"There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be..." - The Beatles
Route: Rydal Mount – Liverpool
Distance: 81 miles (1 hrs 42 min)
Hotel: Travelodge Liverpool Aigburth (£45)
|(It was drizzling in the morning)|
|(Cressington Train Station)|
|(Busy with early morning commuters)|
|(Our morning train ride)|
|(Return tickets to Centre of Liverpool)|
At Albert Dock, we took the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour for £11/pax. The bus tour stops at several best destinations in Liverpool. As it was raining cats and dogs, we stayed on the bus most of the time.
|(Ready to explore the city)|
|(A walk to the Albert Dock)|
|(Liverpool city explorer hop on hop off bus)|
Liverpool is a major city in North West England. Its surrounding areas combine to form the fifth largest metropolitan area in the UK. The local authority is Liverpool City Council, the most populous local government district within the metropolitan county of Merseyside and the largest within the Liverpool City Region.
|(Albert Dock at Liverpool waterfront)|
|(Aalbion House, a striped red and while building in Liverpool)|
|(An interesting building at the start of the tour)|
|(The newest addition to the National Museum)|
|(King Edward VII on horse statue at Pier Head)|
|(The World Museum of Liverpool)|
|(Wellington Column in Liverpool)|
|(A familiar sight, the Genting Casino)|
|(St George's Hall at the heart of St George's Quarter)|
|(Liverpool John Moores University)|
|(The Dickie Lewis Statue)|
|(The University of Liverpool)|
|(Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King)|
|(Typical Liverpool street)|
|(An abandon cathedral in city centre)|
|(The beautifully crafted Chinese Arch)|
Albert Dock is also the starting point for the Magical Mystery Tour, a two-hour bus trip taking in various Beatles landmarks, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.
|(A fully working dock)|
|(A number of attractions in Albert Dock)|
|(An outdoor theater next to a shopping mall)|
|(Window shopping at the mall)|
|(The Liverpool FC outlet at the mall)|
Liverpool is the birthplace of the best band in the world, the Beatles. As a die-hard fans of the Beatles we have to visit them once we are in Liverpool.
|(The fab four at Mersey Ferry Terminal)|
|(An iconic statue of the Beatles)|
The first stop was the Beatles Story in the Albert Dock, a fantastic visitor attraction dedicated to the Fab Four. The Beatles Story follows John, Paul, George and Ringo from their early beginnings to global Beatlemania and beyond. Allow several hours for your visit as there is so much to see.
|(An award winning visitor attraction)|
|(The world largest permanent exhibition)|
|(Devoted to the lives and times of the Beatles)|
|(The entrance to the Beatles Story)|
|(The Beatles lives in close-up)|
|(Tickets could be bought on-line)|
|(No tour is complete without visiting the Beatles Story)|
Anyone coming to Liverpool for The Beatles should stop off at the world-famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street in the city centre. The Beatles played there nearly 300 times, and you can hear live music every day of the week, including the fabulous Cavern Beatles.
|(The Beatles Gift Shop)|
|(A huge selection of exciting Beatles products)|
|(The Zebra crossing featured on the Beatles)|
The National Trust also runs a special joint tour of the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
We visited Liverpool Al-Rahman Mosque situated on Hatherley Street, a short distance from our Travelodge. It can accommodate 2,500 people and serves as the main place of worship and focus point for Liverpool's Muslim population, estimated at 25,000 people. It is the first ever mosque in England. The mosque was refurbished by the local community beginning in 2010 and is now occupied by the Liverpool Muslim Society. The current building is used primarily by the city's Arab and Somali populations whom constitute the vast majority of Liverpool's Muslim population.