It's hard to believe that Oct. 5, 2012, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' first single, "Love Me Do." Why not check out one of these top Beatles-related attractions as -- chosen by TripAdvisor editors -- to celebrate the Fab Four and their legacy?
Any Beatles fan visiting London absolutely must grab a photo at the iconic crosswalk on Abbey Road in Westminster. "Be mindful of the traffic," warned one TripAdvisor traveler, but as another said, it's "a lot of fun walking in the Beatles' footsteps. The best photo op is from the roundabout."
Learn about the history of the band and its musical legacy at this exhibit in their hometown of Liverpool. Interactive exhibits, displays of the band's clothing and instruments, and the "Fab4D" film are popular with TripAdvisor travelers. As one reviewer wrote, it "really brought the time of the Beatles back to life, and I remembered so much about that time in the 60s."
Opposite the Dakota Apartments where John Lennon and Yoko Ono lived (and in front of which he died), this memorial in New York's Central Park is a fitting tribute to the musician. "This is a beautiful spot to reflect on the message Lennon brought to the world," wrote one TripAdvisor traveler.
The Cavern Club was one of the first places the Beatles performed. Today, the club continues to showcase up-and-coming bands… who undoubtedly hope to follow in the Fab Four's footsteps. As one TripAdvisor traveler put it, "It is atmospheric and does give a feel of what it must have been like back then."
Obviously, the Beatles are a big deal at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—the exhibit here features costumes, instruments (including the guitar on which John Lennon composed "Give Peace a Chance"), and handwritten musical arrangements. One TripAdvisor traveler wrote, "As a Beatles fan, I enjoyed the video clips that accompanied the releases of the albums. There are so many details to soak up, you can always find something you missed on a previous trip."
Paul McCartney's boyhood home has been restored to its 1950s appearance by the National Trust, and visitors can stop in to see the rooms where Paul and John wrote their first songs and practiced guitar together. "I loved Paul's home… to be able to sit on the couch and look around was great," wrote one TripAdvisor traveler.
"The Cirque du Soleli has such a talented troupe of performers and so much action going on. It is a treat for the senses, and you might almost think your drink was spiked," wrote one TripAdvisor traveler who thoroughly enjoyed "The Beatles – Love". Another said, "The way the performance goes on around and above you gives you the feeling that you are on the stage rather than looking at it."
"Walk, enjoy the rather posh restaurant and see Yoko Ono´s 'peace column'--a skyward beam of light in memory of her husband, John Lennon," wrote one TripAdvisor traveler who visited Videy Island.
See where Paul McCartney and John Lennon first met in 1957 (they were waiting to perform at a dance) and view Eleanor Rigby's gravestone at this historic church in Liverpool. As one TripAdvisor traveler wrote, a visit here is simply "a must for Beatles fans."
This ever-changing tribute to John Lennon is a mélange of graffiti, poetry and song lyrics. "Don't forget to give the peace sign when snapping your photos!" wrote one TripAdvisor traveler.