The top five Birkenhead attractions

Birkenhead is an interesting town located in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, not far from Liverpool.

The community is well known for its seafaring history, including as a centre for ship building and associated maritime industries. However, it is also a fantastic place to visit, thanks to the many excellent sites and hotels near Birkenhead.

Here are five of the best attractions visitors to Birkenhead should definitely check out:

Birkenhead Priory

Birkenhead Priory is a must-see for anyone who is interested in architecture or history. Not only is it Merseyside’s oldest remaining building and Grade I listed, but it is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument and home to some of the most impressive Norman architecture in the country.

Built in 1150, the chapter house of the priory still takes services, but there is also a museum charting the site’s history and a chapel that is dedicated to HMS Conway, which was an important training ship.

Lady Lever Art Gallery

Opened in 1922 by Queen Victoria’s youngest daughter, Princess Beatrice, Lady Lever Art Gallery is the place to visit if you want to enjoy a few hours of high culture. Edwardian and Victorian enthusiasts in particular will be enthralled by the museum’s collection, which is filled with examples of taste from the era, including Pre-Raphaelite art, Wedgewood pottery and Chinese ceramics, all collected by Lord Leverhulme, the museum’s Victorian founder.

Wirral Transport Museum

The Wirral Transport Museum is located just half a mile from the Mersey Ferry service at Woodside, which means that it is not too far from popular Wirral accommodation. It is also free, making it the ideal place to spend some time when in Birkenhead. There is even a vintage tram service to take passengers from the ferry to the museum at certain times of the year.

Exhibits at the attraction include fire engines, trams, cars and buses from days gone by.

Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm

Located at the Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm is the historical thatched Tam O’Shanter cottage, which can be visited by the public. As well as the cottage, there is a working farm, stocked with rare breeds. The site is run as a charity that aims to teach the public about farm animals and the natural world.

Europa Pools

Europa Pools is a great attraction for parents with young children. It consists of a large leisure pool with two fun flumes, a wave pool, water cannons, a kiddie’s lagoon and a geyser.

Posted by Ryan
June 3, 2015
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