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Which Liverpool Beatles Museum is Best?

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This post covers all the details you need to know to visit the Beatles museums in Liverpool, including ticket prices, potential discounts, opening hours, and where these attractions are located.

There are actually two museums focused on the history of the Beatles in Liverpool, and we’ll provide information about both locations.


The Beatles Story

If you’re looking to experience the journey of the Beatles from young musicians to rockstars and beyond, this museum is definitely worth a visit.

The Beatles Story has created replicas of the Casbah, Mathew Street, Abbey Road Studios, and the Cavern. As you walk through the museum, you’ll learn all about how and where this rock group began and eventually how they became a phenomenon.

In addition to all the recreations of historic locations, this museum also houses a lot of interesting memorabilia related to the Beatles. You’ll see authentic instruments and clothing used by the band, including John Lennon’s spectacles and Ringo Starr’s drum kit.

There’s a lot to see here, and it’s the perfect spot for both fans of the Beatles and those who just want to learn about the history of the band.


Tickets and Opening Hours

  • Adults ( 16+): £17.00
  • Children (5-15): £9.50
  • Concession: £13.50
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): £44.50
  • Concession prices are intended for Students and Seniors.

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NOTE: This tour is also included in some combo packages that can help you save money. Check our discount section for more details.

The Beatles Story is open from 10 am - 16:00 (4 pm) every day. They are closed on some holidays such as Christmas. 


How to Get Here

The Beatles Story is located on the Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool, which is fairly easy to find. This is also where you will find the Tate Museum, and it’s very close to the Wheel of Liverpool.

There are bus stops nearby on Strand Street, and some lines that even stop on Gower Street at the dock. James Street Station is the closest underground stop. 

Some hop-on hop-off bus tours also make stops here, and there’s at least one Beatles bus tour that actually operates from Royal Albert Dock.


Liverpool Beatles Museum

This museum is far more focused on historic artifacts from throughout the history of the Beatles. While both museums we cover in this post have a lot of interesting items that were once owned by members of the band, this location has one of the most impressive collections in the entire world.

Visitors can expect to see some of the following items:

  • Original Guitars and Drums
  • White Cello from Magical Mystery Tour
  • Medals worn by John Lennon on cover of Sgt Pepper
  • John Lennon’s Itinerary for First American Tour
  • Paul McCartney’s Bass Amp
  • George Harrison’s Ukulele

They also have previously unseen footage of the Beatles on display, in addition to several interviews and letters either owned or given by band members.

If you’re already a fan of the Beatles and you know all about them, this is a museum you will definitely want to visit. While you can also learn a lot about the rock group here, chances are you’ll understand and appreciate the significance of their collection much more if you’re already familiar with the musicians.


Tickets and Opening Hours

  • Adults (16+): £15.00
  • Children (5-15): £7.50
  • Concessions: £10.00
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): £35.00
  • Group Price (10+ people): £10.00
  • Concession prices are intended for Students and Seniors.

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The Liverpool Beatles Museum is open daily from 10 am - 17:00 (5 pm). 


How to Get Here

This museum is located at 23 Mathew Street in Liverpool, which is actually just a stone’s throw away from the Cavern Club, one of the most famous sites in Beatles history.

The closest bus stops are near the corner of Cook Street and North John Street. There is also a stop on Lord Street a few blocks south. 

You’ll find the closest underground station at Moorfields to the north, but the James Street station is also just a few blocks away.

Many Liverpool Beatles tours will pass by this location due to its proximity to the Cavern Club, so this could be another great way to find the museum without too much trouble.


10 Liverpool Beatles Museum Discounts

There are a lot of different ways to save money on tickets to either The Beatles Story or the Liverpool Beatles Museum. This section will cover some of the best discounts available at these attractions, and we will also discuss some common deals that may not currently be available.

Although it's not part of any Liverpool Beatles Museum, this is one free attraction you won't want to miss just outside the British Music Experience and Royal Liver Building at Pier Head. Source: Pixabay user atanaspaskalev.

1. Combo Packages

Tickets to The Beatles Story are included with at least one combination package offered by the Liverpool City Sights Bus Tour company.

They currently have a combo that includes their Beatles bus tour and tickets to The Beatles Story. Here are the prices for this combo package:

  • Adults: £30
  • Children: £20
  • Concession: £25

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The first stop of their bus tour is at Royal Albert Dock, making it easier to reach The Beatles Story museum without relying on other transportation.


2. Group Tickets

The Liverpool Beatles Museum offers a group discount ticket price of £10 per person when you purchase tickets for at least 10 people. 

If you have a large family or are visiting with a large group, this is a great way to save some money on admission.


3. Concession Prices

If you’re either a university student or a senior citizen (60 or older), you are eligible for the concession ticket price at both museums. 

While The Beatles Story offers a discount of £3.50 for concession tickets, the Liverpool Beatles Museum provides a £5.00 discount. 


4. Children’s Discount

Both museums consider anyone from the age of 5-15 to be children, which means younger teens in your family can enjoy a discount of 50% off the adult ticket price.

Kids under the age of 5 are granted free admission, which is obviously an even better deal!


5. Family Discounts

If you’re looking for an even better deal than you can get from just children’s ticket prices alone, the family ticket is a pretty good option.

These tickets grant admission for 2 adults and 2 children. While The Beatles Story provides an overall discount of £8.50 with their family ticket, the Liverpool Beatles Museum charges £10 less for families.


6. Discount Sites

Although neither museum is currently offering tickets through any discount sites, this could change in the future. Services like Groupon often provide great deals on tickets to popular attractions in the UK and around the world.

These websites also typically offer coupon codes for an additional 10% - 20% off ticket prices, so we recommend checking to make sure this isn’t an option before paying for admission.


7. Credit Card and AAA Discounts

Traditionally, the insurance company AAA has become well known for all the discounts they offer on other activities and at popular attractions around the world.

Nowadays, even Credit Card and Debit Card companies are providing these types of discounts, so we recommend checking with these companies before buying your tickets. 

You never know, you might find a good deal on admission to one of these Liverpool Beatles museums!


8. Tesco Days Out Vouchers

The Beatles Story takes part in the Tesco Days Out program, which means you can use their vouchers to pay for admission to the museum. Vouchers must be presented at the ticket office on the day of your visit.


9. Military Discount

If you’re a member of the NHS or British Armed Forces, you are eligible for a 20% discount on tickets to The Beatles Story.


10. Blue Peter Badge Discount

Children with a Blue Peter Badge are eligible for free entry to The Beatles Story. This is a great way to save money on tickets if your kids have earned this badge in recognition of a special achievement.


About The Author

Margaret

An American simply by accident of birth, Margaret moved to London over 16 years ago and hasn’t looked back since! With a keen interest in History – and a BA degree to match – Margaret prides herself on her knowledge of the amazing city she calls home and she's been guiding here now for nearly a decade. Social history is her real expertise, with sound understanding of the day-to-day lives of Londoners over the past centuries.
Updated: November 23rd, 2021
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