Five great galleries and museums to visit in Wirral

Wirral has much to offer in terms of history and culture. Take a look at some of our Care Professionals' favourite places to visit with their clients.

One of Wirral’s treasures, the Lady Lever Art Gallery boasts a fine collection of arts and historical artifacts. Located at the heart of this stunning model village, it’s home to one of the UK’s finest collections of fine and decorative art, including its world-famous Pre-Raphaelite paintings. The gallery also hosts the world’s largest collection of Wedgewood jasperware, and a boast a wonderful collection of classical antiques.

Admission is free, although donations are welcomed, and there is plenty of free parking at the front or in the surrounding roads. It is also accessible by bus or train with Bebington and Port Sunlight railway stations just a short walk away.

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Port Sunlight Museum

It would be remiss not to combine a visit to the Lady Lever Art Gallery without exploring more of this wonderful village. Right across the road is the Port Sunlight Museum, which tells the story of this unique and historically important model village.

The museum, which includes the Soap Works and the Edwardian Worker’s Cottage, celebrates Port Sunlight’s unique heritage. Visitors can learn about the development of the village, including its architecture. Port Sunlight boasts 900 Grade II listed buildings and is a national heritage site.

The museum offers a range of exhibitions, walking tours, events, learning programmes, and volunteering opportunities for anyone who wishes to get more involved, supported with its historical collection and archive.

The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is paid, but there is plenty of free parking at the front or in the surrounding roads. It is also accessible by bus or train with Bebington and Port Sunlight railway stations just a short walk away.

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The Williamson Art Gallery & Museum is located just a short distance from the centre of Birkenhead and nearby Oxton Village. It’s a fantastic place to visit as it has an interesting mix of exhibitions including artworks, sculptures, pottery and maritime history.

Since opening in 1928, the Williamson has been widely popular due to its range of exhibits, accessible location (by car or local transport), and free admission and parking.

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Wirral Transport Museum 

If you are interested in vintage transportation, then this is a must visit exhibition for you, which offers the sights and sounds of yesteryear. The museum was awarded the 2018 Wirral Tourism Award for Wirral’s ‘Hidden Gem’.

Volunteers from the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society restore and preserve its collection of trams, buses, cars, motorcycles and cycles. Visitors can ride on trams and there is also a model railway.

Easily accessible by road and public transport to nearby Hamilton Square, the Museum is open weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1pm – 4.30 pm and during school holidays from Wednesday to Sunday from  1pm – 4.30 pm.

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Birkenhead Priory

If you’re interested in local history, then Birkenhead Priory is a great place to visit. It’s the oldest building on Merseyside, which encapsulates the town’s history on this enclosed site, close to the Cammell Laird shipyard.  When visiting, an absolute must do, is to climb St Mary’s Tower for breath taking views of the River Mersey, Liverpool waterfront and the surrounding area.

Admission is free and the Priory is open from Wednesday to Sunday.

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Charles Dawson Brown Museum

West Kirby is best known and popular for its marine lake, promenade, sandy beach, and walks to Hilbre Island. However, there’s a lesser-known jewel in this coastal village, the West Kirby Museum.

The museum was founded in 1892 in memory of Charles Dawson Brown, a warden at St Bridget’s Church, after he had saved a number of historical artifacts from being carted away by builders during the renovation of the church.

The museum displays this unique exhibition of carved stones and other masonry, dating back to the time of the Norman Conquest. Definitely one for the local historians to marvel at.

Admission is free and the museum is open on Saturdays from 10am-1pm

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