Exploring Birkenhead Park

Birkenhead Park is one of the Wirral’s most beloved landmarks and an inspiration for the development of public parks around the world. With so much to see and do, we hope that every visit will be a new adventure

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The People’s Garden

Since opening our gates in 1847, Birkenhead Park has been known as the People’s Garden. Back then, a public park, freely available to everyone to enjoy regardless of social class, was a revolutionary idea. And today, it remains your park – a wholly inclusive place where all people are welcome.

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A Walk on the Wild Side

Birkenhead Park is home to hundreds of native and migratory animals. Take a walk and you’ll come across all kinds of wildlife. Look up and glimpse the grey squirrels expertly climbing up and down our trees. Stroll by our lakes and find ducks, swans and geese gliding over the water. The park is a natural haven for local wildlife, so you never know who you might meet, whether it be a fox, a bat, or a hedgehog.

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Walking Trails

The park covers nearly 140 acres and is a masterpiece of landscaping and design. There are dozens of paths and routes you can take – you never have to follow the same course twice. Whichever way you go, there’s always something to catch your interest. If you’re only here for a short visit, we can help you make the most of your time. We have several walking trails that guide you through the park’smany treasures.

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Are you eager to discover more about your park? Maybe you want to learn about its history. Perhaps you’re more interested in wildlife –trees, flowers, and lakes. We have plenty of resources on our Learning page that can help you make the most of your visit. If you want a more hands-on experience, speak to our park rangers, who host activities for groups and individuals.

Whether you’re kicking a ball about with your friends, having a breather on a bench or taking a stroll with your dog, we know you’ll enjoy your time in the People’s Garden.

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Ranger pointing at something next to two children in the park

We look forward to welcoming you.