Birkhenhead Activities & Things to Do
A town in the Borough of Wirral in Merseyside, Birkenhead used to be part of Cheshire and is opposite Liverpool, on the west bank of the River Mersey. It’s known for previously being a hub for the ship industry, and was a massive seaport back in the day. It’s got a population of about 83,000 so you aren’t going to be overwhelmed when you come here with the scale and size of the place, but it’s a great town to visit if you want to have a laugh and see something a bit more different.
Getting to Birkenhead
Merseytravel provide plenty of travel around the city itself, but in terms of getting here you get can get coaches from London, Bangor, Newcastle and Glasgow. Additionally, you can get a train from Liverpool through the underground railway, which is part of the Merseyrail network. It’s easy enough to get to Birkenhead to be honest, and your best bet if you are coming from any other part of the country is either Newcastle or London, depending what direction you are coming from.
What’s on & Where to Go
If you want to visit a bit of national history, and then go to Birkenhead Park – it’s the very first park ever funded publically within the whole of Britain. Additionally, the Williamson Art Gallery has been open since 1928 and is home to many outstanding paintings and crafts. If you aren’t into that sort of thing, then you’ll find plenty of other things to do here in Birkenhead.
You could always go and visit the Birkenhead Priory, which is the oldest building still standing in the whole of Merseyside. There’s not too much going on inside, but it’s surrounded by active industry so it’s worth a little walk down just to see what the area used to be like back in the day. It’s got a rich history and culture to the place, but a lot of the old landmarks in the town are just that – landmarks, no longer active.
Being a city in Merseyside, there’s obviously a fair selection of pubs to pick up on. The Stork Hotel is a good place to start, and the Sportsmans Arms is another selection if you want more classic pubs than a rowdy night. You’ll struggle to find a real “mad” pub in Birkenhead, and if that’s what you are looking for your best bet is to jump on the train and head through to Liverpool instead.
There’s more to do there and you’ll have a better selection of gigs and venues to pick from. Outside of traditional arts and landmarks, Birkenhead is a fairly casual place to live – not enough to blow your mind, but a great place to stay if you want to escape the big city lifestyle for a few nights.