Visiting the Beatles' Childhood Homes: what you need to know

Tour guide speaking to visitors outside Mendips

This tour is the only way to get inside the childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney. Lots of other tours will take you to look at the outside but this is the only way to see inside the unique places where John and Paul grew up and the Beatles were born.

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Where does this tour go?
How do I book tickets?
How far in advance should I book?
What if I want to bring a child with me?
My child is under 5. Do I still have to pay for them?
I'm a wheelchair user. Can I still take the tour?
Where does my tour leave from?
Where do I need to wait for my tour? Can I buy guidebooks for the houses?
How can I stay safe on the tour?
What do I need to bring with me?
Can I meet the tour at the houses instead of taking the minibus?
How long does the tour last?
Can I leave my bags on the bus?
Can I take photographs?
Can I bring my dog?
Can I cancel my ticket?

Where does this tour go?

This tour is the only way to get inside the childhood homes of Lennon and McCartney. We therefore focus our tour time on showing you around these unique places and so our tours don't take you to other Beatles related locations.

How do I book tickets?

Book your tickets online via the What's On section on our homepage.

Tours at 10.30am and 11.10am leave from Speke Hall. Tours at 2.20pm and 3pm leave from bus stand 2 at Liverpool South Parkway station. Please make sure you select the correct pickup location when booking.

If you would prefer to book over the phone or your booking includes tickets for wheelchair users, carers or children under 5, please call 0344 249 1895.

How far in advance should I book?

We recommend booking well in advance, especially if you're planning to visit during peak times of the year such as July and August. Spaces are limited to 15 people per tour and tickets can sell out quickly. If you're planning a trip to Liverpool specially to take this tour, please book as far in advance as possible. 

What if I want to bring a child with me?

That's absolutely fine! This tour is for Beatles fans of all ages and child tickets are available to purchase along with your adult tickets via the online booking system (see above).

If your child requires a booster seat then we carry one of these on the minibus. If your child is younger and needs a car seat, please note that you must provide your own.

My child is under 5. Do I still have to pay for them?

Places are free for under 5s but we do still need to reserve a space for your little one on the tour. Please give us a call on 0344 249 1895 and we can organise making your booking over the phone.

I'm a wheelchair user. Can I still take the tour?

Of course. The upstairs of 20 Forthlin Road and Mendips are inaccessible unfortunately, however we have photographs of the upstairs rooms for you to enjoy as part of your visit.

To book your visit as a wheelchair user, please call us on 0344 249 1895.

Where does my tour leave from?

The 10.30am and 11.10am tours depart from Speke Hall, a National Trust property which is 7 miles south of the city centre, next to Liverpool Airport. The 2.20pm and 3pm tours depart from bus stand 2 at Liverpool South Parkway train station, which is 2.5 miles north of Speke Hall and easily accessible from the city centre by train (approx. 13 mins). Please see 'How to get here' on the homepage for more information. 

Where do I need to wait for my tour?

Please be at your departure point 15 minutes before your tour time. Tours will depart at their set start time and latecomers will not be permitted access to the houses.

If your tour departs from Speke Hall, please ask the members of staff in reception and they'll show you where the bus picks up from.

If your tour departs from Liverpool South Parkway, please wait at bus stand 2. Our minibus driver will meet you there.

Can I buy guidebooks for the houses?

You certainly can. There's the option to purchase them in advance when you book online - simply select the guidebooks option and they'll be waiting for you when you start the tour.

How can I stay safe on the tour?

You're very welcome to wear face coverings while on the bus and inside the properties. While on the minibus and inside the houses, we would encourage you to keep a respectful distance from others.

What do I need to bring with me?

Your booking reference number and, if you're a National Trust member, proof of your membership. You can show your reference number on a phone or tablet, as a printout of your confirmation email or just written down, the choice is yours!

Face coverings are recommended in enclosed areas, unless you’re exempt, so please bring one with you to wear on the bus and inside the properties.

Can I meet the tour at the houses instead of taking the minibus?

No, everyone must arrive on our minibus. Both houses are in residential neighbourhoods and we must carefully manage entry to the houses so as not to cause disruption to the neighbourhoods. Tours will depart at their set start time and latecomers will not be permitted access to the houses.

How long does the tour last?

Approximately 2 hours. Every tour slot spends the same amount of time at both houses.

Can I leave my bag on the bus?

Sorry, there's no space on the bus to store belongings. You'll have to take everything with you on the tour. Space is limited at the houses so your bags, cameras etc will be stored safely in a locked space at each house.  Please note that we don't have the space available to store large bags and suitcases so please don't bring them with you on the tour.

Can I take photographs?

Unfortunately photography isn't allowed inside the houses for copyright reasons. There's some time at each house for you to take pictures outside though. You also have the option of purchasing a guidebook when booking your ticket, which will be ready for you to pick up when arrive. We're currently unable to sell guidebooks at the houses.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry we can't allow dogs on the tour, except for assistance dogs.

Can I cancel my ticket?

You can, but tickets are non-refundable as we cannot guarantee we will be able to re-sell your ticket. To cancel your booking, please call our booking team on 0344 249 1895.

If you need to change the date or time of your booking, you can do this through your online account up to 24 hours before your booked timeslot. Please see your booking confirmation email for instructions.