Made world famous by The Beatles, Strawberry Field opened to the public for the first time in September 2019, all thanks to The Salvation Army.
For over 70 years Fab Four fanatics could merely stand outside the immortalised red gates, things have now changed, giving fans the opportunity to walk through them iconic gates and wander around the gardens and grounds.
The location which inspired John Lennon to write the 1967 classic hit – Strawberry Fields Forever, includes a visitor attraction, created by The Salvation Army that commemorates John Lennon’s link with Strawberry Field and provides a place for spiritual reflection.
The new site includes the original iconic red gates which have not been on site since 2010, an interactive visitor exhibition – Strawberry Fields Nothing is Real, where visitors can explore stories with help from characters including Elvis and John’s school friend Mike Hill.
Visitors can also experience a virtual Mellotron where you can recreate the famous opening chords from ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, Imagine More – a community café stocked with local produce, a calm garden space, a gift shop selling genuine Strawberry Field history and gifts from local suppliers and a chance to learn about life in the former Salvation Army children’s home.
The site is open every day and it FREE to see the original gates, visit the café and explore the grounds. Within the grounds is the interactive visitor exhibition which costs £12.95 per adult, £8.00 per child and Concessions. Children under 5 gain FREE access as well as drivers, leaders and carers.
Money raised from the site will also support Step to Work, a Salvation Army project that helps local young people into employment.
Tickets for the visitor exhibition are available to purchase online, with an option to purchase a minibus ticket add on. The minibus service cost £4.00 one way or £7.00 return, with the pickup location at Jury’s Inn in the city centre. Bus journey roughly 15 minutes from city centre to location.