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Birkenhead is a town on Merseyside, England, situated on the Wirral peninsula in the historic county boundaries of Cheshire, just across the River Mersey from Liverpool. It is not a tourist destination in its own right but can make for a rewarding afternoon trip from Liverpool, and is well worth a couple of hours of anybody's time.

Get in[edit]

Trains arrive from Liverpool's main stations every few minutes on the subterranean Merseyrail network, taking no more than 5 minutes. There are 5 stations, Hamilton Square being the best for the riverside, square and museum, Conway Park the best for the shopping district and Birkenhead Park the best for the famous park. Birkenhead can also be reached by the Mersey tunnels from Liverpool (toll payable) or the M53 from Chester. Alternatively, the famous Ferry cross the Mersey deposits you in the riverside area of the town.

Get around[edit]

Frequent and reliable Merseyrail services operate between the town's stations. There is also an extensive bus network. A Saveaway ticket is valid on all public transport in Birkenhead.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Tranmere Rovers Football Club (Prenton Park), Prenton Park, Prenton Rd West, Birkenhead, CH42 9PY (about 40 minutes walk from Rock Ferry station). Although this club has always lived in the shadow of Liverpool it has a long tradition and a great family atmosphere - well worth a visit  edit
  • Hamilton Square, a beautiful Georgian Square with gardens in the middle designed by James Gillespie Graham.
  • Birkenhead Park (Visitors Centre), Park Drive, Birkenhead, CH41 4HY (5 minutes walk from Birkenhead Park Station), +44 151 652 5197. designed by Joseph Paxton and opened on 5 April 1847. It is generally acknowledged as the first publicly-funded civic park in Britain. American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted incorporated many of the features he observed into his design for New York's Central Park. free.  edit
  • Wirral Transport Museum, 1 Taylor Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 1BG, +44 151 647 2128. free.  edit
  • Birkenhead Priory (St Mary's Tower), 4 Priory Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 5JH, +44 151 666 1249. W-Su afternoons. free.  edit
  • The riverside by the Mersey affords an excellent panorama of Liverpool city centre including all of its iconic buildings. There is also a wealth of interesting industrial buildings in this area, reflecting the town's shipbuilding heritage.
  • Pacific Road Arts Centre, Pacific Road Birkenhead Wirral CH41 1LJ, +44 151 666 0000, [1].  edit
  • Woodside Ferry Terminal (U-Boat Story), Mersey Ferries, Woodside, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 6DU, +44 151 330 1000, [2].  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Explore Birkenhead park. The first public park and the inspiration for Central Park, New York. It is larger than most parks and has some beautiful wooded areas and duck ponds. Especially popular in the summer months.

Visit The U-Boat Story, a wreckage of U-534, a WWII U-boat which refused to surrender. [5]

The Ferry cross the Mersey, immortalised in the Gerry and the Pacemakers song, is considered by many to be essential on any trip to Liverpool, and by definition involves a trip to Birkenhead.

  • The Pyramids Shopping centre. Shopping centre that has all commodities and has some great deals  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Birkenhead has the usual unexciting array of British high-street chain stores for your everyday requirements. Those seeking specialist shops or anything a cut above the norm should head across the water to Liverpool.

  • Williamson Art Gallery. Near to Birkenhead park on Slatey Road, has some great artwork  edit
  • Birkenhead Central Library. Birkenhead Central Library, which was opened in 1934 by George V was the country's first public library in an unincorporated borough  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • The Brass Balance (JD Wetherspoons), 39-45 Argyle Street, Birkenhead, CH41 6AB, +44 151 650 8950.  edit
  • Buffet 88, 46 Conway Street, Birkenhead, Merseyside CH41 6JD, +44 151 649 9888.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

Birkenhead has one must-visit pub for the pub architecture/real ale fan, The Stork Hotel. The Edwardian tiling, mosaic floor and etched windows make for a sumptuous drinking experience. There is always a selection of real ale and cheap hearty food is served at lunchtimes. 200yds from Hamilton Square.

  • Capitol Restaurant, Argyle Street, [3]. Generally considered to be the best Chinese/Canton/Peking restaurant in Merseyside. Award winning dim sum, banquets and specials. Friendly service.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • The Sleep Station, 24 - 28 Hamilton Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1AL (1 minute walk from Hamilton Square Station), +44 151 647 1047‎, [4].  edit
  • Yew Tree Hotel (Kellson), 56 Rock Lane West, Birkenhead, CH42 4PA, +44 151 645 4112‎‎. £49.50.  edit

Get out[edit]

Port Sunlight, William Lever's model village, is a few minutes away and is easily accessed by rail or road. The Wirral Coast has some excellent walking opportunities, including the Wirral Way. The ancient walled city of Chester is 30 minutes away by road or rail.

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