Port Sunlight Museum

Port Sunlight Museum: Address, Phone Number, Port Sunlight Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Port Sunlight Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Architectural Buildings
About
The perfect place to begin your journey exploring this historic garden village. The Museum tells the story of industrialist William Lever and how he created a high quality village to house the workers at his soap factory. The story of the village is told through film shows, artefacts, archive photographs and models. Displays also explore Port Sunlight at War, the events around the first gig The Beatles played with Ringo Starr which happened in the village, and stories behind some of the famous products made here, such as Sunlight & Lifebuoy soap. Entry to the museum also includes access to the Edwardian worker's cottage. This new attraction, next door to the main museum building, has recreated this historic building as it might have looked in 1913.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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mazp951
Dublin, Ireland43 contributions
Interesting museum and village
Jul 2021 • Couples
The museum was very informative and interesting, Lady Lever art gallery was truly unbelievable, so.much to see it was hard to take it all in, period furniture, art statues etc.
The workers cottage was an eye opener so much space and hot and cold running water well preserved too. Only disappointment was the soap experience, which was the one thing I wanted to see, the displays were all geared to children up to aged 10 yrs or so. I had hoped for more history of the factory, how soap was made etc but aimed at adults, pity they couldn't do the two.
Written 22 July 2021
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Rees
Liverpool, UK94 contributions
Morning visit
Jul 2021 • Couples
Beautiful surroundings and well maintained grounds, well worth a visit. We had a lovely morning exploring.
Written 20 July 2021
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mslancashire503927
Burnley, UK2,890 contributions
Lovely settings in the village
Jul 2021 • Couples
Would have paid a visit inside had we had the time but from the outside was lovely. Set in the stunning Port Sunlight village.
Written 15 July 2021
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Shell C
Poulton Le Fylde, UK895 contributions
We will come back for the full visit.
Jun 2021
We wanted to visit the Museum Shop to collect the walking tour map but ended up buying several items from the shop itself.
We had a wander around the village looking at the architectural features of the houses and how lovely the place is.
We've decided we will wait out the disappearance of Covid and will take a repeat trip at some point in the future so we can spend the day at our leisure to visit the whole of the village.
Written 3 July 2021
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Mike
Glossop, UK229 contributions
Walking Tour
Jun 2021 • Friends
We went on the walking tour not the museum itself but it was very good. Dave the guide was very knowledgeable having grown up in the village.
Written 1 July 2021
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verity1
london15,274 contributions
Fascinating
May 2021
There's a short film which is extremely interesting. It was fun to discover that because Port Sunlight had purpose built entertainment venues, a lot of famous people such as The Beatles played here very early in their careers.
Written 28 May 2021
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GolfMad11
Bebington, UK99 contributions
Worth a visit
Oct 2019
Plenty of space and great exhibits. Plenty of parking and nice caffe. Shop overpriced like most places of this ike
Written 10 September 2020
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Mojoblue717
Manchester, UK2,622 contributions
Must visit for all lovers of English Culture & History
Aug 2020
Been wanting to visit this place for many years. Never did when I lived in Liverpool, which I left over 40 years ago, now in Manchester, but finally made it with my wife, on a grey, drizzly August day, but was still enchanted. Because of Pandemic restrictions the Museum, and others sites were closed, but we managed to meet a lady from the Museum, who gave us an excellent guide to the Village, which had a recommended walking trail, with snippets of info, and photos of "Then & Now" Spent a delightful couple of hours following the trail, and hadn't realised just how much there is to see in the Village itself. The buildings themselves and the layout, flower beds, tidiness are an absolute pleasure, but if you take the time to read up on the History and how it came to be here, you will get so much more from your visit. The village even has Hulme Hall, formerly the dining hall for the ladies who worked at Levers factory, now a Meeting & Function room, famed as the venue where Ringo Starr first played with the Beatles, as a full member of the Band in August !962, practically 58 years to the date of our visit. Also a small theatre, Gladstone Hall, the first public building in the village, opened by the man himself, William Ewart Gladstone. Lots of other fascinating points of interest giving you a glimpse of England as it used to be, long before these troubled times. Strongly recommend anyone reading this review to make the effort and visit the piece of English Heritage. Hopefully one day may become a World Heritage Centre. Pity the Museum wasn't open, but had a great day, finished off with a nice lunch at the historic Bridge Inn. Highly Recommended
Written 20 August 2020
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Ian C
Wirral, UK137 contributions
Gives some history of Unilever and Port Sunlight
Jul 2020
Very focused on the development of Unilever as founded by William Hesketh Lever and the growth of the soap factory to the multinational conglomerate it is today.
It is sited opposite the Lady Lever Art Gallery which houses many renouned artistic exhibits
Written 26 July 2020
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Jake-from-Liverpool
Liverpool, UK1,139 contributions
Well Worth Seeking Out ..... A Real Gem
Jul 2020
The historic village of Port Sunlight is a beautiful idyll on any day with its leafy roads and immaculate kept gardens. Stunning in flower at the moment. The centrepiece of the village is the Lady Lever Art Gallery and the Port Sunlight Museum ...... pretty much the the birthplace of the UK soap industry.
Super easy to get to by car and right opposite the Merseyrail station of Bebington (Port Sunlight Station ..... the next stop along will do as well but is a longer walk to the village centre)
Written 16 July 2020
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