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Birkenhead Priory

4 Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH, England
+44 151 666 3537
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Having read that this was the top attraction in the Wirral, we thought it deserved a visit... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Whatateam
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Birkenhead priory

Visited the priory what a little gem tucked away in a industrial estate but well worth a visit only... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
kaysmith4
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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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 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.
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4 Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having read that this was the top attraction in the Wirral, we thought it deserved a visit. Marooned in the middle of Birkenhead’s industrial area, it is in fact a peaceful oasis offering a fascinating insight into hundreds of years of history. The volunteer was...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review. It is a very special place and glad you had a good experience with our volunteer. They are all so knowledgeable.

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Visited the priory what a little gem tucked away in a industrial estate but well worth a visit only small but packed with history and information and very helpful staff definitely a must for people who have a thirst for knowledgeMore

1  Thank kaysmith4
Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review. It is a little gem with so much history crammed into such a small space and our volunteers and staff are so knowledgeable about the site. A definite destination for people on a heritage tour or looking for a quiet...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017

Great oportunity to listenen abut history and see majestick old ruins. Small museum inside, free of charge

Thank Joanna M
Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

thank you for taking the time to visit and to review.

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Went back there as part of a trip visiting different places in Birkenhead. It comes as a surprise to see such an old building there. Museum areas interesting. Climb the tower and look at the views from the top. Right next to Cammell Laird where...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thank you for your review

Reviewed 28 August 2017

Visited the priory on more than one occasion and always amazed by how stunning it is. The little chapel is a must see with its stain glass windows telling the story of the Wirral. Also the views of Liverpool and the Mersey from the top...More

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Reviewed 9 August 2017

Decided to visit as I had taken the Ferry across the Mersey (to see Spaceport and U-boat). The climb up the tower was well worth it to see the Liverpool Waterfront across the river. Very helpful staff who were proud of the Priory. Opened the...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Many thanks for your review and so glad you asked to see the lovely Conway Chapel, well worth it. Like for many local government establishments times are hard but we are not immediately under any threat of closure. We are in the running for a...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Found this place on trip advisor as a top rated attraction and was not disapointed . A well cared for priory in quite good nick for its age , the best thing here is the trip up the bell tower and the view from the...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Thank you so much. We love that more people are discovering the site. A cafe would be fabulous but not practical at this time. Picnics encouraged and staff and volunteers will make hot drinks.

Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Tucked away but we'll worth seeking out. Not much parking but don't be put off. Nearby industrial site shops quite happy for you to park. Just ask! The prior is very interesting with superb volunteer guides. Well worth going up the tower for great views...More

1  Thank Derek R
Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Many thanks for your review, sorry it has taken so long to respond, come again. We think the volunteers and staff do a magnificent job bringing the place to life.

Reviewed 17 June 2017

Subject: Birkenhead Priory Location: Birkenhead Title: How the 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey' first started! ID#: 493701152 The remains of the buildings from 1100 when the monks first started ferrying people across to Liverpool. Beautiful brickwork in the chapel - still in use! Easily accessible by...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Thank you for your review. It is a fabulous place and so glad you have found us. Come again.

Reviewed 16 June 2017

First ever visit to Birkenhead Priory despite having lived close by for many years. I was surprised at how calm and beautiful it was, with many interesting aspects, the priory itself, the historic exhibition about the life of the priory, and an interesting maritime exhibit...More

1  Thank helenaitken2016
Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Thank you for your review, it is a very calm special place and worth the climb up St Mary's Tower for those who are able. Come again and yes, we think the Priory Volunteers have done a fabulous job with the planting.

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There are two rail stations 10 minutes walk away, Birkenhead Central and Hamilton Square.
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