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You can take a tour of Paul McCartney and John Lennon’s childhood homes

The two Beatles apparently wrote ‘She Loves You’ and ‘Please Please Me’ in the properties

Amy Houghton
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Amy Houghton

There are loads of tours where fans can marvel at former homes of all four members of the The Beatles. But the one run by the National Trust is your only opportunity to have a nose inside two of the properties. 

Members of the public can head to Liverpool to peak inside Paul McCartney’s childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road and John Lennon’s former abode, Mendips, at 251 Menlove Avenue.

McCartney moved to Forthlin Road with his father and brother following his mother’s death in 1956. The National Trust describes the home as an example of post-war terraced council housing and says visitors can ‘expect to see mismatched wallpaper, clutter and threadbare sofas’. The National Trust has owned it since 1995. 

Mendips belonged to Lennon’s aunt Mimi and her husband George, who took custody of him after his parents separated in 1946. Once described by McCartney as ‘one of the almost posh houses’ of the area, the property was donated to the National Trust by Yoko Ono in 2002. 

Tour visitors board a minibus at either Liverpool South Parkway or National Trust property Speke Hall before travelling to the homes. According to the National Trust website, the tour lasts around two hours. 

20 Forthlin Road and Mendips are open for guided tours Wednesdays to Sundays from March 2 this year. Plan ahead and book here.

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