International Beatleweek 2018: Stay at The Shankly Hotel

From 22 to 28 August, the sounds of Paul, John, Ringo and George will be ringing through the streets of Liverpool even more than they normally do, as International Beatleweek 2018 hits the city.

Whether you’re a fan of Hey Jude, Eleanor Rigby, Penny Lane or one of the many other classic hits, they’ll all be booming out from venues across Merseyside, including the legendary Cavern Club and even Signature Living’s very own Alma de Cuba.

And if you’re looking for somewhere to stay during annual celebrations, there’s nowhere better than The Shankly Hotel.

International Beatleweek 2018

Catapulted to global fame during the swinging 60s, the meteoric rise of the band from Merseyside came at exactly the same time that Liverpool FC, manned by the legendary Bill Shankly, began their own whirlwind trip to the top and it’s hard not to draw comparisons between these two bastions of Scouse culture.

So we’ve taken a look at the intertwined journey of the Fab Four and LFC on their way to national and international domination to show you why staying at The Shankly Hotel will make your International Beatleweek an occasion to remember as you enjoy the best of Liverpool’s fabulous culture…

The Beatle – Fans of Football?

It’s well known that none of The Beatles were huge football fans – and none of them were Reds!

The are-they-aren’t-they questions over John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s sporting allegiances have been put to rest by the discovery that Paul is an Evertonian, following in his father’s footsteps. There’s even a photo of him outside Wembley during the 1968 FA Cup final.

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Source: Wiki Commons | United States Library of Congress

John seemed to have little to no interest in the game. George also wasn’t a footie fan.

Ringo, meanwhile, was an Arsenal supporter, following in the steps of his stepfather who hailed from London.

But that didn’t stop the boys occasionally taking an interest and at The Shankly Hotel you can experience some of the exclusive memorabilia that shows just how closely LFC’s glory days were linked to the Fab Four.

Displayed in the hotel is a telegram sent to Bill Shankly by The Beatles before the 1965 FA Cup final. In it, the Scouse band wish the Reds best of luck in their forthcoming game and tell Shankly that they’ll be watching it on ‘the tele’.

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The telegram from The Beatles on display at The Shankly Hotel

Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager, even asked Shankly for tickets to the match but, in typical Shankly fashion, Bill replied:

“I have never seen any of The Beatles standing on The Kop. Any ticket I have spare will be going to my mates on the Kop.”

The lack of interest in Liverpool FC shown by The Beatles didn’t dampen LFC supporters mutual admiration for them however. Instead, Reds fans celebrated the success of four of Liverpool’s sons in their own special way…

Kop Culture and The Beatles

At the start of the 60s, Liverpool’s fans were renowned for their passion and excitement but also their songs. At each game, the Kop would come alive as the crowds roared out popular tunes and famous Anfield lyrics.

Included in that game-day track list were some of the Beatles best hits, such as ‘We Love You’.

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Koppites singing a Beatles song during the BBC segment on them. Source: YouTube | ReclaimTheKop

As the Merseybeats movement took off and Beatlemania started to grow from 1962 onwards, a buzz took over the city (which in the eyes of the music world had become the centre of the universe).

The Reds became renowned for singing out the hits of the band during matches. Their acclaim grew so large that they were even featured on a BBC news programme, with the journalist saying:

“It used to be thought that Welsh International Rugby crowds were the most musical and passionate in the world, but I’ve never seen anything like this Liverpool crowd… they seem, mysteriously, to be in touch with one another, with Wacker: the spirit of scouse.”

International Beatleweek 2018 Highlights

This year’s International Beatleweek kicks off with a rock’n’roll all-day session at The Cavern from 10:30am on Wednesday 22 August, with live music on three stages from global tribute bands.

The party at The Cavern continues on 23 August, before Friday sees the start of some special events for this year.

Alma de Cuba is hosting a birthday party for George Harrison and the Philharmonic celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘The White Album’ in a special evening performance.

