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The area that inspired Paul McCartney's 1967 song, 'Penny Lane', complete with the shelter in the middle of the roundabout, the bank and the hairdresser. The fire station is about a mile away. Paul McCartney used to sing in the choir at St Barnabas' Church at the junction of Penny Lane and Smithdown Road. With the possible exception of the church, none of these places is open to the general public, as such.

Post code is approximate.

Location/Address: Penny Lane
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L18 1LZ
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Let me take you down...
Useful Website Address: Website for The Beatles Story museum
Tip/Nearby: Not far from Woolton, where Paul and John met, and other Beatles' sites
Primary Management: Local Authority

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo takes place over several nights each August, coinciding with the Edinburgh Festival. It began in 1949/1950 and consists of military displays and music performed by British, Commonwealth and other nations' armed forces. The event takes place in a dramatic setting on Edinburgh Castle Esplanade at the top of Castle Hill, with audience stands erected high over the City. The Edinburgh Tattoo is seen by in excess of 200,000 people every year, with a high proportion of visitors coming from overseas. It is also televised and viewed by audiences worldwide. Tickets sell out fairly quickly. Though international in nature, there is a strong Scottish feel to the Tattoo. The traditional ending is a performance by the massed pipes and drums, the National Anthem and, finally, a floodlit lone piper playing a lament.

Location/Address: Tattoo Office
1-3 Cockburn Street
County: Lothian
Post Code: EH1 1QB
Main Historic Period: Modern
Useful Website Address: Official Edinburgh Tattoo website
Tip/Nearby: Held at Edinburgh Castle
Primary Management: Military

The gates of the former Salvation Army children's home, Strawberry Field, which inspired John Lennon's 1967 song, 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. The current gates are replicas, the originals were on display in The Beatles' Story museum at Albert Dock, Liverpool, as of June 2017.

The gates can be seen from the road. The site is owned by the Salvation Army, which is proposing to develop it - including a small museum dedicated to the song and its inspiration.

Location/Address: Beaconsfield Road
County: Merseyside
Post Code: L25 6DA
Main Historic Period: Modern
Link to featured article: Let me take you down...
Useful Website Address: Website for The Beatles Story museum
Tip/Nearby: John Lennon's home, Mendips, is just round the corner
Primary Management: Private - not open to the public
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