Birkenhead Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
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  • Things to Do
    by Skillsbus
  • Things to Do
    by Skillsbus

Birkenhead Things to Do

  • U 534 Submarine

    At U-boat Story, you will be able to look into the U-boat, now in four sections with glass viewing partitions, view its amazing interior and discover many well preserved artefacts. U-boat Story is a fascinating look back into history. Guided tours are available at 2pm daily.Through the exhibition's interactive and audio-visual exhibits you will...

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  • Birkenhead Priory

    The oldest standing building on Merseyside, Birkenhead Priory encapsulates so much of the town's history within a small, enclosed site. Founded in 1150, the monks of this Benedictine monastery looked after travellers for nearly 400 years and supervised the first regulated 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey'.Touch the ancient sandstone walls, then look up at...

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  • Woodside

    Woodside ferry terminal is where you can catch the famous ferry over the Mersey to Liverpool. However, this area is also worth investigating. Work is underway at the moment on a U-534 submarine which is going to become a new visitor attraction at the terminal. The submarine has been split in to four sections to allow visitors to take a look inside....

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  • Birkenhead Park

    Designed by Joseph Paxton and opened on 5 April 1847, Birkenhead Park was the first civic public park in Britain.The Grade I listed landscape with its Grade I listed buildings have recently been the subject ofof an £11.5 million renovation. Pathways have been improved, the lakes cleaned and new plants and trees planted. A new building resembling...

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  • Can you be a tourist in your own town?

    It difficult to look at your own town through the eyes of a tourist, so that is exactly what I did.Park the car in town centre and just go see what the town has to offer.It surprised me how I filled a day and still didn't see everything!!I started off walking around the park then by passed the shopping centre towards Hamilton Square and on towards...

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  • Arrowe Park

    One of many of Wirrals parks. A lovely place to spend a couple of hours. Plenty of places to walk and a kids play area.Once used by the Vikings, the park holds an anual Viking festival with various displays etc

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  • The Grasshopper

    Shore Road Pumping Station at Woodside houses 'Grasshopper', a Victorian steam pumping engine, so called because of its shape and bright green colour. It is 50ft in height, weighs 200 tons and is now operated by hydraulics. Mersey Rail installed it in 1885 to pump water out of the tunnel under the river and it displaced 5,000 gallons of water per...

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  • Egerton Bridge workings

    Here;s a pic from the inside of the bridge ...The bridge is lifted by applying power to the main drive shaft in the machinery. This is turn operates a rack and pinion sysytem. When the pinion turns the arms are drawn through the machine house to protrude out of the oppposite side. As the arms move they pull the ballast tank which turns through its...

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  • Priory Chapter House

    The Chapter House dates from 1150 when the Priory was founded, which makes it the oldest surviving building in Wirral and Merseyside, in addition to being the oldest Priory remains in England. Originally used as the Monks' meeting place, today, it is a Church. Regular services are held here including Weddings. The Altar level floor is made from...

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  • Priory - Undercroft

    The Undercroft was traditionally used as a cellar, this particular example may have been used as a second dining room. Today, it houses the Priory's Exhibition Centre and pictured here is a stained glass display of how thre priory looked over the centuries.

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  • Historic Warships

    The largest collection of 20th century fighting ship in the United Kingdom can be seen in Birkenhead. The collection includes the Falklands veterans, the frigate HMS Plymouth and the submarine HMS Onyx plus the Second World War landing craft tank LCT 7074. In addition there is the German U-boat U534 - raised from the seabed after 48 years. Tours on...

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  • Giant Grasshopper

    You really must admire the workings of the old pump - the two new electric ones are nothing to look at in comparison. A wonderful example of victorian engineering.The pump rod plunges 180 ft to the foot of a deep drainage shaft where it is connected to a force pump which could remove 15,925 litres of water per minute.

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  • 1901 Street

    Here's a peep at the little street as you exit from the pump house...just a few shops but very quaint and I love all those old poster adverts.

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  • Pumping station

    A 'Giant Grasshopper' engine, a steam pump used to clear water from the Mersey Rail Tunnels can be seen in this 4 storey house on Shore Road. A video presentation relates the construction of the Mersey tunnel, the Pump and the building. The guardian will alos give you a demonstration of the giant grasshopper in action too!A small street scene from...

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  • U534

    This u-boat is unique, beingthe only U-boat to be raised from the sea-bed. her sinking marked the end of the Battle of the Atlantic in May 1945.

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  • Ships to see

    Although the largest collection in the UK it is quite a specialised colllection! here's the ships which can be see...and there are new additions planned for 2003.The frigate HMS Plymouth and the Sub. Onyx both played important roles in the Falklands conflict.

