24.08.2010 - 25.08.2010
After several decades of depression, the city of Liverpool has revived and now looks quite prosperous. We arrived late in the afternoon, and after checking into the Holiday Inn next to Lime Street train station, we headed to Albert Dock. The dock was once a major port and ship-building yard which has recently been re-built into a major tourist precinct consisting of a number of museum including the Beatles museum, the Maritime museum and the Slavery museum. On the first night we went out and had a cheap dinner at a pub then retreated from the cold into our room. The next morning we returned to Albert museum and visited the Slavery museum which was well done and had some emotion provoking exhibits. At midday we boarded the bus for the Magical Mystery tour, which is of course a Beatles tour, and went to several sites related to their Beatles during their lives in Liverpool. These included their childhood homes, Penny lane, Strawberry fields and venues they played at in their early career. The tour talked about the lives but could have gone into more detail. After the tour we returned to Albert Dock to visit the Maritime museum which was quite large and took us the rest of the afternoon to explore.