Birkenhead /ˌbɜːrkənˈhɛd/ is a town within the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside, England. Historically in Cheshire, it is on the Wirral Peninsula, along the west bank of the River Mersey, opposite the city of Liverpool. The Birkenhead Urban Area defined as the contiguous built-up area along the eastern side of the Wirral had a total population of 325,264 in the 2011 Census. In the 2011 census, the Parliamentary constituency of Birkenhead had a population of 88,818. The Birkenhead and Tranmere electoral ward, covering a much smaller area, had a population of 15,879.
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4.5 based on 723 reviews
The Lady Lever Art Gallery is a real treasure, housing a stunning collection of paintings as well as exquisite furniture, Chinese collections, tapestries, sculpture, Wedgwood and classical antiquities in a beautiful building.There are several rooms, centred around the main hall. The paintings on display include pieces by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Turner, Millais, Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Waterhouse, to name but a few. The gallery also includes a dining room and shop. Admission is free.
Entry is free, although a £4 donation is recommended. I was surprised to find this gem in a village, and it is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
5 based on 263 reviews
The Black Pearl is an interactive artwork to be enjoyed by all age groups it has been created and maintained by a small group of pasionate pirates. Allow your imagination to soar or just absorb the work and detail in the carefully selected driftwood and ships ropes. There are many sculptures and carvings to be found on and around the ship . If your lucky you may even find treasure in her treasure chest. The golden sands surrounding The Pearl are cleaned every day and perfect for the children to play on. The area of Cosy Cove is loved and treasured by the local community who always keep a close eye on her. pirates At Art
Whenever we visit the Black Pearl we are always delighted to see how much people there of all ages, enjoy this brilliant live artwork created by “the pirates”. There is never a dull moment ether as the Pearl braves all kinds of weather and tides. The photo opportunities are absolutely endless as it stands majestically in sight of the world famous Liverpool skyline. An absolute must see xx
4.5 based on 151 reviews
Vale Park is an absolutely beautiful little spot. Places to sit peacefully surrounded by really old trees, gorgeous well tended flower beds and fantastic views over the water to Liverpool. It’s such a tiny place yet it has everything for everyone. A magical fairy garden for children, a secluded rise garden for peaceful moments - especially when in bloom, a cafe, a play area, an adult exercise area plus lots of hidden corners and benches to have picnics or just sit quietly. Situated right on the Promenade on the water so it’s just perfect for a wonderful afternoon. You can visit the Black Pearl Pirate Ship a Little Further down the Prom on the beach from here and it’s about a ten minute walk into the centre of New Brighton which has lots to see and do and stunning views.
4.5 based on 211 reviews
On Easter Monday 1847, the gates were opened to the very first publicly funded park in the world. Designed by Sir Joseph Paxton - Birkenhead Park was created to be the People's Garden - a place where the lowliest peasant to the British Monarch could stand together to enjoy a piece of the countryside in the middle of the city. In 1850, Fredrick Law Olmstead visited the park and with its inspiration, then went on to design and create what is arguably the most famous public park in the world - Central Park New York. In 2004 Birkenhead Park underwent an £11.8million restoration return it to its former glory. Today, Birkenhead Park is a Grade I listed landscape and carries the prestigious Green Heritage Award. It caters for all visitors with a number of sports such as Football, Cricket, Bowls, Angling and cycling, as well a visitors centre and access to some of the original structures around the park.
This park has nice memories for me as i grew up near this large park.
There are several entrances to the park,parking is free.There is a visitors centre here which is modern.There is a cafe which serves hot and cold drinks and a Seating area outside with views of the park and bedding plants.
The park is ideal for walkers,joggers,kite flying,cyclists and dog walkers.
The park is ideal for all ages and has a children"s playground.The park offers a rock climbing area,ideal for starters and training to do with rock climbing.
There is a variety of trees,wild flowers and display plants.
As you walk around the park,you will see a lake with Bridges to cross or you can stay on the path and view the Bridges.
The park is popular with fishermen around the lake.
There is plenty of wildlife here from birds to insects and is a great place to feed the the geese and ducks.
There are large rocks around the lake,near the pathway for children to climb and explore.The park is ideal to play all ball games or you can go and enjoy a cricket match on the cricket field.
The park is ideal for people with disabilities,good wheelchair access.
I am never disappointed when visiting this park and would recommend a visit if your in Birkenhead,Wirral area.
4.5 based on 172 reviews
On the short walk to the courtyard where there’s a cafe and animal sheds, you pass a very picturesque thatched roof building.
The farm area is small with a variety of animals and birds. The cafe prices are average, quality good, customer service was ok.
I imagine it’s especially good for small children.
