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Review of Birkenhead Priory

Birkenhead Priory
Ranked #5 of 33 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 November 7, 2013

A wonderful hidden gem of Wirral, lots of history, beautiful chapel, friendly staff but the jewel of the site is the staircase to the top of the tower and spectacular views of the area and the Liverpool skyline.

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Reviewed October 11, 2013

great hidden attraction in the heart of an industrial estate. but it has so much history and is where Wirral really began.

Thank Anne B
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

free entry absolutely full of history and very very informative staff the views from the top of the tower are amazing if you like local history then this is a must visit place

1  Thank cocoatop
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

Beautiful Priory, with a great visitor centre. I have visited twice - once today - August 2013 when the tower was open. I got soem great photos. It is a selection of beautiful ancient buildings with access, parking, information and helpful guides AND gardeners! What a shame it has been surrounded by the hovel of 1980/90s industrial units and cammell lairds. Set in the countryside this would be a world class site - blame the council again....

1  Thank Sheryl A
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

as soon as you walk in to the old building you start to imagine that someone is either following you or watching you, it is very atmospheric, and as i know the story behind the priory monks its still gives me the shivers

Thank boxman60
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