Port Sunlight Travel Guide

  • Port Sunlight Village
    Port Sunlight Village
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  • Port Sunlight Village
    Port Sunlight Village
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  • The Dell Bridge, Port Sunlight Village
    The Dell Bridge, Port Sunlight Village
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Port Sunlight Things to Do

  • Hillsborough Memorial Garden

    The memorial was erected in 1984 following the Hillsborough disaster and in memory of those who lost their lives including local victims. The memorial is part of an existing garden and accessed by an arch, which was designed by James Lomax Simpson and constructed in 1933/34.You can find out further information about the archway and memorial garden...

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  • Port Sunlight War Memorial

    The war memorial, in the village, was designed and sculpted by Sir William Goscombe John, then an up and coming sculptor, between 1916-21. It was built in honour of the employees at the Sunlight Soap Factory in the village who fell in World War I and also recognising the war effort the villagers supported.There is a descriptive account of the...

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  • The Dell Bridge

    The Dell Bridge was designed by Douglas & Fordham, architects from Chester, and built in 1894. The footbridge is over a former tidal creek that used to flow in Bromborough Pool which was dammed at the beginning of the 20th Century. Today the area is landscaped with gardens and pedestrianised pathways.

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  • Lever Memorial

    William Reid Dick designed and sculpted this memorial in 1930 in honour of William Hesketh Lever. The figures at the bottom of the memorial represent 'industry', 'charity', 'education' and 'art' and on the top the figure represents 'inspiration' (Wikipedia) The memory implies and represents who Lever was and how he will be remembered. The memorial...

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  • Lever House

    Lever House is the original factory built on the site which William Hesketh Lever purchased in 1885 for building Port Sunlight. Sunlight products were originally produced at Lever and took place and today it's now a global research facility for Unilever..

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  • Bridge Cottage

    Bridge Cottage was the temporary residential home of William Hesketh Lever and his wife during 1896-97 whilst Thornton Manor was renovated. The Cottage was designed by Douglas and Fordham and built in 1894.

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  • Gladstone Theatre

    The building was opened in 1891 by WIlliam Gladstone, a politician, and was originally called Gladstone Hall which Lever Brothers Soap Factory's workers accessed for dining and recreational purposes. During the 20th Century the building hosted theatrical productions by Port Sunlight Players.In 1984 The Gladstone Theatre Trust was formed following...

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  • Hulme Hall

    Hulme Hall was once famed for Beatles playing there during the 1960s and where Ring Star made his debut with the band. The listed building was built in 1901. Today, Hulme Hall hosts conference, exhibitions, banquets and weddings.

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  • Final Resting Place for William Hesketh...

    Christ Church United Reformed Church, originally a Congregational Church, opened in 1904 and founded by William Hesketh Lever. The church was designed by William and Segar Owen who played a significant role in designing many public and residential buildings in Port Sunlight and constructed 'in house' by the Lever Brothers. A notable feature is the...

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  • Port Sunlight Museum

    I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this informative and interesting museum about William Hesketh Lever, a soap producer and philanthropist. Lever was born in 1851 and founded Port Sunlight in 1887 for his soap production to meet the growing demand at the time.The museum gives a chronological account of Lever's business, personal and benevolence life at...

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  • Lady Lever Art Gallery

    I paid a visit to this interesting gallery which was founded by William Hesketh Lever and opened in 1922 in memory of his late wife, Lady Lever. Lever believed that art is a source of inspiration and was keen to share his passion with everyone via the gallery.I didn't have time to see all the exhibitions and some of them were closed due to roof...

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  • The visitor centre & museum

    This is the best small museum in my opinion in England. Friendly and knowledgeable staff housed in what was the villages girls club building from 1913 although this became the Port Sunlight Social Club for women and girls in 1933.The museum is well thought out - it features on the real lives of Lord Lever, the architect of the village, a teacher in...

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  • Cottages on Queen Marys Drive

    The cottages on Queen Marys Drive were designed in 1912 and built shortly afterwards. With the exception of No34 and No43 these cottages had four bedrooms, a living room , scullery and down stairs bath area with plumbed in bath. Two of the cottages were parlour cottages - they had a kitchen, separate scullery, four bedrooms and unusually an...

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  • Lady Lever Gallery

    Work started on the Lady Lever gallery in 1913 and was opened in 1922 as a memorial to the late Lady Lever by Lord Lever. Lord Lever was a prolific art collector and housed his acquisitions originally in his five houses. He needed a place to home all of his works of art and he housed it here in this gallery and encouraged his workers and visitors...

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  • The Dell

    The Dell is a very pleasant walk way below the road level and was originally a tidal channel. In fact the whole area in the late 19th century was a marshy and boggy area that Lord Lever arranged to have drained and landscaped in order to build the village.The first photo shows the site of the auditorium where concerts, dances and activities took...

