Birkenhead Priory
Birkenhead Priory
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Wednesday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Birkenhead Priory is a unique family outing – experience the history, wonder and beauty of this 870 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! The Chapter House is consecrated as a Church of England chapel.
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  • philwort416
    11 contributions
    A Hidden Treasure - Go and See It!
    An architectural treasure and well worth a visit. Discover the building and it's history. Climb the tower of St Mary's church for spectacular views across the Mersey and see the HMS Conway exhibition.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 March 2023
  • Addie T
    Liverpool, United Kingdom59 contributions
    Steeped in History and A MUST if you are in Liverpool
    Often, we focus on mainland Liverpool and forget about the deep history which sits across The Mersey. This is a must do if you are in Liverpool. The place is steeped in history and the views are also awesome over the City of Liverpool. The staff are all extremely knowledgeable and passionate. The Chapter House is a must! I liked the story of Benedictine Monks rowing across to Liverpool, staying the night, getting bladdered and then coming back the next morning to say, "Father forgive me for I have sinned". LOL
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Simpleburger
    25 contributions
    What a gem !
    Wonderful visit. Such a bargain as free to enter ( a donation was of course made) . Many thanks to Angela for her fascinating input re the history of the place and explaining the purpose of the buildings, the history etc. Very unusual (but welcome ) for a church to be situated next to a shipyards / dry dock . Fabulous views from the tower over to Liverpool.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 October 2023
  • Leasowe Lighthouse
    1 contribution
    Amazing Hidden Gem!
    What an amazing adventure to see Birkenhead Priory. Have been meaning to visit for ages and so glad we finally did! Our tour guide Angela and team were amazing and very knowledgeable giving a great overview of the Priory and what life would have been like. Definitely worth a visit 😁
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Will
    Wirral, United Kingdom13 contributions
    Amazing Hidden Gem
    What an amazing adventure to see Birkenhead Priory. Have been meaning to visit for ages and so glad we finally did! Our tour guide Angela and team were amazing and very knowledgeable giving a great overview of the Priory and what life would have been like. Definitely worth a visit 😁
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 November 2023
  • Billythefish1
    Southport, United Kingdom1,425 contributions
    Something that is so different.
    Lived in Liverpool all of my life and didn't even know about this before. Free parking, free entrance, free guided tour. Really interesting an lots to see. Museum, tower, 101 steps to the top and great views with Liverpool, Cammell Lairds, the Mersey and back into Wirral. 2 hours of really good information. Will visit again.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
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Billythefish1
Southport, UK1,425 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lived in Liverpool all of my life and didn't even know about this before. Free parking, free entrance, free guided tour. Really interesting an lots to see. Museum, tower, 101 steps to the top and great views with Liverpool, Cammell Lairds, the Mersey and back into Wirral. 2 hours of really good information. Will visit again.
Written 23 November 2023
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Will
Wirral, UK13 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
What an amazing adventure to see Birkenhead Priory. Have been meaning to visit for ages and so glad we finally did! Our tour guide Angela and team were amazing and very knowledgeable giving a great overview of the Priory and what life would have been like. Definitely worth a visit 😁
Written 12 November 2023
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Simpleburger
North Wales25 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
Wonderful visit. Such a bargain as free to enter ( a donation was of course made) . Many thanks to Angela for her fascinating input re the history of the place and explaining the purpose of the buildings, the history etc. Very unusual (but welcome ) for a church to be situated next to a shipyards / dry dock . Fabulous views from the tower over to Liverpool.
Written 15 October 2023
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Addie T
Liverpool, UK59 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Often, we focus on mainland Liverpool and forget about the deep history which sits across The Mersey. This is a must do if you are in Liverpool. The place is steeped in history and the views are also awesome over the City of Liverpool. The staff are all extremely knowledgeable and passionate. The Chapter House is a must!

I liked the story of Benedictine Monks rowing across to Liverpool, staying the night, getting bladdered and then coming back the next morning to say, "Father forgive me for I have sinned". LOL
Written 12 July 2023
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philwort416
11 contributions
Mar 2023 • Solo
An architectural treasure and well worth a visit. Discover the building and it's history. Climb the tower of St Mary's church for spectacular views across the Mersey and see the HMS Conway exhibition.
Written 5 March 2023
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Sly W
Wrexham, UK68 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Had the pleasure of a private tour of the Priory site by night which added real atmosphere to the experience. Our guide, Samantha, was superb and left our group eager to return by daylight to check out some areas we couldn't visit on the stormy night of our tour. Hugely important and well preserved heritage site and one that is free to visit during regular opening hours.
Written 22 November 2022
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Doug J
Wirral287 contributions
Nov 2022
I, with friends from XRT and 41 Club, went on a private evening tour of the Priory. The presentation and the guide were first class. She gave a clear history of the priory without being overbearing. Her own experience and love of this ancient building made for an interesting tour. A visit to Merseyside's oldest building is a must.
Written 22 November 2022
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Peter W
Sheffield, UK204 contributions
Sept 2022
Although Birkenhead may not be in the top 10 of obvious tourist destinations in North West England, we visited here on a late Friday afternoon in September and were very impressed with the quality of information available on display about the extremely interesting history of Birkenhead Priory. The staff provided a friendly welcome and directed us to the key features of the building, including the must-do walk up to the tower (110 steps!) which provided a panoramic view of the River Mersey and famous Liverpool waterfront. The priory has ample parking facilities and toilets on site plus a small gift stall. Another treasure on site is the Priory chapel which still hosts monthly services at 9.00am on the 1st Sunday of the month and occasional weddings. Overall, a great visitor attraction and amazing that it is still actually free admission!
Written 27 September 2022
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peter y
Wrexham, UK266 contributions
Jul 2022
We were staying in Birkenhead for a trip up the ship canal and as we wondered around we found the Priory. Situated alongside a huge shipyard and overlooking the Mersey this Gem of history is a must see for visitors to the area. Free to enter, with guides helping to understand the history of the Site and the area, the Priory was one of the very first buildings on Merseyside, built in 1150 ad. It is a museum of Birkenhead and also a delightful working Chapel with stained glass windows that ooze history. You can climb the 110 steps to the top of the tower for a wonderful view of the town, the shipyards and the Mersey with Liverpool beyond. A fascinating step into the past and well worth a couple of hours of your time. The guides are a great help and tell in detail the complete history of the Priory and how it went on to form Birkenhead.
Written 5 July 2022
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Kittylover1
Chester, UK23 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Our first visit to the Priory. Very easy to find and amazed that we have never discovered this gem previously.
We were given a tour by Angela and it was fascinating. Very interesting and knowledgeable and she really brought to life the details of monastic life.
We went to the top of St Mary's tower, brilliant views of the docks and over to Liverpool too.
Everybody should take time out to visit.
Written 26 June 2022
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