Road trip following The Beatles & Oasis in
Liverpool and Manchester
Manchester, once one of the richest cities of the British Empire, now has evolved into a vibrant city that combines innovation with attractive buildings showcasing the glorious past of the city. Together with Liverpool, it’s the birthplace of some of the world’s most famous bands. The latter is packed with landmarks of The Beatles making it a must-visit for every Beatles fan or music lover.
In this post you’ll get to know everything on how to spend a perfect weekend in both cities.
Manchester’s industrial wealth during the Victorian Era is visible everywhere you look. Impressive facades, the Cathedral and the Chetham’s Library are some of the monumental highlights of the city.
Right in the city centre you’ll find another great library which is often classified as one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, The John Rylands Library; which is said to have inspired J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter stories.
Manchester also features some great museums like the Museum of Science and Industry, the People’s History Museum which tells the story of the social development in Britain, and the National Football Museum.
As a football fan you should definitely combine your visit to the National Football Museum with a stadium tour at either Manchester United or Manchester City. Check out the schedule and you might be lucky to even watch a live game.
A visit to Manchester wouldn’t be complete without a stroll along the city’s bohemian neighbourhood, the Northern Quarter. It’s a trendy area with some of the city’s best brunch spots – special mention to Ezra & Gil, restaurants, live music venues and cool bars proudly playing some of the best music produced in Manchester like Oasis, The Smiths and The Stone Roses.
Where to stay?
All following hotels are conveniently located in Manchester’s city centre. Whitworth Locke is a new aparthotel set in a 19th century building next to Gay Village. Abel Heywood is a nicely decorated boutique hotel located in the Northern Quarter. Stay at Hotel Gotham for an upscale accommodation in the heart of the city.
Liverpool, the birthplace of The Beatles, thrives on its most famous sons John, Paul, George and Ringo. The city is tied so closely to the most famous music band in history that the Fab Four have shaped Liverpool’s tourism industry. Beatles fans can start their tour at the statue that lies just in front of the British Music Experience. From here it’s just a short walk down the waterfront to the Beatles Story museum which is located at Albert Dock.
Head to Rough Hand Made at Albert Dock for a freshly baked sandwich or pastry.
Continue towards the Cavern Quarter which is centred around Mathew Street. Here you’ll find the world’s mosts famous club, The Cavern, where The Beatles played nearly 300 times. There’s live music during the day and at night there’s a live performance of The Cavern Club Beatles, four Liverpool locals who replicate the looks and the sound of the original band. If you also want to see the places that inspired The Beatles like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields or the neighbourhood they grew up in, step aboard the Magical Mystery Tour which will take you in about 2 hours around the city with a complete visit of all places associated to the band.
But that’s not everything! Head south to visit the country’s largest cathedral, an impressive 20th century construction. A short walk from the cathedral lies the city’s trending and upcoming district The Baltic Quarter. It’s Liverpool’s innovative neighbourhood where start-ups, bars and restaurants have created an alternative vibe in former warehouses.
Where to stay?
You’ve got plenty of accommodation choice in Liverpool! From the cozy apartments of Staybridge Suites next to Albert Dock or the stylish rooms at Aloft By Marriott to The Beatles inspired Hard Days Night Hotel.
If you rent a car, it’s about one hour drive from Manchester to Liverpool (or vice versa). Alternatively, a short train ride connects both cities in less than 40 minutes.
Both Manchester and Liverpool airport are well connected with direct flights to most cities in the EU. Due to our flight connections from Menorca, we decided to fly to EMA (East Midlands Airport), located south of Manchester.
Optional: Peak District National Park
Due to its proximity to our arrival airport, we included a quick visit to UK’s original national park; Peak District National Park. A nice break from the city scene and highly recommended if you have some time left!
Although often overshadowed by its bigger sister the Lake District, the Peak District offers breathtaking views and great hiking and cycling opportunities. The green landscape, rolling hills and cute little villages are a great escape for any outdoor lover!
Whether you only have a few days or longer, Manchester and Liverpool offer plenty of things to do, see, eat and drink. Besides, they are the perfect base to explore Northern England’s countryside. Planning a trip to England soon? Contact our travel consultants now and we will send you a tailor-made offer.