New Brighton Travel Guide

  • More Kites
    More Kites
    by SueWarwick
  • Kites
    Kites
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  • I wasn't driving at the time!
    I wasn't driving at the time!
    by SueWarwick

New Brighton Highlights

  • Pro
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    sandysmith says…

     Historical seaside town 

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    mike10_goldberg says…

     its rains too much and people drive too fast here and nothing is done about it,its a problem here 

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     NICE FOR A QUICK VISIT 

New Brighton Things to Do

  • Kites Over The Mersey

    The Wirral Kite Festival is now becoming an annual event. The latest (6th) festival was held in June 2008 on 'The Dips' and featured kite flyers from around the world.The two day show includes giant inflatable kites, stunt kites and a kite-making workshop. Another fun event is the teddy parachute drop. Bring your teddy bear along and he is winched...

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  • BOWLING AND ARCADE FUN WITH LASERQUEST

    IDEALLY PLACED ON THE SEAFRONT,THE TEN PIN BOWLING ALLEY, HAS A IMPRESSIVE SELECTION OF LANES AT ABOUT £3.50 PER GAME, AND A LASERQUEST SECTION WITH TOURNAMENTS AND A SMALL ARCADE WITH A CHAEP DINER..

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  • GO FOR A WALK ON THE RIVER MERSEY

    GO FOR A WALK ALONG THE PIER AND BEACH TOWARDS THE PARK AND CAFE AREA AND IF YU ARE FEELING FIT, WALK ALONG TO THE MERSEY FERRY AT THE DOCKS..

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  • Spaceport

    The newly opened £10million Spaceport isn't actually in New Brighton but if you take the 30 minute walk along the front, past the town hall, it leads you right there.Plenty of hands on attractions, the Space Dome, a couple of rides and the Star Chaser craft, part of Britains space exploration project.Great for kids and perhaps combine with a ferry...

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  • Easter Motorbike Run

    Each year thousands of people gather in New Brighton for the annual 'Egg Run'Bikers (many in fancy dress) take easter eggs from New Brighton across Wirral to Claterbridge. An amazing sight!!

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  • Enjoy The Simple Things!

    New Brighton never fails to attract crowds on most days especially in the summer.There are not too many things to do, it is a simple sea-side resort. Small fair and the fort but apart from that most people do their own thing on the beach or the grassy dips. Football and kite flying are always popular as is cycle track which circles virtually the...

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  • Anderson Shelter

    In the aviation museum you can also have the experience of sitting inside an Anderson air raid shelter. 150,000 of these were distributed to houses with gardens. Constructed of corrugated iron, many were poorly constructed, cold and damp, but they did at least provide a little private shelter for those who had them.

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  • Not much room...

    Even though Dave's a big fella at 6' 2" you can see there is not much room in these shelters...must have been very uncomfortable.

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  • Aviation exhibition

    Some of the exhibits are in need of updating and more professional care but the aviation exhibits of planes that have crashed and been recovered were really interesting and iform the majojority of the exhibits of this collection housed at Perch Rock Fort.Here is a picture of an american engine a thunderbolt which crashed and killed its 27 year old...

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  • View from the Fort

    ...the lighthouse can clearly be seen from the top of the fort. Notice also the magazine stores and gun compartments (the green doors)

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  • Inside the Fort

    The inside of the fort is in need of investment- its sadly a bit neglected - but there are good views across the Bay of Liverpool from the top.

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  • Perch Rock Fort (2)

    The Fort was decommissioned in 1954 and sold to a private individual. Since then it has passed through several hands and was finally left derelict. In 1976 the vandalise shell was purchased by a Mr. Norman Kingham and the task of restoration commenced.It is perhaps the most important coastal defense Battery in the North West of England. unique...

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  • New Brighton's Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse at New Brighton ( known as the Perch Rock Lighthouse) is situated where the Mersey Estuary opens out into Liverpool Bay. Formerly a wooden perch was built on the rock, a serious navigational hazard, by the city of Liverpool, in 1683. Ships that passed the perch were charged 6old pennies for maintenance costs, which were high in this...

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  • Perch Rock Fort (1)

    Before New Brighton's birth the area was just a desolate piece of rocky and sandy foreshore and close by was the Rock Channel through which all ships had to pass to enter the Port of Liverpool.The name Perch Rock came from a wooden perch built in the 1690s to warn passing ships of the danger of the sandstone rocks in their proximity.In times of war...

