St. Peter’s Church Tours
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St. Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool, is more than an example of Gothic Revival architecture—it is also a significant site in musical history, as it was here in 1957 that John Lennon first met Paul McCartney. Also here are the graves of Eleanor Rigby, John Lennon’s Uncle George, and Bob Paisley, the renowned Liverpool FC manager.
Many tours offer a visit of the National Heritage–listed St. Peter’s as part of a Beatles-focused itinerary, with transportation options ranging from taxi to bike. Whether with a group or visiting independently, notice the church’s red sandstone exterior—one of Liverpool’s largest—and the 90-foot (27.5-meter) bell tower that offers regional vistas. Then explore the interior that was familiar to John’s Aunt Mimi, an active member of the congregation, or take a stroll in the graveyard and look out for recognizable names as you gain insight into the band’s humble beginnings.
Things to Know Before You Go
- St. Peter’s Church is a must-see for Beatles enthusiasts and those interested in Liverpool’s social history.
- Tours that offer a comprehensive Beatles itinerary and include St. Peter’s can save you the time and hassle of negotiating public transportation.
- An umbrella is useful during England’s rainy months, especially if you plan to explore the graveyard.
- The church is accessible to wheelchair users. Access to the building is at the rear, and there are wheelchair-accessible churchyard paths and restrooms.
How to Get There
St. Peter’s Church is in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. Many Beatles tours offer round-trip transportation from central Liverpool. Alternatively, you can take a train to Hunts Cross from Liverpool Central railway station, then change to the 81, 81A, or 89 bus; or catch the 75 or 76 bus directly from the center to Church Road South. Free parking is available on nearby High Street.
When to Get There
St. Peter’s Church is open daily to visitors year-round, but as with most English attractions, spring and summer bring nicer weather—though autumn and winter have their charms too. Services run on Thursday and Sunday; visitors are welcome to attend, but sightseeing is best kept out of these hours.
As proud Liverpudlians, the Beatles’ songwriting was often inspired by their childhood experiences. McCartney himself explained that while the Eleanor Rigby of the song was fictitious, he likely recalled her name from passing by her grave regularly as a boy. There’s no doubt, however, that Lennon’s memories of the nearby Strawberry Field children’s home inspired “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Similarly, “Penny Lane” references the synonymous street. These and other Fab Four–related sights can be visited on a Beatles tour of the city.
Address: Woolton, Liverpool, England
2 Tours and Activities to Experience St. Peter’s Church
Mountain Bike Tours
A Beatles tour of Liverpool is a must for fans of the Fab Four and traveling by electric bike means you can cover more ground. Pedal your way through Liverpool’s music history, stopping to see where Paul McCartney and John Lennon grew up, and visiting memorable locations such as Strawberry Field, Eleanor Rigby’s Grave, and Penny Lane.
Travel safely in a sanitised luxury vehicle in this private tour for your own group from 1 to 6 guests. Avoid the risk of travelling in a motor coach in this private tour to learn all about the Beatles locations in the south of the city centre, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, outside the Beatles childhood homes and lots more. You will also have a short guided tour of the city centre in luxury transport and as it is a private tour your guide can meet you at your preferred location anywhere in Liverpool City Centre. If you want to learn about all the Beatles locations within the city centre then there is the option to add a 2-hour socially distanced walking tour from the waterfront to William Brown Street. Your qualified Tour Guides and Driver/Guides will have hand sanitiser and there are face-masks available at a small additional charge if you require those. After your tour your local tour guide will help you to plan the rest of your visit avoiding the busiest locations.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience St. Peter’s Church?
The best ways to experience St. Peter’s Church are:
- 3.5-Hour Small-Group Beatles Tour of Liverpool by Electric Bike
- Private Magical Beatles Tour - Penny Lane, Strawberry Field - Licensed Mercedes
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