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1. The Beatles Story

The Beatles - John, Paul, George and Ringo - four young men who changed the face of popular music forever. The Beatles Story will transport you on an enlightening and atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of the Beatles. Follow the progress of the band from Liverpool and Hamburg to the dizzy heights of Beatlemania - the psychedelic late 60's and the classic Abbey Road recordings.

2. Merseyside Maritime Museum

Merseyside Maritime Museum tells the success story of Merseyside's trading past, as well as the history of the slave trade and the role the port of Liverpool played as a point of departure for emmigration to America. Highlights include a poignant gallery about tragedies such as the Titanic and the Life at Sea display, telling the story of the Merchant Navy.

3. Tate Liverpool

Tate Liverpool is sited in an old converted warehouse building which is part of the Albert Docks, the former trading berth for the city in the 18th and 19th centuries. It's an impressive gallery with an extensive collection focusing mainly on 20th century modernism. The work is compelling and diverse, and includes a mixture of figurative and abstract work right up to the present day. There are also regular temporary exhibitions by major international artists, and a restaurant and shop.

4. The Walker Art Gallery

The Walker Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of fine and decorative art in Europe and has inspired and delighted visitors for over 130 years. The collection contains mainly 19th and 20th century paintings including works by Cezanne, Degas, Magraitte and David Hockney, and many works by Pre-Raphaelite and Victorian painters such as Millais and Ford Madox Brown.

5. DUCK Amphibious Tours

Take an amphibious tour of Liverpool’s historic waterfront in the 'Yellow Duckmarine.' The historic City of Liverpool, with its Waterfront built around the most famous docklands in the world, is steeped in maritime tradition. The fun begins the second you board your DUCK - an authentic World War II landing vehicle. Your hour-long trip begins on the road, taking in the historic Waterfront, touring the famous sights of the City, then making a dramatic “SPLASHDOWN” in the Salthouse Dock.

6. World Museum Liverpool

World Museum Liverpool combines historic treasures from around the globe with the latest interactive technology. The museum's collection and exhibitions are diverse, ranging from live insect colonies to Ethnography to Merseybeat. There is an excellent aquarium containing fish from the Amazon to Anglesey. Other exhibition categories include Space and Time, Earth, the Human World and The Natural World. There are two cafes to choose from, the Espresso Bar and the Top Floor Cafe with views accross the city.

7. The Cavern Club

The Cavern Club on Mathew Street is where The Beatles first found fame in the early 1960's as part of the Mersey-beat scene. One time hang out for hordes of screaming teenage girls, the Cavern still hosts live music acts today. Expect quality rock, blues and contemporary acts, as well a fair number of tribute bands and the occasional special guest star such as former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.

8. The Royal Liver Building

Part of one of the world's most famous waterfronts the Royal Liver building stands with the fabled liver birds nested on top. One of the 3 graces, which include The Cunard Building and the former offices of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board, The Royal Liver building is a main attraction at the pier head and can be viewed from the ferry as it crosses the Mersey. Visitors have access to the Atrium area on the ground floor and the cafe.

9. Guided Beatles Tours

The Magical Mystery Tour Experience the sights and sounds of Beatles Liverpool on a vintage Magical Mystery Tour Bus, identical to the one used in the 1967 film. The tour stops at some of the Beatles' childhood homes, schools and places that inspired some of their most memorable songs like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields.
Private Taxi Tour For fans who want to really experience the city that gave us the Fab Four, why not take a private taxi tour with Jackie Spencer. She's a native Liverpudlian & have been an official Liverpool Tour Guide & Beatleguide since 1995 having worked with many prestigious clients and appearing in several Beatle documentaries.

10. FACT

Polished concrete walls and modern architecture house FACT. The idea behind the foundation is to inspire and promote the artistic significance of film, video and new and emerging media. There are also a number of temporary art exhibitions which vary throughout the year, a cinema showing a mixture of mainstream and arthouse films and a trendy bar and cafe.
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