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Inspiration for Beatles song “Strawberry Fields Forever” opens as a tourist attraction

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Courtesy of Strawberry FieldIt’s one of the most iconic Beatles songs. Now, it’s poised to become a bucket list destination for Beatles fans everywhere.

For the first time, Strawberry Field, the Liverpool, U.K.-area site that served as the inspiration behind the song “Strawberry Fields Forever,” is open to the public.

According to its website, Strawberry Field and its original Victorian house were gifted to The Salvation Army in 1934. In 1936, it was opened as a children’s home for girls, and later accepted boys..

“From then on, for nearly 70 years, it gave some of Liverpool’s most vulnerable children a refuge from turmoil and unhappiness – a safe, calm and spiritual home,” the website states.

“It was on these grounds that a young John Lennon, before Beatles fame, came to play, reflect and escape the post-War streets of Woolton [a suburb of Liverpool],” according to the website.

“Those days spent playing in The Salvation Army grounds shaped Lennon and inspired his work within the Beatles as an adult,” the website notes. “Strawberry Field was later immortalized in the famous song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever,’ where he explored those more innocent days of escape that could counter the later complexities of a life lived in the public gaze.”

The tourist attraction opened on Saturday, September 14. It includes gardens, a visitor exhibition, café and shop. Adult admission is just under 13 pounds, or about $16.

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