Historic Properties: Suburbs (South Liverpool)
16 Beaconsfield Road, Woolton, Liverpool. L25 6EJ
Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army children's home in Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool. The name of the home became world famous in 1967 with the release of The Beatles single 'Strawberry Fields Forever' written by John Lennon. His childhood home, Mendips on Menlove Avenue, is close by.
In summer 2019, the famous Strawberry Field gates opened for the first time ever to the public to explore the former site of The Salvation Army children’s home and the grounds immortalised through John Lennon and the Beatles’ song, ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. Visitors can see a unique exhibition about the home, how and why the song was written by John, and explore the grounds as John did as a child.
The earliest reference to 'Strawberry Field' dates from 1870. In 1912 it was transferred to a wealthy merchant whose widow sold the estate to the Salvation Army in 1934. It opened on 7 July 1936. The original house was later demolished and replaced with a smaller purpose-built home for children which opened in the early 1970s and closed in early January 2005. The famous gates marking its entrance were removed and replaced with replicas in May 2011.
Lennon grew up near the home - one of his childhood treats was the garden party that took place each summer on the grounds of Strawberry Field. He and his childhood friends Pete Shotton and Ivan Vaughan often played in the wooded area behind the building.
Free Entry at Certain Times.
No easily accessible wifi. No smoking.
It is free to enter the cafe, shop and gardens at Strawberry Fields. Tickets are required for the exhibition and garden tour.
Advance booking is not required.
Located south east of the city centre in Woolton, between Menlove Avenue and Quarry Street.
Bus service 76 operates between the city centre and Halewood via Menlove Avenue. Alight at Beaconsfield Road which is a short walk away.
Free parking available nearby.
Strawberry Field, 16 Beaconsfield Road, Woolton, Liverpool. L25 6EJ
Last Updated Monday 20 April 2020
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