Statues of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon stand outside the Liver Building in Liverpool on Feb. 11. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Tourists pose as Beatles in a themed coffee shop last March. (© Phil Noble/Reuters)
Liverpool is probably best known in the United States as the birthplace of the Beatles. This port city of about 460,000 sits along the River Mersey on England’s west coast near the Irish Sea. The Fab Four spent their childhoods here, and many of the city’s landmarks became iconic tourist destinations after being made famous in songs written and sung by the group.
The original Penny Lane street sign adorns a wall in February. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) A yellow submarine and murals decorate the Penny Lane Community Center on Feb. 11. The song “Penny Lane” was written by Paul McCartney and describes a real street in Liverpool. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A report made for the city council this year and published on the Institute of Cultural Capital website states that in 2014, the Beatles industry added 2,335 jobs and $118 million to the local economy. The Beatles is an actual industry here.
People pull suitcases past a shop selling Beatles merchandise on Feb. 8. (Phil Noble/Reuters) Figurines of John Lennon and Paul McCartney are sold with other Beatles memorabilia and merchandise in a Liverpool shop on Feb. 11. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Beatles memorabilia and merchandise. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) A tribute band called the Mersey Beatles plays inside the famous Cavern Club on Feb. 9. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The Beatles first played at the Matthew Street Cavern Club on Feb. 9, 1961, three years before their wildly successful launch into the American music scene in 1964.
A man walks past a mural depicting the faces of The Beatles inside Liverpool’s Cavern Club last August. (Phil Noble/Reuters) Caricatures of the Beatles advertise a meal deal in the window of a pub last summer. (Phil Noble/Reuters) A statue of John Lennon stands at the facade of the Hard Days Night Hotel in 2008. (Phil Noble/Reuters, File)
The Hard Days Night Hotel, named after the famous Beatles song, describes itself as a “Fab Four”-star hotel. It’s rooms and public areas are decorated with Beatles-inspired artwork.
A portrait of John Lennon hangs on the wall in the Hard Days Night Hotel’s Lennon suite in 2008. (Phil Noble/Reuters)
At the time of this writing, a two-night stay for two at the hotel, with breakfast, is priced around $275 per person.
These are the gates of the former Salvation Army orphanage Strawberry Fields in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Strawberry Fields was a Salvation Army children’s home where John Lennon used to play as a child. Lennon wrote the song that made it famous.
This is the childhood home of John Lennon in Mendips, Liverpool. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, purchased the childhood home in 2002 and then donated it to the National Trust. It has been restored to look as it did when Lennon lived there.
A taxi is parked in front of the boarded-up former home of The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr on Madryn Street on Feb. 11.. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A Fab Four taxi, priced per cab, can take you on a tour of the childhood homes and haunts of all four Beatles.
As Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson told the Liverpool Echo in a recent article: “We have a unique place in the world because of four lads who were born and raised here.”
Read the full report of the impact of the Beatles on Liverpool’s economy here.