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Birkenhead Priory is a unique family outing – experience the history, wonder and beauty of this 850 year old site.

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Views from St Mary's Tower

See some of the best views of Liverpool's famous waterfront from the top of the 25m tower.

Hunt the Monk

Search the buildings to explore and investigate the site whilst tracking down our trail of minature monks.

Dressing Up

Get into the spirit with our historical dressing-up box. Including Medieval, Civil War, World War One and Tudor style costumes. A fab family Photo opportunity.

Tours

Book a tour of the site or come along and chat to out friendly staff and volunteers who are happy to show your around the site.

Interactive Trails

Explore, learn and have fun following our topical digital trails on your phone or tablet.

Birkenhead Priory with a history including royalty, the birth of a city, and a religious life, the priory is the gateway to understanding how the Wirral grew over almost 1,000 years.

Summer Opening Times

Open Wed-Fri |1pm to 5pm
Open Sat & Sun | 10am to 5pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday, including Bank Holidays
Please note this will change to Winter schedule on the 31st of October 2018.

Facilities

Child friendly – families welcome!
On-site parking
Toilets
Bike racks
Dogs on leads welcome

The Parish

The Chapter House is owned by the Church of England and is part of Birkenhead Priory Parish in the Diocese of Chester. The Priory Parish, which takes its name of the Priory, also includes Christ the King, Beckwith Street (previously known as St. Anne’s Church). The parish covers the town centre and surrounding housing (population 11,105).

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Home to The Conways

Above the Chapter House is the Scriptorium. This is now the home of the Friends of HMS Conway, a training ship which formerly stood in the River Mersey off Rock Ferry. The Scriptorium also serves as a small chapel where services are held two or three times a year. New stained glass windows have now been installed, commissioned by Old Conways and designed by the late David Hillhouse.

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Having lived in the Wirral for over 30 years, what a treat it was to finally visit the birthplace of Birkenhead. I was intrigued to discover that the Birkenhead Priory is the oldest standing building in Merseyside and it truly is a joy to behold, the small place with a big history. How lucky are we to be custodians of Wirral's hidden gem. A must visit attraction.

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Planning a visit to the The Priory?

Download this resource to help you get the most from your visit!

Please contact info@thebirkenheadpriory.org to discuss your trip.

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Things to do

  • Digital Trails
  • Dressing up Corner
  • Discovery Trails
  • Monk Hunt
  • Grave Rubbings
  • Mini Museum
  • Climb The Tower

Trails! Coming Soon

A number of FREE family friendly Discovery Trails are now available on site to help you explore the Priory. You can download the website and digital trails straight onto your smart phone or tablet. The digital trails will allow you to creatively explore the site and independently investigate the 850 year old history of Birkenhead Priory.

 

Volunteer & Help out

We are always looking for new and passionate people to help out and enjoy the site.

Find out more by ringing our office on site 0151 666 1249 or the Wirral Museums Service office on 0151 666 3537 and leave your contact details.