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“One of the best galleries I’ve ever been in.”

Lady Lever Art Gallery
Ranked #1 of 33 things to do in Birkenhead
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Lady Lever Art Gallery is a real treasure, housing a stunning collection of paintings as well as exquisite furniture, Chinese collections, tapestries, sculpture, Wedgwood and classical antiquities in a beautiful building.There are several rooms, centred around the main hall. The paintings on display include pieces by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Stubbs, Turner, Millais, Rossetti, Holman Hunt and Waterhouse, to name but a few. The gallery also includes a dining room and shop. Admission is free.
Scarborough, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
327 reviews
192 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
“One of the best galleries I’ve ever been in.”
Reviewed 1 October 2012

We had a busy day planned, but decided to just concentrate on the one outing, which was somewhere we have always wanted to visit, Port Sunlight. This pretty village is situated on the other side of The River Mersey, so we took advantage of the speedy Merseyrail to get there.
The weather was fantastic for January, and we were able to explore the whole village with the aid of a tourist map, purchased from the local museum, which was fascinating. The highlight of the day was looking round the Lady Lever art gallery, one of the best galleries I’ve ever been in, and I’ve been in plenty. Many of my favourite artists have their work on display here, including Waterhouse, Millais and Holman Hunt. My favourite paintings were “Bubbles”, with its links to the soap industry and Lord Lever, and “The Scapegoat”, which is such a haunting image.
Having enjoyed afternoon tea at the gallery, we made our way back to the city centre exhausted, and with aching feet. We had planned all sorts for the afternoon, but ended up back at the hotel resting in the lobby.

Visited January 2012
2 Thank Martin D
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Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Good Free Art Gallery”
Reviewed 30 September 2012

Second visit in 3 months this time to take the Wife. Free to visit and free parking outside. Excellent and biggest Wedgewood collection in country. Chinese artifacts fantastic. Do have walk around the Port Sunlight Village when you are there. Port Sunlight Museum bit small and £3.50 but cafe good. Buy copy Titanic (the liner) soap from 1st class cabins in shop. Best soap you will buy. We got 15 bars from presents.

Visited September 2012
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Little Gem!”
Reviewed 13 September 2012

Port Sunlight Village is a fascinating 'model' town built by Lord Lever for his workers and the Classic style art gallery is the jewel at its heart. Well worth a visit just for the Pre Raphaelite paintings alone - only a fragment of Merseyside Museum's spectacular collection. The collection of Wedgwood pottery is one of the largest in the world and proves there is much more than just the usual blue- also worth the visit
There are a shop and cafe and a picnic area outside, and a large carpark. You will need plenty of time to see everything properly unless, like most Merseyside Museum lovers, you put on your list of places to visit regularly.

Visited July 2012
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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“Great gallery with a poor overpriced restaurant”
Reviewed 9 September 2012

Port Sunlight is definitely worth a visit to, a beautiful village setting with stunning monuments and buildings. A definite unique piece of England. The gallery is lovely and a really interesting way to spend an afternoon with an excellent collection of Pre Raphelite paintings and other items from the Leverhulme collection. However, the restaurant lets it down, its overpriced for the quality of food it provides, a ham salad baguette comes with a slice of ham, a bit of salad and more bread than anything else for £3.50. Other people seemed to have the same issues, a shame as it could be so much better for such a unique place.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank tetuan22s
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West Kirby, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Wondeful gallery”
Reviewed 5 September 2012

Wonderful free gallery. Staff are curteous and helpful. Several interesting special exhibits are put on durng the year.

Visited August 2012
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