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Birkenhead Priory

4 Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH, England
+44 151 666 3537
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Very well worth a visit

At first glances this does not look very interesting but do stop and walk in there are many points... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MAKANMAKAN
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Fantastic Views

Brilliant gem of a place with amazing views across the Mersey. We climbed the steps up to the top... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
fonzy
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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 1 week ago via mobile

At first glances this does not look very interesting but do stop and walk in there are many points of interest about the monks of the priory and the architecture of priory. An added bonus is the walk up the church tower to see the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Brilliant gem of a place with amazing views across the Mersey. We climbed the steps up to the top of St Mary’s Tower where you have a 360 degree view. Overlooks the legendary Cammel Laird shipyard. It’s free to enter, has free parking and has...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing place to visit.fascinating history .climbing up the steps to the bell tower on the wall along the side of staircase is the name of every person on individual plaques who went down with the thesis in 1939.when you get to the bell tower...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a quiet space in the middle of industrial dockland well worth a visit. staff very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Many thanks, Kelsang...it is a very special place

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

A visit to climb the towwer primarily to get a good view of the shipyards which are refurbishing naval vessels at the moment. Its a great view over the river and when ships pass a good vantage point. Beautifully kept and plenty of explanation.

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2018

Thank you for your review

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Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

I love this place. I find it truly fascinating that you can wander through a medieval Priory that is immediately adjacent to a massive world famous shipyard and is right in the middle of a busy industrial estate. The volunteer staff are welcoming and knowledgeable,...More

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Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much

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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

Thank Bonnie34
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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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Response from danglemoongroup | Reviewed this property |
There are two rail stations 10 minutes walk away, Birkenhead Central and Hamilton Square.
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