There’s no shortage of things to do in Birkenhead Park. Since it first opened in 1847, it’s played a key role in the local community. From sports and fitness to education and family walks, it offers something for everybody.
These are just some of the attractions and activities you can find in your park.
Our Visitor Centre reception desk is open from 9 in the morning to 4:30 in the afternoon, seven days a week (apart from several days during Christmas period). This is where you can find our Park Rangers when they’re not working in the park itself. You’ll be able to talk to someone who will be happy to answer any of your questions. Here you can find leaflets about the park, buy duck food and bird seeds, as well as Birkenhead Park’s souvenirs, books and booklets.
You’ll find our lovely café in the Visitor Centre, where the friendly team serve up a range of drinks, meals and snacks throughout the day. As well as indoor seating there’s also plenty of space to sit outside and enjoy the park’s beauty while taking your refreshment break. One of the most popular treats at the café is the wide range of fresh ice creams, which are available in many delicious flavours.
The Birkenhead Park Gallery is located inside the Visitor Centre. Within its bright and open space, you can experience the talent of some of our local artists during one of our temporary exhibition – from paintings and sculptures to fashion and photography. We also have a permanent exhibition showing the history of Birkenhead Park. This gives visitors the chance to experience the People’s Garden through the ages. If you'd like to utilise our Gallery, get in touch to check availability.
The Visitor Centre has a lovely function room. This room is suitable for meetings, conferences and training events and can hold up to 40 people. This area is perfect for quiet team meetings where your team get out of the office and have a walk through the park.
Covering almost 140 acres of parkland, there are so many ways to get around Birkenhead Park. If you want a walk around the park with a little help, we’ve put together a few self-led walking trails you can try. Visit our Walking Trails page for more information.
As you go around Birkenhead Park, you will find several pieces of exercise equipment on the grounds, including pull-up bars, sit-up benches, step machines, and more. These are laid out in an easy-to-follow circuit so you can fit them into your regular fitness routine. Each piece of equipment is set against the beautiful backdrop of the park, giving you something to focus on while you burn your calories.
As well as walking trails you can follow at your leisure, we also run guided walks at regular intervals throughout the year. Lead by our experienced team of Park Rangers or by some of our volunteers, these walks combine the beauty of the park with information and insight. To book a space on one of these walks, drop into the Visitor Centre, or give us a call.
Birkenhead Park is home to two cricket clubs – Birkenhead Park Cricket Club and St Mary’s Cricket Club. Birkenhead Park Cricket Club was founded in 1846 and its clubhouse remains one of the country’s oldest cricket pavilions. Today, they play host to district league games throughout the cricket season.
We have several tennis courts that are available year-round for our visitors to use. Located on Cavendish Road, between the upper and lower park – in the space known as the Boothby Ground. These full-size courts are particularly popular during the summer months.
Binoculars at the ready! If you’re a bird-watcher, there are plenty of opportunities to fill up your book with sightings in Birkenhead Park. We have several species of bird that are resident in the park year-round and even more that are migratory visitors.
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The park has its own bowling greens, which is open to the public on a seasonal basis – they are closed during winter. Many local clubs make use of the green, if you’re looking to join one.
Birkenhead Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, from our grey squirrels and waterfowl to bats, owls, and more. With different animals showing up at different times of year, you can end up spotting different creatures every time you visit. For more information about the park wildlife, visit our Parklands and Wildlife page elsewhere on the site.
Birkenhead Park Rugby Club has been around for over 150 years, having first been founded in 1871. The club has a rich history and are proud to have hosted the New Zealand All Blacks team on no less than four occasions.
The children’s play area is located near the Visitor Centre. It has play equipment for kids of all ages. This includes swings, slides, climbing frames and scramble nets, a roundabout, and boulders.
Park Drive is a two-mile long road that circles both the upper and lower park. This makes it the ideal route for cyclists who want to get in some training, or simply wish to check out the whole of the park.
Angling is a popular pastime in Birkenhead Park, with many local fisherman making use of our lakes in all weathers. Anglers visiting Birkenhead Park will need to have an Environment Agency Rod License – which can be purchased online or at your local Post Office – and a permit for fishing in Birkenhead Park which can be acquired from the Visitor Centre.
Our Forest School Leaders run regular sessions for the children and young people from our local schools and organisations. These practical, educational sessions offer a connection to nature for the kids that provides a calming influence. If you are an education setting or a community organisation, and would like more info, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
During the school holidays, our rangers run Junior Ranger programmes in the park. These events are open to all and give your children the chance to engage in creative crafts, games, and activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family.