Fans of the Beatles can now visit the childhood home of one of the music industry’s biggest stars – John Lennon.
This historic building, located in Liverpool’s Woolton, is a must-see for music history enthusiasts. It’s where some of the band’s most famous hits were created.
The Grade II Liverpool building, which was built in 1930s, is now under the care and control of the National Trust. It is located just south of the city.
This is where the famous singer-songwriter lived from five to eight years old.
A reporter from our sister site, 2Chill, has created a handy guide for music fans on how best to visit the house, which is at 251 Menlove Avenue.
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Getting there from Liverpool city centre is an estimated 20-minute drive or two-hour walk.
If you are interested in public transport, the best route is to catch the line 75 bus at Liverpool ONE bus stop to Woolton and Rockbourne Avenue. Then, it’s a short walk to your destination.
You can also take the line 76 bus to Queen Square bus stop in the city center. This will take to Woolton, Vale Road, and the final destination is just a two-minute walk away.
John Lennon was five when he moved to the house in 1946. His mother persuaded George and Aunt Mimi to care for him.
Julia Lennon, her mother, was killed when a car drove through the house about 30 metres west.
Mimi sold the house in 1965. Some of the furnishings were removed and others were given away.
The day before the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, 251 Menlove Avenue was adorned with an English Heritage blue plaque, carrying the text “JOHN LENNON 1940–1980 Musician and Songwriter lived here 1945–1963”.
Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono bought the house in March 2002, and donated it to the National Trust in order to save it from further demolition when it was then restored to its 1950s appearance.
At a joint press conference with the National Trust in March 2003, when it was announced that the house would be opened to the public, Yoko Ono said: “When John’s house came up for sale I wanted to preserve it for the people of Liverpool and John Lennon and Beatles fans all over the world.”
In February 2012, both this house and Paul McCartney’s childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road were Grade II listed by English Heritage.
The National Trust run three tours a day at 10am, 12.10pm and 2.30pm.