(WTVM) - October 5 marks the beginning of a pop-culture movement that transformed and influenced music and society. On October 5, 1962, The Beatles released their first single "Love Me Do."
To honor the 50th anniversary of the band's debut hit, TripAdvisor has come up with a list of ten outstanding The Beatles attractions throughout the world, based on feedback from TripAdvisor travelers and chosen by TripAdvisor editors.
These exciting and affordable sights celebrate the musical legacy of the beloved band of John, Paul, Ringo and George
Abbey Road – London, England
Known as the backdrop of The Beatles' eleventh studio album cover, the iconic crossing on this Westminster street is a perfect place to snap a photo. After visiting the crosswalk, travelers can check out nearby Abbey Road Studios, where the Fab Four recorded many of their hit songs. A TripAdvisor traveler said, "If you are a Beatles fan, you must go there and cross the street while somebody takes a picture of you, even if you're alone."
The Beatles Story, Liverpool, England
Open seven days a week, this museum celebrates the musical legacy of The Beatles. On display, Fab Four fanatics can see clothing worn by the band as well as some of the instruments they used. Guests can also view the Fab4D film which takes its audience on a groovy trip through the history of the Liverpool legends. "A must for every Beatles fan and those who are not as well!" commented a TripAdvisor traveler. Tickets cost approximately $25 for adults and $11 for children.
Strawberry Fields, John Lennon Memorial, New York City, New York
Located between 71st and 74th Streets in the Big Apple, this two and a half acre memorial named after The Beatles' song, "Strawberry Fields Forever," commemorates the life of musician and peace activist, John Lennon. Also nearby is the famed black and white "Imagine" mosaic which has been captured in several works of art. A TripAdvisor traveler said, "Such a beautiful and peaceful site within New York City's absolutely grand Central Park."
The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England
One of the first venues The Beatles performed at, this Liverpool music cellar is known as the cradle of British pop music. On February 9, 1961 the Fab Four first performed here and soon established themselves as the club's signature act. Today live music can be seen on the front stage which is open seven days a week starting at 10 a.m. A TripAdvisor traveler said, "It was like going back to the days of The Beatles. Music was great, drinks were not overpriced, and a great atmosphere."
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, Ohio
Located in "The Rock 'n' Roll Capital of the World", this museum features a Beatles exhibit that showcases nearly 70 artifacts, including George Harrison's striped suit from the 1966 U.S. tour, Ringo Starr's red military-style jacket from the "Strawberry Fields Forever" promo film and more. "The Beatles exhibit and films were our favorite parts, but really, we enjoyed the whole experience," commented a TripAdvisor traveler. Tickets cost $22 for adults, $17 for seniors (65 and up), $13 for children (9-12); children eight and under get in for free.
20 Forthlin Road – McCartney Home – Liverpool, England
Known as the "Birthplace of The Beatles," visitors to McCartney's boyhood home can tour the places where the Fab Four composed and rehearsed some of their earliest songs. Travelers can also view family photographs taken by Paul's brother. One TripAdvisor traveler commented, "I loved Paul's home as it had a real sense of family about it and to be able to sit on the couch and look around was great." Tours are free and run Wednesday to Sunday.
The Beatles – Love – Cirque du Soleil – Las Vegas, Nevada
Using master tapes from Abbey Road Studios, directors George Martin and Giles Martin created a unique sound score that brings the Fab Four hits to life. This three-time Grammy-winning musical tribute is full of vibrantly colored costumes, impressive set changes, and thrilling stunts. "Made me feel as though I was on some sort of trip through The Beatles years floating on a cloud," commented one TripAdvisor traveler. Tickets start at $79.
Videy Island – Reykjavik, Iceland
Travelers visiting this small island can see the Image Peace Tower created by Yoko Ono. This outdoor work of art that bears the words "Imagine Peace" in 24 languages, was unveiled October 9, 2007 which would have been Lennon's 67th birthday. Each year, the tower is illuminated from his birthday through December 8th; the day of the music legend's passing. A TripAdvisor traveler noted, "Yoko Ono's peace light sculpture is a must see when it's lit."
St. Peter's Church – Liverpool, United Kingdom
While waiting to perform at a dance, Paul McCartney and John Lennon were first introduced on the grounds of this 19th century church during the summer of 1957. Today, travelers can walk in the footsteps of the British boys and view the gravestone of Eleanor Rigby, rumored to be the inspiration for the band's hit song of the same name. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, "A historic and beautiful church. Good for Beatles fans in lovely Woolton."
Lennon Wall – Prague, Czech Republic
Since the 1980s, the surface of this cement wall has been decorated with art inspired by the legendary musician and peace activist. Displaying poetry and song lyrics, the images are continuously evolving and visitors are able to contribute their own musical musings. A TripAdvisor traveler said, "It's definitely worth seeing as it has become a famous site in Prague. It's free and only takes a short walk in Mala Strana to see this modern work of art."