Penny Lane was of course made famous by The Beatles song of that name, released in 1967. John Lennon and Paul McCartney used to meet at Penny Lane to catch a bus into town. Their shared childhood experiences on the street inspired them to write the song, which was released as a double ‘A’ side with ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and later featured on the US album ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’
Many Beatles fans make pilgrimage to Penny Lane in the South of the city, to see the street. It’s still a lively area, with independent businesses lining the street. There’s even a barber’s shop in the same spot referenced in the song.
You can get to Penny Lane on the Magical Mystery Tour or a number of other Beatles tours operating in the city. If you’d prefer to linger a little longer why not jump on a bus from Liverpool ONE or a train to Mossley Hill station. For an overnight stay, there’s even a Penny Lane hotel.
The Lane also connects the fantastic Sefton Park to Smithdown Road, so is perfect for a stroll or seeking out some food and drink before visiting the 235 acre park. Try out Penny Lane Wine Bar, where they offer a range of bar snacks and a fab wine list. There’s traditional pub food and great beer garden at quirky establishment, The Dovedale Towers. There’s award-winning breakfast and brunch at The Tavern Company. On Smithdown Place, just minutes from Penny Lane is Neon Jamon, the place to go to try Catalan inspired tapas in a relaxed setting and it’s open until late.
If you truly want to ‘live’ the infamous song, why not order ‘four of fish’ at Penny Lane Fish and Chip shop? A classic British dish and highly recommended!