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By Ilona Kauremszky


Q: We’re spending a week in England next month. Besides London, our plan is to visit Liverpool to see the Beatles history. Could you please offer some suggestions on what is open and where we should go?

A: Located in north-west England Liverpool is synonymous with the Beatles and seeing that this year Sir Paul celebrated his 64th birthday, it seems only fitting that some extra touches have been added to the already popular Beatles city. The city recently introduced a “Home of The Beatles” map.

The free guide features a street map showing 12 city sights linked to The Beatles on one side, while the other gives details of each of the attractions, some facts about members of the group, and suggested itineraries for a day visit or a weekend in Liverpool.

Beatles’ fans will be happy to hear that Paul McCartney’s home on Forthlin Road which is the place where he composed the famous “When I’m 64” song is now open to the public.

Other not-to-be-missed activities include: audio tours (available in Russian, Italian, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and English) at The Beatles Story, an award winning permanent exhibition devoted to the group at the city’s Albert Dock; The Empire Theatre becomes a major venue for the annual upcoming International Beatle Week Festival (August 23-29), Over 200 bands and artists including Donovan, The Bootleg Beatles, The Searchers, The Swinging Blue Jeans are scheduled to perform.

The reconstructed Cavern Club is the place where The Beatles performed at the original 292 times. There is now a license to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And lastly, keep your eyes open for the world’s first Beatles themed hotel, The Hard Day’s Night Hotel, which is scheduled to open next spring. It’ll be adjacent to The Cavern and will have 110 bedrooms and suites.

For a copy of the Home of the Beatles map, you can pick them up at tourist offices in the city, call 0151 233 2008 or visit www.visitbeatlesliverpool.com.

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