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“Amazing view of Liverpool and Birkenhead Shipyard”
Review of Birkenhead Priory

Birkenhead Priory
Ranked #4 of 36 things to do in Birkenhead
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for young children
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 upstairs for me (scriptorium), which is well worth asking them to do - invited to on leaflet.

Interesting building - hope it stays open as I heard it was struggling for finance.

Only 5 mins from ferry port - worth going out of your way to visit.

1  Thank Ben C
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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 RICS award in the National Finals in November so wish us luck (for conservation repairs).

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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 top .
A big thanks to all who give their time to looking after this special place, situated in the middle of an industrial estate its a great place to spend a couple of hours .
The view out over camill laird and the river is just superb and it had not to compare this place to many english heritage places that cost around £5 to get in .
Could do with a cafe though .
Little museum is superb and easy to understand .
Free parking as well gives this place its exra star to make five - well done

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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 across the Merseyside and the Liverpool panorama
The steps are good with plenty of stopping places. Don't be put off!

1  Thank Derek R
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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 car or walking - trains from Liverpool to Hamilton Square and a short walk.

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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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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 . The best part was climbing to the top of the priory and taking in the views out over the river and the docks. I am not good with heights, but the steps up felt solid and it was a proper staircase, which encouraged me to go up, and although only small when you reach the top, it felt very safe. I will certainly visit again, well done to the volunteers who keep it looking so lovely.

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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 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.

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