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  • Lever House

    This was the main entrance for the office workers. Lord Lever employed a doorman to greet visitors. The coat of arms above the door is a reminder of the "By Appointment" royal patronage awarded to the company by Queen Victoria in 1892.

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  • The Lyceum

    The Lyceum was built between 1894 and 1896 and originally played the dual role of village school and church until 1903 when the school in Church Drive was opened. In 1917 it became the staff training college and today it is where the village social club meets.

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  • King Georges Drive

    The view is of where King Georges Drive meets the small street where the War Memorial is. The view is typical of the wonderful vistas you can see across the village.

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  • Nat West Bank building

    There is a bank in the village with an ATM and this is Greendale Road near Port Sunlight station. Originally this was the girls hostel and was built in 1896. The hostel was not popular and it became the Lever Free Library which included a small museum with exhibits from Lord Levers collections. In 1984 part of the building was opened as a Heritage...

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  • The War Memorial

    The War Memorial was designed by Sir W. Goscombe John and commemorates the war dead from World War 1 of Lever employees. It is a granite sculpture surrounded by bronze sculptures. The figures represent "defence of the home" - soldiers guard women and children.

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  • Lever Memorial

    The Lever Memorial was designed by Sir William Reid and was unveiled in 1930. The main top figure represents Inspiration and the base figures represent Industry, Education, Charity and Art.It can be seen in Windy Bank near the entrance to the Lady Lever gallery.

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Port Sunlight Restaurants

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    by Britannia2 Updated Mar 1, 2009

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    This building used to be the Village Post Office until 2005 when the post office closed and the tea rooms opened.
    A traditional English tea room with just several tables with white table cloths and traditional plates etc. There is a good selection of sandwiches and cakes. A nice touch is the use of leaf tea and not tea bags. Rather expensive with sandwiches at £4.25 but the presentation is perfect.
    Very clean rest room facilities. Not very disabled friendly with steps up to the door and rather too small for wheelchairs.

    Village Tea Rooms
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Port Sunlight Transportation

  • North West Rover

    If you live or stay in Port Sunlight and wish to explore the north west of England from here by train the North West Rover ticket allows unlimited travel over a very large area.Bounded by Carlisle - Settle - Leeds -Huddersfield - Manchester Piccadilly - Stockport - Northwich - Chester - Shotton and the WIRRAL and Irish Sea coasts, plus Dumfries /...

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  • Short train journey from Liverpool!

    I travelled on the Merseyrail network from Liverpool Central Station to Port Sunlight (You can also get off at Bebington which is the nearest stop for visiting the Lady Lever Art Gallery). An 'Anytime Day Return' cost me 3.40 gbp (March 2013) and the journey took approximately 15-20 minutes. The station is on the Wirral Line which begins at...

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  • To Port Sunlight

    Take a Merseyrail train (Ellesmore Port or Chester bound) to either Bebington ot Port Sunlight. The best station if you are just visiting the Lady Lever gallery is Bebington ( from the Chester/Ellesmere Port platform walk down the ramp and the gallery is on the other side of the main road) or for the best entrance in to the village Port Sunlight...

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Port Sunlight Shopping

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    by bugalugs Updated Sep 18, 2004

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    I am not sure really what shops there are, although we did see a Post Office near to the station, but being a Sunday when we visited it was closed.

    However, the Heritage Centre does have gifts and souvenirs for sale.

    What to buy: Well I could not come to the village of Port Sunlight and not buy some soap which was the reason this village community first started.

    What to pay: I think the packet of soap which contained two tablets of soap cost about ?1.00

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Port Sunlight Off The Beaten Path

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    by bugalugs Written Nov 18, 2004

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    Chester is only 15 miles away from Port Sunlight so a stop here is well worth it. A roman town, with lovely walls encircling the city which you can walk round. There is even a bridge called the Bridge of Sighs, a river where you can hire boats, shops, bars, and restaurants. A huge cathedral that now charges for admittance.

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Port Sunlight Favorites

  • Amongst the flowers

    A recent vist to Port Sunlight was for the so-called flowerpot men festival - well there wasan't much evidence of it on the last day of it...but the flowers more than made up for it. So many colourful blooms everwhere but the largest hanging basket - multi-layeyed like a christms tree - was on the village green and it was a beautiful site and great...

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  • More Styles

    Another style of architecture....this one reminds me of Stratford, of William Shakepeare's fame, with its timbers

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  • The Hospital

    Lord Leverhulme even made sure the workers had their own hospital. Although now it is now a private nursing home.Yurning left from the Lady Lever Art Gallery it is just further along on the left hand side.

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