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Old May 16, 2008, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default 2008 guided Tour visiting former Beatles homes in Liverpool

This may be nice for those visiting Liverpool this year.

Here is part of an article with details. If you use the Link you will see pictures of the houses

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-the_beatles.htm

The National Trust looks after two suburban houses in Merseyside, 20 Forthlin Road and Mendips. These unassuming houses are the childhood homes of two Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Visiting the Beatles houses in Liverpool is an absolute must for fans of the band of any ages. The tours provide a real insight in to Lennon and McCartney's humble beginnings. Beatles tours are available from March to October and get booked up quickly.

Book your tour online now
Please call +44 (0) 151 427 7231 in advance of booking if the following applies to you:

You have special access needs i.e. require a wheelchair, space for a carer or a hearing induction loop.
You want to reserve a space for a child under 5 or will need a child seat.
Tour details

Tours in 2008 operate from early March to the end of November, Wednesday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays.

Between 15th March and 2nd November 2008

Departure time Departing from
10.00am The Conservation Centre, Liverpool city centre
10.50am The Conservation Centre, Liverpool city centre
2.30pm Speke Hall, National Trust, South Liverpool
3.20pm Speke Hall, National Trust, South Liverpool

Between 1st March - 14th March and 5th November - 28th November 2008

Departure time Departing from
10.00am The Conservation Centre, Liverpool city centre
12.30pm The Conservation Centre, Liverpool city centre
3.00pm The Conservation Centre, Liverpool city centre

* Please note that at weekends during the period 5th Nov – 28th Nov the 3pm tour departs from Speke Hall.

Please note that there is no direct access by car or on foot to either of these properties. Visits are by combined minibus tour of both houses.

Other things you need to know:

There is no direct access to either house - you must book on one of our tours to see the properties
The houses are not adapted for disabled access to the first floor rooms, but a photograph album is available
Passengers are required to arrive 15 minutes in advance of the tour departure time and the bus cannot wait for late arrivals
For security reasons, bags and cameras are left in secure facilities at both houses and internal photography is not permitted
If you wish to visit the houses on the day of departure please call +44 (0) 151 233 2457 for the two morning tours and +44 (0) 151 427 7231 for afternoon tours
Speke Hall is located 6 miles to the south of Liverpool city centre and is well signposted
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Old May 17, 2008, 03:56 AM   #2
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We already have our tickets for this tour, it will be my 2nd time!!

Very easy to purchase online!

Definitely recommend this tour, both houses are so nice to visit.

For me the Forthlin Road House brings back memories for me as I grew up in an house that was identical in layout to the one Paul grew up in!

John's home has a lot of interesting features too!

I can't wait for my next visit in a couple of weeks time with the rest of the gang!
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Old May 17, 2008, 04:45 AM   #3
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Do they at least take you past George's and Ringo's houses?
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Old May 17, 2008, 06:48 AM   #4
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Do they at least take you past George's and Ringo's houses?
They are not obliged to do so as the tours are run by the National Trust and Ringo and George's houses do not belong to them!

However they do on the journey point out relevant places of interest and as I recall they do pass Ringo's at least, it was more than a year ago that last went!
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Hmmm, maybe it is worth checking out.

I read on the "interwebs" that there were direct flights from France is Liverpool for 58 Euro! A steal! I think I may have to consider getting a flight over!

Or I could take Brittany Ferries over to Portsmouth and take a train or something, however it is quite far...
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Old May 19, 2008, 12:36 AM   #6
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I have been on the outside of all of the houses a number of times but never inside (looooong stories on why not!!!) so I am really looking forward to this trip when I get to go in.
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I have been on the outside of all of the houses a number of times but never inside (looooong stories on why not!!!)
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I'm so excited to go back this fall! I'm booking airfare sometime next month, and after airfare, this will be the next thing I'll book. It's awesome, and if you've never been there and Liverpool is somewhere you're planning on going to, you cannot miss this. Oh, and if you've never been to Liverpool before, you really should plan to go there too.
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They are not obliged to do so as the tours are run by the National Trust and Ringo and George's houses do not belong to them!

However they do on the journey point out relevant places of interest and as I recall they do pass Ringo's at least, it was more than a year ago that last went!

When my Mom and I went, this was in the mid 80's somewhere, they took us by all the houses. (I didn't realize they sometimes just do John and Paul's houses?) George's boyhood home was for sale at the time I went. Probably could have gotten a realitor to show us inside, lol, but then again they'd probably suspect we were lookie-loo's!

How did the tour/trip go for you guys??
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I want to do this SO badly...one of my friends is supposed to be booking this, but of course, I'm going during the most busy season for Beatley people, so I don't know if we'll get to do it. And erin, let's not talk about airfare, it's INSANE right now...
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wow..!!! that would be great to do..... they should have done this a long time ago
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The little group of Linkers who visited Liverpool last week absolutely loved the house tours! We had so much fun. I have a few piccies of us outside each so will post those when I get home.

It was defo worth the money to go inside. John's in particular was really amazing to visit. Pauls was great too of course. I loved the backyard there and being shown the little window and pipe that is in a few photos of the boys against the house.

On the way to the houses we were told it is Mendips and Forthlin Rd that are the significant properties to the Beatles as a group - not because John and Paul are more important than George and Ringo but because it was in these two properties where they would gather together for rehersals and where most of the song writing was done.

But yeah, more on them later with pics!
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I've done this trip before, a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it!!! Am going again this year when I go up for Beatleweek and really looking forward to it!!!

I found the kitchen at Forthlin Road particularly interesting as nearly everything in it was identical to things in my nan's kitchen (alot of which now resides in mine!)!!!
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I forgot about this topic, but yes, I booked it for Friday the 22nd! (Too bad we're not on the same tour, Sandy!) I can't wait! I'm so glad I managed to fit it in my schedule, with 6 gigs in 4 days, it's amazing that I found a time that works!
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I was just in Liverpool in May and did those tours. Of all the beatle tours in liverpool, this National Trust tour is the only one that actually takes you inside the houses they grew up in. The others simply just take you to the front of the house. It was a very informative tour. Everything in the houses are decorated as how it looked when they lived there.

The people who give the tours are very nice and knowledgeable and I cant recommend this tour highly enough!
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Hari's Chick, the tour you went on sounds like the Magical Mystery Tour which takes you all over the main tourist places to look at Beatle-related places but not actually inside the houses...great tour actually!

The lady who lives in Ringo's house (Admiral Grove) is lovely and if she sees fans stood outside she asks them in for a cup of tea and a nosey at all the memorabilia. Bless her! There also used to be an old woman who lived on Arnold Grove who loved the tourists and had a gorgeous black dog, but she died a few years back. She lived there when the Harrison family lived there as well.
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Check out this video clip of people inside Ringo's place, getting shown around by the nice old lady! And listen to how she feels about Ringo! hahahaaaa!

I wanna go in there!

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Thanks for the clip, Lucy.So she thinks Ringo's become too American!
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I wonder who HER favorite Beatle is.
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Aww, she sounds a little disappointed in him at times. That was neat though! Awfully nice of her to let all those people in the house (is it her house?) to take pics and stuff.
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