Inside the childhood homes of the Beatles
Walk in the footsteps of Beatles legends John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney as you explore their childhood homes in suburban Liverpool. These houses provide a real insight into John and Sir Paul's humble beginnings and are a must-see for Beatles fans of all ages.
Join a guided tour and explore the childhood homes of the Beatles. Here is a snippet of what you can expect to learn as well as a National Trust Podcast episode where we join Trust curator James Grasby on a tour.
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’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ and ‘She Loves You’ were written
Mike McCartney took acclaimed family photographs
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 and tidy, yet still cosy. It’s a real home.
20 Forthlin Road
A typical example of post-war terraced council housing, 20 Forthlin Road is smaller and more basic than Mendips. Sir Paul's mother, Mary, tragically died when he and his brother, Mike, were in their teens. Their father, Jim, brought them up alone after that.
The McCartney men weren't as houseproud as John’s Aunt Mimi and money was tight, so expect to see mismatched wallpaper, clutter and threadbare sofas.
National Trust Podcast: Backstage at the Beatles’ Childhood Homes
Join National Trust curator James Grasby as he steps inside the childhood homes of John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney.
Book a tour of 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 places where John and Paul grew up and the Beatles were born. Find out more and plan your visit.
20 Forthlin Road is where the Beatles were born. Discover the winners of The Forthlin Sessions and find out how we're bringing live music back to this remarkable house.
Historic buildings are a treasure trove of stories, art and collections. Learn more about what makes these places so special and plan your visit.
From the Elizabethan architecture of Gawthorpe Hall to the homes that were the birthplace of the Beatles, there's plenty to discover inside the buildings we look after in Liverpool and Lancashire.