Birkenhead Priory

Birkenhead Priory

Birkenhead Priory
4.5
Historic Sites • Religious Sites • History Museums
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Wednesday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Birkenhead Priory is a unique family outing – experience the history, wonder and beauty of this 850 year old site. As the oldest standing building on Merseyside, the Priory offers a unique insight into the town of Birkenhead, and its historical and spiritual importance in the North West. Now surrounded by factory units and shipyards, the Priory is an oasis of calm in a busy world. Come and explore the site with the whole family. Climb the 101 steps to the top of St Mary's tower for spectacular views of the Mersey & local area. You can even bring a picnic to enjoy in our grounds! For full information on current Covid-safety protocols, please visit our website. The Chapter House is consecrated as a Church of England chapel.
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John T
Mold, UK201 contributions
Feb 2022
Visited with my husband. What a wonderful suprise! Excellent staff who gave us a fascinating insight into the history and architecture of the building including the stunning stained glass windows.A first class, detailed exhibition that brought monastic life to light and some wonderful ruins to explore.We aslo took a walk up to the top of St Marys Tower for some great and suprising views. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and learnt so much from enthusiastic and knowledgeable people. This was our first visit and we will be back.
Written February 13, 2022
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Alan S
4 contributions
Oct 2019
Probably one of the oldest buildings in the Merseyside region, and certainly the oldest in Birkenhead, and yet sadly many locals have never visited. Admittedly, the last time I visited was as a child on a school trip, and took my 24 year old son with me whom I’d assumed would have been taken on a similar school trip, but turns out he had never visited previously. He was surprised that such a place existed right on our own door step, and was impressed that a place of such historical significance existed right in our home town, and was perplexed why his school had never taken him or his fellow pupils to visit. On the day we visited there was also a small craft fair with small stalls selling gifts and food; such hidden gems are well worth a visit and deserve better local council and public support.
Written March 8, 2020
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thanks for the lovely review
Written March 31, 2020
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK610,715 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
My twin brother Stephen and I had just jumped the ferry from Woodside Ferry Terminal to cross over to Liverpool and we passed this lovely looking church as we meandered down the River Mersey.
A quick bit of googling revealed it to be the oldest standing structure in Merseyside and thus a designated Grade I listed building.
Founded in 1150 by Hamon De Masci ,a Benedictine order,the beautiful structure is very evocative and still remains a consecrated Anglican church.
The church looks awesome, it was nice viewing it from the ferry and made for some really good photographic opportunities.
Well worth checking out if your in the area or jumping the ferry from Woodside Ferry Terminal.
Written March 16, 2020
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thanks for the great review - we hope to meet you soon
Written March 31, 2020
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Chris D
Prenton, UK78 contributions
Dec 2019
I've visited Birkenhead Priory a few times now. The volunteers are friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about this wonderful site. The oldest standing building in Birkenhead and the views from St Mary's Tower are fantastic. Lots of great events held throughout the year. Plenty of history, a really interesting place to visit.
Written February 1, 2020
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Thanks for the lovely review
Written March 31, 2020
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mandy340
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom43 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Visited the priory today for the first time since lockdown a lovely little hidden gem in birkenhead the grounds have been well maintained by staff and volunteers. Guides there have a wealth of knowledge and are happy to give you information. The chapter house is a lovely little church and climb st marys tower for stunning 360 views of the area they now also have picnic tables for you to sit at for lunch well worth a visit
Written August 27, 2021
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Martin K
Wallasey, UK1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
A small tranquil spot between industrial units and a huge dry dock. Unbelievable it’s still standing. Really pleasant volunteer guide on the day we went,(Friday) with a lot of knowledge . We only had less than an hour to spare but we could have stayed longer and will definitely return. History everywhere you look and the view from the top of St Mary’s was fantastic. A small viewing area but we were the only ones up there.
Well done to the staff/volunteers.
Written May 13, 2022
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Paskars
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK13 contributions
Jul 2016 • Family
Visited for 'Picnic in the Priory' 2016.