4.5 based on 176 reviews
Birkenhead Priory is a unique family outing – experience the history, wonder and beauty of this 850 year old site. As the oldest standing building on Merseyside, the Priory offers a unique insight into the town of Birkenhead and its historical and spiritual importance in the development of Wirral. Now surrounded by factory units and shipyards, the Priory is an oasis of calm in a busy world and affords unrivalled views of the river and surrounding area. The Chapter House is consecrated as a Church of England chapel hosts regular church services as well as Baptisms, Weddings and Funeral. The Scriptorium is the home of the Friends of HMS Conway. The Conway was a training ship which formerly stood in the River Mersey off Rock Ferry. The Undercroft houses a small museum tells that the story of the medieval Priory. Above the Undercroft is the Refectory, now covered with an award winning roof. Today visit the refectory to dress up or complete some grave rubbings. St Mary's, the first parish church of Birkenehead (1821), survives now as only a tower and spire, having been demolished in the 1970’s. This late-Georgian church ruin, with cast iron tracery in the surviving windows, is available to climb the 101 stairs to give unrivalled views across the River Mersey. The tower is now dedicated as a memorial to the 99 men lost in the 1939 disaster aboard the Laird's built submarine HMS Thetis.
Decided to visit as I had taken the Ferry across the Mersey (to see Spaceport and U-boat). The climb up the tower was well worth it to see the Liverpool Waterfront across the river.
Very helpful staff who were proud of the Priory. Opened the upstairs for me (scriptorium), which is well worth asking them to do - invited to on leaflet.
Interesting building - hope it stays open as I heard it was struggling for finance.
Only 5 mins from ferry port - worth going out of your way to visit.
4.5 based on 111 reviews
Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway is a working museum and working heritage tramway preserving Buses, Trams & other local transport related vehicles We are open every weekend from 1pm (Saturday & Sunday) and during school holidays we are open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday plus every Bank Holiday Monday. you can ride on original fully restored heritage trams, see our collection of preserved local Buses and in the museum our ongoing restoration projects and a huge working Model Railway. A HISTORY OF Birkenhead Tramways Back when Birkenhead was a pioneering industrial town it was the first place in Europe to adopt a street tramway. Those trams ceased operating in 1937, but in 1995 they were revived and you can now travel on one of a series of historic vehicles and experience tram travel for yourself. Trams dating from as early as 1901 operate to make the short journey from Woodside to the Wirral Transport Museum, where you can view the rest of the fleet - tram cars from Birkenhead, Liverpool, Wallasey and a recently restored car from Lisbon, Portugal. The Museum is a proud winner of the Wirral Unsung Hero of The Year 2012 with their volunteers. The transport collection was created as a celebration of Birkenhead's place in the history of public transport, and set up in collaboration with the volunteers of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society, who restore old trams. In addition to trams, the museum houses a collection of local buses in running order and a group of cars and motorbikes from the Baxter Collection. There is also a 27 foot long model railway layout. Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society Limited is a Registered Charity . No. 1092127.
The Wirral Tramway and Transport Museum was apparently the winner of the Wirral Tourism Awards 'Hidden Gem’ for 2017. Now the term Hidden Gem is sometimes banded about inappropriately, but for the Wirral Transport Museum it is well deserved.
We searched it out on foot from the picturesque Hamilton Square and my wife began to doubt my sanity the further we walked along the industrial wasteland that is Cleveland Street until finally the brown tourist road sign pointing down Taylor Street came into view. But even then she still wondered where I was taking her until we finally stood in front of the large open doors of this former Tram shed. Inside is a cornucopia of Historic Trams, busses, motorbikes and some classic cars, well laid out with plenty of information and back stories to the history of the vehicles. And all staffed and kept going by a willing band of volunteers.
Birkenhead was apparently the first place in Europe to adopt a street tramway back when Birkenhead was a pioneering industrial town. Looking at the place today it’s hard to imagine that term every applying but apparently it did and it’s fantastic that a band of enthusiasts put the effort in to keep this history alive and provide people the opportunity to still experience what a tram ride was like back in the day. Our visit was during the school holidays and it was refreshing to see some youngsters amongst the volunteers boiler suited up and getting stuck in maintain these wonderful old vehicles.
The museum is free to enter, but donations are gratefully accepted and is only open in the afternoon from 1.00PM to 5PM at the weekend or Wednesday to Sunday during the school holidays. For a family utilising the Mersey Ferry the best way to get here is by a ride on one of the renovated trams from the ferry port at Woodside to the museum, a quick look round and then the ride back to the port for the next ferry.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
This is a magnificent facility for the people of Liverpool. We spent a couple of days here, on a visit to Liverpool, doing family research and I have to say the library and records office where second to none. Everyone was very helpful and the place was buzzing. Obviously it is well used with great facilities. Also make a point of visiting the Reading room which is a sight to behold.
4.5 based on 89 reviews
The Williamson Art Gallery and Museum houses several exhibition spaces showing Exhibitions of local, national and international interest. The building also houses a museum which houses the largest collection of Della Robbia Pottery from Birkenhead as well as gallery dedicated to the local maritime history of Birkenhead with models of ships and boats as well as other maritime artefacts. Within the gallery, there is a cafe, craft/gift shop and independent bookshop and art supply shop. There are regular art classes and more.
This smallish art gallery has a good Victorian and pottery selection, but is proud of it’s local setting, as the history of Birkenhead Park and other notable locations can be found here. The local art scene is well represented here. The cafe supplies a goodly...MoreMany thanks for your review and we do hope you come again.
4.5 based on 7 reviews
The Cathedral was only completed in 1978. It was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott when he was only 22 years old. It is a great space, without pillars or pews, the space is able to host huge Concerts, Exhibitions and fine dining on the main floor. The tower is 110m high and is the best view in the city.
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