A NEW museum dedicated to educating people about The Beatles is set to expand with a new cafe and bar.

The Magical Beatles Museum was opened at the site of the former Lennon's Bar on Mathew Street in July by Roag Best, the brother of original Beatles drummer, Pete Best.

Having renovated the five-story warehouse on Mathew Street, it is hoped that this expansion will boost visitor numbers by at least 70% in the next year with the scope to create 20 new jobs.

Roag told the Globe: "Growing up, I wasn’t aware of how famous the Beatles truly were, I just loved spending time with my four friends – John, Paul, George and Ringo.

“A lot of items that I’ve held on to from this period are now of huge interest to fans, and it’s great to be able to give people a unique insight into the band’s history.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the interest from tourists over the past six months and it’s only set to increase going forward!

“Opening the new café and bar will help us to build on this success, making sure that people can spend the full day exploring the museum and discovering the real story of how four lads from Liverpool conquered the globe.

“We worked with Lloyds Bank to secure the site, and the relationship team have been a huge support ever since.

"They really understand the business and what we’re trying to achieve and are always on hand to provide guidance when we need it.”

In the museum there are around 1,200 items telling the story of The Beatles from their formation to the end.

Rare items such as Pete Best's drumkit, George Harrison's Futurama guitar and John Lennon's Sgt Pepper medals are all on display.

Samantha Murphy, relationship director at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “The Beatles are a huge part of Liverpool’s history, and the newly-expanded Magical Beatles Museum will be a hub for tourists and fans who want to get the know the real story of the Fab Four.

“Beatles heritage is a huge driver for the local economy and previous research by Liverpool City Council has revealed that the city’s connection with the band adds nearly £82 million to the economy every year.

“With interest unlikely to fade any time soon, the Magical Beatles Museum looks set to benefit and will no doubt become a must-see attraction for fans across the world.

“At Lloyds Bank we have a team of relationship managers that understand the local market and can provide the tailored guidance and support that businesses need to thrive.”