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“A relatively hidden gem”
Review of Birkenhead Priory

Birkenhead Priory
Ranked #4 of 34 things to do in Birkenhead
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Owner description: 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 development of Wirral. Now surrounded by factory units and shipyards, the Priory is an oasis of calm in a busy world and affords unrivalled views of the river and surrounding area. The Chapter House is consecrated as a Church of England chapel hosts regular church services as well as Baptisms, Weddings and Funeral. The Scriptorium is the home of the Friends of HMS Conway. The Conway was a training ship which formerly stood in the River Mersey off Rock Ferry. The Undercroft houses a small museum tells that the story of the medieval Priory. Above the Undercroft is the Refectory, now covered with an award winning roof. Today visit the refectory to dress up or complete some grave rubbings. St Mary's, the first parish church of Birkenehead (1821), survives now as only a tower and spire, having been demolished in the 1970’s. This late-Georgian church ruin, with cast iron tracery in the surviving windows, is available to climb the 101 stairs to give unrivalled views across the River Mersey. The tower is now dedicated as a memorial to the 99 men lost in the 1939 disaster aboard the Laird's built submarine HMS Thetis.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Tucked away,but well worth a visit! Steeped in history- Wirral and Liverpool could well not have developed as they have without this historic settlement.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a very impressive piece of the areas history.Not many people even local residents are aware of the background and history of how the Wirral first began with the monks establishing a ferry crossing to Liverpool.Anyone visiting for the first time should start here it offers a god introduction to the place.
Sue and Mick

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Reviewed July 28, 2013

I had a pleasent afternoon with a group of homeless clients I work with who come from all walks of life and social backgrounds in the Birkenhead area who were all unaware of this gem on thier doorstep.I would like to say thanks to the staff on duty this day.Phillip was an ambassador to the site taking time to talk to our group with a wealth of knowledge and storys about not only the site but the history of Birkenhead as well from the first ferrys to the traders who helped finance the Hamilton Squre area to the first parks in Birkenhead.
The views from the tower were well worth the climb with great views to liverpool the local docks at Cammel laird and onto the welsh hills.A great afternoon was spent at this historic gem.


Tom Payne (Homeless Support Worker)
The Irene Kennedy Centre
Wirral Churches Ark Project
Birkenhead

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Lots of interesting history, the kids were really interested in the stories they told and the information to hand. The veiw from the top of the Priory was stunning. Highly Recommend

Thank Stephen M
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is an excellent display of historical artifacts and clear pictures with text , illustrating the history of the Priory and the associated mediaeval ferry service to Liverpool across the River Mersey.It is situated within the Priory , the oldest surviving buildings on Merseyside.Access is available to the Church tower for an excellent view of the Liverpool shoreline , the town of Birkenhead , and the adjacent Cammel Lairds Shipyard. Well worth an hour or so if you are in the area.
Not open every day, so check. Free entrance (at time of writing )

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