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Birkenhead Priory

4 Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH, England
+44 151 666 3537
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Great local history

First visit for many years. Loads to see. Not just about the priory itself. The volunteer on duty... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Helelpen
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Wirral, United Kingdom
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Having read that this was the top attraction in the Wirral, we thought it deserved a visit... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
Whatateam
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Birkenhead Priory is a unique family outing – experience the history, wonder and beauty of this 850 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 development of Wirral. Now surrounded by factory units and shipyards, the Priory is an oasis of calm in a busy world and affords unrivalled views of the river and surrounding area. The Chapter House is consecrated as a Church of England chapel hosts regular church services as well as Baptisms, Weddings and Funeral. The Scriptorium is the home of the Friends of HMS Conway. The Conway was a training ship which formerly stood in the River Mersey off Rock Ferry. The Undercroft houses a small museum tells that the story of the medieval Priory. Above the Undercroft is the Refectory, now covered with an award winning roof. Today visit the refectory to dress up or complete some grave rubbings. St Mary's, the first parish church of Birkenehead (1821), survives now as only a tower and spire, having been demolished in the 1970’s. This late-Georgian church ruin, with cast iron tracery in the surviving windows, is available to climb the 101 stairs to give unrivalled views across the River Mersey. The tower is now dedicated as a memorial to the 99 men lost in the 1939 disaster aboard the Laird's built submarine HMS Thetis.
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4 Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH, England
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"oldest building"
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"hidden gem"
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"industrial estate"
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"bell tower"
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"across the river"
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"mersey estuary"
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"dry dock"
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"historic site"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visit for many years. Loads to see. Not just about the priory itself. The volunteer on duty really knew his stuff & always on hand to answer questions. Couldn’t be more helpful. You have to ask for the Scriptorium to be unlocked, but what...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your great review. The Scriptorium is a fabulous haven and so beautiful to look out of the window to Cammell Lairds. The volunteers are a great addition to the staff on site. Do come again.

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Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Having read that this was the top attraction in the Wirral, we thought it deserved a visit. Marooned in the middle of Birkenhead’s industrial area, it is in fact a peaceful oasis offering a fascinating insight into hundreds of years of history. The volunteer was...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Many thanks for your review. It is a very special place and glad you had a good experience with our volunteer. They are all so knowledgeable.

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

Visited the priory what a little gem tucked away in a industrial estate but well worth a visit only small but packed with history and information and very helpful staff definitely a must for people who have a thirst for knowledgeMore

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Many thanks for your review. It is a little gem with so much history crammed into such a small space and our volunteers and staff are so knowledgeable about the site. A definite destination for people on a heritage tour or looking for a quiet...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Great oportunity to listenen abut history and see majestick old ruins. Small museum inside, free of charge

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

thank you for taking the time to visit and to review.

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Went back there as part of a trip visiting different places in Birkenhead. It comes as a surprise to see such an old building there. Museum areas interesting. Climb the tower and look at the views from the top. Right next to Cammell Laird where...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 13 September 2017

Thank you for your review

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Visited the priory on more than one occasion and always amazed by how stunning it is. The little chapel is a must see with its stain glass windows telling the story of the Wirral. Also the views of Liverpool and the Mersey from the top...More

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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Decided to visit as I had taken the Ferry across the Mersey (to see Spaceport and U-boat). The climb up the tower was well worth it to see the Liverpool Waterfront across the river. Very helpful staff who were proud of the Priory. Opened the...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Many thanks for your review and so glad you asked to see the lovely Conway Chapel, well worth it. Like for many local government establishments times are hard but we are not immediately under any threat of closure. We are in the running for a...More

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Reviewed 4 August 2017

Found this place on trip advisor as a top rated attraction and was not disapointed . A well cared for priory in quite good nick for its age , the best thing here is the trip up the bell tower and the view from the...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Thank you so much. We love that more people are discovering the site. A cafe would be fabulous but not practical at this time. Picnics encouraged and staff and volunteers will make hot drinks.

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Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

Tucked away but we'll worth seeking out. Not much parking but don't be put off. Nearby industrial site shops quite happy for you to park. Just ask! The prior is very interesting with superb volunteer guides. Well worth going up the tower for great views...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Many thanks for your review, sorry it has taken so long to respond, come again. We think the volunteers and staff do a magnificent job bringing the place to life.

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Reviewed 17 June 2017

Subject: Birkenhead Priory Location: Birkenhead Title: How the 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey' first started! ID#: 493701152 The remains of the buildings from 1100 when the monks first started ferrying people across to Liverpool. Beautiful brickwork in the chapel - still in use! Easily accessible by...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2017

Thank you for your review. It is a fabulous place and so glad you have found us. Come again.

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There are two rail stations 10 minutes walk away, Birkenhead Central and Hamilton Square.
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