Birkenhead's hidden jem. The renovation work at the priory means this historic site is more accessible to all. We had a great view of the Queen Mary and the Liverpool Docks from the Clock Tower. The children all had a great day playing in the grounds. Thank you.
Written July 3, 2016
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Many thanks for your review. Just to let you know we were awarded a RICS award for the Conservation Repairs and heading to the nationals in November. Wish us luck. No Picnic in the Priory this year but we do have Around the World in Eighty Days on the 28th of July from Off The Ground.
Written July 15, 2017
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neddyb1
Northwich, UK1,098 contributions
Nov 2015 • Family
I had no idea this existed. We only found it because we were trying to drive home and keep as close to the Mersey as possible. I bet a lot of people who live here have no idea it exists either. Its a Benedictine monastery, one of the smallest and poorest in the country, responsible for the first "Ferry Across The Mersey", shut by Henry VIII, fallen into picturesque ruin, nibbled away by industry and housing, losing big chunks of itself to the Camel Laird shipyard which is literally over the wall and is now a lonely outpost of the history of the Wirral. There's not a huge lot here, the scriptorium - from 1150 - not much else round here with that kind of date!!!!, a beautifully preserved undercroft and all sorts of higgledy-piggledy remains (that I'm glad I didn't have to decipher!!) and an interesting little museum.
Best of all though was the trip up the tower of the now-largely-demolished Victorian church tower. From the top was the most amazing view up and down the Mersey from North Sea to Runcorn and the whole of the Liverpool waterfront/cathedral vista. It's also possible to see what's going on in the Camel Laird shipyard next door.
Perhaps best of all though is that sense of the evolution of history - there's a 12th century building here 50 yards from disappearing into the excavations of a modern shipyard and completely isolated from any sense of a mediaeval world. It's an abrupt and telling physical realtionship that says a lot about our development as a nation and is somehow much more of an historically evocative place than any other site I've visited recently- the difference between here and Riveaulx Abbey for example is just bizarre. English Heritage should be all over this and feel ashamed that they are not looking after it, preferring perhaps the more picturesque ruins that are nearer a national park! There's lots of restoration work being / been done and it seems to be run by the council but staffed by volunteers. Full marks for all involved. There are some local books available and we put some money in the donations box to pay for flowers from the herb garden.No café but there are toilets. And it's all free!!!!!!!!!!
Written November 15, 2015
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Many thanks for your review. Just to let you know we were awarded a RICS award for the Conservation Repairs and heading to the nationals in November. Wish us luck. We have a performance of Around the World of Eighty Days on the 28th of July with Off The Ground productions.
Written July 15, 2017
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Linda F
Birkenhead, UK27 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
Birkenhead Priory is a lovely place to visit, picturesque and full of history. When you enter the grounds there are wonderful views. You can enter the monastery and view the displays before heading up the spiral staircase to more displays and stain windows. The chapel is small and inviting, a place where you can walk around or just sit quietly. If you are able to go up St Marys tower as tube views are amazing. Most of the attraction is at ground lever, sadly there isn't access to some parts for disabled visitors or prams. Due to it being an original building there isn't any way to make some parts accessible. There is also the scripture room which is worth as visit. May not be fun for really young children but they can run as round in the garden's.
Written August 26, 2015
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Many thanks for your review. Just to let you know we were awarded a RICS award for the Conservation Repairs and heading to the nationals in November. Wish us luck. We have a performance of Around the World of Eighty Days on the 28th of July with Off The Ground productions. There are dress up clothes for children and an opportunity to do rubbings . Come and visit again.
Written July 15, 2017
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Mimibonner
Liverpool, UK3 contributions
May 2014
I visited today with my husband and son. As soon as we entered we were greeted by two very friendly gentlemen who made us feel very welcome and who were only too willing to share their obvious passion & enthusiasm for the priory. The Chapter House is a very special place, it is a peaceful and serene haven and beautiful too in an understated way.
The views from the top of St Mary's Tower are spectacular and well worth the 100 or so steps to the top! You get a clear view of the city of Liverpool & surrounding area. It's well worth a visit I will certainly go again it's a very special place.
Written May 18, 2014
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Thank you
Written April 17, 2018
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