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The Beatles Trip of a Lifetime – A Week with the Wagner’s

"If you’ve never had a thought about visiting Liverpool and you’re planning a trip, certainly put this at the top of your itinerary. Liverpool is a really beautiful international city” – The Wagner Family, Easter Sunday on BBC Radio Merseyside."

Easter was an extra special holiday for one family from the USA when Liverpool played host to Sirius XM competition winners, The Wagners.

The family from Philadelphia were fortunate enough win a sweepstake on top US radio station, Sirius XM, and won an ultimate Beatles trip to Liverpool. The five-day itinerary was carefully planned for the family which featured special guests and visits to iconic places in Liverpool, birthplace of the world’s greatest band and as the Wagner family were to find out, so much more to discover than just the fab four!


The Wagner Family arrived in UK and were taken straight away to the world’s only Beatles inspired hotel, The Hard Days Night Hotel. Here they were welcomed by the planners of their trip, The Cavern Club, The Beatles Story, The Magical Beatles Museum, VisitLiverpool and of course The Hard Days Night Hotel. The hotel would play host to The Wagner Family for their time in the city and a good night’s sleep was needed to shake off their jet lag for what proved to be an extremely packed bank holiday weekend’s itinerary.



The first day started off with a tour of The Casbah delivered by none other than Roag Best, owner of The Magical Beatles Museum on Mathew Street and The Casbah - also the brother of original Beatles drummer Pete Best. Roag is the son of Neil Aspinall and Mona Best, so the family were given a personal insight into the early years of the Beatles, alongside seeing some famous Liverpool landmarks on route. Ending on Mathew Street, the family then got to see a collection of his personal Beatles memorabilia in his museum.


That afternoon the family were met by Cavern Club and Magical Mystery Tour Guide, Dale Roberts, who took them on a tour of Mathew Street and Hope Street. After the tour the family were introduced to Liverpool’s Deputy Lord Mayor in the Town Hall, where they would experience an exclusive tour of one of the city’s oldest buildings.

Relaxing after a busy first day, the family enjoyed a drink in Ye Cracke pub where John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe would often drink while studying in the Liverpool Art College. This was followed by a visit to the ornate Philharmonic Pub, which recently played host to Paul McCartney during his carpool karaoke visit in 2018.


That night would prove to be special when the family were met by John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird to enjoy a private meal Blakes Restaurant at Hard Days Night Hotel. Of course they then called into The Cavern Club to enjoy drinks with her.



The family were greeted by Neil Brannan of the Magical Mystery Tour at their hotel and were taken on the world-famous Ferry Across the Mersey – the only way to really appreciate the skyline of Liverpool and immortalised by Gerry and The Pacemakers all those years before.

Stepping off the ferry to take in the city’s world-famous UNESCO waterfront, the family saw the iconic Three Graces, Beatles Legacy Statues and spent time in the British Music Experience before heading over to The Beatles Story’s Fab Four café for lunch.


After a Ferry Across the Mersey, a visit to the National Museum of British Pop AND a visit to the The Fab Four Cafe the fun continued. The Wagners were then taken on a National Trust tour of the childhood homes of both John Lennon and Paul McCartney before being taken back to The Cavern Club.



One of the most popular tourist attractions in Liverpool is the award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ on the Royal Albert Dock. The family were met by their Marketing Manager Diane Glover and taken around this fascinating exhibition.

More than just a museum, The Beatles Story tells the full story of The Beatles rise to fame from The Quarrymen to breaking USA and onto their solo years in an immersive experience, all ending in The Beatles Story’s Fab Four café.


Outside the Beatles Story and departing from The Royal Albert Dock is another world-famous attraction - The Magical Mystery Tour! It was time for the Wagners to jump on board. The Magical Mystery Tour visits famous Beatles Liverpool locations such as Penny Lane, Strawberry Field and includes taking fans through areas where The Beatles grew up, schools they attended and places where they performed and were shaped as individuals and as a band.


That night the family were given VIP tickets to The Cavern Club. This time to see the clubs very own ‘Cavern Club Beatles’ perform their last gig before they travelled back to Beverly Hills.

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Final Day

When the Wagner family won the competition to come to Liverpool, they told us how jealous their son felt, because he is a huge fan of Football (Soccer). Little did he know that The Hard Days Night Hotel would treat the family to something to something very special and not directly related to The Beatles.

After being guests on BBC Radio Merseyside with Paul Beesley, The Wagner Family would then be taken to Goodison Park, home of Everton Football Club to watch the hosts take on Manchester United for what proved to be a very exciting match.

“If their aim was to tire us out, they succeeded!” – said the Wagner Family.

That night, in preparation for their flight the following day they were taken back to the hotel to enjoy cocktails in Bar Four listening to music from one of the Cavern Club’s finest musicians, Clark Gilmour, before heading back after a very busy trip to the birthplace of the world’s greatest band, The Beatles.

Now it's your turn to explore Beatles Liverpool - take a look at our suggestions below.

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Public House/Bar

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Cavern Club remains closed until further notice. The legendary cellar that has seen seven incredible decades of music; the Cavern Club remains the beating heart of Liverpool’s iconic music scene.

Beatles Magical Mystery Tour
Bus/Coach Tour
Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

Due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Magical Mystery Tour will suspend activity from 17th March until further notice.See the sights and sounds of Beatles Liverpool on the Magical Mystery Tour, with entertaining commentary and music.

Hard Days Night Hotel
Hard Days Night Hotel

A 'Fab Four' star Liverpool hotel. Hard Days Night Hotel is the world's only Beatles inspired hotel, combining the highest quality facilities in a truly unique environment. Located at the heart of Liverpool's 'Beatles Quarter' offering luxurious accommodation and exclusive event space with a twist.

Blakes Restaurant at Hard Days Night Hotel
Blakes Restaurant at Hard Days Night Hotel

Named after the celebrated pop artist Sir Peter Blake who created the iconic artwork for the Sgt Peppers album cover, the restaurant boasts wall- to- wall original Beatles artwork including a centrepiece display of 60 images of icons for the albums.

Liverpool Beatles Museum
'America' themed memorabilia at the Liverpool Beatles Museum

The newest Beatles attraction, packed to the rafters with real, rare and authentic Beatles items. For an unmissable Beatles experience put the Liverpool Beatles Museum on your list!

Strawberry Field
Historic Site
Strawberry Field Gates

Strawberry Field is now open again following the lockdown period. Social distancing measures have been put in place and you will need to book a ticket in advance of your visit.