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  • Cloister Garden

    The Cloister Garden of the Priory houses graves of many prominent Birkenhead people including that of John Laird, co-founder of the World famous ship yard.

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  • Egerton Bridge

    There are several briges across the docks in birkenhead of interest. Egerton Bridge is a fine working example of a Bascule Bridge.If you don't fear heights you can climb the iron stairway for a bird's eye view over Dockland.The bridge houses models and information about the Birkenhead Dock system which opened in 1847. Admission is free again..you...

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Birkenhead Hotels

  • Riverhill Hotel

    Talbot Rd, Birkenhead, CH43 2HJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Leasowe Castle

    Leasowe Road, Moreton, Merseyside, Wirral, Merseyside, CH46 3RF, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Central Hotel

    Clifton Crescent, Birkenhead, CH41 2QH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Birkenhead Restaurants

  • Left Starving

    I went to this restaurant with my boyfriend and another couple, and couldn't be more disappointed. We were advised that we did not need to book. We arrived at 7.30pm and were advised our table would be ready at 8-8.15pm and that we should go and get a drink at the local pub, which we were happy to do. Upon returning at 8pm, we were asked to go and...

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  • Lovely Italian with great view

    I have visited this restaurant several times and have never been disapointed.It opened in 1985 and has become one of Wirral's most popular Italian restaurants.To the left of the restaurant is a car park but on busy nights you may strugle to find a spot there and will have to fnd somewhere along the road which doesn't have resident parking...

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  • Cheap Tasty Curry

    This restuarant had not been open long when I visited and it was apparent the staff where still finding their feet. The South Indian Dishes however are very nice especially at the price (main meals start at around £3.50) The staff are friendly although service was a bit on the slow side (I put this down to the fact it is a new restuarant)The...

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Birkenhead Transportation

  • Ferry Cross The Mersey

    Around 1150 Hamo De Massie, who owned a considerable amount of land on Wirral, founded a Benedictine priory, dedicated to St. Mary and St. James, the remains of the Birkenhead Priory still stand today.The monks farmed land known as 'The Grange', situated where Alfred Road is today. To get there they would walk along Grange Lane, later renamed...

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  • Tram

    You can board a tram at Woodside Visitor Centre and take a ride around the Heritage Trail, stopping off at Shore Road Pumping Station, Pacific Road and Egerton Bridge - not a great distance, but OK for the novelty factor. Extending the tramway as far as Conway Street, is a possibility - then trams will be able to pick up passengers from Conway Park...

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  • Hamilton square Station

    This station on the Merseyrail network, just 5 mins journey from Liverpool Lime street mainline staion is ideal for exploring the Hamilton Square area, Birkenhead Priory, the Pumphouse and the Docks are within walkiing distance too. The historic warships are a bit further out.

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Birkenhead Warnings and Dangers

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    by SueWarwick Updated Jun 16, 2008

    Birkenhead has a bit of an reputation for being full of teenage mothers, drug addicts, drunks,scallies/chavs etc etc.
    To be honest I've never come across any major problems, nothing worse than most small towns. Generally the ner'do wells just totter along in a drunk manner and annoy each other and not innocent bystanders.
    The odd balls are easily recognisable by their tracksuits with trousers tucked in to their socks and their very over the top 'plastic Scouse' accents.

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Birkenhead Off The Beaten Path

  • Landican Lane

    Opposite the Asda on the Woodchurch estate close to the M53 Motorway is Landican Lane. I use this as the starting point for some nice, fairly short walks towards Storeton, Barnston and Thingwall. A bridleway runs between the Lane and Storeton village and the Roman Road. The bridleway also makes up part of cycle way route 56.Landican itself is a...

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  • Bidston Hill

    Not far from the town centre is Bidston Hill, 100 acres of woodland and heath which initially a deer park and is no home to lizzards, foxes, squirrels and bats.At around 230 feet high, it is one of the highest points in Wirrla and offers good views accross the peninsula.The main feature of the hill is the windmill which occasionally opens to the...

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  • Boathouse floor

    The floor of the boathouse is really decorative and caught my eye with its moasic patterns of birds, fish and other motiffs.

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Birkenhead Favorites

  • Docks

    The docks have that down-at-heel appearance of by-gone industrialisation but much is being done to rejuvenate the area.This is a typical landscape of the area.

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  • Historic Trams

    Birkenhead is the historic home of the first street tramway in Europe - established August 29 1860 and ran from Woodside to Birkenhead Park. These early trams were horse-drawn and was the brainchild of flamboyant American, George Francis Train, the real life character upon whom Jules Verne based his fictitious character Phileas Fogg in "Around the...

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  • Another bridge...

    Here's one of the other bridges across the Birkenhead Docks.....of course I like this one for the reflection!

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