International Beatleweek 2018

Head to the Adelphi Hotel on Friday even for the first of four late night parties filled with all the hits until the early hours. Over the bank holiday weekend, highlights include the Annual Convention and new for 2018, Scousechella at Grand Central Hall, where tribute acts will be paying homage to Paul McCartney’s 2016 Coachella performance, as well as the global superstars he played alongside: Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters and Neil Young.

For a full schedule and to buy tickets or packages, visit the International Beatleweek website. Some of the events during the week are only available for package-holders.

Staying at The Shankly

With the ultimate celebration of all things Beatles just around the corner, why not stay at The Shankly Hotel during the festival and celebrate the glory years of the city of Liverpool?

Whether you’re a Reds fan, a Beatles fan, or both, the landmark hotel in the centre of Liverpool is a celebration of the best of the city. Plus, our exclusive memorabilia includes the famous Beatles telegram sent to Bill Shankly on the eve of the 1964 FA cup final!

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A Shankly Suite

A stay at the Shankly is an experience like no other with suites that commemorate the legacy of the legendary manager and a bar and restaurant dedicated to the beautiful game.

Situated in the centre of the city, you’ll only be a short walk away from the key venues of International Beatleweek including the Adelphi Hotel (9mins) and the Cavern Club (5mins) as well as nearby to all the best Beatles attractions around Liverpool.

For more information, or to book a room, call our team on 0151 601 5623 today.

Summer Days Out: Bespoke Tours of Liverpool

Not sure how to spend the summer? Whether you’re a Liverpool local or simply plan on visiting soon, look no further than our bespoke tours of Liverpool.

Perfect for sunny family days out in Liverpool, our Shankly Tours invite you to embark on a range of jam-packed adventures.

Brought to you by the Shankly family in collaboration with The Shankly Hotel, you’ll discover the city that Bill Shankly loved and the Beatles called home.

Experience the very best of Liverpool, from the picturesque waterfront to the leafy suburbs of John Lennon’s childhood.

Following your busy day out, you may be in need of a well earned pint or two! And you’ll be able to enjoy 20% off at The Bastion Bar & Restaurant back at The Shankly Hotel.

Football Themed Tour of Liverpool

Bill Shankly famously said, “Liverpool was made for me and I was made for Liverpool.” And with our ‘Liverpool was Made for Me’ tour, you’ll discover why the footballing legend held Liverpool so close to his heart.

This bespoke football themed tour of Liverpool will take you on an unforgettable journey around the city. On this tour, famous landmarks are interwoven with footballing history and remarkable stories, making it perfect for local football fans as well as tourists.

This tour includes the chance to embark on the new Liverpool FC Stadium and Museum Tour and see sights that shaped two of the biggest clubs in football, Liverpool FC and Everton FC.

Combining the best of the city’s landmarks and football history, this is a fantastic opportunity for groups of friends, family and couples to come along and explore this captivating city.

Bill Shankly/Beatles Themed Tour in Liverpool

For a bespoke Beatles tour of Liverpool, this is just the ticket to ride that you’ve been dreaming of.

With Shankly Tours, you’ll discover how Beatlemania ran parallel to the rise of Liverpool FC with this nostalgic tour of Liverpool.

Perfect for couples and groups with a wider variety of interests, our Fab Four and Shanks Tour incorporates unmissable Beatles landmarks and Bill Shankly/LFC themed sights.

We’ll take you on a journey through time as you find yourself transported to the 1960s – the atmospheric era that saw choruses of “She Loves You” fill the Liverpool Kop.

Catch some tunes at the Cavern Club or snap a shot by Strawberry Field with fantastic Bill Shankly sights and stories along the way.

So for those hoping to avoid a squabble over the map, we’ve got you covered with something fantastic for everyone.

Match Day Tour in Liverpool

Not forgetting, we also offer the fantastic Match Day Tour, designed specifically for Liverpool FC match days.

