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Welcome to the Beatles' Childhood Homes

Welcome to the Beatles' Childhood Homes. These two small houses in suburban Liverpool are where the Beatles were born: John and Paul grew up here, practiced their music and wrote some of the first songs made famous by the Beatles.

Our tour is the only one which takes you inside these unique and atmospheric buildings. Walk in the footsteps of John and Paul and explore the houses for yourself.

Mendips

John's Aunt Mimi was very houseproud

Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon, is a fine example of 1950s semi-detached housing. More luxurious and higher status than 20 Forthlin Road, it was lovingly maintained by John's Aunt Mimi. You can still see the house and garden as it was when they lived here. Neat, tidy, yet still cosy, it's a real home.

See inside the special places where:

  • John and Paul grew up
  • The Beatles were born
  • The Quarrymen and the Beatles practised some of their earliest songs
  • Please Please Me, I Call Your Name and She Loves You were written
  • Michael McCartney took acclaimed family photographs

20 Forthlin Road

The all-male McCartney family were not quite so houseproud.

A typical example of post-war terraced council housing, 20 Forthlin Road is smaller and plainer than Mendips. Paul's mother, Mary, tragically died when he and Mike were in their teens and Jim, their father, brought them up alone after that. The McCartney men weren't as houseproud as Aunt Mimi and money was tight, so expect to see mismatched wallpaper, clutter and threadbare sofas.

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