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With a strong industrial presence and a history rich in trade, it is safe to say that Birkenhead is not known as a green and pleasant land.

However, like many places that have experienced success, Birkenhead came from humble beginnings and its land was largely agricultural until the mid-19th century when industrialists set up business in the area. With an influx in trade and residents, there was concern from a committee on the board of the Health of Towns for the health and welfare of residents due to the increased pollution and urbanisation.

It was suggested by a local councillor, that the residents of Birkenhead should have access to a public park and with that, the foundations of Birkenhead Park began. An oasis of natural beauty in the centre of an industrialised region.  

Five Quick Facts

1 The designs of New York’s Central Park and Liverpool’s Sefton Park are inspired by Birkenhead Park 2 During the Second World War, United States Pilot, Douglas Goudie, had to make a crash landing in Birkenhead Park in his Spitfire. The engine from the plane is housed in Fort Perch Rock in New Brighton. 3 It is said that the park was the world’s civic park in the world that was funded by the public. 4 Sir Joseph Paxton designed Birkenhead Park, he was a successful gardener and architect. His portfolio includes the legendary Crystal Palace. 5 Its official opening in 1847 attracted around 10,000 people to the park.

Things To Do


With a number of listed buildings, Victorian structures and beautiful gardens, the architecture at Birkenhead Park provides a great focus for the budding photographer. From the Grand Entrance, which welcomed 10,000 visitors through its gates on its opening day, to the Roman Boathouse and Swiss Bridge, the park offers some beautiful sights to capture.


The park is set across 226 acres and with long winding pathways throughout the park, the area is a haven for keen cyclists. Whether training for a race or simply taking a leisurely ride, visitors are able to enjoy the stunning scenery of both the upper and lower parts of this Victorian gem. With a perfect combination of setting and staging, the area plays host to various cycling races and meet-ups including Wheels for All & Beginners Cycle with Age UK each Thursday morning.  

Tennis Courts

With six macadam courts and four mini courts, promising players of all ages can enjoy a spot of tennis all year round. Fancy playing with a partner? Make sure to book your slot online and then simply head along with your rackets. There is also an event held each Sunday called Tennis for Free, where all the family can learn from top coaches during a group session. 

Cricket Club

Birkenhead Park Cricket Club was founded around the same time as the park itself and is home to one of the oldest cricket pavilions in the UK. Members are able to enjoy using the club’s facilities including two cricket pitches and an indoor cricket school, allowing members of all ages to learn from experienced cricket coaches. With a viewing gallery for spectators, friends and family of players are able to relax and watch the game. 

Rugby Club

Similarly, to the cricket club, the Birkenhead Park Football Club has been a core part of the Wirral sports scene since the 19th century and has played host to over 135 seasons of rugby. The club offers a range of teams in levels from senior to junior and minis, each being led by an experienced coach and captain. With team members getting to play in a range of matches against both local and national competitors, it’s a great club to join for the competitive and athletic. 

Fishing in the Lake

The two lakes in Birkenhead Park attract many enthusiastic anglers to the area, with the lower lake offering a beautiful setting looking out onto the Swiss Bridge and Roman Boathouse and the upper lake only available for match fishing. Although those looking to fish in these lakes require a licence, which can be purchased from Wirral Council, whether in a Post Office or the Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre.