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CAVERN (The)

Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club started as a jazz venue in 1957. It eventually accepted 'pop' music, becoming a premier venue for Liverpool's talent, and the Beatles played there on about 300 occasions in the early 1960s, often at lunchtimes. The Cavern was demolished and buried in 1973, but a 'new' Cavern, much modelled on the original, emerged in its place. It hosts international stars, tribute acts and original performers - and is very much a part of the lively Mathew Street scene, as well as being a 'must-see' for any Beatles pilgrim.

10 Mathew Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L2 6RE
Modern
Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club
The Cavern website
The Grapes - where the Beatles used to drink after gigs, The Beatles Story museum
Private - open to the public
ROMAN THEATRE of VERULAMIUM

The Roman theatre at Verulamium is unique in Britain, because it's a theatre with a stage, rather than an amphitheatre. It was built in about 140AD, later redeveloped and by the 4th century it is estimated it could seat an audience of some 2,000. Close to the ruins are the foundations of shops and a temple. There is not a great deal to see, but it is opposite the Roman Museum - so park near the latter and combine the two.

Part of the Gorhambury Estate.

A4147 Road
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL3 6AE
Roman
Official Gorhambury website
Verulamium Roman Museum is virtually opposite. Also St Albans Abbey nearby.
Private - open to the public
SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE

It was the dream of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker to recreate the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare's day in modern London. The result opened in 1997, about 200 metres from the site of the original, and is believed to be as close a reproduction of the theatres of late Tudor/early Stuart England as possible, bearing in mind modern safety standards. The first production was Henry V. The complex also includes an exhibition and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a smaller, more intimate, space inspired by Jacobean theatres.

Sadly, Wanamaker died in 1993.  But, thanks to him, you can experience a Shakesperian play almost as it would have been performed 400 years ago.

21 New Globe Walk
Bankside
Southwark
London
SE1 9DT
N/A
Millenium Bridge, Tate Modern, Southwark Cathedral.
Other
SNAPE MALTINGS

Snape maltings is a complex of shops, holiday accommodation, café and pub centred around the world famous concert hall. The buildings are mainly converted Victorian industrial buildings, originally used for the malting of barley. The venue was created by composer Benjamin Britten and his partner, singer Peter Pears, reclaiming the old buildings. A programme of music runs all year.

Near Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP17 1SR
Modern
Snape Maltings' website
Aldeburgh, Orford
Independent