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Birkenhead Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 60 photos

Recently Birkenhead, the largest town in Wirral, was picked as one of the North West's most important historic towns.
Tourism experts studied the region and chose the town as they were impressed by its industrial and maritime heritage, including its museums, parks and architecture.

Birkenhead was a small, quiet village until the Cammel Laird shipyard opened in 1824 and turned it into a busy Victorian town.
Birkenhead is also home to the famous Mersey Ferries which still cross the Mersey on its triangular route between Birkenhead, Seacombe and Liverpool

The town has the greatest number of Grade I listed buildings outside London.
Many of these building are in Hamilton Square, which was built by William Laird and named after his mother. The square was also home to the town hall before being moved to Wallasey

Birkenhead Park, the country's first public green space, later became the model for Central Park in New York

And, of course, Birkenhead is the home to Tranmere Rovers!!!

Shopping

Several years ago the town under went a major redevelopment, a fly-over cutting the centre in to two was demolished and the Pyramids centre was built.
Sadly, the town centre (or at least the main shopping area) has become a bit stale. Several closed shops doesn't help make the area any better, however, there are some new developments including a new dockland housing development.
More impressive, however, are the plans for the Wirral Waters development, we'll see what becomes of that!

The Birkoneans do have a (slightly unfair) reputation of being drug adicts or pyjama clad, teenage mothers.
To be honest I work in the town centre and there aren't any major problems. Yes, there are a few odd characters but on the whole its no worse than any other town centre.
It would be far too easy to get a bad impression of Wirral from the 'One Eyed City' but take a train from one of the three stations in the town centre or take a short drive and you will soon be in the more scenic areas.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Its home!!! Countryside is 10 minutes drive away.
  • Cons:Sadly it suffers from the same problems most towns in England do
  • Last visit to Birkenhead: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated Oct 11, 2010
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  • sandysmith's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2010 at 8:03 AM

    visited the sub today

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2007 at 10:28 PM

    Useful Birkenhead page, I'll be visiting later in the year. Great idea to do the tourist thing in your own place. Nice one. fergy.

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