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  • Perch Rock lighthouse

    Perch Rock Lighthouse was designed by John Foster and was based on John Smeaton's Eddystone Lighthouse of 1756. The foundation stone was laid on 8th June 1827 and took 3 years to complete. The lamp was of the revolving kind, and first shone on the 1st March 1830. The lamp last shone on the 1st October 1973, a victim of modern navigation technology....

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New Brighton Restaurants

  • Magic Spices

    Probably one of the best Indian restaurants in Wirral. Magic Spices has recently been re-decorated and expanded.Fine food along with magic performed at your table and balloon bending and all round great night!!--------------------Just been to the All You Can Eat bufet. Monday evenings £9.95 and you can just eat all night! Plenty of started to...

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  • Cafe in the Park

    This cafe is handily placed in Vale Park just off Magazine Promeade - an ideal break from the promenade walk to have a drink or a more substanial snack. It was cosy and warm and there are plenty of pictures on the walls of the old tower and piers and scenes from New Brighton's bygone glory days.

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  • Fast Food

    Plenty of little cafes on the Promenade. This was was near the Marine Promenade and looked cheerful and well frequented.Usual selection of burger and chips, kebabs etc...

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New Brighton Nightlife

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    bowling alley

    by sandysmith Updated Feb 7, 2003

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    Guess I have to include this as the place of my first date with Dave ;-))
    Suitable for all the family the ten pin bowling arcade is popular during the day as well as at night. Some nights leagues will be playing and there may be queues for the bowling lanes.

    Dress Code: Special shoes have to be hired to prevent damage to the alleys.

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New Brighton Transportation

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    by SueWarwick Updated Jun 26, 2004

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    Getting to New Brighton couldn't be easier. Take the Underground train from any where in Wirral or Liverpool
    Another option is to take one of the many buses from around Wirral stop along the front.
    Or, take the M 53 to the end (-;

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New Brighton Tourist Traps

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    arcades

    by sandysmith Written Feb 2, 2003

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    ...these are the kind of places I like to avoid, a waste of money in my opinion.

    Fun Alternatives: More fun is the ten pin bowling alley nearby

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New Brighton Off The Beaten Path

  • Vale Park

    Just set back from Magazine Promenade is this little green oasis. The once resplendent bandstand which hosted summer concerts is now sadly neglected. It was one of only two of such design in the country, with a revolving roof - the other being at Eastbourne.

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  • Liscard Battery

    Originally the location of a powder magazine (Liverpool didn't want it on their side of the river!!) until population pressure moved it off-shore, in 1858 a battery of 7 10" guns was erected on the site. Set back from the river and hidden by new building, it was known as "the snake in the grass" to local inhabitants. The battery was obsolete by...

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  • Grand Villas

    James Atherton plans for the town includedd rows of large villas, built one above the other - all with unimpaired sea views for wealthy Liverpool merchants. Some were built but a few years later a terrace of cheap lodging houses appeared and the "Ham and Egg Parade" or "Tea Pot Row" was built. These were cheap cafes, shops, amusement parlours and...

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New Brighton Sports & Outdoors

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    fishing

    by sandysmith Written Feb 2, 2003

    Seems like New Brighton is a popular place with fishermen - quite a few, even on a bright but cold February day, as the tide was going out.

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New Brighton Favorites

  • Wirral Show

    Every year in July, New Brighton holds the Wirral show. Unfortunatly this year it was cold dark and a bit wet hence the photos are from the previous year!Taking place on the 'dips' along the front, it has several stalls selling anything from fudge to Greek olives to garden furnitureThere is a reasonably sized fair ground at the opposite end.In the...

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  • Old New Brighton

    This is an old picture of New Brighton's funfair taken from the Ballroom, in its heyday of 1948. Picture courtesy of www.newbrightononline.org.uk/history/index.htm check this site out for many more such fascinating photos if interested.

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  • The future New Brighton

    Seems like there are plans afoot to give New Brighton a facelift. The promenade has been much improved but the front looks set to have a pier, a new tower and a larrge domed complex on the promeade according to these plans. Whether it can recapture the crowds of its former heyday or not will remain to be seen...but either way it can only improve...

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