Lancashire and the Peaks: Places to Explore

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Liverpool

A city lined with one of the most famous waterfronts in England, celebrated around the world as the birthplace of the Beatles, and still the place to catch that "Ferry 'Cross the Mersey," Liverpool reversed a downturn in its fortunes with developments in the late 1980s, such as the impressively refurbished Albert Dock area and Tate Liverpool. Its stint as the European Union's Capital of Culture in 2008, when £3 billion was invested in the city, acted as a catalyst for further regeneration. UNESCO named six historic areas in the city center a World Heritage Site, in recognition of the city’s maritime and mercantile achievements during the height of Britain's global influence. This heritage, together with the renowned attractions and a legacy of cultural vibrancy, now draws in an ever-increasing number of visitors.

The 1960s produced Liverpool's most famous export: the Beatles. The group was one of hundreds that copied the rock and roll they heard from visiting American GIs and merchant seamen in the late 1950s, and one of many that played local venues such as the Cavern (demolished but rebuilt nearby). All four Beatles were born in Liverpool, but the group's success dates from the time they left for London. Nevertheless, the city has milked the group's Liverpool connections for all they’re worth, with a multitude of local attractions such as Paul McCartney's and John Lennon's childhood homes.

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