Vehicle access to Birkenhead Park is temporarily restricted to emergency services and park staff only, to protect the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Accessibility for people with disabilities
Full accessibility information about Birkenhead Park can be viewed on the Accessable website.
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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
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.
Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre