Vehicle access to Birkenhead Park is temporarily restricted to emergency services and park staff only, in order to protect the safety of pedestrians and cyclists. 

Swiss bridge at Birkenhead park

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, all year round.

Vehicle access and parking is currently restricted to emergency services and Park staff only in order to protect the safety of residents using the park for their daily exercise during the uncertain COVID-19 situation. 

Visitor Centre

Open 9am to 4:30pm, seven days a week
Closed 25 and 26 December and 1 January

Facilities and things to do

  • visitor centre with café
  • children’s playground and play boulder
  • two lakes available for angling - permit required
  • grade 1 historic landscape
  • Swiss bridge, Roman boathouse and grand entrance
  • football pitches and bowling greens
  • fitness trail
  • public toilets and baby changing in visitor centre
  • beautiful woodland walks

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Reasons to visit

Birkenhead Park was the world’s first publicly funded park. It was opened in 1847 by Joseph Paxton with the aim of creating a ‘park for the people.’

Birkenhead was a major influence on Frederick Law Olmsted's design of Central Park, New York. The two parks are closely linked and during a visit to Birkenhead Park, Doug Blonsky, CEO of Central Park Conservancy, referred to it as the ‘father’ park to the famous Manhattan green space.


The Friends of Birkenhead Park works in partnership with Wirral Council to ensure that the park is well maintained and preserved for future generations.

Find out more about the Friends and the volunteering opportunities that they offer.

Related information

Birkenhead Park masterplan

The Birkenhead Park team has developed an ambitious plan which aims to enhance and secure the park for the future.

After a consultation which took place in early 2017, we are now intending to finance this master plan with bids to Heritage Lottery Fund and other sources of funding.


Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre
Park Drive
CH41 4HY

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Accessibility for people with disabilities

Full accessibility information about Birkenhead Park can be viewed on the Accessable website.

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