Rolling with the Fab 4
Liverpool is famous for many things, but when I tell people I'm from Liverpool the first thing they say is ahhhh the Beatles. As a born and bred Scouse bird I am embarrassed to say I had never visited any of The Beatles attractions. Knowing visitors come from all over the world to visit the home town of the Fab 4 I wanted to put together an accessibility guide to the attractions. I have really enjoyed visiting these attractions and taking the time to learn the history of one of the worlds most influential bands of all time.
Hard Days Night Hotel
The Beatles inspired hotel opened its doors in 2008 right in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. The objective was to create a unique environment offering high-quality hotel facilities with an exciting and interesting ‘twist’.
Each one of the hotels 110 guest bedrooms displays a unique piece of artwork by Shannon MacDonald each telling a different part of the Beatles Story. There are five adapted rooms, some have full accessibility such as a roll-in shower and partially adapted rooms with step in shower/bath with grab rails.
- Wheelchair Accessible Entrance once through the doors there is a lift to the right, this will give you access to Hotel Reception, Blakes Restaurant and the bar areas.
- Reception/Bar Area fully wheelchair accessible
- Lift to all floors small due to lift being customised built around staircase, this is because the building is Grade II (fitted my standard sized power chair)
- Can accommodate larger wheelchairs/scooters in an alternative service lift (please let hotel reception know this prior to your visit so there is no delay in assistance)
- Blakes Restaurant is fully accessible via door entrance at reception – all tables are at a standard height and my legs went under the table perfectly
Wheelchair adapted guest room
- Bed at standard wheelchair height for ease of transfer
- Plenty of room to fit wheelchair around both sides of the bed
- Light switches at an accessible height
- Wardrobe has lowered rails for easy reach
- Bathroom with roll-in shower, wall mounted drop down seat (excellent standard height)
- Toilet was at standard wheelchair height for ease of transfer
- Able to turn fully around in bathroom
Both of the function rooms are accessible via the lift. There is plenty of room to move a wheelchair about and double doors to let you through. There is no accessible toilet on that floor, you would need to go to the ground floor which is a bit of a pain, but something people with disabilities live with daily.
The Hard Days Night hotel is beautiful, staff are friendly and helpful. I would recommend for an accessible hotel stay.
The Beatles Story Liverpool – Albert Dock
The world’s largest permanent exhibition of The Beatles Story takes visitors on a captivating journey through the lives, times and music of the Fab Four.
Key locations and moments are recreated throughout the exhibition, including the bands original instruments, clothing and my favourite piece John Lennon’s glasses.
Multimedia guides are included and available in twelve different languages.
- If you have a disability you pay the concession price of £13.00 and one carer goes free showing proof of your eligibility such as DLA, Pip award.
- At the front of the exhibition there are steps leading down, if you go to the left of the steps there is a purpose-built lift, just ring the bell for assistance and a staff member will come and assist.
- Due to fire evacuation procedures only three wheelchairs at one time can be present on the premises. The exhibition is fully wheelchair accessible I managed to get around with ease using my power chair, there is also a large accessible toilet.
- Induction loops are available to use with the audio guides just advise a member of staff of your needs. Should you require sign language please contact the exhibition prior to your visit on 0151 705 6604 and they will ensure help is on hand.
- Large Print Gallery books are available at the admissions desk.
- Guide/Assistive dogs are welcome
Mathew Street is possibly one of the most famous streets in Liverpool. Distinguished as the location of the iconic Cavern Club where the Beatles played numerous times. A night out in town is not compete without a visit to Mathew Street.
The Cavern Club
There are many steep steps down into the cavern club, but there is wheelchair access with assistance from a staff member.
- At the entrance is an accessibility sign with a number to call for staff assistance
Lift access into club
- Ramp inside venue from upper level live lounge to the lower level (assistance is required)
There is no disabled toilet facility within the club – the lift can take to accessible toilet is Cavern Walks
Sgt Peppers Bar
This is one of my favourite bars on Mathew Street, I love the vibe in this place the live music and friendly customers. It does get very packed and can be hard to move around the crowd in your wheelchair, I suggest staying close to the accessible entrance and toilet.
Fab 4 Taxi Tours
The Fab4 Taxi Tours is an original sightseeing tour company of Liverpool. Professional taxi drivers with the scouse banter/charm will take you on a very unique tour you will remember forever. They offer Beatles tours, history tours and Liverpool sightseeing.
· Each taxi is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp
· Each taxi has a hearing loop
· Guide/assistance dogs welcome
Follow above link for prices and booking information.
I would recommend all these tourist attractions I had a fun couple of days and would do it all again.