Museums & Galleries in Wirral
Wirral boasts a great range of opportunities for those wanting to learn more about its rich history and culture, with a number of museums and galleries each set in its own distinct surroundings. Check out our list of them below.
Founded by William Hesketh Lever, one of history's greatest entrepreneurs - after setting up Sunlight Soap he established Lever Brothers, which is now known as Unilever.
Lever Art Gallery houses one of the UK’s finest collections of fine and decorative art and is dedicated to the memory of his William Lever's wife Elizabeth. Lever built the gallery to share his personal art collections with the public. It has the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware anywhere in the world as well as internationally renowned Pre-Raphaelite paintings. This beautiful art gallery is an inspiring half-day.
Address: Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, CH62 5EQ
Open: everyday from 10am - 5pm every except on 24, 25, 26 and 31 December and 1 January.
Port Sunlight Village was created by Lord Lever for workers at his Sunlight Soap factory. A truly outstanding village in the borough of Wirral, this picturesque location is home to Aunt Polly's house in the hit BBC series, Peaky Blinders.
The museum tells the story of William Lever and how the village developed, from the working conditions to the charming architecture and lively social scene. It is packed with nostalgia, from vintage soap packaging to the story of Ringo Starr’s first performance with the Beatles, which took place in Port Sunlight in 1962.
Entry: Adults £8 - concession, children, family and group discounts apply.
Address: 23 King George's Dr, Por t Sunlight Village, Wirral, CH62 5DX
Open: Wednesdays - Sundays from 10am-4.30pm
The oldest building on Merseyside, Birkenhead Priory encapsulates so much of the town's history within a small, enclosed site. Now in the shadows of Cammell Laird's shipyards, the Priory is an oasis of calm in a busy world. Make sure you climb St Mary's Tower for unrivalled views of the River Mersey and the surrounding area.
Address: Priory Street, Birkenhead, CH41 5JH
Open: Wednesdays - Sundays with summer and winter hours. For more information please visit their website by clicking here.
One of Wirral’s hidden gems, the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is minutes from the heart of Birkenhead, on the edge of the picturesque village of Oxton. Opened in 1928, this free art gallery showcases a vast array of works with unique exhibitions. There is also a courtyard garden which provides a quiet haven at the heart of the gallery.
Address: Slatey Rd, Birkenhead, CH43 4UE
Open: Wednesdays – Sundays from 10am – 5pm
Wirral Tramway and Transport Museum is an award winning attraction which is home to trams from Hong Kong, Portugal and England. Birkenhead has a rich history with trams and launched the first street tramway in Britain which ran from Woodside to Birkenhead Park. Perfect for families, you can explore a fascinating collection of buses, cars, motorcycles and bikes and take a trip on one of their historical trams.
Address: 1 Taylor St, Birkenhead, CH41 1BG
Open: Weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1pm – 4.30pm plus Wirral school holidays on Wednesdays to Sundays from 1pm – 4.30pm
Located at Woodside Ferry Terminal, this experience allows you to look into a real German U-Boat. With original film archive and interactive displays, you can witness all the dramatic action!
Entry: Adults £7.50 - concession, children, family and group discounts apply.
Address: Woodside Ferry Terminal, Birkenhead, CH41 6DU
Open: Weekdays from 10.30am - 4.30pm and weekends from 11.30am - 3.30pm
Founded in 1892 in memory of Charles Dawson Brown, who was a Churchwarden at St Bridget's Church in West Kirby, this museum shines a light on a number of carved stones and other masonry from around the time of the Norman Conquest. Step back in time and marvel at the numerous column and wall fragments from this era.
Address: St Bridget's Centre, St Bridget's Lane, West Kirby, CH48 3JT
Open: Saturdays from 10am-1pm
Tate Aisle Gallery is a community art gallery based in Birkenhead Market. All work displayed has been produced by local artists using a variety of themes and mediums. As a community focused gallery, it also houses artwork by charities and includes items available for purchase.
Address: Unit A1, Birkenhead Market, Claughton Road, Birkenhead, CH41 2YH
Open: Mondays - Saturdays from 10:30am - 5pm
Located in the heart of New Brighton’s independent Victoria Quarter, Oakland Contemporary and Street Art exhibits a mix of contemporary art, alongside pieces from artists heavily involved in the global street-art scene.
The only cultural outlet of its kind in the North West of England, the gallery is part of a wider street art initiative which has to date seen more than twenty-five works of art appear on interior and exterior walls around the Victoria Quarter, commissioned by Rockpoint Leisure.
Address: 96-98 Victoria Road, New Brighton, CH45 2JF
Open: Mondays - Sundays from 12pm to 6pm
Merseyside's amazing attraction for all the family