Museum of Liverpool
- 11.15am - Liverpool Town Hall
- 11.30am - Mathew Street Walk, Eleanor Rigby statue and White Star Pub.
- 12:00pm - Mathew Street, the new Cilla Black Statue outside Eric’s & the Cavern Club.
- 12:30pm - Free time for lunch maybe in Eric's, the White Start Pub or in Liverpool One.
- 13:30pm -Visit the BME which includes an audio tour -
Alternative start time which might particularly suit Cruise Ship passengers
- 09:00am It is possible to visit the BME before the guided walk when it opens at 09:00am which would leave you more time in the afternoon to book an extra, for example the Radio City Tower tour or the Mersey Ferry. If you choose this option you go straight to the BME which is a self guided audio tour and then meet your tour guide outside the entrance at the new Beatles statues at 10.30am.
Easy guided walking tour in Liverpool City Centre & entrance to BME with audio guide.
Why not extend this tour with a Panoramic Tower tour 138m above the city! with breaking views across the River Mersey,, across the Wirral and on a clear day you will see the mountains of North Wales. You can add the tower tour on at check out.