Birkenhead town guide
At the head of the Wirral Peninsular, Birkenhead has good road and rail links with Liverpool via the Mersey Tunnels; there are also ferry links from Birkenhead Woodside to Liverpool Pierhead. These are the famous "Ferries 'cross the Mersey".
Birkenhead is famous as the home of the Camel Laird shipbuilders. Maritime connections are celebrated in the collection of historic warships in Birkenhead docks. There one can visit HMS Plymouth a frigate, HMS Onyx a submarine, HMS Bronington a minehunter, U534 a German U-Boat and Planet the old Mersey Bar Lightship.
The imposing Williamson Art Gallery houses a fine collection of English watercolours, later English oil paintings and possibly the largest collection of Liverpool porcelain, the Knowles Boney collection. Not far away, in Port Sunlight is the Lady Lever Art Gallery with an important collection of Wedgwood porcelain.
Nearby, Hoylake and West Kirby are attractive seaside towns, now mainly suburban districts of the Merseyside conurbation. Parkgate further down the Western side of the Wirral retains its 18th century charm when it was a port for the Irish ferries.
A hire car will be useful to take you to Ness Gardens, Chester and its Zoo, or further afield to North Wales and its beautiful beaches.