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Birkenhead Priory

4 Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH, England
+44 151 666 3537
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Gem of a place and most people don't seem to know about it. I have ancestors here. The view from... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
bd001e2201
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Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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AMAZING GEM HIDDEN IN URBAN SETTING!

I have known about the Priory for decades and yet I am ashamed to say that this was my first... read more

Reviewed 16 April 2018
bill04kelly
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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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Reviewed 16 April 2018 via mobile

Gem of a place and most people don't seem to know about it. I have ancestors here. The view from the tower is worth the trip.

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you for your feedback... do come again and spread the word.

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

I have known about the Priory for decades and yet I am ashamed to say that this was my first visit. However it will not be my last. Hidden among dockand and factories lies this true gem on ancient history. We arrived as it was...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Many thanks. The team at the Priory love having visitors and it is great to get feedback.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Walked 10 mins from Hamilton Sq station and arrived 40 mins before closing. However, we were made to feel very welcome and the visit was well worth it. A beautiful day with wonderful views of the Liverpool skyline from the top of St Mary’s Tower....More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2018

Many thanks for your review, do come again. Just to let you know due to staff illness and staff shortage the decision has been made to close Birkenhead Priory for this weekend only.

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

not easy to find but worth it when you get here the tower is well worth the climb and the priory is very intresting made more so by the helpfull and knowledgeable voluntires

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2018

Thank you for your review... we hope you visit again.

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Reviewed 13 March 2018

came here when visiting our daughter who lives locally ,she couldnt understand why I wanted to visit a sthe area around the priory is a bit run down ,however persuaded her to take us there and we werent disappointed,lovely old ruin with a story to...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2018

Thank you for your review and glad you had a rewarding visit.

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

Lived here all my life and never visited the Priory. Hidden gem! The volunteers were wonderfully helpful, the gave loads of information and encouraged us to explore. Lots of activities for children and nice to see children being so welcomed (dressing up, colouring, trails etc)....More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

So glad you enjoyed yourself and yes, it is a lovely place for a picnic so do come back. The site is run by the Wirral Museums Service with excellent support by the Priory volunteers. The involvement of the team is invaluable and they add...More

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Reviewed 12 February 2018 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 13 February 2018

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