St. Peter’s Church Tours and Activities
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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
Walk in the Beatles’ footsteps and explore Liverpool’s music heritage on this walking and deluxe transport tour. Follow your guide to see sites including Liverpool Cathedral and the Eleanor Rigby statue. Visit the Cavern Club and ride your air-conditioned vehicle to view Penny Lane, Strawberry Field, the exteriors of John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s childhood homes; and more—all as your guide sheds light on the Beatles’ Liverpool story.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
If you’re a Beatles fan and find yourself in Liverpool, then treat yourself to a tour of the sites linked to the Fab Four. The hometown of the popular 1960’s rock band, Liverpool boasts Beatles landmarks all over the city, but it’s tough work finding them if you’re new to town. On this tour, you’ll explore Liverpool with a private guide in your own taxi, getting straight to sites such as Penny Lane, Eleanor Rigby’s grave, and more.
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:
- Private Beatles Car Tour, Penny Lane, Strawberry Field & childhood homes
- Private 3 hour Beatles Tour of Liverpool by Taxi
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