We’ll take you on a special detour before the match as you visit an array of football themed destinations, followed by the new LFC Stadium Tour before the big kick off!

Customised  Tours of Liverpool

If you’re visiting Liverpool for the first time or with a larger group, you may have a lengthy list of sights and landmarks you’re hoping to squeeze in.

Why not let us take care of the planning with our customised tours of Liverpool?

You can tell us what you’re looking for from your experience of Liverpool and we’ll do our best to create a personalised tour package tailored to you.

We can showcase the best of Liverpool by incorporating scenic suburban spots, famous homes and the most striking landmarks of Liverpool.

We hope to see you soon for an unforgettable summer day out. With our bespoke tours of Liverpool, you can see Liverpool through a whole new light. 

The Ultimate Beatles Tour of Liverpool

Home of the Beatles, you can’t explore the best of Liverpool without walking in the shoes of the Fab Four. From Liverpool’s leafy suburbs to city centre landmarks, there’s an essence of John, Paul, George and Ringo wherever you go.

At Shankly Tours, we’re here to ensure that your sight-seeing journey runs smoothly, so that you can enjoy a full Beatles experience. Your visit to the city may be fleeting, but there’s plenty you can fit in with a great plan.

Cementing an iconic era, the rise of the Beatles ran parallel with Liverpool Football Club’s rise into a ‘Bastion of Invincibility’. It didn’t take long for excitement surrounding Liverpool’s stars to intermix; Bill Shankly’s Liverpool FC was one of the first clubs to have fans sing Beatles songs from the terraces. Liverpool is now renowned worldwide for two defining reasons: the Fab Four and its vibrant football culture. So, we thought we’d combine the two to create the ultimate tour of Liverpool.

For Beatles fans visiting Liverpool, it can be tricky to fit everything in. To truly experience the Beatles’ Liverpool, you’ll need to head out of the city centre and discover the most sentimental spots of the suburbs.  That’s where we come in to save the day!

What to Expect

  • Begin and finish the tour at the fabulous Shankly Hotel in Liverpool city centre
  • A combination of sights, incorporating Bill Shankly/football history and Beatles landmarks
  • The houses of the Fab Four
  • Visit Anfield
  • Strawberry Fields gates
  • Bill Shankly’s former home
  • 20% off food & drink at the Shankly’s Bastion Bar & Restaurant
  • A once in a lifetime Beatles/Shankly memorabilia viewing at the Shankly Hotel

A Full Experience of Liverpool

Nestled away from the bright lights of the city centre, the story behind John Lennon’s nostalgic and and dreamy “Strawberry Fields Forever” revolves around Lennon’s very own childhood dreamworld.

You’ll be taken to the gatepost to Strawberry Field, where Lennon and his childhood friends would spend hours playing within the wooded garden. The popular tourist attraction is located close to Lennon’s childhood home in Woolton, one of Liverpool’s most scenic suburbs. A chance to truly follow in the footsteps of John Lennon, exploring this sentimental suburb will certainly be a day to remember for Beatles fans from near and far.

The Bastion Bar & Restaurant

What better way to end a busy day than with some hearty food at the Bastion? Upon returning from your tour, you’ll be awarded 20% off at this Liverpool favourite for food and drink, the perfect excuse for a refreshing Beer or a fruity cocktail!

With an array of delicious dishes to pick from, you’ll find everything from our famous Shankly Burger to Beer-Battered Fish and Chips, Steak and Mushroom Pie and Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Rocket Risotto. And for those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on our tasty desserts, ranging from Baileys and White Chocolate Cheesecake and Glazed Lemon Tart.

Whether you’re planning your first visit to Liverpool or it’s one of many, we’re sure this memorable experience won’t be your last! To enquire about our fabulous Fab Four and Shanks Tour, our helpful team would love to hear from you here. You can also contact our team on

While in Liverpool, why not explore historic Woolton Village? The place where a young John Lennon met Paul McCartney, the scenic area is home to an array of bars, restaurants and cosy cafes.