Tours & activities in Liverpool

Liverpool’s Beatles to the Blitz Tour

Discover the devastation of Liverpool in WWII, how the city rebuilt itself and the history of the Beatles that called this city home

ABOUT THE Liverpool’s Beatles to the Blitz Tour

Journey through the city and through history, seeing how culture has both shaped Liverpool, and been shaped by it in turn. Immerse yourself in the birthplace of the world’s most famous and beloved band: The Beatles. This isn’t just a Beatles tour of Liverpool, we also unravel the story of the city itself! Travel with us to the Second World War and see the incredible preservation of the bombed-out church, a landmark which now serves as a symbol for the resilience of this vibrant city.


Your 2.5-hour Beatles to the Blitz Tour starts outside St. George’s Hall by the Prince Albert Statue and finishes at the Metropolitan Cathedral. Join us as we venture into some of the most atmospheric nooks and crannies of the city, from great landmarks to hidden treasures. You'll even witness the places where many great Hollywood movies have been and will be filmed!


Learn about the history of the Beatles

On this tour, we explore the city as we learn about the early years of the Beatles, leading up to their leap to megastardom. Visit the Liverpool College of Art that John Lennon attended and discover the little details that have gone into the city to commemorate these legends. We will roam the streets and alleyways that have inspired generations of musicians and artists, making Liverpool the European Capital of Culture in 2008.

With your guide, you’ll journey through the city and through history, seeing how culture has shaped Liverpool and been shaped by it in turn.

Remember the tragedy of the Liverpool Blitz

However, the rise of the Beatles wasn't Liverpool's only major world-impacting event of the 20th Century. During WWII, Liverpool was the largest port on England’s west coast and was of great importance to the British war effort. This made it one of the top targets for the Nazi air force and the city was heavily bombed.

On this tour you will see the burnt shell of St Luke’s Church, which remained standing during the raids and is a symbol of the bravery of the people in the city.

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The Beatles to the Blitz Tour starts outside St. George’s Hall by the Prince Albert Statue

  • Visit the Lime Street Station that was opened in 1836
  • See John Lennon’s alma mater, the Liverpool College of Art
  • See the Adelphi Hotel that entertained the likes of Bob Dylan and Winston Churchill
  • Explore the Bombed-Out Church that stands as a reminder of the Liverpool Blitz
  • Marvel at the Liverpool Cathedral, one of the world's tallest non-spired churches
  • Look at the modern Metropolitan Cathedral, the seat of the Archbishop of Liverpool
  • Look at the Royal Philharmonic Hall, that had to be completely rebuilt in 1933



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  • Local English-speaking guide
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  • Wheelchair accessible
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