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Tourism guide gives Certificate of Excellence to Wirral's oldest building

Post by Wirral Council News » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:12 am

The oldest building in Merseyside has been awarded a certificate of excellence from a popular online tourist guide.

TripAdvisor has given the historic Birkenhead Priory a “Certificate of Excellence” reflecting its many positive reviews.

The Priory joins other popular Wirral attractions including Birkenhead Park, Tam O’Shanter Urban Farm and the Lady Lever Art Gallery which also have a Certificate of Excellence.

TripAdvisor gives a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that “consistently earn great reviews from travellers”.

Cabinet member for Leisure and Recreation Cllr Phillip Brightmore said: “Wirral is an amazing place to live and to visit, and it is testimony to the council staff and volunteers who have worked so hard to make the Priory such a wonderful place to visit.

“The Priory joins other popular Wirral attractions which have received many positive reviews and a ‘Certificate of Excellence’ on TripAdvisor including Wirral Transport Museum & Heritage Tramway, the Black Pearl pirate ship and Vale Parkin New Brighton and the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum.”

The Priory site is a key part of Wirral’s heritage and culture. The Priory itself is the oldest building on Merseyside still standing and Grade I listed, and on the site is part of Birkenhead’s first parish church.

Birkenhead Priory dates back to 1150 when it was founded as a small monastery for Benedictine Monks and is one of only four surviving Benedictine sites in the North West; it is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and includes a range of Grade 1 listed structures.

The site includes St Mary’s Tower which is what remains of the first parish church of Birkenhead.

Opened in 1822 the site was closed in the 1970's in part due to dilapidation, but in recent years has been refurbished and revived, in part thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Now visitors can enjoy the unrivalled views of Birkenhead and over the River Mersey to Liverpool from the Grade II listed St Mary’s Tower.

The summer opening times (April to September) are 1pm – 5pm Wed, Thu, Fri, and 10am – 5pm Sat and Sun

For more details about the Priory click here.

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Published by Wirral Council News on Wed, 04 Jul 2018

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