As our tour was wrapping up, Lauren and Katherine stepped away from the group and enthusiastically bounded up the steps to the second floor, filling the home with laughter and giggles.
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Day tripper's guide to Liverpool
From LAX, US Airways, Delta, American, Continental, Swiss, British Airways and KLM offer connecting flights to Manchester, England. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $408. Liverpool is 27 miles from Manchester.
By train from London, Virgin Trains, P.O. Box 715, Birmingham, B5 4HHH; 011-44-870-789-1234, http://www.virgintrains.co.uk , offers daily connecting service (change of trains) from London's Waterloo station to Liverpool's Lime Street station, walking distance from Albert Dock, Mathew Street and downtown Liverpool. Round-trip fares start at $97.
Driving from London, rental cars are available in London; take the M1 Motorway to the M6, north, follow the M6 to the M62 to Liverpool, follow the signs to Albert Dock, avoiding all tunnels.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 44 (country code), 151 (local code) and the number.
WHERE TO STAY:
Britannia Adelphi Hotel, Ranelagh Place, Liverpool, L3 5UL; 709-7200, fax 708-8326, http://www.britanniahotels.com . This high-rise has an excellent central location; easy walking distance to Mathew Street and Albert Dock. Doubles from $109.
Express by Holiday Inn, Britannia Pavillion, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AD; 709-1133, http://www.hiexpress.com . Another good location for Beatles fans. The hotel is part of the renovated Albert Dock complex. Doubles from $122.
Campanile Hotel, Wapping and Chaloner streets, Liverpool, L3 4AJ; 709-8104, It's a five-minute walk from this low-rise hotel to Albert Dock. Doubles from $85.
WHERE TO EAT:
Ego, Hope Street; 706-0707, http://www.egorestaurants.com Mediterranean cuisine. Entrées start at $14.50.
Est Est Est, Edward Pavilion, Albert Dock; 709-8787, http://www.estestest.co.uk . This stylish, modern restaurant features Italian specialties. Entrées start at $12.75.
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, Cavern Walks, Mathew Street; 236-0096. Beatles-themed café offers a modest selection of sandwiches and desserts. Entrées start at $9.
Magical Mystery Tour/Cavern City Tours, 8 Mathew St.; 236-9091 http://www.cavern-liverpool.co.uk . Two-hour bus tours start at $20 per person.
Live@pool Tours, 21-23 Slater St., Liverpool L1 4BW; 330-0844, http://www.liveapool.com . Private taxi tours of Beatles-themed events and sites, starting at $182 for groups of four.
20 Forthlin Road, Mendips, National Trust tours to the homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon depart from Albert Dock and from Speke Hall, Speke Hall Avenue; 427-7231, http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk . Tours are not held daily; check website for schedule.
The Beatles Story Museum, Britannia Pavilion, Albert Dock; 709-1963, http://www.beatlesstory.com . Open daily except Christmas. Admission: $15 adults, $9 children.
International Beatle Week, Aug. 26-31, features conventions and concerts. Call 236-9091, http://www.cavern-liverpool.co.uk/beatleweek .
Mathew Street Festival, Aug. 28-30, is a free music event that coincides with International Beatle Week. Beatles tribute bands from around the world perform. Call 236-9091, http://www.mathewstreetfestival.co.uk .
— Ed Stockly