Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, all year round.

Vehicle access and parking is available in park from dawn until dusk (some restrictions during major events).

Visitor Centre is open 9am to 4:30pm, seven days a week (closed 25th & 26th December and 1st January).

Have your say on the future of Birkenhead Park

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

We need to understand which projects will best meet the needs our local communities and visitors from further afield. For that reason we are looking for your views on the projects that are proposed in the draft Birkenhead Master Plan.

We intend to make another bid for Heritage Lottery funding and will also be looking for other sources of finance.

Please take a look at the proposed masterplan and tell us what you think of it by completing an online questionnaire.

Tell us what you think

Facilities and things to do

  • visitor centre with café
  • children’s playground and playboulder
  • 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.

Discover more of what Birkenhead Park has to offer at Visit Wirral.

Support Birkenhead Park

Make a donation

The Birkenhead Park Foundation has been set up to support the work that is done to maintain the park and ensure that it is preserved for future generations.

If you would like to support the foundation you can make a donation on this website.


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.

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