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Birkenhead Park

Photograph © Birkenhead Park
Photograph © Birkenhead Park
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A famous public park, designed by Joseph Paxton in 1844. It was the first time that land for a public park was acquired by Act of Parliament and the park was financed from the profit on the surrounding houses. The famous American landcape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted, remarked that 'we have nothing like this in democratic America'. The serpentine carriage drive was however gated and used for carriages. For such a famous place, the appearance is disappointing. There is a tree belt, lakes, clumps and park buildings. But there is too much mown grass. It is worth noting that the park plan was drawn by J C Loudon's admiring assistant, John Robertson.

Birkenhead Park Pavilion, Park Drive, Birkenhead, Merseyside, England, CH41 4HY

All year. Daily. Open dawn to dusk. Park Pavilion is open 11am to 4pm daily. Toilets, Gallery and Coffee Shop.

Entrance free

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  • over 7 years by Avril Gardner-Karatzas 5 / 5

    Whenever I return to Birkenhead a visit to the park is a must. Everytime I go I see the park flourishing because of the care given to it by its wardens. Last time I visited the lake was being cleaned up. I just wish that the people of Birkenhead would appreciate the treasure that they have and not spoil it by littering and making a mess of it.
    May I add that I have always found the guys who work around the park polite and ready to explain details about the park that I might ask about.
    Avril Gardner-Karatzas
    Athens Greece
  • over 7 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

  • over 7 years by Paul 4 / 5

    A beautiful urban park; complete with two large lakes,large open pastures and wooded areas dotted with exotic specimen trees (including cucumber tree, deodars, strawberry trees amongst others).
    Birkenhead Park is the first park in the world to be funded by public subscription, designated a Grade 1 Listed Landscape and holder of the Green Flag Award. It has just undergone an £11 million restoration to conserve its landscape and historic structures to their original Victorian splendour.
    Visitor facilities are now excellent, with a brand new Visitor Centre containing public toilets, coffee shop and art gallery.
    The park is also well staffed by dedicated Ranger, Security and Ground Maintenance teams. The Ranger team run a full programme of events and walks for all age groups throughout the year and help to provide a welcoming environment for all visitors.

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