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Birkenhead Priory

4 Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH, England
+44 151 666 3537
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Little Gem!

Tucked away but we'll worth seeking out. Not much parking but don't be put off. Nearby industrial... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Derek R
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Where the 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey' originated!

Subject: Birkenhead Priory Location: Birkenhead Title: How the 'Ferry 'cross the Mersey' first... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
Canuck005
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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 4 weeks ago 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

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

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.

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

Thank Canuck005
Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 16 June 2017

First ever visit to Birkenhead Priory despite having lived close by for many years. I was surprised at how calm and beautiful it was, with many interesting aspects, the priory itself, the historic exhibition about the life of the priory, and an interesting maritime exhibit...More

1  Thank helenaitken2016
Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, it is a very calm special place and worth the climb up St Mary's Tower for those who are able. Come again and yes, we think the Priory Volunteers have done a fabulous job with the planting.

Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

One of oldest buildings on merseyside.beautiful chapel and spectacular views from the top of st Mary's tower.

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

Sorry about my delay in responding to your review, glad you came and do come again.

Reviewed 30 April 2017

Not a lot to see, but a gateway close t Birkenhead Park which is. I wouldn't really call it a landmark!More

1  Thank underpantshamper2017
Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review, please come back again and have a guided tour with one of our volunteers or member of staff as there is so much that was founded there and of interest of a historical and spiritual nature as well as fabulous views...More

Reviewed 18 April 2017

Definately a must visit. We were given a guided tour by a volunteer who provided us with loads of information about the Priory and also the local Birkenhead history before being able to explore the rest ourselves. Luckily it was a nice day and we...More

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

Thank you for your review, come again and bring guests.

Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We went today not knowing what to expect and arrived to be welcomed by Tony one of the volunteers who gave us the warmest welcome you could ever hope for. We even got a little private guided tour as we were the first visitors of...More

2  Thank Yves P
Abscraft, Public Relations Manager at Birkenhead Priory, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for your review and for encouraging others to come. Guided tours happen every day we are open if volunteers and staff are available and it helps to reveal the many histories there - spiritual, maritime and local.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

What a stunning piece of Birkenhead history. It is a very long time since I have been here but its a must for any visitor to the area. If you go up the spiral stone steps you get a great view of Cammel Lairds. Of...More

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

Thank you, love that you liked the brick work and the stain glass windows. I will look for your review of Conway Chapel which is indeed a further hidden gem and magnificent.

Reviewed 1 April 2017

Not been there before and it takes a bit of finding but you have a well set out place with a tower to climb with impressive views and a bit of history about this ancient Priory with charters dating back over 800 years.

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

Many thanks for your review, apologies for the delay in responding. We do hope to see you again.

Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Tony the volunteer took us on a guided tour around this fascinating historic site. He told us the 800 year history and we climbed St Mary's tower for the fine panoramic views. This is well worth a visit for history lovers. Thank you Tony!

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

He is a gem! Glad you came.

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