First visit of the day will be to Albert Docks on the banks of the River Mersey in Liverpool. Once a busy area handling cargo from around the world it fell into decline as larger boats started to appear and Liverpool's docks could no longer handle them. In recent years the Albert Dock area has undergone a transition. Now the Harbour has Bars, and Restaurants and has become home to Liverpool's "Tate Gallery" and the "Merseyside Maritime Museum
 
2nd visit of the day is to Strawberry Field. immortalised by the John Lennon song "Strawberry Fields Forever" has a history of its own. You will see in the Visitor Centre the story of the house on the site from its beginnings; to becoming an orphanage and transforming itself into not only a Visitor Centre, but also a place where young adults with learning difficulties can learn lifelong skills in a work environment.  
The connection between John Lennon and Strawberry Field began when he was a child living with his Aunt Mimi , to all pretense and circumstances an orphan himself. In his free time he would come to Strawberry Field, hop over the wall of the orphanage and play with the children who were living in the house. It was a memory that stayed with him for life and inspired the song "Strawberry Fields forever" 
 
Strawberry Field opens its gates to the public in July this year and the first coach tour allowed in will be from September making our visit one of if not the first for groups. 
 
Albert Docks is reasonably accessible, Due to the age of the area there may be some uneven services 
Entry to the Tate Gallery and the Mersey Maritime Museum is free but some exhibitions may have a charge. 
Strawberry Bank the Visitor Centre is Accessible, some of the Garden has sloping banks which might be slippy 
There is a cafe and shop facility at Strawberry Bank 
Subject to traffic conditions the visit to Albert Dock will be approximately 2 hours followed by 2 1/2 hours at Strawberry Field.  
 
Fares including admission to Strawberry Bank: Adult £31.50, 
Child 17 or under £24.00 
 
Depart from outside Kings Norton Railway at 08:00, Bournville (Linden Road) at 08:05, Selly Oak (Harborne Lane) at 08:15, Harborne (Lordswood Road) at 08:30, Edgbaston (Church Road) at 08:40 and City Centre (Dudley Street) at 08:55 
 
To book this trip please phone 0121 459 7524 or use the contact form and we will get back to you. 
 
 
"Enjoyed my visit with Caltours to Butlers Yard today !" 
 
DB - New Forest part of a Short Break (via Facebook) 5th August 2017 
 
 
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