One Day, One Place: Beatle-free day in the life of Liverpool; Jeanne Cooper; San Francisco Chronicle

UK – Liverpool – Maritime Mercantile City

Thanks to the Beatles, thousands of visitors head to Liverpool every year to visit Strawberry Fields, Penny Lane, the Cavern Club and other landmarks tied to the Fab Four. Less well-known is the city’s claim to more museums and galleries than any other in the United Kingdom, outside of London. Create your own magical mystery tour by exploring a few of the most distinctive exhibition halls and the beautifully renewed civic spaces between them.

— Jeanne Cooper

Morning

Emerge from newly renovated Lime Street Station, served by nonstop trains from Manchester and London, and admire the grand sweep of Neoclassical St. George’s Hall. Built as a music festival hall and courthouse in the early 1800s, it reopened a decade ago after a $30 million renovation and now offers architectural tours and a cafe in addition to live entertainment.

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