About Birkenhead


Among Birkenhead's many historic landmarks, the oldest and one of the most impressive is Birkenhead Priory. A Scheduled Ancient Monument, founded in the twelfth century, the former Benedictine priory is the oldest building in the whole of Merseyside and one of the most visited.

Attached to the main building is St Mary's Tower, part of the town's former parish church and a listed monument in its own right, whose ornate spire can bee seen for miles around. Another site of historic interest is the Bidston Windmill that lies just on the edge of Birkenhead and which dates from the early nineteenth century.

There are several attractive green spaces on offer in the town, the most renowned of which being Birkenhead Park. The park is widely acknowledged as the first publicly-funded park in the country and is now both a listed landscape and a conservation area.

Flanked by beautiful gatehouses at either end, the park is stunningly landscaped and is home to many species of flora and fauna - the perfect tranquil spot to relax in.

Another point of interest is the former cemetery now known as Flaybrick Memorial Gardens, which is home to a large collection of ancient trees and is carefully maintained with local wildlife in mind.

In terms of cultural attractions the town has a number of interesting venues on offer, including the first public school of art outside the capital. The Williamson Art Gallery is especially worth a visit with its large collection of Victorian oil paintings, various porcelain and fine watercolours by British artists, as well as many works relating to the local ship building industry.